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Professional journal recommends A Family’s Heartbreak

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry calls A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation, “insightful for the general reader but also for the mental health professional.”

The review of A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation was part of a parental alienation theme in the Journal’s latest edition. The Journal also reviewed the novel, The Look of Love by Jill Egizii, and Parental Alienation, DSM-5, and ICD-11 by Dr. Bill Bernet.

“I feel like we hit the parental alienation trifecta,” said Mike Jeffries, author of A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation. “For this very prestigous journal to review not one, but three, parental alienation books in the same issue just goes to show how important alienation has become for mental health professionals. We commend the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry for sharing resources with its membership that will help professionals identify and address alienation in their practices,” Jeffries added. 

The Journal concluded its review of A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation by calling the book, “… a resource for mental health professionals and the general public alike. The reader is left not only with an education about parental alienation but also an appreciation of its significant impact on families.”

A Pointillist view of parental alienation

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Poin.til.lism (noun): a late 19th-century style of painting in which a picture is constructed from dots of pure color that blend, at a distance, into recognizable shapes and various color tones.

Let’s give credit to Attorney David Pisarra of for describing parental alienation both beautifully and accurately. In his recent review of A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation, Pisarra compared parental alienation to the style of painting made famous by French painter Georges Seurat.

“Parental alienation is a series of seemingly innocent miscommunication, or concerns for the well-being of a child; and it is only when the dots are connected that you see the complete picture,” Pisarra said in his review.

Pisarra also said A Family’s Heartbreak should be required reading for anyone involved in parental alienation cases. “For every man who is enduring this hell, for every lawyer who fights this form of child abuse, and for all the therapists who have to treat the collaterally damaged children, this book should be a first resource in their armament,” he said.

You can find Attorney Pisarra’s complete review of A Family’s Heartbreak at

Impressive Reviews for A Family’s Heartbreak

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Germany, Austria, the U.K…

No, we’re not about to launch into a remake “Dancing in the Streets.”  From our perspective, David Bowie and Mick Jagger made the ultimate remake of the Martha Reeves & the Vandella’s song.

However we are pointing out that the reach of A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation continues to expand. The book is helping people in countries around the world understand and cope with parental alienation. And for anyone who thinks parental alienation is purely a father’s issue, or a U.S./Canadian issue, we hope the latest professionals to review A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation from their respective countries and perspectives can help put those myths to rest.

Christian T. Dum, Ph.D., heads a non-profit organization ( in Germany which deals with psychological and legal child custody questions.   Dum says, “Mike Jeffries had never heard of parental alienation, but in his desire to understand what was happening he eventually found in Dr. Davies a professional who was very familiar with this phenomenon. Their latter cooperation as affected parent and psychological expert on authoring this book makes it truly exceptional, different from professional literature dissecting the problem from the view point of a neutral scientist, different from the usual self help book, and different from personal accounts of similar experiences.”  You can see his complete review at

Kimber Adams is a Mom living in Vienna, Austria and the author of A Parentectomy ( In her book, Adams vividly illustrates the heartbreak, frustration and hopelessness that parents experience when their children are turned against them in order to fill the other parent’s unhealthy emotional needs. After she finished reading A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation Adams wrote, “All I can say is, ‘What a gift!  WHAT A GIFT you have given targeted parents!!’ A Family’s Heartbreak is so appropriately titled. It is an excellent introduction to parental alienation – concise and all-encompassing. It’s a remarkable contribution to the information available on parental alienation.”

Natasha Phillips is a non-practicing barrister and founder of “Divorce Manual” in the U.K. Phillips works for pressure groups like Justice for Families – combining political and legal policy proposals with a goal of reforming the Family Justice System in the U.K. Phillips said, “The tragedy told in this book is underscored with wry humour and well placed heartfelt home truths that resonate throughout the book… Whether you find yourself laughing at the Banana Schedule or intrigued by the solutions Michael offers, A Family’s Heartbreak is a must read, with startling similarities between the U.K. and U.S. family law courts.” You can read Phillips’ complete review at Researching Reform.

And the beat goes on.

A little laughter for alienated Moms on Mother’s Day

Friday, May 8th, 2009
 A parent in California recently wrote to tell us that A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation has been a great source of support and has helped him tie together concepts from other parental alienation books and articles.  But the part of his letter that surprised us the most was this  —
“I really appreciate the humor. On some of your anecdotes I laughed until I cried… at this stage humor is the best medicine for me.”
They (whoever “they” are) say laughter is the best medicine so with Mother’s Day coming up here’s an excerpt from the book that we hope helps alienated Mom’s and Dads through a rough day. It’s about my son Jared:
“… Jared was too smart for the third grade.  He ended up skipping a year in school but not before having problems with his third grade teacher.  For discipline, this teacher made Jared write down all the counties in the state.  We lived in Pennsylvania at the time.  Pennsylvania is a big state.  Jared spent a lot of time writing.
    Jared didn’t mind rewriting the counties over and over again.  He enjoyed the exercise so much he started writing down the counties even when he wasn’t in trouble.  He always had a fresh copy of counties to hand in to his teacher when he needed one.  He also had plenty of copies to sell to his classmates when they were in trouble.  When his teacher finally caught on to Jared’s entrepreneurial approach to the third grade, she wasn’t amused.  She didn’t give Jared high marks for his understanding if supply-side economics either.”
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s who aren’t with their children this Mother’s Day.  Please remember that parental alienation isn’t about whether or not you were a good Mom.  Parental alienation is about the other parent’s unresolved emotional issues.
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