Parent-Child Alienation (4 CE)
Course Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Course Developed By: Jennifer Kolb, LCSW
Bio: Jennifer Kolb, LCSW; Social Work Consultant, reviewed and determined the course meets requirements for continuing education in the field of social work. This course is appropriate for masters and clinical level social workers. Jennifer graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She specializes in school-based psychotherapy with children and adolescents, as well as licensing exam coaching and preparation.
Content By: Mary Ella Viehe, Ph.D., LMFT, Gerry Grossman, M.A., LMFT
Course Delivery: Online, Self-Paced
Course Description: The healthy development of children is highly influenced by their relationship with parents and the quality of the relationship between parents. Therefore, when parents go through a separation and a child is deprived of a relationship with one parent, this can have negative consequences throughout childhood and into adulthood. Parent alienation occurs when a child becomes allied with one parent and alienated from the other parent, usually with no factual evidence of abuse or neglect. Parental estrangement, on the other hand, describes the dissolution of a parent-child relationship as the result of witnessed violence, abuse, or neglect. There is a great deal of information and a number of strategies a professional may utilize in treatment to create a healthy environment for children and parents in an alienated/estranged situation.
- Describe the difference between parental alienation and parental estrangement and exhibit a working understanding of both.
- List three examples of how alienation/estrangement may affect children throughout their upbringing and into adulthood.
- Assess how alienation/estrangement affects both mothers and fathers.
- Utilize multiple treatment strategies as part of a treatment plan that are effective in mending these relationships.
Course materials can be downloaded or read online. To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete a multiple-choice post-test with a score of 75% or better and complete a course evaluation.