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What works in parental alienation?

What works in parental alienation? Look for the evidence …
Let me be clear – I am not saying that these particular practitioners, these programmes, have not had successes. But we do not have sufficient independent information regarding the conditions under which they are, or may be, successful; we do not know where they have been unsuccessful. We do not know the intake criteria for the programmes, nor the exclusion criteria. We do not know, for example, whether there are mental health issues with any of the family members. We do not know the developmental stage of the child or children. We do not know the length of time the parent-child relationship has been ruptured. We do not know about new attachments such as new sibling relationships. We do not know about previous unsuccessful attempts at restoring relationships. We do not know about confounding variables such as bereavements, school or peer experiences. We do not know about individual differences such as neurodevelopmental conditions, additional or complex needs, cultural issues. All of this information is necessary in considering the success or otherwise of any intervention. It needs to be transparent, open to question, to challenge, to judgement by peers. If this is not the case what we have may be hearsay, self-promotion or biased reporting.
As a psychologist, I am a scientist-practitioner – the evidence matters. Just because programme Z has worked with families G and H – it does not mean it will work with family K or F. Both the Family Separation Clinic and the Anna Freud Centre have recently promoted the success of their programmes. Eia Asen of the Anna Freud Centre reports a 90% success rate – reporting their internal audit figures. Karen Woodall of the Family Separation Clinic, while being overtly critical and denigratory of other programmes and practitioners, asserts there is an evidence base for her work – one which does not require independent evaluation or comparison to other programmes. I had hoped to review data of their programme as part of my current research, but have had no response to my request for a copy of the presentation on their work made by Nick Woodall at a recent London conference.


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