Targeted parents often write www.afamilysheartbreak.com and ask how they can transition from alienated parent to alienation advocate. These brave parents are typically powerless over their own situations, yet want to help other families avoid the heartbreak that they’ve experienced.
As Mike Jeffries, author of A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation said at D.C. Rally Fest 2010 last month (Part I and Part II), we can all apply our unique skills to parental alienation advocacy. “If you can write, write about parental alienation. If you can sell, sell the idea that parental alienation is a problem that needs fixing. If you design buildings or corporate strategies, apply the same problem solving skills you use at work to parental alienation,” Jeffries said. “The key to becoming an effective advocate is to move past your personal pain and approach parental alienation advocacy work objectively,” he added.
Even if you are not a writer, salesperson, engineer or corporate strategist, you can help raise awareness of parental alienation by sharing A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation, or any parental alienation book, with others. For example, you can:
Give a book to a friend, even a stranger, as a gift.
Ask your local library to order a book.
If you have a web site or blog, consider writing something about a book you’ve read, and how the book helped you.
Write a book review for your local paper or favorite web site. Ask your favorite radio show to book the author as a guest.
If you own a shop or business, consider putting a display of books on your counter to resell to customers.
Buy books and donate them to homeless shelters, prisons, rehabilitation and group homes.
If you are a pursuing a degree in psychology, counseling, social work or any mental health field, ask your professors to incorporate parental alienation into their course overviews and put parental alienation books on their reading lists.
Sometimes, the best idea is so obvious you have to laugh. A targeted parent once called us desperate to educate the public about parental alienation. He was very passionate about doing something, but he rejected each idea we suggested. Finally, out of ideas, we changed the subject.
“What do you do for a living,” we asked?
“I’m a movie producer,” he responded.