Dr. Sue Whitcombe Category

Psychopathology and the conceptualisation of mental disorder: The debate around the inclusion of Parental Alienation in DSM-5 | Sue Whitcombe

MENTAL DISORDERS are not static phenomena. At various times schizophrenia did not exist, bipolardisorder was manic depression and depressive disorder was melancholia treated by blood-letting (Benham, 1915). Homosexuality was a mental disorder subsequently re-classified as sexual orientation disturbance in 1974, before being removed from the DSM in 1987. Whilst major revisions in the classification of mental disorder occur […]

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What works in parental alienation? Dr Sue Whitcombe

What works in parental alienation? Look for the evidence … In a recent systematic review Templer and colleagues (Templer, Matthewson, Haines, & Cox, 2017) derived a set of shared characteristics for intervention programmes with positive outcomes. The shared characteristics are – any family therapeutic intervention for parental alienation must involve the targeted child, targeted parent […]

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Dr Sue WhitcombePsychologist working with high conflict family breakdown and parental alienation: interventions, training, consultancy

Sue knows her subject, she is able to explain the complicated and nuanced subject of parental alienation to a wide range of audiences in accessible language. She encourages reflection on our own practice and is unafraid to be challenging when appropriate. Sue encourages professionals to take a wider view of how to support families, especially […]

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Powerless to parent; powerless to protect: The experiences of alienated parents in the UK – Sue Whitcombe

Parental alienation has been a contentious concept in the UK for the ma- jority of the last thirty years (Whitcombe, 2014) with Hobbs (2006) sug-gesting a range of perspectives from confusion to total denial of its exist-ence. Psychiatrist Kirk Weir (Weir & Sturge, 2006) acknowledged the con-troversy over Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), though confirmed the  presence of the characteristic eight behavioural signs in a child in “scores of cases” in which he conducted […]

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Good enough parent -Jane Jackson

What great words those are in the title of this blog. I wish I could take credit for them but credit must go to Dr Sue Whitcombe Chartered Psychologist http://familypsychologysolutions.org/dr-sue-whitcombe/ . A light bulb moment for me to hear them yesterday. How they resonated.   Bristol Grandparents Support Group

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Parental alienation: Understanding, assessment and intervention for children and families

Awareness of the alienation process reduces the risk of unwitting collusion by practitioners, improving outcomes for children & families Timetable 09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee 10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch) 16:30 Workshop ends Details Parental Alienation refers to a child’s rejection of, or resistance to, contact with a parent, and often […]

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British Psychological Society’s Division of Counselling Psychology in London

Parental alienation — a child’s unwarranted rejection of one parent and strong alignment with the other following high conflict family breakdown — leaves the alienated parent feeling powerless. Despite recognition in recent high court judgements, it is poorly understood and rarely acknowledged in the British family justice system. That is the conclusion of research being […]

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Parental alienation – time to notice, time to intervene

At this precise moment I’m in some manic, hyperactive mode that is suppressing my exhaustion as I beaver away at my urgent ‘to do’ list ahead of my Friday flight to Spain. Twelve days. Twelve whole days in which I am banned from using my computer, accessing e-mails and reading anything remotely related to my […]

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Powerless: the lived experience of alienated parents in the UK

Powerless: the lived experience of alienated parents in the UK This is a summary of the findings of a research study conducted as an Advanced Independent Work in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology awarded by Teesside University. It was successfully defended in a viva-voce examination on 24th June 2014. […]

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