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Children Who Resist Postseparation Parental ContactA Differential Approach for Legal and Mental Health Professionals$
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Barbara Jo Fidler, Nicholas Bala, and Michael A. Saini

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199895496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895496.001.0001

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Interventions, Educational and Therapeutic

Interventions, Educational and Therapeutic

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(p.115) 7 Interventions, Educational and Therapeutic
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Children Who Resist Postseparation Parental Contact
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Barbara Jo Fidler

Nicholas Bala

Michael A. Saini

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895496.003.0007

Various mental health interventions, approaches, and strategies are discussed in the literature for responding to cases when alienation or other parent-child contact problems are present. Deciding the most appropriate intervention for children and families will depend on the nature of the parent-child contact problem (alienation, justified rejection, elements of both—a mixed case, other dynamics such as enmeshment, age-appropriate reactions, degree of intentionality on the part of the favored parent to exclude the other parent) and the level or extent of the parent-child contact problem (mild, moderate, or severe; responsiveness to intervention and court orders on the part of the favored parent). This chapter discusses the role of the court in educational and therapeutic interventions; principles and guidelines; goals of counseling; treatment modalities, approaches, and strategies; summary of specific interventions, protocols, or approaches; and aftercare, training, accessibility, and costs of interventions.

Keywords:   counseling, court orders, enmeshment, age-appropriate reactions, intentionality, treatment modalities, aftercare, training, accessibility

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