Reunification and recovery: Theory and practice in the treatment of alienated children

International Conference, Acre Israel - 14-15th June 2022


The International Academy of Practice with Alienated Children held its inaugural conference in Acre, Israel in June 2022. This hybrid event brought together clinicians and researchers from across the world to explore psychological splitting, harm and abuse in children whose parents have separated or divorced.

Image: Western Galilee College
Image: Western Galilee College

Attendance details


This hybrid conference is being hosted and streamed by Western Galilee College in Acre, Israel. Accommodation rates for hotel accommodation in Haifa have been specially arranged for delegates who wish to attend in person. Details


Physical presence at the conference is open to professionals from the worlds of therapy and law only. An online presence is open to all interested parties.

השתתפות פיזית ומקוונת

כנס היברידי זה מתארח ומשודר על ידי האקדמית גליל מערבי אשר בעכו, ישראל.תעריפי לינה ללינה במלון בחיפה הוסדרו במיוחד עבור מציגים ומשתתפי הכנס.  פרטים
נוכחות פיזית בכנס פתוחה אנשי מקצוע מעולמות הטיפול והמשפט בלבד.
נוכחות מקוונת פתוחה לכל המתעניינים.

A child’s vehement rejection of a parent after divorce or separation can present professionals and the courts with a number of challenges. These can be exacerbated when children or parents make allegations of harm or abuse against the parent who is being rejected.


The International Academy of Practice with Alienated Children recognises alienation as a relational problem in which a child unconsciously utilises the maladaptive defence of psychological splitting in response to a relational landscape that has become frightening and overwhelming.


This conference brings together practitioners and researchers from around the world to share perspectives on theory and practice in the treatment of alienated children and, in doing so, recognising children, not as objects of a parental dispute, but as a subject of their own lived experience.

דחייתו החריפה של ילד את אחד מהוריו לאחר גירושין או פרידה יכולה להציב בפני אנשי מקצוע ובתי המשפט מספר אתגרים. אתגרים אלה עלולים להחמיר כאשר ילדים או הורים מעלים טענות על פגיעה או התעללות כלפי ההורה הדחוי.


"האקדמיה הבינלאומית לטיפול בילדים מנוכרים" מכירה בניכור כבעיה ביחסים המשפחתיים שבה ילד מגייס באופן לא מודע את מנגנון ההגנה הבלתי מסתגל של פיצול פסיכולוגי, כתגובה למרחב יחסים משפחתיים שהפך מפחיד ומציף.


כנס זה מפגיש מטפלים וחוקרים מרחבי העולם כדי לחלוק מבטם על התיאוריה והפרקטיקה של הטיפול בילדים מנוכרים, ובתוך כך, להכיר בילדים שלא כאובייקטים של המחלוקת בין ההורים, אלא כסוכנים של ניסיון חייהם שלהם.


Western Galilee College

HaMichlala Road

Akko 2412101, Israel


המכללה האקדמית גליל מערבי

דרך המכללה עכו,2412101, Israel


الكُلِّيَّة الأكاديميَّة الجليل الغربي

Headline speakers

Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph.D., C.Psych., Acc.FM.

Dr Fidler is a clinical developmental psychologist. She has worked with high conflict separating/divorcing families conducting assessments, professional consultations, expert testimony, mediation, arbitration, therapy and parenting coordination for over 30 years. Dr. Fidler provides training to judges, lawyers and mental health professionals and has presented at numerous conferences. She is co-author of four books: Child Custody Assessments (2008), Challenging Issues in Child Custody Disputes (2008), Best Practice Guide: Responding to Emotional Harm & Parent-Child Contact Problems in High Conflict Separation (2013), and Children Who Resist Post-Separation Parental Contact: A Differential Approach for Legal and Mental Health Professionals (2012).

Benjamin D. Garber, Ph.D.

Dr. Garber is a New Hampshire licensed psychologist, parenting coordinator, expert consultant to family law matters across North America, speaker and author. He is also a former Guardian ad litem. Dr. Garber has advanced degrees in psycholinguistics, developmental and clinical child psychology from the University of Michigan and The Pennsylvania State University. He completed an internship in clinical child and family psychology at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut. He is co-founder of the Parenting Coordination Association of New Hampshire, winner of the March of Dimes "Distinction in Media Excellence" award, and an acclaimed educator and author in numerous areas of child and family development and family law.

Other speakers

Inbal Baron-Kivenson (Israel), Nick Woodall (UK), Gordana Bjulan Flander (Croatia), Claire Francica (Malta), Tirtza Joels (Israel), Mia Roje Đapić (Croatia), Teodora Minčić (Serbia), Karen Woodall (UK), Benny Bailey (Israel), Sietska Dijkstra (Netherlands), Alice Berkowitz (USA), Leilani Sinclair (USA), Judith M. Pilla (USA)  and more...

Supported by:

Department of Counseling

and Human Development