Overview of Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome

$3.00 | CEU Hours:1.00 | Intermediate


CEU Course Description

While parental alienation syndrome (PAS) and parental alienation (PA) have much in common, both as theories and with respect to how they are used in court, they have distinct scientific and research bases and critiques.  This CEU course provides a historical and research overview of PAS and PA, identifies strategic issues for social workers working with abused women and children, and offers guidelines to improve courts’ treatment of these issues.

Author:  Meier, J.  (2013, September).  Parental Alienation Syndrome and Parental Alienation.  Harrisburg, PA: VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.

Retrieved from:  https://vawnet.org/material/parental-alienation-syndrome-and-parental-alienation-research-review


CEU Course Objectives

1.  Explain the assumption that PAS theory is premised on.

2.  Summarize the debate that continues to rage in research and advocacy circles over parental alienation.

3.  Appraise the topics that evaluators of abuse should be required to have genuine expertise in.

4.  Identify the ideal strategy for combating PAS/PA claims leveled against an abuse survivor.


CEU Outline with Main Points

1.  Parental Alienation Syndrome

a.  Historical Background

b.  Gardner's Remedies for PAS

c.  Gardner's Pro-pedophilic and Misogynistic Beliefs

d.  The Lack of Evidence Base for PAS

e.  PAS Continues to Garner Public and Judicial Attention

2.  Parental Alienation

a.  Critique of PA - Lack of Evidence Base

b.  Lack of Evidence Base for Long-term Impact of Alienation

c.  Links between PA and Domestic Violence - Reversing the PA Paradigm

d.  PA and PAS Labeling by Child Protection Agencies

e.  PA and PAS Labeling by Custody Evaluators

3.  Strategy Issues for Litigants in Specific Cases

a.  Expert Witnesses

b.  Alienation by Batterers

4.  An Abuse-Sensitive Approach to Adjudicating Parental Alienation Allegations



Date Added: 2017-12-28

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