The Issue of Parental Alienation - Page 2
C.S.P.A.S. also disseminates information and literature to professionals and to parents. The conference is expected to draw a crowd of over 600 mental health and family law professionals with the majority of the conference being tailored around the future of P.A.D. once it has been inducted into the manual. Registration for the conference is open at http://cspas.com/nyc.
P.A.D. has strong public and professional support and members on the DSM -5 Task Force have received thousands of documents from mental health professionals, judges, lawyers and parents; a substantial amount of these documents include scientific data from psychological literature and research, including hundreds of studies and peer-reviewed articles, case histories, and information from other psychological societies around the world.
Another important advocate for the inclusion of Parental Alienation Disorder is a family law lawyer from Toronto, Canada - Brian Ludmer. Mr. Ludmer says that the issue of recognition has been held back by polarizing political forces and feminist critics and states, "Parental Alienation is a power dynamic, not a gender-based dynamic. Feminist critics miss the most obvious point: women suffer in every single case. Far more mothers are targeted parents than most realize.”
Ludmer continues, “They tend to be quiet out of embarrassment and concern that they will be viewed as a poor mother. Where a father is the targeted parent, women still suffer - new partners, grandmothers, aunts and cousins, as well as friends of the family are all cut off from the children as well.”
Many parents have gone through custody battles or child/parent separation and felt as though this was happening and their voice was never heard because they did not realize that there is a name for it. Just because a relationship does not work out between two adults does not give any parent the right to inflict something like this on another parent/child relationship. The hurt goes on for years and it is about time that a disorder such as this is truly recognized.