Battling Parental Alienation: What to do when your ex convinces your children to hate you

A kid standing inbetween divorced parents. Difficult childhood

About this course

Is your ex encouraging your children to disrespect you? Even hate you? Toxic divorces can include parental alienation, in which a child “aligns himself or herself strongly with one parent and rejects a relationship with the other parent, without legitimate justification” (Dr. William Bernet, Vanderbilt University).

Sadly, some parents are so vindictive that they want to hurt their former partners in the worst way possible, so they intentionally try to ruin the children’s relationship with their ex. If you’re the ex who is being targeted for alienation, you know how heartbreaking it is.

Susan Shofer knows how you feel — she’s been there. But Susan was able to successfully overcome her ex’s attempts to alienate the two children they shared. In this webinar, Susan will teach you what she learned through her own toxic divorce, and through her work as a licensed private investigator. You’ll learn how parental alienation happens, how it is viewed by the courts and mental health professionals, and, if you’re facing it, what you can do.


  • 6 reasons why a parent engages in alienation
  • How alienators get children to distance themselves
  • Why courts typically get parental alienation all wrong
  • How to parent when your kids are being alienated
  • How to find a program to help you reunite with your kids

About the instructor

Susan ShoferSusan Shofer, MBA, the “Divorce Consultant,” is author of the Divorce Recovery Ladder, a comprehensive, interactive workbook with checklists and charts to help you maintain emotional, physical and financial balance as you separate from your partner.  Her Divorce Recovery Podcast Program is a nine-part interactive series of worksheets with podcast instructions to help you unclutter your divorce and organize your life.

Susan created her programs after successfully navigating her own toxic divorce. Previously, Susan was a licensed private investigator for 24 years and the owner of a detective agency. In 2013, she turned her focus toward helping people with the challenges of contentious divorces.

Susan has a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. She began her career working for a nationally known investment firm.  Susan has two children and was president of Parent Network of Greater Baltimore, where she coordinated parent education lectures and workshops for the Baltimore private school community.

Cost and credits

The cost for this course is only $25.00 for 60 minutes of instruction. Once you purchase the course, you can access it online as long and as often as you want.

Although this course does not award continuing education credits, you will be able to download a certificate of achievement upon completion.

Learning objectives

With this course, you will learn:

  • The definition of parental alienation
  • How to spot parental alienation
  • The impact alienation has on children
  • How to run interference with parental alienation

Program Agenda:

50 minutes of instruction

  • The difference between parental alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome
  • What causes parental alienation?
  • Who is most vulnerable?
  • How does the alienator get the children to distance themselves from the targeted parent?
  • Common beliefs exhibited by the alienating parent
  • Levels of PAS
    • Mild parental alienation
    • Moderate parental alienation
    • Severe parental alienation
  • Why do the courts and medical profession not acknowledge parental alienation?
  • Why the courts typically get parental alienation all wrong
  • 8 symptoms of Parental Alienation Syndrome
  • Child abuse and PAS
  • Remedies: Don’ts and Dos
  • Some beneficial court-appointed professionals to help with PAS (friend or foe)
  • Programs that reunite targeted parents with alienated children
  • Long-term impact of parental alienation syndrome

10 minutes questions and answers

Here’s a preview of the webinar:


Is your ex trying to drive a wedge between you and your children through badmouthing, lies and threats? Here’s what you should do — and should not do — to protect your relationship with your kids.

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