Allegations of parental alienation continues to challenge family courts, professionals and parents. Emerging evidence supports a cluster of parent alienating behaviors that can have a negative impact on some children, during the separation process and in later adult years. While the evidence of alienation continues to accumulate, there remains great debate whether the current research is sufficiently robust to accurately make assertions about the etiology, prevalence, assessment, consequences and appropriate interventions of alienation for children and families. This webinar will highlight some of the controversies and will offer practical ways to integrate empirical research into decision making for child custody disputes.
Michael A. Saini, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and holds the endowed Factor-Inwentash Chair of Law and Social Work. He is the Co-Director of the Combined J.D. and M.S.W. program and the Course Director of the 48-hour Foundations to Custody Evaluations. He is a Board Member of the Association of Family Conciliation and the Courts and an editorial board member for the Family Court Review and the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. He provides risk management consultation for working with families involved in high conflict child custody disputes, he leads parent groups for separated families, he provides parent coaching, and for the past 18 years, he has been conducting custody evaluations and assisting children's counsel for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, Ministry of the Attorney General in Ontario. He has over 100 publications, including books, book chapters, government reports, systematic reviews and peer-reviewed journal articles. His publications have focused on access to justice, child custody disputes, interparental conflict, cultural dynamics of separated families, alienation, supervised visitation, virtual visitation, child protection services and parent competencies post separation and divorce.
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