Canadian Symposium for Parental Alienation Syndrome

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The following speakers have given presentations at previous CSPAS conferences in Toronto and New York.

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Pamela Richardson

Pamela Richardson has hosted television's The Saturday Show and The Vancouver Show, and written and produced pieces for magazines and other television programs. Today she is a full-time mother to her two teenaged boys and lives in Vancouver with her husband, David. She continues to work with many school and community organizations, speaking at private and public events, meeting with legal professionals, counselors, other parents whose children have been alienated from them, as well as the media and other groups, bringing a much-needed awareness of the damage that can be done by alienating a child from a once-loved parent.

Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D.

Dr. Baker has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College of Columbia University. Her 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 Center for Child Protection. She is the author or co-author of 3 books and over 45 peer reviewed articles.

William Bernet, M.D.

William Bernet, M.D., a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is board certified in general psychiatry, child psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. As an expert in forensic psychiatry, Dr. Bernet has testified in 15 states.

Dr. Bernet has written professionals articles and chapters on a variety of subjects, including: group and individual therapy with children and adolescents; humor in psychotherapy; forensic child psychiatry; child maltreatment; true and false allegations of abuse; satanic ritual abuse; reincarnation; child custody and visitation; parental alienation; testimony regarding behavioral genomics; and risk management.

In 2007, Dr. Bernet and Judge Don R. Ash published Children of Divorce: A Practical Guide for Parents, Therapists, Attorneys, and Judges. In 2010, Dr. Bernet published Parental Alienation, DSM-5, and ICD-11.

J. Michael Bone, Ph.D.

The primary focus of Dr. Bone's work is high conflict custody disputes involving parental alienation under the pretense of divorce. His goal is to help establish custody plans and parenting roles that encourage positive relationships between children and BOTH parents. Working with both mothers and fathers he has spent over 25 years dealing with high conflict divorce as a therapist, expert witness, mediator, evaluator and consultant, nationally and internationally. He has worked on hundreds of cases garnering positive results.

Cases involving parental alienation must be handled differently. It is not as simple as hiring professionals that are familiar with or say they understand Parental Alienation. The legal issues that appear in alienation cases are unique. Failure to understand the uniqueness of these cases by mental health professionals or lawyers in these cases can and often does lead to disastrous results.

Dr. Bone worked extensively with the late Dr Richard Gardner who first described the syndrome in 1985. Dr Bone served on the Scientific and Professional Advisory Board of the Parental Alienation Research Foundation in Washington D.C. In 2006 Dr. Bone closed his clinical practice and began a full time consultative practice devoted entirely to the development of remedies for and education about parental alienation. These activities include consulting on individual cases with parents and attorneys, as well as in the development of educational products involving practical strategies for parents who are experiencing parental alienation.

Jayne Major, Ph.D.

Jayne A. Major, Ph.D. is the founder of Stop Parental Alienation of Children and the author of numerous articles on parental alienation and parental alienation syndrome. At her Los Angeles agency Breakthrough Parenting Services she specializes in parent education classes and counseling for individuals who are litigating their cases in family law court. Her most recent article is the Causes, Costs and Controversies of Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome.

Richard Sauber, Ph.D.

S. Richard Sauber, Ph.D. has been in practice for 30 years as a forensic family and clinical psychologist who specializes in the evaluation, consultation, and treatment of complex litigious family law cases. He is Board Certified in Family and Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and licensed by the Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec. Trained at Harvard University in this area of expertise, he has been court-appointed or retained as an expert conducting forensic evaluations in his national practice. Formerly, Dr. Sauber was Professor of Family and Clinical Psychology in the Departments of Psychiatry at the Medical Schools at Columbia, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania. At the latter two Medical Schools, he was Director of their Post-doctoral Training Program in Family Psychology/Family Therapy/Family Forensic Psychology. He has been on the Founding Board of Directors of the Academy of Family Mediators and National Academy of Professional Custody Evaluators. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Children's Rights Council in Washington, D.C. Since 1976, Dr. Sauber has been the Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Family Therapy. His most recent book with Richard Gardner, M.D. and Demosthenes Lorandos, J.D., entitled The International Handbook of PAS: Conceptual, Clinical and Legal Considerations (2006) is now being written in its second edition with Demosthenes Lorandos, J.D.,Ph.D., William Bernet, M.D., and S. Richard Sauber, Ph.D. entitled The Handbook of Parental Alienation for Mental Health and Legal Professionals.

Terence Campbell, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Campbell completed his doctoral degree in Human Development and Clinical Psychology at the University of Maryland in 1970. He also did post-doctoral training in family psychology and family therapy at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine. Dr. Campbell was a co-founder of the Psychodiagnostic and Family Services Clinic of the Macomb County (Michigan) Circuit Court in 1972.

Dr. Campbell's publications have appeared in various scientific and professional journals including the American Journal of Forensic Psychology, American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Issues in Child Abuse Accusations, Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, Journal of Systemic Therapies, Michigan Bar Journal, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, and Psychotherapy. His work has also been reprinted in the Norwegian journal, Fokus Pas Familien.

Dr. Campbell's first book - Beware The Talking Cure: Psychotherapy May Be Hazardous to Your Mental Health - published by Upton Books, an imprint of SIRS Publishing, was released in September of 1994. His second book - Smoke and Mirrors: The Devastating Effect of False Sexual Abuse Claims - was released by Insight Books, a division of Plenum Publishing, in September of 1998. His third book - Cross-Examining Experts in the Behavioral Sciences - (co-authored with D.A. Lorandos, Ph.D., J.D.) - was released by the West Group in September 2001 with annual updates for every year beginning in 2003. Dr. Campbell's fourth book - Assessing Sex Offenders: Problems and Pitfalls - was published by Charles C. Thomas in July 2004 as part of its American Series in the Behavioral Sciences and Law. His fifth book - Benchbook in the Behavioral Sciences: Psychiatry, Psychology, and Social Work - (co-authored with D.A. Lorandos, Ph.D., J.D.) was released by Carolina Academic Press in April 2005. His sixth book - Assessing Sex Offenders: Problems and Pitfalls-2nd Edition - was published by Charles C. Thomas in November 2007.

Dr. Campbell has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Systemic Therapies. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sexual Offender Civil Commitment: Science and the Law. He is a member of the Scientific and Professional Advisory Board of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation of Philadelphia. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Association for Consumer Protection in Mental Health Practices. He has been designated a Fellow of the American Psychological Society in recognition of "a distinguished contribution to psychological science." He is also board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Campbell has also been listed in Who's Who in America since the 56th edition in 2002.

Dr. Campbell frequently assists attorneys in matters related to appropriate standards of practice, evidentiary reliability in forensic psychology, eyewitness identifications, coerced confessions, child custody and visitation evaluations, allegations of child sexual abuse, and claims of repressed memories. He has testified as an expert witness in numerous states and the Dominion of Canada.

Douglas Darnall, Ph.D.

Douglas Darnall, Ph.D. is the author of "Divorce Casualties: Understanding Parental Alienation (second edition)" and "Beyond Divorce Casualties: Reunifying the Alienated Family." He is the PsyCare, Inc. CEO and Clinical Director of the Liberty Clinic. PsyCare has eight outpatient mental health clinics in Northeastern Ohio that are accredited by The Joint Commission. Dr. Darnall received his Doctoral Degree from Kent State University and his Master from San Diego State University. He has been a practicing Psychologist for 32 years and previous worked twenty years for the Trumbull County Family Court. He has testified in twelve states and has serviced over 1000 families. He has appeared on the Montel show and Court TV and numerous radio shows. He has authored and coauthored numerous peer review journal articles on Parental Alienation and Spontaneous Reunification. Dr. Darnall is on the editorial board for the American Journal of Family Therapy. Reference to his work has been written up in over 50 newspaper articles. Dr. Darnall has given presentations at both State and National Conferences including the Missouri State Bar and North Dakota State Bar Associations, AFCC, Children's Rights Council, and Local and State Bar Associations on Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome. He has gained international recognition for his work with divorced families.


"Divorce Casualties: Protecting Your Children from Parental Alienation." Published by Taylor Publishing. 1998

"Not in the Best Interest of the Child," North Dakota Law Review, August, 1999

"Parental Alienation and its Impact on Legal and Mental Health Systems. Part I and II. DVD" (223) Life Messages, Inc. Baker, A.J.L., & Darnall, D. (2006) Behaviors and strategies of parental alienation: A survey of parental experiences. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 45 (1/2) 97-124.

Baker, A.J.L. & Darnall, D. (2007) A Construct Validation Study of the Eight Components of Parental Alienation Syndrome. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. 47(1/2) 55-75.

Darnall, D.C. & Steinberg, B.F. (2008) Motivational models for spontaneous reunification with alienated children - Part I. Article accepted for publication. Journal of Family Therapy.

Darnall, D.C. & Steinberg, B.F. (2008) Motivational models for spontaneous reunification with alienated children - Part II. Article accepted for publication. Journal of Family Therapy.

Glenn Ross Caddy, Ph.D.

Dr. Caddy is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist licensed in the States of Florida and also in Australia. He holds Diplomate and/or Fellowship status within the American Board of Clinical Psychology, the Behavior Therapy and Research Society, the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, the American Academy of Forensic Examiners, and the American Board of Sexology. He is also a Fellow of the American Psychology Association, a member of the American Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy, and a member of both the Colleges of Clinical and Forensic Psychology of the Australian Psychological Society.

Dr. Caddy was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of New South Wales, Australia. In the mid 1970s he took up a clinical research scientist position at the Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California, Los Angeles and was promoted to progressively more senior academic positions at several major medical schools and universities, becoming Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Behavioral Sciences Faculty of Nova Southeastern University and also Clinical Professor of Psychology within Nova's School of Medicine. Dr. Caddy has served on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals, and for more than ten years he was series editor for the Advances in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine series for a major publisher. Dr. Caddy now serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Family Therapy. Dr. Caddy has published more than one hundred peer reviewed scientific manuscripts, numerous monographs, four books, and several internet-based distance learning programs. He has consulted with dozens of private and public organizations from the online test developer, Psych Systems, to the British Broadcasting Corporation in the production of their series Crimes of the Century. He has also consulted for numerous state agencies, including the California Department of Mental Hygiene, the Virginia Office of the Capital Collateral Representative, and the Florida Department of Children and Families. A the national level he has consulted for the National Institutes of Health, the United States Air Force, the Secret Service, and the Veterans Administration.

In 1990 Dr. Caddy left full time academia and entered the practice of clinical and forensic psychology. He has directed the American Academy of Behavioral Medicine, and the Institute of Forensic and Clinical Psychology. Today he runs his own practice. Dr. Caddy has served broadly as a clinician and/or expert in well over a thousand legal cases, including criminal, labor relations, Federal Title Seven and State Discrimination cases. In personal injury cases he is well known for his involvement in matters of high trauma including brain injury [the Delta 191 crash in Dallas, the Sunset Limited crash in Louisiana], for torture and brutality cases including his work in war crimes cases. Dr. Caddy also has worked extensively in issues involving the formation of cults and of mind control. He has also worked in multiple aspects of family law and high conflict divorce. It was within this context that his earlier work in mind control led him to develop at first and interest and eventually an expertise in Parental Alienation. Dr. Caddy has been a consultant to and/or qualified as an expert and testified in some two thousand cases in both State and Federal Courts in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Over one hundred of these cases have involved issues in parental alienation.

Demosthenes Lorandos, J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Lorandos received his B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University. He attended the New School for Social Research in New York City, studying the principles and methodology of science. He earned the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Sciences scholarship award.

He spent the next four years studying the philosophy of science at an experimental university, earning a Ph.D. in 1976. He served two clinical internships and completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology with Union Graduate School in Cincinnati.

Dr. Lorandos taught as an assistant, then associate, professor at Indiana University, Saginaw Valley State College, and Central Michigan University.

He created the largest private Vietnam veterans treatment program in the United States, which won national recognition from the Vietnam Veterans of America.

As a research scientist, he has published both commentary and original scientific research in many scientific journals.

He has also published three books: Cross-Examining Experts in the Behavioral Sciences (co-authored with Dr. Terence Campbell); Benchbook in the Behavioral Sciences: Psychiatry – Psychology – Social Work (co-authored with Dr. Terence Campbell); and The International Handbook of Parental Alienation Syndrome – Conceptual, clinical and Legal Perspectives which brings contributors from all over the world together to discuss this important phenomena.

Dr. Lorandos retired from the active practice of clinical psychology to attend the University of Detroit Law School, where he graduated with honors in 1991. He is licensed in New York, California and Michigan an attorney, and in California and Michigan as a psychologist.

Dr. Lorandos maintains an educational website at:

Abraham Worenklein, Ph.D.

Abe Worenklein, M.Sc., Ph.D. is a clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Montreal and a professor at Dawson College and a lecturer at Concordia University. In addition to his practice in clinical and forensic evaluation and psychotherapy, he is certified as a family mediator. Dr. Worenklein has been declared an expert witness in Superior Court and in Youth Court several hundred times primarily in Canada, but also in the United States and the Caribbean and has presented on this topic at numerous professional conferences in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has been quoted in significant judgments dealing with parental alienation and high conflict divorces. He is a member of the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and has been certified by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. Dr Worenklein is on the committee to have Parental Alienation accepted into the DSM-V and ICD-11 and has spoken on many occasions on the radio regarding parental alienation and its effects on alienated children. He is also on the International Board of the American Journal of Family Therapy.

Gene Colman - Gene C. Colman Family Law Center

Gene C. Colman is a Toronto family law lawyer.  He was called to the bar in 1979.  From its inception in 1980 until 1988, he represented children in Hamilton's Unified Family Court as a member of the Official Guardian's Child Representation Panel.  He has authored many articles and has spoken to a number of groups over the years on many family law issues.  Amongst his public service endeavours are: founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Family Law and current member of its advisory board; founding member of the Canadian Equal Parenting Council and its secretary-treasurer; past president of his community homeowners association and current executive member.  Gene has a special interest in parental alienation.  He is dedicated to gender equality and equal treatment for all in Ontario's courts. 

Pamela Stuart-Mills Hoch, M.A., Bob Hoch, M.A.

Bob and Pamela Hoch, co-founders, The Rachel Foundation for Family Reintegration. Situated in the Texas Hill Country north of San Antonio, Rachel House provides residential reintegration programs and other services to reunite parents and children whose bonds have been damaged or destroyed by abduction, alienation or estrangement.

The Rachel Foundation collaborates with U.S. federal and state courts, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the U.S. Department of State, Office of Children's Issues, the U.S. Department of Justice, Missing and Exploited Children's Division, law enforcement, Central Authorities in cases involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, and professionals in agency and private practice. Family court judges and agency representatives from Spain and Russia recently visited Rachel House to learn about its programs and services to courts.

Pamela Stuart-Mills Hoch, M.A. directs Rachel programs as a volunteer, and consults on family reintegration issues. A doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Texas San Antonio, she has worked for 18 years, in Canada and the U.S., to develop solution-focused family reintegration programs. Courts in 11 states and 5 countries have recognized her as an expert in this field and The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's honored her with the "Award of Merit for Outstanding Commitment to the Protection of Children and International Child Abduction Issues." Fluently bi-lingual (English/French) Pamela is a member of the American Counseling Association, Texas Counseling Association, the Scholastic Honors Society, and Chi Sigma Iota, international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators.

Bob Hoch, M.A., volunteer Executive Director, the Rachel Foundation. Since 2000, when the U.S. Department of Justice provided start-up funding, the Hochs have built "Rachel" to serve about 600 families, courts and professionals in 49 states and 27 foreign countries, with more than 60 children reunited with parents through Rachel's residential reintegration program "Bridges."

Bob oversees the complex logistics that ensure the safe arrival of alienated or returning abducted children and their custodial parent, from within the U.S. and from abroad. He interfaces with law enforcement, courts and agencies around the world. Using a methodology he designed for this purpose, Bob analyzes the demographics of divorce and alienation and prepares internal studies to estimate the number of families who experience high-conflict divorce throughout the United States. He also developed a methodology for estimating Rachel Foundation success rates.

Bob is Vice President of the Association of Missing and Exploited Children's Organizations (AMECO), an international association that provides a unified voice on issues related to missing and exploited children and their families, and nurtures credible, ethical and effective nonprofit member organizations.

David L. Levy, J.D.

David L. Levy, J.D., is a pioneer in the field of children's rights. In 1985, Levy co-founded the National Council for Children's Rights, later re-named the Children's Rights Council, which he currently serves as President. As President of CRC, Levy directs the Board of Trustees to strengthen families and reduce the trauma of divorce to children through supporting legislation and programs which favor shared parenting (joint custody), mediation, access/parenting time (visitation), and financial and emotional child support. Levy received a "Lifelong Achievement Award" for his "untiring efforts on behalf of the Children of America" from the National Child Support Office in September, 2000. Levy and CRC received the 1996 "Distinguished Service to Children" award from Parents Without Partners International, sand the "1996 Legislative Achievement" award from the National Parents' Day Coalition. In 1989, Levy received the Prince George's County Civic Association award for convincing Prince George's County, MD to hire the first access (visitation mediator east of Michigan. He is listed in "Who's Who in America." A noted author, Mr. Levy has written a myriad of articles on the subject of child custody and divorce mediation which have been published in prominent legal journals as well as noted general interest publications.

Michael Gough - President - Internet Visitation

Michael is Principal of & the leading expert on Virtual Visitation for use in divorce, custody and Parental Alienation cases. In addition, Michael is a nationally recognized supporter of Virtual Visitation & has extensive court experience on the subject of getting Virtual Visitation in a long distance & local situations. Michael is responsible for the first four Virtual Visitation Laws in the United States in Utah, Wisconsin, Texas & Florida and is actively seeking legislation with the help of others in over 25 states.  In addition, Michael's efforts have been recognized in various publications worldwide.

Michael has presented to several State Legal conferences as well as Family Law groups and others on Virtual Visitation. Michael writes articles on Virtual Visitation for many websites and publications as well as a published author with two books... Video Conferencing over IP and Skype Me! by Syngress Press available through his website, Amazon or your local bookstore.

In addition, Michael is a Computer Security Consultant for a large computer consultancy & services Fortune 500 accounts & is uniquely qualified to address security & privacy concerns surrounding Virtual Visitation.

C. Gwendolyn Landolt - National Vice President - Real Women Of Canada

C. Gwendolyn Landolt graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada and was called to the British Columbia Bar.

She has had an extensive legal career in private practice, as a Crown prosecutor and as a lawyer with the federal government where she specialized in immigration and aboriginal affairs.

Gwen has written extensively on constitutional issues, in particular the Canadian Charter of Rights and has participated in many cases before the Supreme Court of Canada on pro-life and pro-family issues.

Gwen is one of the founders and is currently National Vice President of REAL Women of Canada, a national women's organization founded in 1983. The organization is committed to the protection of the traditional family and human life, both in Canada and internationally. REAL Women is an NGO in SPECIAL consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Dr. Marty McKay - Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, ABPP

Dr. Marty McKay is a clinical psychologist who has 32 years of experience in working with children and families.  She has a Ph.D. in psychology as well as post-doctoral certification and training in clinical and forensic psychology.  She has consulted with Children's protective services across southwestern Ontario and currently serves on a Government Ministry Expert Panel related to the treatment of children and youth in foster care and residential settings.  She has been an expert witness at all levels of Ontario Court as well as in the United States in cases involving  best interests of children.  She has been a participant in documentaries regarding the rights of children and makes many media appearances to speak about children's rights.  Dr. McKay's primary concerns include the ways in which many of our social institutions upon which we depend can be commandeered to alienate a child from one of his parents, including courts, lawyers, physicians, psychologists, counsellors, child welfare and law enforcement.  She has provided evidence before the Senate Sub-Committee regarding the need for family law changes that truly reflect the child's world, and the need for substantial reform that takes parenting completely out of the adversarial system.  She believes that through knowledge of the ways in which parental alienation can take place, on the personal, interpersonal and systemic levels, that parents can be empowered to ensure that children's full relationship rights are protected and maintained.   

Bob Finlay, M.A., R.M.F.T.

Bob Finlay has a Master's Degree in Psychology, is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in Canada, a Registered Clinical Counselor in BC, a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor in Canada, a Registered Mediator in BC with the BC Mediator Roster Society and a Parenting Coordinator with the BC Parenting Coordination Association. Bob has been mediating since 1990 in the areas of Custody and Access, Division of Assets, Child Protection and Workplace where he has worked with over 200 files involving allegations of Parental Alienation.. He has also conducted Court Ordered Custody and Access Evaluations since 1990 where he evaluated allegations of PAS. Bob will be sharing his ideas and practical tips for mediating with families where PAS is a predominant factor. Bob recently appeared as the mediator in the CBC Documentary, "How to Divorce and not Wreck the Kids."