Parental Alienation and Misinformation Proliferation
Since parental alienation syndrome (PAS) was identified in the 1980’s, there has been a remarkable amount of misinformation regarding both PAS and parental alienation (PA). These falsehoods were published in professional journals, presented at conferences, and distributed through internet websites and blogs. This presentation summarizes several examples of published misinformation regarding PAS/PA. The presenter also proposes practices that mental health and legal writers can adopt to reduce the destructive polarization that has occurred regarding the topics of PAS/PA. In general, however, clinicians, forensic practitioners, and legal professionals should remain vigilant when they read articles or listen to presentations about topics that might be considered controversial.
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.