AFCC Webinar Series on Parent-Child Contact Problems

Rhetoric and Reason in Parental Alienation Discourse

Joan Meier, JD, Madelyn Milchman, PhD, and Robert Geffner, PhD

June 16, 2020, 3:00-4:30pm Eastern time US
Registration closes at 9:00am Eastern Time US on June 15, 2020


Rhetoric and Reason in Parental Alienation Discourse
Many of the debates between parental alienation proponents and detractors seem to go around in circles, in part because there seems to be little shared reality.  Despite extensive publications and advocacy by alienation proponents, some writers utilize rhetorical strategies rather than concrete assertions which can be established or disproven. This presentation identifies several rhetorical strategies utilized by alienation proponents which obfuscate rather than advance the discussion.  The presentation will help participants identify illegitimate forms of argument and analysis in order to distinguish credible claims of "alienating behaviors" from invalid applications of the alienation label.

This webinar is eligible for up to 1.5 hours of continuing education for psychologists. AFCC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AFCC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Lawyers, judges, social workers, counselors, and other professionals seeking continuing education credits may use the AFCC Certificate of Attendance to verify attendance when applying to their state, provincial, or other regulatory or licensing agency. 

The courses outlined in the agenda have been approved as corresponding to subject areas specified in California Rules of Court, rule 5.210, 5.225, and 5.518. The views expressed in this training are those of the trainers and do not necessarily represent the official positions or policies of the Judicial Council of California. You must attend the live webinar to receive a certificate of attendance