In recent years there has been heightened interest in the clinical and legal management of families in which children resist contact with one parent and become aligned with the other following divorce. Families affected by these dynamics require disproportionate resources and time from mental health and legal professionals, and cases require a specialized clinical approach. Traditional models of individual and family therapy are not designed to address these issues, and strategies and resources for mental health and legal professionals have been extremely limited. Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems describes interventions for families experiencing a high conflict divorce impasse where a child is resisting contact with a parent. It examines in detail one such intervention, the Overcoming Barriers approach, involving the entire family and combining psycho-education and clinical intervention. The book is divided into two parts: Part I presents an overview of parental alienation, including clinical approaches and a critical analysis of the many challenges associated with traditional outpatient family-based interventions. Part II presents the Overcoming Barriers approach, describing core aspects of the intervention and ways to adapt its clinical techniques to outpatient practice. Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems is geared toward mental health clinicians and legal professionals who work with families in high conflict and where a child resists visitation with a parent.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 233 x 156 x 20 mm
"Judge and Deutsch have garnered a collection of outstanding thinkers and clinicians with deep and broad expertise in handling the complexities involved when a child refuses to spend time with or rejects a parent. Together, the chapters offer a sophisticated road map of conceptual, clinical, and empirical views of the problem and potential solutions. This volume focuses on an intervention that has met with success in a field littered with clinical failures; in doing so, the authors provide hope and pave the way toward new methods of improving estranged child and parent relationships."--Marsha Kline Pruett, PhD, MSL, Maconda Brown O'Connor Professor, Smith College School for Social Work
"This is a timely and thoughtful contribution to the vexing challenge of reintegrating the family when children resist contact. This cutting-edge book clearly articulates the importance of non-office-based therapeutic approaches to challenge rigidly stuck family systems. The authors describe the key elements of their ground-breaking program, provide practical techniques clinicians can use in their practice today, and provide concepts that family law attorneys and judges can use in crafting orders tomorrow. Read this book!"--Angus Strachan, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA
"This book is a must-read for family law lawyers and judges to understand the complex dynamics of the refuse/resist case, to learn about the resources available for the entire family, and to create a collaborative process within the legal and therapeutic systems. Building on the lessons learned from Family Camp and Intensive Weekends, these author-practitioners share cutting-edge theory and practical solutions for the cases that have us pulling our hair out with frustration."--Marjorie A. Slabach, Retired Superior Court Commissioner, San Francisco, CA
"This book is a welcome addition to the literature of divorce, law, and psychology. Chapters highlight the challenge of responding to high-conflict divorce involving children and where consistent involvement of both parents in the children's lives is conflictual or nonexistent. Nationally respected professionals address the problem as a family problem and identify interventions for the whole family. EL This is an important contribution. It is sure to guide professionals and families to more healthy and satisfying relationships."--John Sargent, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine
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