Parental Alienation Syndrome: THE PERFECT STORM   2 comments

Parental Alienation Syndrome is formidable to effectively confront. Not all mental health specialists have knowledge and expertise in Parental Alienation.
1. I have found the courts ill-prepared to deal with custody and visitation issues.
2. I have seen courts allow a destructive parent to retain more visitation and custody rights than does the healthy parent.
3. I have seen courts fail to issue sanctions against an alienating parent who defies a court order.
4. I have seen people spend tens of thousands of dollars fighting the legal system and get nowhere.
5. Attempting to help the alienated children and the targeted parent can consume enormous amounts of time and energy.
6. The abusiveness inherent in Parental Alienation Syndrome can be dangerous to mental health specialists who put themselves in the line of fire.
7. There are a lot of players in many of these cases, and many do not understand Parental Alienation Syndrome and how a child can be indoctrinated to reject the better, more loving parent.
8. Some of these players act out of ignorance about Parental Alienation, but some may cooperate with the alienator for other reasons. Sara Hassman, an attorney and targeted mother raises the question as to whether, in addition, a conspiracy occurs in some cases – people doing favors for the alienator in exchange for monetary and other benefits. Read her comments at
http://www.palienation.org/why-are-our-leaders-ignoring-parental-alienation/

I consider Parental Alienation Syndrome the most formidable of all mental health conditions – more difficult even than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Parental Alienation Syndrome is hard to effectively confront. It is the perfect storm.

But, is it not our ethical obligation to help? If mental health people do not become educated and help others to understand this vicious abuse, who will?

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2 responses to “Parental Alienation Syndrome: THE PERFECT STORM

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  1. Thanks for your post on parental alienation. This destructive family dynamic affects countless children, parents and extended family members every year.

    Raising public awareness of parental alienation, and educating legal and mental health professionals about how to identify and address parental alienation, are the keys to helping families avoid the devastating heartbreak.

    For more information, and resources, on parental alienation you can visit http://www.afamilysheartbreak.com.

    Sincerely,

    mike jeffries

  2. Mike, I completely agree. “Raising public awareness of parental alienation, and educating legal and mental health professionals about how to identify and address parental alienation, are the keys to helping families avoid the devastating heartbreak.”

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