For some readers, this title is eye-catching, as only a Targeted parent or family member knows how devasting Parental Alienation can be. So desperate are families affected by Parental Alienation to understand what goes on inside thier child's mind. If you are going through a high-conflict divorce, if you experienced abuse during your marriage, or if you were married to a controlling spouse you may very well experience Parental Ailenation in some form.
PASA-NJ (Parental Alienation Support & Advocacy) will be hosting a presentation led by Dr. Judith Pilla on November 19th at 6:60pm at the Parsippany Library, 449 Halsey Road. This event is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5.00 to cover the speaker’s fees. You can RSVP to 862-206-0621 and for more information visit www.pasanj.org.
Dr. Judith M. Pilla, PhD, LSW,
"A Look into the Mind of The Alienated Child"
All targeted parents of alienated children ask certain questions over and over in the search for answers. One constant question is: "What is my child really thinking?" These children's attitudes and behaviors can be highly contradictory, painful and baffling, leaving you question their every response (or non-response).
To offer understanding, skills for relating, and some comfort for you as parents, Dr. Judith Pilla will explore how children “think” during the experience of an alienated lifestyle. This includes:
• How children experience the ongoing pressure of their situation
• How children develop their own internal logic to cope day-to-day
• How children adapt to an almost impossible set of demands and expectations from parents
You will learn:
• Key mental sets that children acquire to cope and how you can use these to guide your interactions
• Which responses “work” and which can “make things worse”
• How to create a basic set of relationship tools to rely on during difficult communications.
Dr. Pilla is a member of the international task force working to include PA/PAS as a diagnostic category in the DSM-5 and ICD-11. She also conducts research and publishes in the fields of parental alienation, psychiatry,and family relationship dynamics.
Dr. Judith M. Pilla, PhD, LSW, PMHCNS-BC, is principal of Health Bridge Associates, a private psychotherapy practice in King of Prussia, PA. For over 10 years she has worked intensively with victims of parental alienation, including targeted parents, extended family members, and children, adolescents, and adults who have been co-opted as alienators by one parent against the other. She focuses on the unique situation of each family, using phased treatment aimed at improving trust, connection and potential for recovery. Dr. Pilla is not a legal expert or evaluator. Her practice is limited to treating the mental, emotional, interpersonal and social consequences of parental alienation.
Dr. Pilla earned her PhD and MSS from Bryn Mawr College in clinical social work and social research, and her BSN from Thomas Jefferson University. She is a licensed psychotherapist; professional social worker; advanced practice clinical nurse specialist in psychiatry; and a targeted parent of two adult children. Her professional awards include the Rivitz Fellowship of Bryn Mawr College and charter membership in Sigma Theta Tau international honor society. She is on the Board of Directors of Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work and a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.