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Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation affects children and families. Children who get enlisted in the alienation of one parent are often left with complex needs, which might be described as a displacement of responsibility. This can lead to a sense of unresolved feelings that stay into adult life and impact on decision making and trust in relationships.

Historically parental alienation has been poorly understood, as evidenced by the lack of sound legislation in family law. It has recently become more recognised and counsellors and psychotherapists are being used more and more to support children and families in parental alienation.

Aims of the course are to identify and recognise:

• Signs of Parental Alienation, (alienation in the child) looking at mild to moderate and severe

• The impact on the child and the targeted parent

• The underlying influences and where professionals unknowingly collude and get it wrong

“Parental alienation is not just a single crime towards the other parent but three crimes against the child…

The first crime is that the alienating parent doesn’t acknowledge that every child is one half of each parent. Every time the alienating parent tells the child how horrible the other parent is, the alienating parent is telling the child that half of him or her is horrible..

The second crime is that the alienating parent teaches the child that cutting off contact with people is an acceptable way to handle anger, hurt and disappointment… The child will grow up without the appropriate coping skills to have normal, healthy relationships with other adults..

The third crime is that one day the child will look back on the alienating parent’s behaviour from an adult perspective. He or she will then realize that the alienating parent robbed the child of something very precious – the love and attention of the other parent. The child-turned-adult will realize that the trust placed in the alienating parent was misplaced. He or she will feel betrayed. At that point the adult will not just have one damaged relationship with a parent, but damaged relationships with both parents…

The third crime is the worst of all” Jeffries-Davis, A Families Heartbreak, A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation. 2008. A Families Heartbreak LLC

Kieran McCrystal Kieran started his career as a counsellor working in palliative care and bereavement. He went on to forge much experience working with drug and alcohol services. He has provided counselling, group work and consultancy for the Armed Forces. Kieran established a private practice from his home in North London in 2003 and works as a freelance supervisor, trainer and group facilitator. Kieran is a primary tutor on the Person Centred BA Hons and the Humanistic BSc. Kieran holds a BA (Hons) in Counselling, He has recently returned to training, doing an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy Kieran is a father to two daughters


  • 09:30 - 17:30
  • 25 November 2021
  • Metanoia Institute, 13 North Common Road, Ealing W5 2QB
  • Metanoia Members: £70 Non-Members: £90