Southern California Parental Alienation Conference on November 13, 2010

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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.

(from Parental Alienation Can Happen to Adults and In Marriages)

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.

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Further Reading

Dr. Amy Baker On Parental Alienation, PAS, and Helping Your Kids Resist Both

American Parents, Family Policy, and Courts Contribute to Poor Student Performance

Borderline Personality Disorder and Parental Alienation Involve Similar Abusive Behaviors

Singapore Schools and Courts Enable Parental Alienation Child Abuse

Welcome Back Pluto is Dr. Warshak’s New Parental Alienation Video for Kids and Parents

Divorce Books for Kids

Canadian Symposium for Parental Alienation Syndrome to be held in New York in October 2010

Stopping Parental Alienation Requires Family Court Reforms

Child Custody Tactic: Faking Separation Anxiety via Child Abuse

Counteracting Tactics for Interfering With Custody and Visitation

Moms Discredit Themselves by Denying Parental Alienation

Proposal for DSM-5 to Include Parental Alienation Disorder

Parental Alienation Can Happen to Adults and In Marriages

Parental Alienation Book For Middle School Kids: “I Don’t Want to Choose!”

Action Alert: Tell Major Media Outlets, DSM Committee that Parental Alienation is Real and Harms Children

NOW Criticizes F & F over Our Campaign to Ask DSM to Include Parental Alienation in Upcoming Edition, Writes DSM Task Force, Urging Them Not to Include Alienation

  1. Ben Z.
    November 8th, 2020 at 02:33 | #1

    The definitive guide to dealing with Valerie Houghton.

    She is the client. It doesn’t matter who is paying her or what is requested, Valerie Houghton has no loyalties. She will create outcomes that yield her the most money. Ms. Houghton separately told both me and my spouse to pay her in cash and keep her retainment a secret.
    Valerie Houghton doesn’t care about anything. I told her that my spouse was letting my 13 year old son be molested. Instead of taking proper action, she used that information to extract assets from my spouse to be placed into trust. I was not allowed to discuss it with my son.
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    Prepare for at least one of the parties to have a restraining order, even if there is no abuse. This is standard in all her cases. If the parties cannot communicate, she is in control. She also likes to put people in jail, or threaten to do so. Valerie can be quite the bully.

    Valerie Houghton is vindictive. She will take it personally if you “disobey” her or dispute her invoices.She gets off on annihilation. She can be quite sadistic and cruel. Valerie threatened me on several occasions not to fire her. After she did nothing about my son being molested, I fired her. At the next hearing the judge vacated all of my hearings, but kept a temporary restraining order going. I was subsequently cut out of my kid’s lives. Something was read from my spouse’s attorney’s phone and I agreed. I didn’t understand at the time that it was a three year restraining order and I could only see my kids if “mother permitted” “brief and peaceful contact” I never got to see or sign any document. The judge couldn’t even tell me a reason why I couldn’t contact my kids when I asked him at a later hearing. I later saw on Ms. Houghton’s website that the judge was listed as a personal reference. There are many more judges that she is connected to, as I later found this out through my experience dealing with her. I don’t have any sound advice on this one. You can’t fire her. She will stay on your case until your kids until your kids turn 18 and there is no money left for her to milk.

    Valerie Houghton uses a private investigator named Carlos Gonzalez. He has a team of young hispanic males that work for him. They likely work on the cheap and are unlicensed. They are capable of doing almost anything, including stalking, harassing, threatening, hacking, breaking and entering, drugging, and poisoning. The drugging and poisoning are easier to do than one might imagine. Although I experienced both, the poisoning is likely reserved for extreme situations, such as filing a complaint. By the way, never file a complaint against her. If you have kids the drugging is likely, even if you are paying her. Remember: the only interests that matter are her own. If you start failing drug tests and need drug treatment to see your kids, start suspecting that Houghton is involved.

    Once she hacks your electronic devices, Valerie will penetrate your social circle. She also is HIGHLY adept at using social media. She will use that for “data mining” and to stalk you. Valerie will dig up dirt to threaten and blackmail you. Please recall the example that I gave involving my son getting molested. I suggest deleting all of your accounts, including Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, and anything else. If you are hacked, she will also send out messages from there if it suits her needs. Valerie is a sociopath on steroids. Most people will take her money, including friends and some family.

    Stay away from starbucks and other restaurants. With Valerie I learned that most people will take money, including for drugging.

    Valerie Houghton is EXTREMELY smart and very stubborn and cunning. She will figure out highly elaborate charades to cheat you. Again, she doesn’t take “no” for answer. I don’t have any specific advice for this. If she wants to cheat, she will likely get away with it, especially if she involves your attorney and/ or judge.

    Don’t trust anyone. You can’t even trust your own children if Valerie is involved. She will use them for information and “school” them to do what she wants. People might try to ‘advise’ you, including friends and family. Valerie likes to involve anyone that she can, even people at your job and your doctor.

    Change all your locks. Don’t give out any keys.

    Your children are her “ATM” machines. She knows that you will do and pay whatever is necessary to see them. This is how she maximizes her profits.

    The more assets you have, the longer the divorce will drag out. She wants everything, especially the big stuff like the house. Remember she will involve everyone, including all the attorneys and judge. Make sure to ask around before hiring your primary attorney. This is something that I hugely regret not doing. I was pushed into getting an attorney who was connected to Ms. Houghton.

    Valerie is capable of ANYTHING, including assault and letting your children get raped. Anything goes, so be extra careful. Besides being a therapist and attorney, Valerie Hoghton is also a registered nurse who used to specialize in medical malpractice. The only reason that I know all of this stuff is because I have been dealing with her for the past six years. You might not realize that she is secretly pulling the strings until years later. But if you already know that she is on your case, expect all of the above, excluding the poisoning (if you haven’t complained).

  2. Ben Z.
    February 1st, 2023 at 23:28 | #2

    Make sure to check this document for more information if Valerie Houghton is your therapist and/ or attorney.

    You have a long road ahead. She is like a dog with a bone when it comes to children being abused. Valerie will never protect a child, nor will she allow anyone else to do it. She would rather kill you than acknowledge that she has done anything wrong.

  3. Ben Z.
    February 1st, 2023 at 23:30 | #3

    She has now moved to Texas. There is now an open complaint in that state:

    If you have been harmed by her, you can contact the investigator directly at [email protected]

  4. Ben Z.
    February 1st, 2023 at 23:32 | #4

    There is also a police investigation.

    Chad. O. Lyn is currently investigating her, so direct your complaints to him.

    Chad O. Lynn
    Senior Police Officer-Austin Regional Intelligence Center
    Austin Police Department
    512.974.4296 | [email protected]

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