Induced psychological splitting in children of divorce and separation: A depth approach to understanding and helping alienated children

Zoom Webinar with Karen Woodall

Monday 28 June 2021



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16:00 - 17:30 BST - London


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In this intensive webinar, Karen Woodall will lead you through a depth understanding of what psychological splitting means and what it does to children who are induced to use it as a defence. Unpacking the psychologically split state of mind in children, demonstrates that behaviours which seem irrational on the surface, are actually a normal defensive response to a highly abnormal situation. Learning to spot the signs of psychological splitting and to avoid the scenarios which may cause a child to enter into the defence without warning, helps parents to adapt their parenting to avoid unnecessary triggers which can lead to splitting.


Detailing the framework which must be achieved in order to help the severely alienated child, the link between the legal and mental health management of serious cases of will be fully explained. Sharing her experience from working closely with alienated children over more than a decade, Karen will then lead you through the experience of psychological splitting from the child's point of view, to help you to understand the steps you can take to ensure that the child receives the right input to assist them to recover.


This is a new way of thinking about the problem of alienation of children in divorce and separation, it offers skills for resolution with children who are on the mild to moderate spectrum of alienation reactions and detailed analysis of what is necessary to help children at the severe end.


This is a psychoanalytic approach to understanding and analysis and a therapeutic parenting approach to healing children affected by alienation which has been used inside and outside of the family court process around the world. This approach is used currently at the Family Separation Clinic, with children and adults who were alienated as children, to release them from the bind which is caused by psychological splitting in families suffering from relational and trans generational trauma.


(This approach is currently being evaluated by a UK university, to illustrate the model being utilised and its success with families suffering from alienation of children after divorce and separation).


Suitable for: Parents with and without contact with children both inside and outside of the family court process. Practitioners who wish to understand the problem of induced psychological splitting and how to assist alienated children.


Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes



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Induced psychological splitting

 Zoom seminar

2.5 hour Zoom seminar Monday 28 June 2021