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 Parental alienation is the outcome of emotional manipulation and abuse where a child’s rejection of a parent is unjustifiable. Parental alienation is not the same as estrangement where a parent acts to protect their child from the other parent who is abusive.
(CEO and Founding Director)
Amanda Sillars is the founding director of the Eeny Meeny Miney Mo Foundation. Amanda has real-life generational experience in parental alienation, both as a child and a targeted parent, now reunified with both children.
Since 2014 Amanda has been working as a volunteer to help alienated families cope through parental-child separation and teach alienated family members and how to reunify with their children or grandchildren.
Amanda, through EMMM, now collaborates with the University of Tasmania in research on the dynamics and affects of parental alienation and presents workshops for alienated families. Amanda is currently studying psychology at Griffith University after a long career in accounting in small business.
Mandy Matthewson is a clinical psychologist and senior lecturer in clinical psychology at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Dr Matthewson is the lead researcher in the Family and Interpersonal Relationship Research Lab at UTAS and she is a senior clinical psychologist in private practice. Her work focuses on the fields of family relationships, family violence and parental alienation. She is co-author of the highly acclaimed book Understanding and Managing Parental Alienation: A Guide to Assessment and Intervention. She has also published extensively on the topic of parental alienation in well respected peer review journals. She was past Chair of the Parental Alienation Study Group Research Committee and is editor-in-chief or Parental Alienation International.
For a number of years Fiona Blane has been running support groups for women who have left domestic violence situations, many of those women have become alienated from their children after separation.
Fiona now facilitates gender inclusive support groups in Sydney for those who have found themselves alienated from their children.
Fiona helps parents cope with parental alienation as well as how to communicate and reunite with their children.
Kristine currently works as a senior Intensive Care Physician. She holds a degree in science, majoring in Pharmacology from the University of Queensland, and she went on to complete post graduate studies in Nutrition and Dietetics from the Queensland University of Technology.
Kristine practised as a clinical dietitian whilst completing her medical degree with honours from the University of Queensland. She has worked across both private and public health sectors and conducted both large and smaller scale medical research as both a principle and sub investigator
Kristine holds a Fellowship with the Australian and New Zealand College of Intensive Care Medicine and spends her time dedicated to the care of critically ill patients and their families. She undertook a broad range of medical specialty training prior to completing her intensive care specialty, including time spent as a registrar in both adult and adolescent Psychiatry, Obstetrics & gynaecology and Lung Transplant medicine. She is also an examiner for the University of Queensland Medical School.
Kristine is currently in the final stages of completing her Fellowship with the Australian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.
Kristine has lived experience as an alienated mother. She is committed to contributing to change and education in the arena of family law and domestic violence legislation for men, women and children. In particular, she seeks to further promote education and robust research in the area of parental alienation and post separation coercive control for the benefit of all alienated children and parents.
Anchita Karmaker is a Medical practitioner and a Legal graduate with a special interest in Administrative law/Constitutional Law and Family Law. Anchita works primarily as a Rural Doctor, currently finishing her Fellowship in Rural medicine with specialist training in Population Health. On a personal note, Anchita was alienated from her 8 year old daughter after her ex husband took her away to India. She has not seen her since 2013. Anchita has a passion to rectify the laws and regulations around this area and find this opportunity to be part of EMMM team an honor and privilege!
Suzanne Verhaar has a background of working in various psychological, educational and child protection roles. Suzanne uses evidence-based approaches tailored to individual needs to support clients experiencing a range of challenges related to anxiety, mood, adjustment disorders, PTSD, adult ADHD and grief/loss. Suzanne has a special interest in working with parents, perinatal clients, and couples/ families affected by parental separation and/or divorce.
Suzanne conducted research into the effects of parental alienation on the mental health and wellbeing of adults who were alienated as children under the supervision of PA researcher Dr Mandy Matthewson. Suzanne now offers evidence-based therapy (in person and via telehealth) aimed specifically to targeted parents and alienated children who are hoping to gain insight into their unique challenges.
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Parental Alienating Behaviours
are Child Abuse & Family Violence.
This serious form of abuse and family violence can no longer be ignored. Parental alienating behaviours must be acknowledged in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. We need legislation that not only acknowledges its existence but firmly and clearly legislates against it.