Parent-Child Alienation Online Text-based Home Course (4 CE)

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The healthy development of children is highly influenced by their relationship with parents and the quality of the relationship between parents. Therefore, when parents go through a separation and a child is deprived of a relationship with one parent, this can have negative consequences throughout childhood and into adulthood. Parent alienation occurs when a child becomes allied with one parent and alienated from the other parent, usually with no factual evidence of abuse or neglect. Parental estrangement, on the other hand, describes the dissolution of a parent-child relationship as the result of witnessed violence, abuse, or neglect. There is a great deal of information and a number of strategies a professional may utilize in treatment to create a healthy environment for children and parents in an alienated/estranged situation.

Author: Mary Ella Viehe, Ph.D., LMFT

Target Audience: Introductory and Intermediate; LMFTs, Social Workers, LPCCs, Nurses, Substance Abuse Counselors, and other mental health clinicians.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the difference between parental alienation and parental estrangement and exhibit a working understanding of both.
  2. List three examples of how alienation/estrangement may affect children throughout their upbringing and into adulthood.
  3. Assess how alienation/estrangement affects both mothers and fathers.
  4. Utilize multiple treatment strategies as part of a treatment plan that are effective in mending these relationships.


Advantages of taking Gerry Grossman Seminars at-home CE courses:

  • Online courses offer the post-test online for instant course completion.
  • You can repeat the post-test if you don't pass.
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  • California LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs can¬†fulfill 100% of their CE hours online.