AMY J. L. BAKER, PhD
Dr. Amy J.L. Baker has a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College of Columbia University. She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in parental alienation and psychological maltreatment of children. She is the author or co-author of 8 books and over 115 articles. Some of her books are Adult children of parental alienation, surviving parental alienation, co-parenting with a toxic ex, and the high conflict custody battle. She has conducted trainings for legal and mental health professionals around the country.
Dr. Amy J.L. Baker, has a PhD in developmental psychology and specializes in parent-child relationships. Based on her research in the field as well as her training in human development, Dr. Baker offers personalized telephone coaching for parents dealing with parental alienation. She works with all types of PA-affected families including those in which the alienated children are adults and completely cut-off from the targeted parent as well as those in which the children are under 18 and still have ongoing contact with the targeted parent. The coaching is tailored to the specific needs of each family and focuses on both parenting and co-parenting issues as well as working on maximizing interactions with legal and mental health professionals. Sessions are on the phone, last 60 minutes, and cost $230. For more information contact Dr. Baker at email@example.com.
Dr. Baker and colleagues are pleased to offer a new service for targeted parents and their adult alienated children: The Restoring Family Connections Program. The program is designed to be implemented by licensed mental health professionals on an outpatient voluntary basis. For more information about the program click here.
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DR AMY BAKER - MONTREAL SYMPOSIUM 2016
DR. AMY BAKER - AUGUST 2018 PASG CONFERENCE IN STOCKHOLM
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A study was conducted to assess clinician reports of behaviors and attitudes of physically abused children in order to determine whether they were described as generally behaving in a manner designed to maintain the attachment to the caregiver rather than disrupt the attachment, as alienated children do. Three hundred and thirty-eight clinicians were surveyed about the attitudes and behaviors of moderately or severely physically abused children. Some clinicians rated a specific severely abused child, some rated severely abused children in general, some rated a specific moderately abused child, and some rated moderately abused children in general. Half of the items on the survey pertained to attachment-enhancing behaviors (caring about the parent's feelings, staying connected the family of the parent, minimizing the harm, and so forth) and half of the items reflected attachment-disrupting behaviors (idolizing the other parent, being rude towards the parent, expressing trivial reasons for being hurt with the parent, and so forth). The attachment disrupting behaviors are those typically seen in alienated children. For each of the four samples, abused children were rated by their clinicians as expressing significantly more attachment-enhancing behaviors than attachment-disrupting behaviors. They were also found to exhibit more extreme attachment enhancing behaviors than extreme attachment disrupting behaviors. For the most part, characteristics of the rater and the child were not associated with ratings. Physically abused children were reported to want to maintain relationships with abusive caregivers, which presents challenges as well as opportunities for clinicians working with this highly vulnerable population. The paper was written by Amy J.L. Baker, Steve Miller, William Bernet, and Trinae Adebayo. The paper was published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies.