The European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners aims to further understanding around the problem of parental alienation for families and children at policy and practice level across Europe.

The Association is made up of practitioners who are committed to the fundamental principles that underpin successful work with alienated children and their families and who are working together to understand, through practice and research, best practice in this field.


EAPAP will provide:

  • Provision of training to therapists, social workers, psychologists and family court officers across Europe in return for accreditation, supervision, governance and protection.
  • Raising of awareness with the Family Court systems across Europe, of the recognised standards of practice which are curated in the research and historical practice literature and promotion of the same.
  • Education of the Judiciary and all within the family court system throughout Europe.
  • Collaboration with other bodies which promote recognised standards of practice in this field.

Practice standards - basic commitment of an EAPAP practitioner:

  • Training in understanding and working with parental alienation.
  • Co-delivery of first cases with experienced supervisor.
  • Continuous supervision in delivery of work with cases of parental alienation.
  • Commitment to CPD in the field of work.
  • Contribution to the development of collaborative practice in the field.

Practice Standards – EAPAP commitment to alienated parents and children:

  • Provision of a transparent service which gives clear and explicit guidance to rejected parents about how their needs are recognised and met.
  • Provision of services which are demonstrated to deliver the key principles of EAPAP.                 
  • Specialised treatment routes which are provided as a plan of work prior to intervention.
  • Readiness to implement an intervention to prevent child abuse where necessary.
  • Prioritisation of the restoration of the relationship between parent and child.