Parental Alienation: An Evidence-Based Approach

Author(s) : Denise McCartan

Parental Alienation: An Evidence-Based Approach

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This book provides a comprehensive overview of established evidence-based interventions for the problems inherent in parental alienation.

The book focuses on helping families and ensuring the needs of the child are met. Increasing attention has been given to the subject of parental alienation in recent years, as divorce rates have increased and more children are being brought up in the context of ongoing parental conflict, risking significant emotional harm. Chapters point to the application of numerous evidence-based interventions that are already available and detail how to identify, assess and intervene effectively with families where parental alienation has been identified.

This text will be of interest to those working in the family courts, particularly expert witnesses, clinical psychologists, therapists, social workers, guardians and other legal professionals, in addition to researchers with an interest in parental alienation.

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This thoroughly-researched book offers valuable practical guidance on the pervasive problem of parental alienation. It deserves a place in the library of every family practitioner and judge. - Sir Reg Weir, formerly Presiding Judge (Family Division) of the High Court of Northern Ireland.

This important book shines a light on parental alienation and its devastating impact on families. The author, a knowledgeable and skilled clinician, demystifies the concept providing insight and guidance on interventions that will facilitate remediation and resolution. This is a ‘must read’ for all those involved in the process, both personally and professionally. - Susan Young, PhD, Clinical Forensic Psychologist, Psychology Services Ltd, London, England; Honorary Professor, Reykjavik University, Iceland.

A comprehensive, valuable resource informed by up-to-date scientific evidence and wisdom borne of professional experience. The book’s outstanding breadth and depth of knowledge makes it an excellent guide for both the novice and experienced professional who deal with parental alienation issues. - Dr. Richard A. Warshak, author of Divorce Poison: How To Protect Your Family from Bad-mouthing and Brainwashing, past Clinical Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center.

About the Author(s)

Denise McCartan, PhD, DClinPsych, is an HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist, who also has a research doctorate and has published her work in peer-reviewed journals. She is an Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society (BPS), Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. As a Court Expert Witness, she has assessed hundreds of families in the family courts.

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