Last weekend, Director of the Child and Youth Protection Centre of Zagreb, prof. dr. sc. Gordana Buljan Flander, held a lecture as part of the module on “High-conflict divorces, manipulation and child alienation” for studentst from child and adolescent integrative psychotherapy and counseling in Sarajevo.

Europe’s first licensed educational program of child and adolescent integrative psychotherapy and counseling in Bosnia and Herzegovina implemented by Bosnian-Herzegovinian Association for Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (BHIDAPA), an association that advocates for the preservation and promotion of mental health and quality of daily life of children, adolescents and adults respecting European standards in accordance with the goals of the World Health Organization. BHIDAPA qualifies candidates to acquire professional and academic knowledge and experience in the field of child and adolescent psychotherapy, with special emphasis on clinical skills, professional competence and personal development.

Participants have improved knowledge and skills related to:

  • explanation and identification of harmful parental conflict on children,
  • recognition of high-conflict divorces, their frequency and characteristics
  • research transgenerational transmission of the conflict and divorce results through family history
  • categorizing parental conflicts by theoretical and empirical data,
  • the psychological underpinnings of harmful parental conflict for children,
  • assessment and explanation of the child best interests in the divorce,
  • article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – the child’s opinion is not always in accordance with his best interests; how to examine and argue opinions,
  • recognition of child manipulation and alienation of a child by parents,
  • the distinction between the forms and the reasons for the child’s refusal of parents,
  • observation and interpretation of manipulative behaviors in accordance with contemporary literature,
  • demystification of manipulation as a rare behavior,
  • understanding the alienator and its basic characteristics,
  • analysis of power, toxic triangle of alienation in connection with the theory of attachment,
  • systematic takeover of the control over the alienator,
  • the recognition of manipulation as an emotional abuse according to contemporary scientific knowledge,
  • legal treatment in case of manipulation – criminal reports for emotional abuse,
  • deeper understanding of the alienated child, examination of alienation / level of alienation of the child in practice,
  • an analysis of relevant factors in assessing charges for child abuse during and after the parents’ divorce

Through a comprehensive theoretical lecture, and experiential examples and practical exercises, participants of training have improved knowledge and skills in their future daily work and practice.

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