Reconfiguring the Child’s Mind: Post Reunification Work

Karen Woodall:

When a child is reunited with the parent they have rejected all sorts of strange things start to happen.  The most strange to the parent who has been previously rejected, is the manner in which the child returns, more or less immediately, to the normal range loving relationship that was present before the alienation reaction set in.  Other strange things also occur. These are to do with the way in which the child recovers from the split thinking, learning in stages to think in shades rather than the stark black and white polarised beliefs they have previously learned to adapt to.  A child may not speak about things which have caused the splitting reaction to set in, at least for some time after reunification.  When the child does speak it may appear to be in riddles and difficult to understand. As the child begins to settle with the parent they…

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