Getting Personal Support
It is wise to recognize upfront that dealing with parental alienation is not a short-term problem or one that a child will outgrow. You need to prepare yourself by making sure that you have a nonjudgmental personal support system of family and friends, and a support group who can encourage you over the long haul. Keep in mind the advice of the flight attendant who tells you to put on your own oxygen mask before you do so for your child. The same principle applies here. If you do not take care of yourself, you cannot be there for your child.
Here are the steps you will want to take if you suspect you are a target of parental alienation:
1. Learn everything you can about parental alienation. Reading this book is a good start. Use the Resource page in the back of this book for more in-depth information.
2. Assure that you have a personal support system of friends, family and a support group to which you can turn.
3. Identify and hire qualified professionals who can assess your situation using the Five-Factor Method to determine whether you are dealing with parental alienation, and, if so, at what level of severity.
As a last resort, be prepared to educate your attorney or other professionals if you cannot find qualified people or cannot afford to bring in national experts. The more expertise you can hire, the more you increase your chances of success.
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