Alienation watch: missing pieces in professional practice with families

Karen Woodall

The experience of being alienated from a child is extraordinary, it is like nothing else that happens in child/parent relationships. As such it is an under articulated experience and it is one which is often ignored or not listened to in any significant way by people who could and in my view should, care about children and their families.

We work every day with parents who are alienated from their children, as well as with parents whose children are aligned to them and parents who are actively alienating their children. We also work with children of all ages as well as grandparents and wider family members and friends. We even at times, work with family pets who have become alienated.  All players in the family drama are part of the work that we do.  All players have a role to play in unfreezing the dance and helping the child to…

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