Strasbourg - 24 & 25 November 2018

Suitable for: mediators, psychotherapists, counsellors, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists.



This is a two-day intensive training programme for professionals who already hold a qualification in the helping therapies.

Designed to strengthen awareness of the complexities of cases in which children refuse a relationship with one parent after separation, this course introduces you to the internationally recognised models of intervention which have been developed by the Family Separation Clinic, in London. The training additionally enables understanding of how this model of work can be adapted to suit different legislative frameworks.

This course is suitable for those who are already working as expert witnesses in the family court system as well as those who wish to develop their skills in practice with these difficult to treat families, and is approved by the European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners.



  • knowledge of parental alienation within the context of worldwide research
  • awareness of how international standards of intervention translate into different legal settings
  • understanding of the legal and mental health interlock in case management of parental alienation
  • ability to conclude differentiation processes and develop treatment routes response


Parental alienation is the complete unjustified rejection by a child of a parent who was once loved dearly. It is a dynamic seen in a particular group of families in which there are identifiable traits. In the most severe cases of parental alienation a child will completely refuse to see a parent, resisting parental encouragement, professional intervention and even orders of the court, leading many to believe that it is not possible to intervene, especially with older children. Parental alienation is caused by a combination of factors and is not simply the actions of one parent but the actions by one, the responses of the other and the vulnerability of the child.

Recognition of this allows practitioners to learn how to differentiate and respond to the problem of parental alienation in a child whilst understanding the conditions necessary to produce effective change. The Family Separation Clinic is a specialist agency working with alienated children and their families and has significant success in delivering positive outcomes for alienated children and their families. The Clinic has been involved in a number of residence transfer cases in which the care provided for the family has assisted children to reunite with a rejected parent and rebuild relationships with both parents on an ongoing basis. The Clinic also provides interventions in which children are assisted to move from a rejecting position into being cared for by both parents.




£750 per person



This training is delivered by Karen Woodall who leads residence transfer care at the Family Separation Clinic and Nick Woodall who works with alienated children and their families in court cases.

Training with Karen and Nick provides you with expertise which is second to none in the field of parental alienation. Drawing upon their joint expertise and proven experience in reunification of alienated children and their families, Karen and Nick enable you to understand at depth, the reality of the problem of parental alienation and the solutions you can use to resolve these very difficult cases. Using knowledge from their research work and successful outcomes in court in the United Kingdom, as well as their extensive work with key experts around the world, Karen and Nick offer a training which is unlike any other in this arena.

Bringing to life the issues facing children through the use of case histories as well as providing detailed information about the model of work which they have developed with families, each training day is packed with experiential learning and evidence based skill sets. In addition, Karen and Nick Woodall are the co-founders of the European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners which held its second conference in August 2018 in London.

The foreword to their co-authored book, Understanding parental alienation: Learning to cope, helping to heal (Charles C Thomas, 2017), was provided by William Bernet M.D. Professor Emeritus of Vanderbilt University and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He said of the book:


'Understanding Parental Alienation is unique... a balance of scholarship and practical, hands-on experience. The notion of parental alienation has been described in mental health literature since the 1940s. Nevertheless, the typical mental health or legal practitioner was not taught anything about parental alienation during the course of their professional education. Understanding Parental Alienation by Karen Woodall and Nick Woodall, may be their textbook and study guide as they learn about this serious mental condition and challenging legal situation.'


Professor Gordana Buljan Flander, Ph.D. who is the Director of the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, a Child protection consultant to UNICEF and a Council of Europe expert on child protection described it as:


‘a must-read book for every mental health professional, social worker or legal professional working with families in divorce.’




'Though working very hard, but it was sooo worth it, I loved training with Nick & Karen Woodall !!

3 days offers a lot of learning , shaping, adapting! THE course if you are working with families!'

Collette, Netherlands


'There is no-one with more experience in doing this work than Karen and Nick Woodall, they don’t just talk about it, they actually do it and teach what they do in this course!'

Alexa, London


'I didn’t think there could be so much to learn, my mind is buzzing with the concepts and the knowledge and I can’t wait to put it all into practice.'

Jillian, Boston USA


'Wow. Just Wow! I have learned so much and am so excited to know that this issue I have been trying to get to grips with in my practice is manageable and actually treatable.'

David, London



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