Michael Jeffries with Dr. Joel Davies

                    Table of Contents

      Introduction                                                      ii
      Office of Dr. Joel Davies                                   x
1.    Normalcy                                                         1
2.    The Foundation                                              15
3.    The Blame Game                                            29
4.    Heartbreak                                                     41
5.    Bad to Worse in 30 Days                                53
6.    Pressure to Conform                                       79
7.    Living with Alienation                                       91
8.    Looking for Help                                            107
9.    Potholes on the Road to Therapy                    135
10.   Game, Set, Match                                         167
11.   Why They Do the Things They Do                 177
12.   Three Levels of Parental Alienation                 205
13.   The Attorneys' Roles                                      223
14.   How Courts Botch Parental Alienation Cases  243
15.   Solution                                                          257
16.   Coping                                                           271
17.   Epilogue                                                         279
18.   Epilogue II                                                      287
19.   The Final Entry                                                291
      Acknowledgements                                           293

Cover Text
Psychology /Parenting
      A Family's Heartbreak: A Parent's Introduction to Parental Alienation, is the true story of one parent's struggle to maintain a normal, loving relationship with his young son in the face of overwhelming odds. From the emotionally devastating
      actions of the child's other parent, to a court system and mental health community ill-equipped to deal with a destructive family dynamic, A Family's Heartbreak: A Parent's Introduction to Parental Alienation, is both an education in parental alienation and an
      eye opening experience for parents who don't believe this could happen to them.

    "A provocative and compelling account of the destruction of a parent-child relationship and the legal system's complicity in the process. Jeffries pulls back the curtain on the tragedy of  a child whose love turns to contempt as he takes sides in his parents' divorce. Sure to be an eye-opener for parents and professionals alike."
      Richard A. Warshak, Ph.D
      Author of Divorce Poison: Protecting the Parent-Child Bond From a Vindictive Ex

    "Michael Jeffries has used the trauma and tragedy of his personal nightmare to illuminate how what would seem unbelievable can actually occur. From the theoretical concepts of parental alienation to its most excruciating details, his story vividly illustrates how far a close parent-child relationship can fall. This book is a must read for anyone who suspects that parental alienation is working its way into his or her life."
      Dr. J. Michael Bone
      Clinical and Forensic Consultant on Parental Alienation

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