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Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals
Edited by Demosthenes Lorandos, William Bernet and S. Richard Sauber
Charles C. Thomas, Publishers / Hardcover / Oct 2013
9780398088811 (ISBN-10: 0398088810)
Family Mediation / Forensic
price: $139.50 (may be subject to change)
550 pages
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Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals is the essential “how to” manual in this important and ever increasing area of behavioral science and law. Busy mental health professionals need a reference guide to aid them in developing data sources to support their positions in reports and testimony. They also need to know where to go to find the latest material on a topic. Having this material within arm’s reach will avoid lengthy and time-consuming online research. For legal professionals who must ground their arguments in well thought out motions and repeated citations to case precedent, ready access to state or province specific legal citations spanning thirty-five years of parental alienation cases is provided here for the first time in one place.
Includes: Supplemental Reference Guide on CD-ROM
Carefully vetted reference material in the behavioral sciences and in law has been included on a separate CD-ROM found at the back of the book. This is very important material, and the authors have spent over two years gathering these sources, researching over two thousand U.S. and Canadian cases citing to parental alienation and have chosen more than five hundred cases in which an expert testified about parental alienation, the judge found parental alienation or both. Each of these cases has been described in a very brief memo drawn directly from the case and in a carefully checked exact legal citation. The book is also interspersed with vignettes of actual cases to offer practical significance through-out many chapters and to complement the presentation. It is the basic text for mental health and legal professionals, and the “how to” aspect of the Handbook will be invaluable to the lay reader as well.
• Over 1000 Bibliographic Entries
• 500 Cases Examined
• 25 Sample Motions in MS Word Format*
*Note: The eBook version contains the additional supplemental materials in PDF format only. It does not contain the MS Word formatted sample motions.


1. Overview of Parental Alienation
Demosthenes Lorandos, William Bernet, & S. Richard Sauber
2. The Psychosocial Assessment of Contact Refusal
William Bernet & Bradley W. Freeman
3. Mild Cases of Parental Alienation
Douglas C. Darnall
4. Moderate Cases of Parental Alienation
Abe Worenklein
5. Severe Cases of Parental Alienation
Richard A. Warshak
6. Sexual Abuse Allegations in the Context of Custody and Visitation Disputes
Terence W. Campbell
7. Reunification Planning and Therapy
S. Richard Sauber
8. Legal Interventions in Cases of Parental Alienation
Demosthenes Lorandos
9. Protecting the Integrity of the Family Law System: Multidisciplinary Processes and Family Law Reform
R. Christopher Barden
10. The History of Parental Alienation from Early Days to Modern Times
Deirdre C. Rand
11. Parental Alienation Research and the Daubert Standards
Amy J. L. Baker
12. Parental Alienation and North American Law
Demosthenes Lorandos
13. Parental Alienation Initiatives Around the World
Christian T. Dum
14. Parental Alienation and the New Brazilian Law
Tamara Brockhausen
15. Parental Alienation, DSM-5, and ICD-11
William Bernet
16. A Judge’s Perspective on Parental Alienation
Michele Lowrance
Name Index
Subject Index
CD-ROM: Supplemental Reference Guide for Parental Alienation:
The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals
I. References in the Professional Literature
II. Representative North American Legal Cases
III. Sample Motions in Parental Alienation Cases
General Motions:
01 Motion for Discovery
02 Motion to Compel Discovery
03 Motion for Discovery of Officer’s Notes
04 Motion for Discovery of Complainant’s Medical Records
05 Motion for In Camera Review of Medical and Psych Records
06 Motion to Compel Psychological Evaluation of Alleged Victim
Motions to Admit, Use or Conduct:
07 Motion to Admit Portions of a Police Report Containing Prior Incon­sistent Statements When the
Author is Unavailable
08 Motion to Use Medical/Psychological Records After Redaction of Non-relevant Material
09 Motion to Admit Certain Portions of Mental Health Records Pertaining to Lies and Attempts at
10 Motion to Admit Evidence of Parental Alienation and Its Psychological Ramifications
11 Motion to Allow Extended Voir dire of Proposed Expert Witness
12 Motion to Conduct a Daubert Hearing
13 Motion to Conduct a Taint Hearing
14 Motion to Allow Expert Witness to Review Documents, Watch Com­plaining Witness Testify, and
Then Testify as an Expert
15 Motion to Admit Expert’s Testimony on Psychological Factors Affecting Motive or Capacity to
Perceive, Recollect, or Communicate
Motions to Exclude or Bar:
16 Motion to Exclude Complainant’s Testimony as Incompetent
17 Motion to Exclude Use of the Word “Victim” During Trial
18 Motion to Exclude Evidence of Alleged Victim’s Status as “In Therapy” or as a “Dependent Child”
19 Motion to Exclude Post-Molestation Symptoms of Alleged Victim
20 Motion to Exclude Evidence of “Profiles” of Child Molesters
21 Motion to Exclude Adult Sexual Conduct with Other Adults
22 Motion to Exclude Portions of Medical Report Containing Hearsay and Opinion Recorded by
Examining Medical Personnel
23 Motion to Exclude Opinion of Police, Counselors, Psychiatrists, and Psychologists About Alleged
Victim’s Veracity Concerning the Alleged Molestation
Miscellaneous Points and Authorities:
24 Points and Authorities Concerning the Admissibility of Records Per­taining to Psychological
Examination of the Complaining Witnesses
25 Points and Authorities RE: Defendant’s Right to Present Evidence of Third-Party Culpability

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