The topic of parent-child contact problems was recently highlighted by Oxford Clinical Psychology of Oxford University Press. Dr. Abigail Judge, Clinical Director of Stable Paths of MA, and Senior Clinical Consultant, Dr. Robin Deutsch, were invited to comment.
According to Drs. Judge and Deutsch, “Children who resist or reject contact with a parent following a contentious separation or divorce is a vexing problem for mental health professionals and family courts. Research on this topic is in its infancy, and stakeholders voice strong, polarized narratives on what the problem is and what the solution should be. This context makes effective intervention very challenging.”
View the article in Oxford Clinical Psychology at: http://www.oxfordclinicalpsych.com/page/article-archive
They offers the following key principles for working with affected families:
- Whenever possible, a whole family solution is best.
- Families need a team that works from a shared clinical formulation.
- Clinicians must have competence in navigating court-involved therapy.
- Judicial oversight, coupled with effective treatment, can help families heal.
- The level of conflict among families may be mirrored among treatment teams; careful attention to such dynamics is paramount.
More information about the book can be found at:
Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems Family-Based Interventions for Resistance, Rejection and Alienation. Edited by Abigail Judge PhD & Robin M. Deutsch, PhD, ABPP (Oxford University Press, 2017).