AFCC Webinar Series on Parent-Child Contact Problems

Responding to Severe Parent-Child Rejection Cases Without A Parentectomy

Shely Polak, PhD, and Linda Popielarczyk, MSW, RSW

July 7, 2020, 3:00-4:30pm Eastern time US
Registration closes at 9:00am Eastern Time US on July 6, 2020


Responding to Severe Parent-Child Rejection Cases Without A Parentectomy
Limited options exist to assist families exhibiting severe resist-refuse dynamics. One option involves a court-ordered reversal of custody with suspension of child contact with the favoured parent, and intensive intervention for the child and rejected parent. This has been labelled a ‘parentectomy’ within the literature. This webinar proposes an innovative approach referred to as a Blended Sequential Intervention. It involves a reversal of care and includes a multi-day therapeutic experience for child and rejected parent, and anticipates the future involvement of the favoured parent. It addresses the psychoeducational needs and requisite behavioural changes, and coordinates future connection to avoid a permanent parentectomy when possible. The role of the courts will also be discussed.

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.