Parental Alienation has real, significant, lifelong effects on children who come from divorced and separated families. Everyone who works with these families – judges, lawyers, guardian ad items, psychologists, social workers, children and youth workers, family counsellors and all other service providers need to be aware of this damaging process, spend time learning about and understanding it, and properly intervene on behalf of the children who are being damaged by it.
According to the American Psychological Association Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is defined as “a child’s experience of being manipulated by one parent to turn against the other (targeted) parent and resist contact with him or her.”
This alignment with one parent and rejection of the other most often arises during child custody disputes following divorce or separation proceedings, particularly when the litigation is prolonged or involves significant antagonism between the parties.
Here are some videos to fully explain how parental alienation works and the dangers and consequences of parent alienation.
The Law Center has a video library for self-represented litigants, including a Parental Alienation Study Group.