Family court ordered “reunification therapy:” junk science in the guise of helping parent/child relationships?

  title={Family court ordered “reunification therapy:” junk science in the guise of helping parent/child relationships?},
  author={Toby G. Kleinman},
  journal={Journal of Child Custody},
  pages={295 - 300}
ABSTRACT This Commentary addresses the issue of the ethics of mental health professionals recommending or doing what family courts and some others are calling “Reunification Therapy.” This is often being recommended and used across the country, and ordered by family courts, as if it has a scientific basis for successful therapy between an estranged parent and a child who does not wish to re-engage with that parent, often where the child has alleged the parent has abused them physically… 

Reunification therapy versus family integration therapy: A problem of taxonomy

Family courts increasingly order psychotherapy to resolve issues of alienation and estrangement between parents and children. Reunification therapy is a clinical intervention and treatment

Are intensive parental alienation treatments effective and safe for children and adolescents?

  • J. Mercer
  • Psychology
    Journal of Child Custody
  • 2019
Abstract Strong claims have been made for the possibility of diagnostic discrimination between children who refuse contact with a nonpreferred divorced parent due to parental alienation (PA) created

Parental Alienation: In Search of Common Ground For a More Differentiated Theory

The concept of parental alienation (PA) has expanded in popular usage at the same time that it remains mired in controversy about its scientific integrity and its use as a legal strategy in response

Abused and Rejected: The Link Between Intimate Partner Violence and Parental Alienation

Previous studies have demonstrated a connection between intimate partner violence (IPV) and a child’s alienation from the abused parent, but little is known about the relationships between the type

Parental alienation vs coercive control: Controversial issues and current research

Reunification, alienation, or re-traumatization? Let’s start listening to the child

  • S. Chester
  • Psychology
    Journal of Family Trauma, Child Custody & Child Development
  • 2021



When courts accept what science rejects: Custody issues concerning the alleged “parental alienation syndrome”

ABSTRACT “Parental alienation syndrome” (PAS) is unscientific and is an affront to children, women who hold the custody of children of separated couples, science, human rights, and the justice system

Examining the validity of parental alienation syndrome

This commentary briefly reviews past critiques of PAS and describes several additional problems that have occurred with the use of this construct.

Recommended treatments for “parental alienation syndrome” (PAS) may cause children foreseeable and lasting psychological harm

ABSTRACT The coercive and punitive “therapies” recommended for children diagnosed with parental alienation constitute an ethical minefield and are especially inappropriate when used on children who

Recommendations for Dealing with Parents who Induce a Parental Alienation Syndrome in their Children

Correcting some misinterpretations of the author's recommendations as well as to add some recently developed refinements to the transitional-site program that can be extremely useful for dealing with the scvcre type of, parental alienation syndrome.

A therapist's view of parental alienation syndrome.

Cases in which a child is resisting contact with a parent may or may not fit Gardner's theory of parental Alienation Syndrome, which emphasizes the psychopathology of the "alienating" parent.

The Parental Alienation Syndrome: What is it and What Data Support it?

The parental alienation syndrome is described, its proposed characteristics and dynamics, and the methods used to document its presence are described.

Surviving The Breakup: How Children And Parents Cope With Divorce

Subtitled How Children and Parents Cope With Divorce. A clinical psychologist views the feelings of depression and loss which are characteristic of divorce. Published by Basic Books.

Alternatives to parental alienation: Acknowledging the broader scope of children’s emotional difficulties during parental separation and divorce

  • New Hampshire Bar Journal,
  • 1996