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The Crisis of Parental Alienation: Reclaiming mental health for children following high-conflict divorce.

Holistic HealthGuidance and Student Support ServicesAdministration and School Leadership
1 Hour Session
9:00 AM, Thursday 13 Feb 2020 (1 hour)
Location : Crescent Heights High School - 324

As educators, we need awareness of all forms of child abuse and tools for effective recognition and intervention if it occurs. Parental alienation, recognized by the World Health Organization as a form of psychological abuse, is a parent's campaign to destroy their child's relationship with his, her or their other parent. Alienated parents may be of any gender and have no evidenced history of parental neglect or abuse. In Canada alone, about 50% of children from high-conflict families will lose their relationship with one parent within five years following divorce. Children suffer long-term effects into adulthood, often including oppositional defiance, depression, school truancy, substance abuse and difficulty with relationships. This presentation will provide the knowledge and means necessary to support and build our children's mental and physical well-being despite adverse experience.
Mount Royal University
Senior Lecturer, Anthropology