Resources

Discover Lafayette podcast with Walter Camos

New Beginnings Program – Focus on Effective Parenting Following Separation or Divorce

Drs. Luke Elliott and Eric Green's Podcast on Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation Emotional Child Abuse Documentary

The Impact Of Domestic Violence On Children

Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of domestic violence because they are still mentally and emotionally developing.

Childhood Psychological Abuse as Harmful as Sexual or Physical Abuse

Often unrecognized, emotional abuse prevalent form of child abuse, study finds.

Helping Our Children Cope With Natural Disasters

We can assist children in coping with natural disasters by using three steps.

Children’s Bill of Rights in Divorce

Your children have rights. Protecting them during conflict can ensure they grow up healthy.

Cooperative Parenting Institute Divorce Rules

Here are some excellent rules to follow if you are raising children in separation.

Books

The workbook below contains mandala templates to use with children at various developmental levels within play therapy and mental health treatment. In lieu of purchasing the workbook, please consider donating $20 to Pride St. Charles, an LGBT organization to protect youth from bullying (http://www.pridestcharles.org). Click on the image below to download a copy sample of the workbook.
Intrusive Parenting: How Psychological Control Affects Children and Adolescents – November 1, 2001

Intrusive Parenting: How Psychological Control Affects Children and Adolescents focuses on parental psychological control, or intrusive, inhibiting and, manipulative parental behaviors and interaction patterns that negatively affect healthy child development. Contributors comprehensively review new and original research and present new methodologies and findings that enhance the further study of this important component of the socialization of children. They also integrate the historical conceptualizations of parental psychological control, identify the aspects of child or adolescent development these conceptualizations appear to have targeted, and review and discuss the known child and adolescent correlates of parental psychological control. Chapters extend the work on psychological control of adolescents substantially by studying its relationship with other key variables in family and individual development. The latest studies on parental psychological control of younger children extend the general work on psychological control beyond the typical focus on adolescents. Of particular interest are chapters that examine the cross-cultural validity of the psychological control construct in young children from the United States, Russia, and China as well as the effects of psychological control found in unique populations, such as children with disabilities like spina bifida. This volume will be an important and useful resource for scholars and others interested in parent-child relationships.

The Parental Alienation Syndrome: A Family Therapy and Collaborative Systems Approach to Amelioration – 2012

In this thought-provoking book, Ms. Gottlieb attempts to resolve the controversies surrounding Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) by providing substantial empirical evidence from her treatment cases in support of the eight symptoms which child psychiatrist, Richard Gardner, had identified as occurring in the PAS child, and she further exemplifies the commonality of the alienating maneuvers among the alienating parents. The author redefines the typically-held characterization of the parents’ relationship as portrayed in the pertinent literature and accepted by most PAS-aware professionals. Numerous case examples are explored: horrific tales of manufactured child abuse; referrals to child protective services (CPS) resulting in suspension of visits between targeted parents and their children; meritless reports to police alleging domestic violence in support of orders of protection which slander and stigmatize targeted parents; exclusionary tactics preventing targeted parents’ involvement in their children’s medical, educational, social lives and activities; and depletion of targeted parents’ resources due to legal fees required to defend himself/herself and to obtain judicial enforcement of parental rights. Ms. Gottlieb methodically documents that PAS is a form of emotional child abuse of the severest kind. The author provides an unprecedented number of treatment summaries, which demonstrate the effectiveness of structural family therapy in treating the PAS family. To further elucidate the subject, the author interviewed several matrimonial attorneys, Law Guardians, and forensic evaluators regarding their experiences with PAS, and she incorporated their thoughts into her recommendations as to how the mental health and judicial communities should resolve this situation in the best interests of the child. “New Rules” are suggested which encourage a collaborative rather than an adversarial approach to child custody. This book will be an excellent resource for parents who are divorcing or are in conflict, for adult-child victims of PAS, for mature children of divorcing parents, for judges, for Law Guardians, for matrimonial attorneys, for therapists, for child protective personnel, for law enforcement—-and for the professional rescuer who believes that a child must be saved from a parent.

Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy by Eric Green & Athena Drewes (2014)

‘Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy’ presents techniques and approaches from the expressive and play therapy disciplines that enable child and adolescent clinicians to augment their therapeutic toolkit within a competent, research-based practice. With contributions representing a “who’s who” in the play therapy and expressive arts therapy worlds, ‘Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy’ is the definitive bridge between expressive arts and play therapy complementarily utilized with children and adolescents in their healing and creative capacities (John Wiley).

Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals (2013)

Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals is the essential how-to manual in this important and ever-increasing area of behavioral science and law. Busy mental health professionals need a reference guide to aid them in developing data sources to support their positions in reports and testimony. They also need to know where to go to find the latest material on a topic. Having this material within arm s reach will avoid lengthy and time-consuming online research. For legal professionals who must ground their arguments in well thought out motions and repeated citations to case precedent, ready access to state or province-specific legal citations spanning thirty-five years of parental alienation cases is provided here for the first time in one place.

Play Therapy with Vulnerable Populations: No Child Forgotten by Eric Green & Amie Myrick (2015)

“Play Therapy with Vulnerable Populations: No Child Forgotten” provides the latest research-supported, play-based interventions for clinicians to utilize with these children. This book encourages the reader through real-world application case studies to honor the significance of the therapeutic relationship and balance humanism and therapeutic warmth with evidence-based practices (Rowman and Littlefield).

Children Held Hostage: Identifying Brainwashed Children, Presenting a Case, and Crafting Solutions (2014)

In Children Held Hostage, Stanley Clawar and Brynne Rivlin use important new research involving over 1,000 families to demonstrate that children can and are being used by parents in the divorce battle. Their research shows how negative actions by parents toward their children show up in court proceedings where children testify or are questioned by mental health professionals. The major issue in confronting this problem of programmed and brainwashed children has been the identification of a child alienated by one parent against the other; proving it in court, and then finding a solution that not only works but that a court will buy into. The updated edition of Children Held Hostage explains these issues in detail, with practice-focused explanations on every step in the process. The authors offer further insights into gender issues and differences. Other new material includes a social-psychological profile of programmers and brainwashers; identification of the most commonly asked questions by judges, target parents, lawyers, and children; an expanded social explanation to the causes, impact, and interventions; development of an abductor profile; charts to visualize key findings and processes; and much more.

Counseling Families: Play-Based Treatment by Eric Green, Jennifer Baggerly, & Amie Myrick (2016)

When working with families with young children, play psychotherapy is often used by clinicians with an individual child, but not necessarily integrated within the familial context. Filial or family play therapy is often used to meet the child and family’s unmet mental health needs. This book aims to present an integrative model of family counseling that incorporates tenets of filial therapy, family play therapy, expressive arts, and play interventions when working with children and their families. This book also includes chapters on supervision of therapists providing family play counseling, as well as critical steps toward self-care to prevent burnout (Rowman and Littlefield).

Understanding Parental Alienation: Learning to Cope, Helping to Heal (2017)

Understanding Parental Alienation is intended for parents who are living through a nightmare the loss of their relationship with a child which seems impossible to understand and extremely frustrating to turn around. This book, written by two leading experts in the field, provides a balance of theoretical background and practical hands-on information to guide both parents and practitioners through this devastating phenomenon. The authors many years of experience have shaped their understanding of the causes of parental alienation, the manifestations of this serious mental health condition, and interventions that are likely to be helpful in the short-term and the long-term. The book is written in a readable, engaging manner interspersed with interesting case vignettes. As well as introducing some new theoretical concepts, such as the transition bridge, and helping the reader to understand the unique dynamics of the child’s rejection, perhaps the most original parts of the book focus on taking action to deal with the problem and strategies for healing. The authors provide practical advice on preparing for court including how to develop a chronology of events and how to prepare a written submission, even down to choosing a writing style that is most likely to be read by the judge. Specific guidance is also provided on how to help alienated children heal through reunification. Understanding Parental Alienation is a highly valuable resource for parents and a must-read book for every mental health professional, social worker or legal professional working with families in divorce.

The Handbook of Jungian Play Therapy by Eric Green (2014)

Child and family psychotherapist Dr. Eric J. Green draws on years of clinical experience to explain his original model of Jungian play therapy. The empathic techniques he illuminates in ‘The Handbook of Jungian Play Therapy’ can effectively treat children who are traumatized by abuse, natural disasters, and other losses, as well as children who have attention deficit and autism spectrum disorders. The overarching goal of Green’s Jungian play therapy model is to help children and adolescents become psychologically whole individuals. Toward that end, therapists encourage children to engage in sandplay, spontaneous drawing, and other expressive arts. Green demonstrates how therapists can create an atmosphere of warmth and psychological safety by observing the child’s play without judgment and, through the therapeutic relationship, help children learn to regulate their impulses and regain emotional equilibrium (Johns Hopkins University Press).

Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems: Family-Based Interventions for Resistance, Rejection, and Alienation (2016)
  • Emphasizes a whole-family approach to the problem of parent-child contact problems as well as interventions that do not require custody reversal
  • Presents previously unpublished outcome data on program efficacy and a proposed heuristic for the evaluation of other intensive programs
  • Avoids the pitfalls of polemical and polarized thinking that often characterize discussions about this complex and controversial topic
  • Includes intervention tools, resources for intake, sample agreements, and court orders

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