What is Parental Alienation and How Can Therapists Successfully Treat It?

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Curt Widhalm, MA, MS, LMFT and Katie Vernoy, MS, LMFT | What is Parental Alienation and How Can Therapists Successfully Treat it? (1 CE hour)

Parents can impact the opinions of children against other people, including their ex-spouses during and after the divorce process. Traditional therapy methods are often inadequate in dealing with the structural challenges presented by cases where negative influence affects children’s behavior and relationships. This workshop explores the impacts that a parent can have on children against the other parent, how it shows up in therapy, what treatment strategies to use, and how to work with legal teams in court-appointed cases. 

Learning Objectives: Participants in this course will be able to:

  1. Apply the 4 factor model to cases where parental alienation is conceptualized
  2. Formulate a treatment strategy involving members of the legal team(s)
  3. Describe why consent to treatment is not typically an issue in cases involving parental alienation

Our Presenters

Curt Widhalm, LMFT

Curt Widhalm is in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He is the cofounder of the Therapy Reimagined conference, an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University and CSUN, a former Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, former CFO of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and a loving husband and father. He is 1/2 great person, 1/2 provocateur, and 1/2 geek, in that order. He dabbles in the dark art of making “dad jokes” and usually has a half-empty cup of coffee somewhere nearby. Learn more at: http://www.curtwidhalm.com

Katie Vernoy, LMFT

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, coach, and consultant supporting leaders, visionaries, executives, and helping professionals to create sustainable careers. Katie, with Curt, has developed workshops and a conference, Therapy Reimagined, to support therapists navigating through the modern challenges of this profession. Katie is also a former President of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. In her spare time, Katie is secretly siphoning off Curt’s youthful energy, so that she can take over the world. Learn more at: http://www.katievernoy.com


Therapy Reimagined is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #132270). Therapy Reimagined maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Courses meet the qualifications for the listed hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. We are working on additional provider approvals, but solely are able to provide CAMFT CEs at this time. Please check with your licensing body to ensure that they will accept this as an equivalent