PARENTAL / GRANDPARENT ALIENATION AND EQUAL SHARED PARENTING SYMPOSIUM
5 OF THE TOP EXPERTS WILL BE SPEAKING AT OUR SYMPOSIUM
LINDA GOTTLIEB, LMFT, LCSW - R
Linda is a New York State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is also a published author on family therapy and parental alienation. Linda has been frequently cited and referenced by other authors and experts in the field.
Linda was trained by the world-renowned, highly respected child psychiatrist, Salvador Minuchin. After she completed her training at the Minuchin Center for the Family, Linda served on the Center’s faculty from 2003-2007 where she trained child psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals who wished to learn the techniques of Dr. Minuchin’s structural family therapy.
Linda’s professional services to 5000 children and their families in multiple settings and in multiple roles span 50 years. She began her work with 3000 adjudicated abused and/or neglected children in New York’s foster care system.
Subsequent to this experience, Linda transitioned in 1994 into the mental health system at South Shore Child Guidance Center in Freeport, Long Island where she designed, implemented, and supervised a home-based crisis intervention program to prevent the psychiatric hospitalization of a child. Linda additionally accepted referrals and appointments from local family courts to provide family counseling and parent coordination services to parents who were engaged in adversarial custody conflicts.
In 2003, Linda focused her practice almost exclusively on helping parents settle their custody conflicts in the best interests of their children. After writing her 2012 book on parental alienation,Linda further concentrated her clinical practice on the sub-specialty of parental alienation-a highly dysfunctional family dynamic that is a profound form of psychological child abuse.
Based upon what Linda had learned from the clinical literature, from colleagues who are leading experts in the field of alienation, and from her extensive evidence-based practice with approximately 650 alienated children and with approximately 1000 children whose parents were undergoing separation/divorce but who did not experience alienation, Linda developed a specialized reunification intervention to
treat unjustifiably severed/severely damaged parent-child relationships. The intervention had proven to be highly successful—even in cases in which the severed parent-child relationships exceeded 4 years.
In 2015, Linda further refined her specialized reunification intervention, and it became the treatment protocol she now employs at Turning Points for Families, her 4-day intensive intervention to jump-start unjustified severed/severely damaged parent-child relationships.
Linda further provides supervision in alienation and estrangement to custody evaluators, clinicians, forensic evaluators, and to other professionals who intervene in custody cases in which alienation is alleged. Linda also maintains a small practice testifying as an expert witness in family dynamics, alienation, estrangement, family therapy, and child abuse.
AMY J. L. BAKER, PhD
Dr. Amy J.L. Baker has a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College of Columbia University. She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in parental alienation and psychological maltreatment of children. She is the author or co-author of 8 books and over 115 articles. Some of her books are Adult children of parental alienation, surviving parental alienation, co-parenting with a toxic ex, and the high conflict custody battle. She has conducted trainings for legal and mental health professionals around the country.
PRESENTATIONS FROM OUR EXPERTS AT THE SYMPOSIUM
WILLIAM BERNET, MD
AMY J. L. BAKER, PhD
LINDA GOTTLIEB, LMFT, LCSW - R
STEVEN MILLER, M. D.
BRIAN LUDMER, B., COMM, LLB
STEVEN MILLER, M. D.
Dr. Miller has degrees in both Psychology and Medicine from Brown University and did residency training at Brown University and Harvard Medical School. For more than 30 years he was on the teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine; in addition, he has many years of experience practicing Behavioral Medicine -- a specialty that focuses on the interface between medicine and psychology. That background is particularly relevant to child maltreatment, child protection, child alignment, parental alienation, pathological enmeshment, and related issues since those clinical conditions are very much related to behavior, including dysfunctional, pathological, and abusive behavior. Likewise, he has several decades of experience practicing Forensic Medicine. A popular speaker, he has directed several hundred continuing education courses for physicians and other clinicians and presented over one thousand lectures on clinical reasoning, clinical problem-solving, and clinical decision-making. An internationally-known expert on alienation and estrangement – and how to distinguish one from the other – he is also an experienced expert witness, litigation consultant, and trial strategist.
WILLIAM BERNET, M. D.
William Bernet, M.D., a graduate of Holy Cross College, summa cum laude, and Harvard Medical School, is a professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is board certified in general psychiatry, child psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. As an expert in forensic psychiatry, Dr. Bernet has testified about 300 times in 24 states. Dr. Bernet has written professional articles and book chapters on a variety of subjects, including: group and individual therapy with children and adolescents; humor in psychotherapy; forensic child psychiatry; child maltreatment; true and false allegations of abuse; satanic ritual abuse; reincarnation; child custody and visitation; parental alienation; testimony regarding behavioral genomics; and risk management. In 2007, Dr. Bernet and Judge Don R. Ash published Children of Divorce: A Practical Guide for Parents, Therapists, Attorneys, and Judges. Dr. Bernet edited Parental Alienation, DSM-5, and ICD-11, which was published in 2010. Dr. Bernet and his colleagues edited Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals, which was published in 2013. He was the founder and first president of the Parental Alienation Study Group.
BRIAN LUDMER, B. COMM, LLB
Brian Ludmer is a Canadian attorney whose practice focuses on cases involving high conflict custody battles, denial of parenting time and parental alienation, as well as high net worth financial disputes. He is also a business and securities law attorney with over 32 years of experience.
Brian is the Legal Column Editor and Writer for the bi-monthly newsletter of the Parental Alienation Study Group, an organization of professionals and others interested in the area with members world-wide.
Brian is a frequent speaker for Family Access and is widely quoted in multiple media sources on family law issues. Brian has spoken at the first International Conference of the Parental Alienation Study Group in Washington in October 2017, for the Canadian PA Forum -a three-day conference – in 2009 and for PAAO, the Children’s Rights Council, the Canadian Equal Parenting Coalition and other organizations across Canada and the United States. Brian was also a featured speaker at the first Annual Conference of the European Association of PA Practitioners in London UK in August 2018. Brian has also been speaking to the Ontario Canada hospital network on PA Diagnosis and Therapy.
Brian works as special counsel with US and Canadian attorneys and mental health professionals to assist targeted parents and grandparents. He has assisted in cases across Canada, the US.and overseas.
Brian’s book: The High Conflict Custody Battle, which he co-wrote with Dr. Amy Baker and Dr. Michael Bone in 2015, is a resource that has been of assistance to countless families.
Brian’s cases often involve custody disputes over parenting time. Brian’s cases have set important jurisprudence on the field of family law disputes, equal parenting and parental alienation.
Brian has been an advocate for a rebuttable presumption of equal shared parenting as a solution to most high conflict parenting disputes. Brian is a co-founder of Lawyers for Shared Parenting, and an active member of several family rights organizations. He is the legal advisor to the Canadian Centre for Equality. In that capacity Brian drafted a detailed submission on a rebuttable presumption of equal shared parenting to the Justice Committee of the Canadian House of Commons and was an invited witness into its November 2018 hearings on Bill C-78, a current proposal to amend Canada’s Divorce laws. Brian anticipates making a similar presentation to the Canadian Senate when it considers the Bill in the Spring of 2019.
Previously, Brian was the principal drafter of Bill C-560, a 2014 private members’ Bill introduced in the Canadian Federal Parliament to reform family law, which made it to second reading at the time.
THANK YOU MUCH TO THESE SPONSORS!!!!
FAMILY ACCESS - FIGHTING FOR CHILDREN'S RIGHTS
STEEL PARTNERS FOUNDATION
THE TOBY CENTER
WISSELMAN, HAROUNIAN & ASSOCIATES
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
ELAN HEALTH TWIN CITIES
TURNING POINT PHOTOGRAPHY
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THANK YOU TO TURNING POINT PHOTOGRAPHY FOR DOING OUR EVENTS
Joe and Jodi VerWeire
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POETRY FROM NATALIE VALENTINO AT MEET AND GREET
You Stole Our Child, Author - Anonymous
You stole our child.
You hoped I would go away.
You under estimated my love.
I will never give up.
I will be a voice for our child.
I am not alone.
There are many like me.
United by circumstance.
Together we will be heard.
We will never stop fighting.
Family Access, et al, read at the KY Symposuim, October 4th
I Grieve For My Child, Author – Anonymous
I grieve for my child. Even though they are not dead And they are still alive.
I grieve for my child. Even though they are not missing Only missing from me.
I grieve for my child. Because someone hates me More than they love my child.
I grieve for my child. As they are a part of me So I will never get closure.
I grieve for my child. Their smell, their touch, their voice But most of all, their smile.
I grieve for my child. Because I am human And no one should have to endure this.
I grieve for my child. As I am their parent And they are my child.
From web site: UP 4 Children, September 24, 2017. Read at the Family Access, et al KY Symposium, 10-5-19
Turning Point Photography has now released to us the link for you to go and view the pictures from our events at the Parental/Grandparent Alienation and Equal Shared Parenting Symposium we just had in Kentucky. Photographer Joseph Verweire did a wonderful job for us and we are pleased he will be photographing our conference in October 2020 in North Carolina.
If you want to purchase an image for $10 each, you can click the Shopping Cart icon and follow the prompts. The watermark is only temporary on these and will not be on the image when they download it. It will be great to purchase some of the pictures to remember our times there and our new friends we have made as well. These are just a few of the pictures taken. Looking forward to what next year will bring as well.