Welcome to the home of the European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners.


Confirmed speakers

Dr. Amy Baker

Vincent J. Fontana Centre For Child Protection

Dr. Baker is an internationally recognized expert in parent child relationships, especially children of divorce, parental alienation syndrome, and emotional abuse of children. She has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College of Columbia University. Dr. Baker's areas of research include parental alienation, child welfare, parent involvement in their children's education, early intervention, and attachment. She is the Director of Research at the Vincent J. Fontana Centre for Child Protection. She is the author or co-author of 8 books and over 65 peer reviewed articles.



Linda Gottlieb

Family Therapist And Parental Alienation Specialist

Linda has had over 40 years education and experience providing clinical treatment services to families of all compositions, orientations, and in all developmental stages. She has treated the wide spectrum of problems, issues, and dysfunctional family interactional patterns that are challenging for families. She has expertise in emergency services that has included intensive, home-based, crisis-intervention to prevent the psychiatric hospitalization of a child. Since 2003, Linda has focused her clinical practice on families undergoing parental separation/divorce with the goal of facilitating the parents to develop a civil and respectful co-parenting relationship. This focus includes the highly specialized area of diagnosing for and treating parental alienation. Linda also provides consultation services on Parental Alienation and has served as an expert witness on such cases. She has been qualified in 17 states and 24 jurisdictions. The areas in which she has been qualified are: family therapy, family dynamics, alienation, estrangement, child abuse, and domestic violence.



Karen Woodall

Family Separation Clinic

Karen Woodall is the lead therapist at the Family Separation Clinic and is a specialist in working with high conflict divorce and separation and its impact on children. She is a psychotherapist with over twenty years experience in working with parents and children affected by family separation. Karen is an internationally recognised expert on children’s post-separation rejecting behaviours and the phenomenon of the alienated child. She is also an author and blogger and regularly writes for the Huffington Post on issues that affect the family. Karen was previously the Director at the Centre for Separated Families, a national charity that worked with the whole family in order to bring about better outcomes for children. She is Currently working on a doctoral thesis on parental alienation and has co-authored Understanding Parental Alienation (Charles C Thomas, 2017) and The Guide for Separated Parents (Piatkus, 2007) with her colleague, Nick Woodall.



Prof. Gordana Flander

Child And Youth Protection Centre Zagreb

Prof. Dr. Sc. Gordana Buljan Flander, Director of Child Protection Centre Zagreb, has spent thirty years of her careers on children. As a Pediatric Pediatrician at the Zagreb Children's Disease Hospital, she often met with abused and neglected children who did not have the necessary protection of adults. She was therefore one of the first to recognise this issue in Croatia in the early 90s and devoted her further work. She is the founder of the counselling line for abused and neglected children "Brave Phone" and the initiator of the establishment of the Child Protection Centre of the City of Zagreb, recognized by the Council of Europe as a model of good practice and thus presented at the UN. Prof. Dr. Sc. Gordana Buljana Flander is a recipient of numerous awards for her work, including the award to the Polyclinic multidisciplinary team awarded by the International Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) in 2008. Along with her professional work, she has been actively engaged in scientific work and has also published numerous scientific and professional papers at international conferences and publishes books, manuals and brochures for parents, children and experts.



Darren Spooner

The St. Giles Clinic

Darren Spooner has been the clinical director of The St. Giles Clinic, an independent multidisciplinary psychological practice in Norwich since 2003. This role consists of management and delivery of psychological assessment and therapies and medico-legal assessments and reports. Psychological assessment and therapy is offered across the lifespan with most common, severe, enduring and complex mental health difficulties and personality disorders. Darren Spooner is an expert witness in the UK Family Courts in cases of children who reject a parent after family separation.



Nick Woodall

Family separation Clinic

Nick has worked with families experiencing divorce or separation since 1999 and co-founded the Family Separation Clinic in 2010. He specialises in working directly with separating families in order to enable the whole family to manage change in ways that provide the best outcomes for children and has worked with parental alienation for a number of years. Nick is a psychotherapist and is currently completing an MA in psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and relational psychoanalytic Counselling at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is also a therapeutic mediator, accredited by the School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology, Regents University. Nick has worked on family separation policy and service design for the UK Government and is the co-author of Understanding Parental Alienation (Charles C Thomas, 2017) and The Guide for Separated Parents (Piatkus, 2007) with his colleague, Karen Woodall.



Dr. Steve Miller

Harvard Medical School

An internist and medical educator. He has 30 years of experience in forensic medicine, and for 15 years directed a consulting group in forensic psychiatry and psychology. Dr. Miller, who is board certified in internal medicine and emergency medicine, is a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.



Brian Ludmer

Ludmer Law

In addition to running his own successful law firm, LudmerLaw, Brian Ludmer is an engaging and passionate speaker frequently called upon to speak at business law continuing education and industry conferences as well as for family law and parenting organisations internationally. Brian is an advisory board member to the Parental Alienation Awareness Organisation and the International Support Network for Alienated Families, as well as a co-founder of Lawyers for Shared Parenting. Brian was one of the drafters of Canada's proposed equal shared parenting legislation, Bill C-560.



Simona Vladica

Simona Maria Vladica

Simon Vladica is a representative of the Professional Body of Mediators at Bucharest Court of Appeal and is a member of the Faculty of Psychology, Ecological University of Bucharest. She is also the CEO of Health Media a media company specializing in health communication.

More speakers to come.