Support and Services
Note: As “Parental Alienation” gets known about, people may find themselves tapping into resources with that heading as a first step. But you should note that many professionals and agencies are not well-disposed to help people who present “PA” as their leading concern. So you may find lots of other steps and resources are more useful as a first step. For example, people who’ve contacted us have had clear-cut child protection concerns that can be followed up, or false allegations brewing, or legal issues to learn about. So don’t forget to explore these as well as more PA-shaped things. Meanwhile – read on!
Dr Sue Whitcombe is a Counselling Psychologist with a special interest in Alienation. She offers a similar (to FSC’s) range of services, training and events through Family Psychology Solutions.
Dr Shelagh Wright is a PA-aware Family and Systemic Psychotherapist and a Family Mediator trained in Direct Child Consultation.
Ludwig Lowenstein died recently. For decades longer than most in the UK, he had worked with Parental Alienation. He was still available to help people suffering with PAS to the last. His extensive publications and his book (2007) are listed here.
Alienation affects mothers and fathers, but the organisations are unfortunately divided by gender. Families Need Fathers – and the FNF Scotland ‘sister’ organisation aka now as Both Parents Matter – provide guidelines and support of various kinds. They don’t mind what gender of father contacts them. Here’s a useful FNFS webpage with useful resources that are not PA-shaped. The FNFS report on Shared Parenting: Better for Scotland’s Children well shows the important positive side of the alienation coin.
Stand Alone is a charity offering support to adults estranged from their family or children. They say: “Our latest research from Ipsos MORI shows that 1 in 5 families in the UK will be affected by estrangement and over 5 million people have decided to cut contact with at least one family member.” Contact them on their website. They have a ‘meeting people’ page and (as of August 2015) offer support services in London, Sheffield, Newcastle and Glasgow. Outside those areas, they have a comprehensive on-line support service.
Mothers Apart from Their CHildren (MATCH) may be helpful for mothers who have been alienated, though that is not the only predicament they cover. There are closed networks too that you can ask to join, e.g. Alien Mothership on Facebook.
go to the site for more support and services:-https://thealienationexperience.org.uk/links/