Effective Clinical Assessments and Therapeutic Interventions for Alienated Children and Their Family Members: A 2 Day Training Workshop for MH and Social Service Providers

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Date(s) - 05/11/2012 - 06/11/2012
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix Arizona



Dr. Kathleen M. Reay is a leading expert on the highly complex continuum of parental alienation. Dr. Reay is a clinician, litigation-related consultant, researcher, international trainer and author of the internationally-acclaimed 2012 award-winning book Toxic Divorce: A Workbook for Alienated Parents. In 2011, 99% of Dr. Reay’s parental alienation training workshops for mental health professionals were 100% sold out. Dr. Reay believes in creating a learning environment that  fits various types of individual learning styles. Her workshops are highly interactive with the use of multi-media features.

Who Should Attend?

Psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists, social workers, child protection workers, or other social service professionals who assess and/or treat parent-child problems, family violence, relationship discord, child abuse, and separation/divorce issues. Parental alienation is scientifically valid and is being considered for inclusion in the upcoming DSM-5 and the ICD-11. There are few professionals that have had training in how to handle these cases and the need is great.  If you are in private practice and/or the public social services sector and this is an area that interests you, you could make a powerful contribution to the distressed families that are affected by a serious dysfunction that far too many parents and their children experience. Graduate students are invited to attend.

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Workshop Agenda:

Doors open at 8:30 a.m.  Light snacks will be provided each day. Dr. Reay’s book and other resources will also be available for optional purchase on both days.

9 am – 10:30 am seminar

10:30 am 15 minute BREAK

10:45 am – 12:00 pm seminar

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm LUNCH (on your own)

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm seminar

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm 15 min BREAK

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm seminar


Learning Objectives:

Day 1: Participants will primarily learn about theoretical concepts, pertinent scientific data and effective assessment and diagnostic procedures including:

Why is it important to learn about PA & PAS?

Why critics are wrong.

Up-to-date facts on the proposal submitted to the DSM-V Task Force of the American Psychiatric Association for the inclusion of parental alienation in the upcoming Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) and the ICD-11.

Effective Assessment and Diagnostic Procedures for this specialized population.

The value of early identification.

Why it’s important to never jump to conclusions.

Seven different reasons why children and youth may refuse contact with a parent that aren’t necessarily related to PA or PAS.

Some normal preferences for a child or youth to prefer one parent over the other in intact, blended, separating, divorcing, and divorced families.

What are the distinct differences between PA and PAS?

What is Child Alienation?

What is Parental Alienation Disorder?

The eight primary manifestations of PAS.

The misdiagnosis of PAS.

The dynamics that lead to PA, a legitimate form of justifiable estrangement and the dynamics that lead to PAS, a legitimate form of unjustifiable processes.

Assessment for PA/PAS and child risk of suicide.

Assessment for PA/PAS and child risk of flight.

Assessment for PA/PAS and relocation issue.

Assessment for PA/PAS and culturally-diverse issues.

False allegations of abuse.

The use of psychological tests.

The prevalence of PAS.

Variations in the severity of PAS.

Short-term and long-term consequences of PAS.

Psychological characteristics of alienated children and youth.

Developmental issues that may contribute to PAS.

Psychological characteristics of alienating parents.

The intergenerational cycle of PAS.

The layers of players: Roles of family members, professionals and the justice system (a homework assignment will be provided).

Day 2: Participants will primarily have an opportunity to load up their tool-kits with up-to-date effective treatment interventions for all members of an alienated family as well as for all levels and types of alienation. Other important issues will be explored including:

Follow-up on homework assignment.

Ethical considerations for working with this specialized population.

How to avoid therapist alienation.

Why it’s not business as usual for treating this type of population.

Who is the client?

Let’s Load Your Therapeutic Tool Boxes!

How to avoid no-win treatment interventions.

Effective treatment interventions for mild, moderate and severe levels of alienation

So you’ve been fired by an alienating parent. Now what?

How to deal with non-compliance issues.

Reunification Therapy.

Residential programs for reunifying alienated parents & children.

Where does treatment for the alienator fit in here?

Collaborative treatment approaches.

Recognition of PAS in the Canadian Court System.

The Frye Test.

The Mohan Test.

The Daubert Test.

Children’s Rights.

Do alienated children have the competency to testify in court?

Helping your client choose an effective lawyer.

When you need to testify in court: How to respond to the most common examination and cross-examination questions.

Awareness of numerous self-risks involved in working with these difficult cases.

Self-care and compassion fatigue.

Why it’s important to encourage alienated parents to never give up!


All fees include light snacks and two large Powerpoint presentation workbooks. Dr. Reay’s award-winning book and some DVDs will be available for optional purchase.

Extended Earlybird Online Single Enrollment Fee (ends October 13, 2012 @ 11:59 pm):  $285.00

Regular Online Single Enrollment Fee (begins 12 am October 14, 2012):  $375.00

Yes! Due to popular demand, we offer earlybird online group rebates and earlybird student online rebates. For more information on fees, policies and on how to register online for these specials, please see below. Thank you.

Please note: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. is your last chance to register. Seating is limited. In 2011, 99% of Dr. Reay’s seminars sold out. There is an additional $10.00 administration charge if you choose to register and pay by telephone, fax, mail, email or in-person. We encourage you to register online.


CANCELLATION POLICY:  Please note that no refund or credit for a future event hosted by Dr. Kathleen M. Reay, Inc. or the International Institute for Parental Alienation Studies will be given under any circumstances. You are encouraged to send a substitute participant in your place if for any reason you are unable to attend the workshop. Please email Dr. Reay at drkathleenreay@gmail.com  if another individual plans to take your place. Seats cannot be shared between individuals. We reserve the right to cancel the training program. Please ensure that your travel arrangements including lodging, airfare and/or car rentals are done with this in mind.  In the unlikely event that we have to cancel a workshop, we will issue a full refund for workshop fees. We will not be held responsible for any participant’s or presenter’s statements, behaviours, omissions or materials. Unregistered individuals and children are not permitted at the workshop. Thank you for your anticipated understanding.

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GROUP RATES AND REBATES: Group rates are available for groups of 6 or more: $255.00 each.  Note: the $10.00 online discount is included in the group rebate.

CLAIMING YOUR GROUP REBATE: All group members must register online and pay the earlybird online single enrollment fee in full before the earlybird cutoff. To receive the group rebate, the group contact person must email the final list of names to drkathleenreay@gmail.com by the earlybird cutoff date. No add-ons to the group list will be accepted thereafter. Rebates will be issued by cheque along with an official receipt for each group member. This will be given in person when you check-in the first morning before the workshop.

STUDENT RATES: $265.00 per person and includes the $10.00 online discount.

CLAIMING YOUR STUDENT REBATE : All students must register online and pay the earlybird online single enrollment rate in full before the earlybird cutoff. To qualify, a letter from an accredited educational institution, verifying full time or part-time enrollment, must be emailed to drkathleenreay@gmail.com  before the earlybird cutoff date. Rebates will be issued by cheque in person when you check-in the first morning before the workshop and an official receipt will be given to you then.

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Certificate of Completion & Opportunity to be Listed in the International Institute for Parental Alienation Studies’ Professional Database (Optional): 

All participants who fully complete the 2-day advanced training program have an option to purchase a custom-made “8.5 X 11″  Certificate of Completion  and be placed on the International Institute for Parental Alienation Studies’(IIPAS) new listings database for one full year. The fee is $20.00 total for both. There’s an option to renew your registration for the database on a yearly basis for an administrative fee of $10.00. The new IIPAS database contains names of mental health professionals who have taken our advanced training program from all over the US and Canada. The certificate will be sent via regular mail upon payment & full completion of training requirements. Fee includes tax, shipping and handling.  Click here  to view a sample certificate.


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