Exposing Alienation and Estrangement

As a clinician you are aware of the harm that can be done to children when parents are battling through their divorce or are attempting to change custody arrangements through the courts. All too often, the parents exhibit significant alienation behaviors as they deal with their own personal feelings about their ex- (or soon to be ex-) spouse. If you have been involved with these types of court cases, you have undoubtedly seen instances of moderate to severe alienation and have had to work to both discover the source of the alienation and how to treat it. Further, you have probably seen estrangement behaviors that mask and even amplify alienation behaviors. And then you may have found yourself on "the stand" to testify about your investigation, and to defend your findings and recommendations.

Family Clarity can help. We have turned investigation of alienation and estrangement into a science. By applying the latest research and a web-based expert system we have created a system that can quickly and efficiently expose alienation and estrangement, evaluate its severity, and produce an easily-readable report for the court. Our system provides a comprehensive work-flow and mathematical correlation mechanism to help guide our expect clinicians through a thorough investigation, covering all of the bases. Our system also provides for the elimination of "confirmatory bias" that often creeps into an investigation.

Because we have automated the investigation, processing, and reporting for alienation assessments, we are able to create the assessment quickly and at low cost. With the current research built-in to the system, we are also able to correctly and completely expose alienation and estrangement in a wide range of cases. 

Comprehensive Alienation Assessment

We provide a comprehensive assessment (10+ pages) of the existence and severity of alienation and estrangement in divorce and custody cases. The first page of the assessment in an easy-to-read synopsis that summarizes the case at a glance, followed by a key for reading the rest of the document. The document includes an analysis of evidence gathered during the preparation of the assessment along with a specialist's opinion concerning the case. The assessment is bias-protected and includes a confidence rating.

Each case is assigned to one of our specialists who will manage the assessment process as well as serve as the focal point for the court. Using the most current research and alienation assessment tools available, our specialists gather and interpret the input from the family, including the children, parents, and any other person contributing to the problem such as extended family or family friends. Along with information from existing clinicians and other court records, and using our own web-based expert system, we determine the severity and cause of the situation, along with determining the best course of treatment to repair the children’s relationship with their parents and ensure the children's future well being.

Our Process

Below is a detailed explanation of what you can expect from beginning to end while working with us. First however, It is important to understand we use something called the Family Clarity Expert System (FCES). The FCES is based on extensive research, empirical data, and evidence-based programs. Our clinicians use the FCES to synthesize and review data. Using the FCES and the expertise of our clinicians here is how our process works.


Step One

The first step after the court order is signed is to have one of our highly trained clinicians assigned to your case. This clinician will oversee and guide you through the process, which begins with completing a confidential and comprehensive online assessment through the FCES. Our clinician will then begin the interview process, and meet one-on-one with the parties (including parents, children, family, friends). Our clinician will also reach out to any clinicians or specialists involved in the case, such as the Guardian-Ad-Litem, therapists, psychiatrists, and medical and educational professionals. This allows our clinician to get a comprehensive understanding of the case in order to make informed recommendations.

Step Two

Next, our clinician will review the results of the online assessments, the relevant information in the legal case file and conduct more interviews as necessary. As information is gathered, the FCES uses the data to synthesizes a comprehensive analysis. Next, our clinicians work with the FCES to analyze the data and determine the presence and severity of alienation or estrangement (if any), along with generating detailed treatment recommendations for therapy and aftercare.

Step Three

Finally, the FCES generates detailed treatment recommendations for therapy and aftercare, based on the latest research. The Primary clinician on your case can assist in facilitating a treatment team for the whole family. Treatment plans are individualized to your case and provide a comprehensive road map for healing your family. In addition our clinicians assigned to your case will work together to provide consistent, coordinated treatment.