Interventions, Educational and Therapeutic

Barbara Jo Fidler, Nicholas Bala and Michael A. Saini

in Children Who Resist PostSeparation Parental Contact

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895496
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980086 | DOI:

Series: American Psychology-Law Society

Interventions, Educational and Therapeutic

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Various mental health interventions, approaches, and strategies are discussed in the literature for responding to cases when alienation or other parent-child contact problems are present. Deciding the most appropriate intervention for children and families will depend on the nature of the parent-child contact problem (alienation, justified rejection, elements of both—a mixed case, other dynamics such as enmeshment, age-appropriate reactions, degree of intentionality on the part of the favored parent to exclude the other parent) and the level or extent of the parent-child contact problem (mild, moderate, or severe; responsiveness to intervention and court orders on the part of the favored parent). This chapter discusses the role of the court in educational and therapeutic interventions; principles and guidelines; goals of counseling; treatment modalities, approaches, and strategies; summary of specific interventions, protocols, or approaches; and aftercare, training, accessibility, and costs of interventions.

Keywords: counseling; court orders; enmeshment; age-appropriate reactions; intentionality; treatment modalities; aftercare; training; accessibility

Chapter.  14421 words. 

Subjects: Criminal and Forensic Psychology

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