Woodall, N. & Woodall, K. (2019). When the child says no: Understanding and responding to the
needs of the alienated child.
'Cases of parental alienation typically present themselves to practitioners in the arena of private child ‘custody’ proceedings, often because a child is resisting or refusing to spend time with one of their parents. The risk is that these cases are treated as ‘contact’ disputes or the result of conflict between parents. In fact, they are neither. Whilst the problem of parental alienation appears to be the child’s rejection of one of their parents, in reality the rejection is not the cause of the problem but is, rather, a symptom of the child’s pathological alignment to the other parent.'
Woodall, K. (2019). Developing new approaches to therapeutic work with alienated children and families. Parental Alienation International, 4(3), 7-8.
'Successful therapies are those in which the child is helped to encounter the rejected parent as early as possible in the process. Waiting for an alienated child to say he or she is ready to see a parent is futile. Persuasion or desensitization approaches simply re-expose the child to the dilemma of the double bind the child faces. In these circumstances, the defense is heightened and the child remains fixed and refusing.'
Woodall, K. (2018). Alienated children and families: Learning from practice. Parental Alienation International, 3(4), 6-8.
'Assessment is always accompanied by intervention. We do not believe that the two things are separate and we do not believe that static assessment is particularly useful in alienation cases. Additionally, an assessment is not complete until we have seen the rejected parent with the child and so our intervention begins as part of the assessment process.'
Woodall, K. (2014). Understanding and working with the alienated child. Seen and Heard, 24 (2).
'For many professionals, contact with an alienated child only takes place long after the process of alienation is complete, that is, when the child is presenting as acting in his own interests and of his own free will. This conundrum can present severe difficulties for professionals, particularly when they are working in the shadow of the rise in focus upon the voice of the child..'
Woodall, K. & Woodall, N. (2017). Understanding parental alienation: Learning to cope, helping to heal. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas.
'The exceptional quality of this book about children, families and life lies in the profoundly human voice of these two leading experts in parental alienation. The authors speak openly, the authors speak boldly, but most of all, the authors speak from a point of empathy and compassion. Understanding Parental Alienation is a highly valuable resource for parents, and a must-read book for every mental health professional, social worker or legal professional working with families in divorce.'