Parental Alienation... Family Violence Lost in the FOG conference 17-19 October 2018
 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.
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Amanda has experienced parental alienation as a child, losing her mother Nola in 1993 as a result of parental alienation and the legal systems. She has also experienced parental alienation as an adult with her own 2 children, reuniting with her son in 2015 and her daughter in 2017.
Amanda is dedicated to educating, raising awareness, providing resources about parental alienation and working in collaboration with the University of Tasmania on research of this special population.
Dr Matthewson is a clinical psychologist and senior lecturer. She currently works in private practice as a senior clinical psychologist. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in teaching a variety of core and applied areas of psychology.
Dr Matthewson's specific areas of teaching interest are in psychological assessment, developmental psychology and counselling and professional practice skills, with an interest in technology enhanced learning and experiential learning.
Louis van Aardt, Managing Principal of LVA Legal, is a respected barrister and solicitor in Western Australia with over 15 years of experience in advising clients on corporate and commercial law. Louis is regularly sought after to advise on all things to do with businesses, shares and assets.
Louis has worked as a lawyer in London, New York, California and Western Australia.
Andy has an extensive background in media production, writing and editing. After experiencing alienation from his only daughter after separation and engaging with the legal system he undertook a Bachelor of Laws. Currently in his final year of study, Andy is in the process of conducting a systematic review of family law cases as part of an honours thesis investigating how the Family Courts deal with the issues of contact denial and parental alienation. He has a keen interest in family law reform and in educating the judiciary and legal fraternity as to appropriate responses in cases where parental alienation is a live issue, to ensure the best interests of, and outcomes for, the children involved.
Eli Bernstein is a Perth-based entrepreneur, strategic consultant and blockchain advisor. He has contributed to startups, change and innovation and has also advised on energy policy.
Eli is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a JD and MBA from the university of WA.
Eli is most interested in the intersection of finance, technology, and the law. As part of his law studies, Eli researched the application of technology to family law dispute resolution.
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