Overview of Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome

$5.00 | CE Hours:1.00 | Intermediate

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CE 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 CE 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


CE 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.


CE 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



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is offered for this course for social workers (followed by ACE approval statement that is currently on every ACE course page) Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2020 – 01/03/2023.

To see other approvals in your state, see our state by state provider approval listings here.


CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 2017-12-28

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