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Talk by Sue Whitcombe and Pat Barclay

FNF Scotland is holding an evening meeting on Thursday 22nd March about working with parents to overcome their children's resistance to contact.  It takes place at 10 Palmerston Place from 7-9 pm and tickets can be booked using this link.

This session is a chance to hear from two key people who have been undertaking a lot of work with separated families in recent years across Great Britain.  Following presentations about their current experience and what seems to be working, we will have a general discussion about the way forward for parents trying to deal with resistance to contact or outright rejection.

Dr SUE WHITCOMBE is a Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. She is a Chartered member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Chair of the Training Committee for Counselling Psychology and sits on the BPS Expert Witness Advisory Group and Children and Young People Mental Health Group.
Sue has 20 years’ experience working with children and families and is Principal Psychologist at Family Psychology Solutions, a not-for-profit social enterprise, which she founded with the support of Teesside University.

PAT BARCLAY has considerable experience working with separated families to reduce and protect children from the adverse effects of their parent’s acrimony, with experience of both collaborative separation and litigation through court. Her social work qualifications, knowledge and experience of child development and child protection procedures allows her to provide a specialist service in Scotland of child focused work for family separation.
Her work aims are to protect children caught up in contact disputes and promote contact in the best interest of their welfare and developmental stage. She also has experience of relationship counselling and systemic family counselling to combine with specialist, evidence based knowledge of children’s development and the risk to this from parental conflict.


Parental Alienation talks in Edinburgh

Parental Alienation, in which children refuse contact with one of their parents without good reason, is one of the most problematic features of family separation.  Families Need Fathers Scotland has invited Dr Sue Whitcombe to Edinburgh on February 11th to talk on this topic. Booking for the two sessions can be made using the links below on the session titles.

Dr Sue Whitcombe will talk about her therapeutic work with families affected by parental alienation and on her research on this phenomenon.   She is the principal psychologist at Family Psychology Solutions, a Community Interest Company based in Middlesbrough, which offers specialist services for families and children, and the professionals, practitioners and organisations who work with them. Their core provision is working with complex relationship issues, particularly where there is hostility, conflict, rejection, alienation or estrangement. http://familypsychologysolutions.org

AFTERNOON SESSION - Considering the welfare of the alienated child

14.00 - 16.30 at 10 Palmerston Place Edinburgh.  This session is intended for lawyers, mediators and other staff who work with families. This session will consider how parental alienation can be identified at an early stage, when it is most responsive to intervention, the psychological and social outcomes for children affected by parental alienation and appropriate interventions.

EVENING SESSION - Supporting parents to deal with parental alienation.

19.00 - 21.00 at 10 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh.  This session is a chance for fathers and other family members affected by parental alienation to find out more about the work of Dr Sue Whitcombe. Her talk will be followed by a discussion about this topic and what is currently happening in Scotland.