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An up to date understanding of Parental Alienation

October 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Parental alienation is increasingly recognised, in the legal arena and by mental health professionals, as a dysfunctional, destructive and harmful process which occurs within the context of high-conflict family breakdown.
We are delighted to be joined by Darren Spooner, a leader in the field of understanding and responding to parental alienation. Darren has over 20 years experience as an expert witness in the family Courts across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including the High Court. A UK expert clinical psychologist specialising in child protection, parental alienation, parent-rejection, child maltreatment and complex family assessment, Darren has conducted 100s of assessments of adults and children in cases where a child has rejected a parent following family breakdown.
Parental alienation in the UK has moved on considerably and Darren Spooner will provide an update on diagnosis, case examples, case law and distinguishing between abuse and parental alienation.   The day will cover a number of case studies in order to enhance your understanding of parental alienation. It will cover the following issues;

  • What is considered parental alienation
  • An up to date insight into diagnosis and Baker’s 4-factor model
  • Intentional and unintentional alienation
  • Understanding the spectrum of behaviours seen in families where parental alienation is present
  • The consequences of parental alienation
  • Criticisms of parental alienation
  • Understanding attachment
  • Other reasons why children reject / resist parents following family breakdown
  • Evaluating allegations of abuse and distinguishing between parental alienation and abuse
  • How the courts and Cafcass are responding to parental alienation
  • Legal, therapeutic and psychological interventions
  • Last resorts
  • Discussion of case studies / case law


£140 plus VAT [incl. lunch and refreshments].
6 CPD points / 6 SRA

The event will take place at The Danum Mercure – Doncaster

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October 22
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Danum Mercure Hotel, Doncaster


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