Dr Benjamin Garber
Understanding Resist – Refuse Dynamics in Alienation
Dr. Benjamin Garber will talk about his Sherlock Holmes paper and his new book: A collaborative, cognitive and behavioural ‘reunification’ protocol serving that the best interest of the post-divorced, polarized child, describing an encological model of high-conflict family system. Relevant literature is reviewed, yielding thirteen mutually comparative variables, all of which must be evaluated so as to more fully and accurately understand why any particular child has become polarized and how to best meet the child’s needs.
We’ve come a long way from incendiary, all-or-nothing disputes about alienation, but we’re yet to understand the full range of dynamics that leave some children polarized within their highly conflicted family systems, aligned with Parent A and rejecting Parent B. This presentation summarizes Dr. Garber’s FCR 2020 “Sherlock Holmes” paper and his new book, “Mending Fences: A collaborative, cognitive behavioral ‘reunification’ protocol serving the best interests of the post-divorce, polarized child” (UnhookedMedia, 2020) describing an ecological model of high conflict family systems. Relevant literature is reviewed, yielding thirteen mutually compatible variables, all of which must be evaluated so as to more fully and accurately understand why any particular child has become polarized and how to best meet that child’s needs. A continuum of legal/therapeutic remedies is considered, from conventional individual child therapy to court-mandated custody reversal. The criteria relevant to deciding which of these remedies best suits each family is introduced. A collaborative, “reunification” protocol suited to moderately severe cases is described fusing cognitive-behavioral methods with structural systems theory.