Another factor that the author discusses as contributing to the stifling of progress in parental alienation research is the vested interests of the legal system in maintaining cases of parental alienation; specifically financial gains. The author provides a scathing critique of twenty-four case studies of parental alienation, which is a somewhat unique perspective the author brings. The author outlines two distinct strands relevant to the understanding of, and in making progress towards tackling parental alienation – the clinical and the legal implications. A large problem with advancing awareness of and reducing parental alienation seems to result from the difficulty in reconciling these two strands. We appear to be stuck in a cycle whereby relevant professionals in cases of parental alienation have different goals – increasing business in the courts versus increasing family harmony and mental wellbeing. These divergent goals mean that the legal and clinical strands of parental alienation cannot be easily reconciled, yet the consequence of this is the extreme psychological harm and reduced wellbeing experienced by alienated family members. Continue reading “Parental alienation is illegal in some countries, but virtually unknown to psychologists in the UK”
The European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners opens its conference booking today. Headline speakers include leading researcher and writer Amy J.L.Baker PhD. Brian Ludmer from Ludmer Law in Canada, Professor Gordana Buljan Flander from the Child Protection Centre in Zagreb, Barristers from 1KBW UK, Linda Gottlieb and Steve Miller from the USA, along with Psychologists and Psychotherapists who are pioneering in this work in Europe.
The only effective means to combat and eliminate parental alienation is to address it by means of a multi-faceted approach that involves fundamental changes to the present system of divorce, and alienated parents and their allies would be well-advised to channel their energies in this direction. This article is a call to action, involving four essential steps to address the problem of parental alienation. All other efforts will produce only superficial or short-term results.
Step 1: Professional recognition of parental alienation as a serious form of child abuse, and corresponding intervention of child protection authorities
Parental alienation is a form of individual child abuse, the result of actions by an individual caregiver that represent a significant form of harm to children. Parental alienation as a serious form of emotional child abuse, which is linked to child neglect and to physical and sexual abuse, clearly makes it, above all else, a child protection concern. First and foremost, we need to recognize parental alienation as a form of individual child abuse that requires a child protection response, no different than physical and sexual abuse. This may involve child removal from the abusive parent or, in most cases, family support services aimed at educating the parent about the effects and unacceptability of alienation and effecting a reunification process between the child and the targeted parent. Continue reading “Parental Alienation: What Is the Solution?”
Trauma is a normal part of the human experience, but it varies widely in terms of severity and impact. Patients who come to therapy with a history of trauma that has caused significant havoc and dysfunction in their lives may struggle to reach their treatment goals without a treatment plan that emphasizes the resolution of the trauma itself. For this reason, all psychotherapists should be aware of the conditions needed for trauma treatment to be successful. In 2006, Wolfgang Toller outlined eight prerequisites for trauma treatment, which are outlined in Dagmar Härle’s book, ‘Trauma Sensitive Yoga.’ The following have been adapted from Härle’s book and represent the basic requirements for the treatment of trauma in therapy. 1.Security Trauma involves an inherent lack of security—an experience in which a person’s needs for safety are ignored or somehow violated. Therefore, it is critical to establish safety in the therapeutic space in order for the work to be effective. Part of
Source: Trauma Therapy 101: The Basics
For those individuals struggling with major depression, life can seem like a dark cavern of despair. The hopelessness of their situation is continually reinforced by the pervasive negative thinking that dominates the space they occupy. Those negative thoughts continually pull the shades of darkness on their world and prevent the person from realizing the pleasures of life. The depressed person tends to minimize accomplishments and maximize failures. Asking a depressed person to simply ‘see the bright side of things’ is analogous to asking someone to view a beautiful picture in total darkness. However, if the person can be assisted to verbalize positive traits attributable to self, he or she may begin turning on the lights necessary to illuminate a path to recovery. Negative Thinking and Depression According to Beck (1991), negative automatic thoughts tend to arise in the person with depression without conscious awareness. When these negative thoughts become connected to events in
Yes its sounds like hard work but if you start now you will be way ahead for the New Year and feel great over Christmas.
- Consider your fitness goals.
- Create a balanced routine.
- Start low and progress slowly.
- Build activity into your daily routine.
- Plan to include different activities.
- Allow time for recovery.
- Put it on paper.
Improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular physical activity. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.
Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.
They can also help bring about feelings of euphoria and general well-being.
How Much Exercise Is Needed?
Many people think that you must exercise an exorbitant amount of time to trigger endorphin release; however, moderate amounts of exercise lasting 20 to 30 minutes can cause endorphin release. In fact, if you are new to exercising you may experience stronger effects of endorphins than someone who has regularly been exercising, since your brain is not used to the endorphin rush.
Any form of aerobic exercise will release serotonin and other endorphins, which can lead to a feeling of well being.
- Simply try taking a walk where you live.
- Lift some weights at the gym.
- Bodyweight Training
- Go swimming.
- Go dancing.
- Team Sports
Most physical activity shakes things up on a cellular level releasing, yup you guessed it, endorphins. Doctors will often advise depressed individuals to get their bodies moving to feel better.
Massages can also help with aches and pains and the physical touch releases endorphins. This is why so many people feel calm and relaxed afterward receiving a massage.
So don’t delay start planning your exercise regime today!!