Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D
Researcher, author and expert in the field of Parental Alienation Syndrome or PAS
About the Books
Working with Alienated Children and Families:
A Clinical Guidebook
Edited by Amy J.L. Baker, Ph.D.
The 13 chapters in this guidebook provide mental health practitioners with a range of tools and strategies for working with families affected by alienation. The authors are leading clinicians and practitioners who address the most pressing issues facing those who work in this field.
Chapters include: clinical reasoning and decision making, custody evaluations, mental health consultancy, psycho-education for children, psychotherapy for targeted parents, support groups for targeted parents, individual therapy for children, reunification using one-way mirrors, reunification with family systems therapy, reunification in a forensic setting, and psychotherapy for adult children. Include a "buy now" button here as well.
Amy J.L. Baker has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology and is the Director of Research for the New York Foundling Fontana Center for Child Protection in New York City. She has 20 years experience conducting research on parent-child relationships on topics such as attachment, early intervention, parent involvement in their children’s education, and child welfare. She is a nationally recognized expert in parental alienation and loyalty conflicts. She is the author or co-author of 5 books and over 50 articles.
“I Don’t Want to Choose” is a 56-page children’s book. The core of the book is an exploration of family situations which are likely to occur in separated or divorced families that can create conflicting feelings in children that they have to choose one parent over the other.
The cornerstone of the book is the presentation of four complimentary approaches to dealing with loyalty conflicts.
When these approaches are used, children develop the skills that they need to resist the pressure to choose one parent over the other.
For each of the 17 family situations presented in the book, the child is provided with 4-6 pages of activities that encourage the use of the four problem solving approaches.
The “I don’t want to choose” manual is to be used by a professional working with in the school system. The manual provides everything that a school will need in order to run a small weekly discussion group for children of divorce.
Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome:
Breaking the Ties that Bind
Written by Amy J.L. Baker, Ph.D. and published by WW Norton, 2007.
Based on interviews with 40 adults who believe that -- when they were children -- they were turned against one parent by the other, “Adult children of parental alienation syndrome,” describes the experience of being an alienated child from the inside and explains how it is possible that a child can reject one parent in order to please the other.
The book describes different familial patterns of parental alienation, compares alienation to a cult, explains how it is a form of emotional abuse, details the different catalysts to having the realization that one is an adult child of PAS, and describes the painful long-term consequences. The books also offers for parents and for mental health professionals working with populations affected by the issue of parental alienation.