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Roadmap for the Treatment of Parental Alienation

A Roadmap for the Treatment of Parental Alienation
By Alan D. Blotcky, PhD, William Bernet, MD and Jennifer J. Harman, PhD
Michigan Family Law Journal

Parental alienation is a pathological phenomenon that is widely recognized among mental health professionals. Alienation is created through a purposeful and intentional process in which one parent (offending parent) undermines and sabotages the child’s relationship with the other parent (targeted parent). The offending parent engages in a variety of tactics and maneuvers over time that poison and distort the child’s thinking about the other parent. The goal is for the child to reject the targeted parent. If successful, the child develops a mental condition called parental alienation, which can be mild, moderate, or severe in intensity.


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