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Coping with Parental Alienation: 2 Day Course


Parental Alienation is one of the most difficult issues that a separated parent can deal with.  Many children of separated parents will, at one time or another, struggle with relationships, finding transitions between parents difficult.  But is it alienation, and what does Parental Alienation really mean?


This workshop will deal with the spectrum of children's reactions, from the mild to the most severe and will help participants to identify what is happening in their own relationships as well as how to prevent, manage and reverse an alienation reaction.

Come prepared to share as much or as little as you wish about your own situation, privacy is respected and a surgery for more complex situations will be held after the workshop.





Members: £40 (£25 reduced rate for unwaged)


Non-members: £50 (£35 reduced rate for unwaged) 


Please note that those booking places at the unwaged reduced rate will be required to send information confirming their current status to the FNF central office.



Course Date and Location:

26th - 27th May, 10am – 4pm
The RE Hotel London Shoreditch
419 - 437 Hackney Road
E2 8PP


Click on the address for a map of the venue.



Course Leader:


Karen Woodall 


Karen Woodall works in the High Courts with some of the most complex Parental Alienation cases and has wide ranging experience of children's reactions to family separation.
Karen is a family counsellor who has written widely on family separation, particularly from an understanding of how fathers are disadvantaged after separation in terms of the choices they make about relationships with children.  Karen uses exercises alongside advice and information to offer an experiential workshop that is packed with ideas, strategies and tools to help parents understand what is happening and improve relationships.
Unfortunately, due to demands on her time, Karen cannot enter into any agreements for long term work as a result of workshops but is happy to answer as many questions and give as much advice as possible throughout the programme.



Course Outline


Topics covered in this course will include:


  • How alienation begins
  • How children's difficulties with transitions between parents can lead to psychological splitting and alienation
  • How our current system contributes to the problem of alienation in children
  • The signs of alienation and how to spot them
  • The psychological and emotional changes that create pressure on parents and children
  • The history of alienation and how social changes increase the likelihood of it happening to our children
  • High conflict separation and the risk of alienation for children
  • How alienating parents operate
  • How neuroscience is contributing to a deeper understanding of alienation and how to treat it
  • how to keep sane when your child is rejecting you
  • The importance of keeping fit and well
  • When to make strategic retreats
  • How to differentiate between the type of alienation your child is suffering
  • The importance of understanding your own parenting style
  • The impact that family history has upon the alienation
  • How to recognise and reverse an alienation reaction in your child
  • How to manage severe cases



Participants on the course with Karen Woodall will learn a great deal about parental alienation and about their own cases and the possibilities for treatment.  Attendance on the course however, does not qualify anyone to work in the field of Parental Alienation and participants on the course are reminded that working with parental alienation in the court arena is something that can only be undertaken by a qualified expert in the field. Experts who diagnose parental alienation are psychiatrists or psychologists, it is not possible to self diagnose or diagnose others. 



Karen Woodall is a qualified Family Therapist with many years experience in direct work with families and within the court arena.  As such she cannot diagnose Parental Alienation, she can only advise if it is a possibility.  Karen's work in the courts, with families where alienation is present is in conjunction with psychiatrists who diagnose whilst Karen carries out the work of reunification and re-establishment of relationships.  This is highly skilled and sensitive work and should only ever be proposed or undertaken by someone with therapeutic training and an understanding and experience in working with alienated children.


Course registration and further information:

This course is now sold out. If you are still interested in a course on PA, please consider the Dr L.W. Lowenstein Parental Alienation Presentation & Q&A, 16th Junes 2012, 2pm - 5pm.

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