Restoring Family Connections: A Model of Family Reunification Following Parental Alienation

Session : Workshop 3-2: Interventions I

  • Time : 9:15 am PDT To 10:50 am PDT on
  • Venue : Restoring Family Connections: A Model of Family Reunification Following Parental Alienation

Full Abstract

When an adult alienated child decides to reconnect with his/her targeted parent, the relationship can be fraught with fear of rejection on both sides. The adult alienated child may have some distorted thoughts and feelings about the parent which can create tension and conflict in the fragile relationship. While the interest in having a relationship is present, there are many strains and potential pitfalls. The Restoring Family Connections program is a set of exercises and activities that a licensed clinician can present to such a parent/adult child dyad to help them develop and strengthen the bond between them. This workshop presents the theoretical principles, the clinical principles, and the in-session activities that comprise the RFC program.