Southern California Parental Alienation Conference on November 13, 2010Written by: Chris Print This Article
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Karen Lebow of the Southern California Parents of Alienated Children’s Network has announced that an all-day conference on parental alienation is planned for Saturday, November 13, 2010, from 8am to 5pm, at California State University as Northridge near Los Angeles. Admissions prices range from $60 to $75.
The keynote speaker is Amy Baker, Ph.D., author of the acclaimed book Dr. Amy Baker entitled Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome: Breaking the Ties That Bind.
It’s excellent in part because it is filled with real examples and details from 40 personal stories of adults who realized they were alienated from a parent as children. The subjects of her interviews range from 19 to 67 years old. Although many have speculated that parental alienation became common due to changing laws that no longer assumed that children would reside with the mother after divorce, these accounts of parental alienation start from the years before joint physical and legal custody were common. This implies that parental alienation predates shared parenting rulings becoming more common as they are today in many places. Most of the alienated children interviewed were from the United States, some were from the United Kingdom. They have a variety of cultural backgrounds, including from India. While the number of study participants isn’t enough to make any firm conclusions about particular cultures, it is enough to demonstrate that parental alienation is a problem that spans nations, ethnicities, and decades of changing family law practices.
Some of these adult children have managed to repair the relationships with their target parents. Many of them only managed to do so after a major interruption of their relationships with their alienating parent, such as by a falling out or by the death of that parent. All have suffered greatly due to the parental alienation, particularly from mental health and emotional problems. It’s helpful to see both how this happened to them and what the target parents tried to do to continue the relationship.
Dr. Baker describes both common strategies alienators use to keep children from having good relationships with target parents and the attempts many of these target parents made to try to continue the relationships with their children. Alarmingly, even target parents who went to a great deal of effort often could not preserve the relationships because of the continuous animosity by the alienator who was intent on destroying those relationships by any means.
Baker will also be doing a book signing even at the end of the conference. She was also a speaker at the recent parental alienation conference in New York City.
The parental alienation conference brochure lists more details on the event.
After the brochure was assembled, another speaker was announced. Pamela Siobhan Hoch, MA, the Program Director of the Rachel Foundation Center for Reunification, will be presenting “Success in Reunification with Severe PAS Cases” discussing her work with alienated children and parents in Texas.
Visit the Southern California Parents of Alienated Children Support Group for more information on their group for parents and relatives affected by abusive parental alienation.