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Parental alienation workshop : a pilot program for targeted parents

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Ferber, MS 2019 , 'Parental alienation workshop : a pilot program for targeted parents', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The aim of the current study was to evaluate a pilot program that was designed specifically to support targeted parents. Emerging research on the experience of targeted parents suggests their mental health is impacted by parental alienation and they report dissatisfaction with ill-informed systems of intervention and support. Some authors offer guidelines on how to support targeted parents and propose Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a suitable therapy, however there are no known programs in the literature dedicated to supporting the targeted parent. Single subject analysis of participants (N = 5) indicated that following attending a one-day psychoeducation and CBT-based workshop, some participants reported improvement in their psychological wellbeing. On average participants found the program very helpful and were very satisfied with the experience. Qualitative data illuminated the importance of validating the experiences of targeted parents when supporting them and the role of shame in the experience of targeted parents as an area for future research

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Ferber, MS
Keywords: Family separation, Intervention, Mental health, Psychoeducation, Group
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