Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Therapy Contraindicated: Treatment Challenges in Working with Severely Alienated Children
by Sinclair, Leilani K., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 55; 10830075
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores issues of accessibility, quality, and effectiveness in the treatment by mental health professionals of children exhibiting severe cases of parental alienation syndrome (PAS). It presents treatment options that reflect the most up-to-date approaches, research and extensive experience, and the current knowledge base established by expert clinicians. Hermeneutic research finds the need for increased support, education, and additional resources to enable professionals to provide PAS-informed approaches when working with children and families in high-conflict divorce situations, particularly children presenting with extreme behaviors, including traits associated with psychopathology and mental illness. The author integrates personal experience in seeking to support a loved one who was the targeted parent of a severely alienated child. This heuristic account is based on witnessing a family struggling to find a way out of alienation and seeks to highlight the challenges of this client population.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Altman, Avrom
Commitee: Altman, Avrom, Elliot, Jemma, Pottenger, Rebecca
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Brainwashing, Cognitive distortions, High-conflict divorce, Loyalty bind, Parental alienation, Parental relationship distress
Publication Number: 10830075
ISBN: 9780438304697
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