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Wednesday
Apr242019

International Parental Alienation Awareness Day

March 25th is now celebrated as International Parental Alienation Awareness day and the above poster shows how groups all over the world are standing together on this issue.

Although decisions on this topic in Scotland rest largely with the Scottish Government, we would suggest that people sign the current petition to the Westminster Parliament which is seeking action on this issue.  It currently on has a couple of thousand signatures to go before it reaches the 10,000 threshold that will trigger a Government statement.

Another signing task which will help raise awareness is in connection with the draft of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

When the draft of ICD-11 was published in June 2018, the words "parental alienation" and "parental estrangement" were included in the Index of the book.  That means that if a person searches the ICD-11 website for "parental alienation," they are automatically taken to an official diagnosis, "caregiver-child relationship problem."

The draft of ICD-11 is now being reviewed in preparation for a final version to be approved, perhaps in May 2019.  Suddenly, a number of individuals (about 30) have gone to the ICD-11 website and "voted" that they do not want "parental alienation" and "parental estrangement" to be anywhere in ICD-11.

You can easily go to the ICD-11 website and express your own opinion.  This is how:  (1) Go to the website and register yourself, which is easy to do; anyone can register and then comment.  (2) After registering, sign in and search for "parental alienation."  (3) You will see a Proposal List with a number of different proposals, including "Delete Entity Proposal."  (4) If you explore those different headings, you will find some comments that you agree with and others that you disagree with.  (5) You can write your own brief comment and express your opinion.  (6) Or, you can just vote AGREE or DISAGREE with the comments that have already been posted. (Thanks to William Bernet from the Parental Alienation Study Group PASG for this information.)