Due to circumstances beyond our control, this conference is being rescheduled to Early 2019. We apologise for the inconvenience and please believe us that this decision was not taken lightly but, given the important topic matter, we had to reschedule in order to protect the message.
CAFCASS report that PA is present in “80% of the most intransigent cases brought before Family Court”.
PD’s are present in 60-70% of child maltreatment cases
Parental alienation is child maltreatment – emotional abuse, attachment trauma
Therefore we can assume that PD’s are present in a significant number of high conflict divorces.
We also know that conflict impacts children on all levels. It is recognised as being an ACE.
At present the often used framework in high conflict divorces is to reduce the contact with one parent in order to reduce the anxiety in the child(ren). This raises two main issues:
- In parental alienation cases where the alienating parent has a personality disorder this would leave the child in a hostile environment with a parent incapable of empathy, unable to meet their emotional needs and completely isolated from a support system, half their identity and a strong, usually healthy attachment figure.
- Research shows that this is the opposite of what is in the best interests of the child.
Professor Linda Nielsen of Wake Forest University, in North Carolina, USA, recently reviewed the available evidence. Her analysis reaches six conclusions:
1) The quality of the parent-child relationship is more closely correlated with child well-being than conflict or the quality of the coparenting relationship.
2) Shared physical custody is linked to stronger parent-child relationships, which helps to mitigate the negative impact of conflict.
3) Joint physical custody is associated with better outcomes for children than sole custody, even when parents are in high conflict relationships and even when the parents didn’t initially agree to share physical custody.
Two scenarios make it easy to understand this point. Children with emotional, behavioural and stress-related health problems are more likely to have parents in high conflict with each other. In such high-conflict situations, joint custody might be particularly helpful so that each parent has time off. Similarly, conflict is closely linked with parental depression, substance abuse, mental disorders and negligent or abusive parenting. Joint custody can reduce a child’s exposure to troubled parenting.
4) Parents with shared physical custody don’t have less conflict or better coparenting relationships than parents with sole physical custody. Children in joint custody arrangements are not more likely to be drawn into the middle of disagreements and conflicts between the parents (a key justification for courts to reject joint custody in high-conflict situations).
5) Limiting the time children spend with one of their parents through sole custody is not correlated with better outcomes for children even in high-conflict families.
6) Parents settling their disputes in court or through protracted legal negotiations is not linked to worse outcomes for children.
This conference’s aim is to provide you with a workable understanding of attachment based parental alienation so that you can make informed and evidence based decisions for children going through one of the most traumatic experiences of their lives.
We have a range of guest speakers from different backgrounds and professions including a barrister, an independent social worker, a psychotherapist and myself. We will also provide testimonies from real life victims to punctuate the information into case studies.
We are very excited to be hosting this event and know that it will be invaluable as part of your own professional development.
Details of conference
Venue: Havant Plaza, Civic Centre Rd, Havant PO9 2AX
Date: Early 2019, date to be confirmed shortly
9.30 – 10am – meet and greet. A chance to network
10 – 10.15 – introductions
10.15 – 11 Alison Bushell, Independent social worker – Child and Family Solutions
11 – 11.45 Trish Barry-Relph, ISW – EXPERT WITNESS – Psychotherapist & Systemic Family Practitioner – Child and Family Solutions
12 – 12.30 Victim
12.30 – 1.15 Sarah Squires, ex child protection social worker and director at NAPARRC Consultancy Ltd
1.45 – 2 Child victim
2 – 2.45 Tina Maretic, Jigsaw Family Support
2.45 – 3.15 Victim
3.15 – 4pm Ian Forman, Barrister
Lunch is provided and all delegates will receive a brochure and CPD certificate of attendance.
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Thoroughly enjoyed the course with Sarah Squires who is a great trainer. This subject is so relevant to a counsellors role and other roles working with children. It also shows the impact on adult clients. Well worth doing this course
Really enjoyed everything about this course - so informative and has had a positive impact on my counselling practice giving me insight into issues clients may bring
Very well delivered. Leaves you wanting to know more. All information received over 2 courses has helped me in my practice.