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Grandparent Alienation – 2nd International Conference

2nd International Conference on Grandparent Alienation


AGA’s    International Conference  Grandparent Alienation 

Day 1 Friday, March 22, 2019  

8:00 A.M. – 4:50 P.M.   

CEU   7.5 credits

Location Day One:  The Experts

Naples Daily News Bldg.   Community Room 1100 Immokalee  Road    & Arthrex Blvd.

Naples, Florida  34110  (next to U.S. Post Office)

Reserve your seat  (required) and request details:  Email: info@AGA-FL.org ASAP 

Limited Seating

$25 Registration fee includes Lite Breakfast  & Buffet Lunch for All

Day 2  Saturday, March 23rd

650 Central Avenue   Naples

Location:     Naples Regional Library of Collier County –  Rees Meeting Room

Central Avenue + 7th Street

10:00 – 2:00     Amanda & AGA Board Members   Q & A

Informal Discussion

Leading International Experts in Grandparent Alienation and PAS

Keynote Speaker         March 22, 2019

Joshua Coleman, PhD          8:05 A.M.

Author: When Parents Hurt

TOPIC: The Top 5 Reasons Why They Chose Estrangement

Divorce       Daughter-in-Law      Mental Illness    Individualism   Psychotherapy

Dr. Coleman is a psychologist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area and a Senior Fellow with the Council on Contemporary Families, a non-partisan organization of leading sociologists, historians, psychologists and demographers dedicated to providing the press and public with the latest research and best-practice findings about American families. He has lectured at Harvard University, The University of California at Berkeley, The University of London, Cornell Weill Medical School, and blogs on parent-adult child relationships for the U.C. Berkeley publication, Greater Good Magazine.

Dr. Coleman is frequently contacted by the media for opinions and commentary about changes in the American family. He has been a frequent guest on the Today Show, NPR, and The BBC, and has also been featured on Sesame Street, 20/20, Good Morning America, America Online Coaches, PBS, and numerous news programs for FOX, ABC, CNN, and NBC television. His advice has appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London, The Shriver Report, Fortune, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Psychology Today, U.S. World and News Report, Parenting Magazine, The Baltimore Sun and many others.

He is the author of numerous articles and chapters and has written four books: The Free Study Guide Makeover: Finding Happiness in Imperfect Harmony (St. Martin’s Press); The Lazy Husband: How to Get Men to Do More Parenting and Housework (St. Martin’s Press); When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don’t Get Along (HarperCollins); and Married with Twins: Life, Love and the Pursuit of Marital Harmony. His books have been translated into Chinese, Croatian, and Korean, and are also available in the U.K., Canada, and Australia.

Read articles from Dr. Coleman

grandparent alienationAmy J. Baker, PhD

Leading international Researcher in Alienation                                             Author of numerous books on Alienation

 TOPIC:    Making  Amends 






Michael Bone, PhD. TOPIC: Personality Disorders And Glenn  Caddy, Ph.D  TOPIC: Treatment of the Alienated Child and the Alienated Parent.

Dr. Bone and Dr. Caddy are leading internationally recognized experts  in the family conflict and parental alienation field.

Leading International Experts in Grandparent Alienation and PAS

Collaborate in efforts to identify and explore the complex dynamics of Grandparent Alienation.

Each has worked extensively  with the courts and have authored many PAS scholarly articles as well as articles for the American Bar Association on child custody, high-conflict divorce, and PAS.

They are among the panel of experts appointed to evaluate the validity of PAS for inclusion in the DSM-V and ICD-9.

Carol Golly,P.L., MSW, LCSW, PTS

TOPIC:   Results of AGA Survey Child   Adolescent  Family Therapist, PAS/AGA

Specialist Frequent Court-Appointed Child Therapist

Doctoral Student      Dissertation: Intergenerational Conflicts- Grandparent  Alienation

Former Clinical Director: StablePaths www.stablepaths.com  Family Intensive Reunification Workshops intensive therapeutic reunification intervention for familiesThis model was developed by world renown expert on familial abduction and family reunification, Rebecca Bailey, PhD.

Charles D. Jamieson, Esq.

Expert in the field of highly contested divorce and PAS.  Has led the efforts to parotect parental rights during divorce, and staunch advocate of protecting the best interests of children.                                       Presenter of Alienation and the Law at national attorney conferences.

James, Karl, Esq.

Grandparent Visitation Rights

Planning Your Estate When Allienation is An Issue

Legislation State of Florida Lobbyist/  Advocate

Tallahassee, FL   State Capitol    Presenter: 2018 Constitutional Revision Committee  2015  Presenter: Grandparent Florida Visitation Rights Law

Rev. Dr. John Killinger

Pastor, Professor, Prolific Writer

Author: From Poppy With Love…Letters From A Grandfather to the Grandchilren He Isn’t Allowed to See   

Topic:  Hope, Faith,  & Healing

Vickijo Letchworth

Elder Abuse/ Child Protection  Consultant    Collier County Residential Shelter Advocate                                                Domestic Violence Child Welfare Specialist  Collier County Leadership Council on Aging, Chairperson                          Certified Trainer FL Coalition Against Domestic Violence  Facilitates Support Groups for Seniors Who Are Victims of Elder Abuse  State-wide Speaker and Avid Researcher on Elder Abuse

ABOUT AGA   -Alienated Grandparents Anonymous

Alienated Grandparents Anonymous focuses on the struggle so many grandparents have in being part of their grandchildren’s lives.  AGA provides support, information, coping skills, and helps validate the feelings of those suffering some degree of estrangement, alienation, or isolation.

AGA offers suggestions from the advice of  international experts who have shared their knowledge with AGA, combined with communications with many thousands of grands who have been extremely limited or cut off from access to their grandchildren.

AGA serves toward bringing alienated grandparents, parents, and grandchildren together.  You may contact info@AGA-FL.org for assistance.

 We have given this global epidemic a name.  Grandparent Alienation.

AGA originated in Collier County Florida in September 2011. It was then established as a 501c3 Non Profit in October 2012.   Send your inquiries to International Headquarters:  info@AGA-FL.org

 Connect to AGA’s link      Grandparent Alienationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjppPc1mAVc&t=20s

Abandonment by our adult children is endemic in our society and globally.

grandparent alienationThough common, it has been rarely talked about.  Grandparents faced with this loss are wounded emotionally, psychologically, and have experienced physical illnesses. It has no socio-economic boundaries.

GA is complicated giref…grief without closure. There is no closure because there is continued hope and desire for improvement. There is a physical absence with the psychological presence.

Alienation is a willful intimidation. It is mind control within the family. It is about power and control. It involves unresolved childhood issues, neuro-linguistic programming, pathological lying, manipulation, brainwashing, cult-like thinking, and personality disorders including:  narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and delusional disorder.

The unjustified abusive controlling behavior of our adult children is creating a lifetime of emotional problems for our grandchildren.  Alienation is frequently multi-generational.

Grands are the victims of their adult children using the grandchildren as pawns.  Who can these grandchildren turn to with this chaos in their lives?  They must go underground with thier emotions.

Grandparent Alienation is considered by the experts in the field of Alienation to be a severe form of child abuse, and a severe form of elder abuse. Abuse is never acceptable; abuse is never OK.  Severing the grandparent, great grandparet, grandchild relationship not only hurts the grands, but the child as well. Some grandparents have bonded with their grandchildren, only to have that love connection eventually denied.  Some grandparents have never met their grandchildren.  When a watchful eye is needed for children who may be in harm’s way and their grands have been isolated, this is a human tragedy.

AGA offers strategies for repairing, rebuilding, and healing these relationships with the gatekeeper…our adult children; thus, allowing for contact with the grandchildren to follow.

Understanding the complexities of alienation helps grandparents.  Educate yourselves. Knowledge is power.  Knowing helps you form a strategy and follow your plans for a hopeful reconciliation.

When we hear information with which we can personally identify, a light bulb goes off in our minds. A new piece of the puzzle comes together.  If you take away with you even one piece of information from each support group meeting and from our website, process it, and then apply it to your adult children and grandchildren; eventually, you will begin to see a clearer picture of the bewildering phenomenon of our own children not wanting us to have a place in their lives and in our grandchildren’s lives.

You will come to realize that if you alone did not cause this, then you alone cannot fix this campaign of denigration. Healthy minds want to fix things, unhealthy minds do not.  You will come to understand that you should not be embarrassed by this estrangement, If you did the best you could at the time raising your children, then you can stop blaming yourselves. Learn the skills to make amends.   

This website receives thousands of hits each month. AGA recognizes that each situation is unique; however, many commonalities are shared.  Simply knowing that you are not alone on this traumatic roller-coaster journey helps you to cope better with the heartbreak and frustration of being a targeted grandparent.

AGA support group meetings allow grandparents to share their stories in a safe environment and to strategize with one another.  Grandparents who attend will remain anonymous so that everyone will feel free to openly share their plight. It is a place for those experiencing this excruciating emotional trauma to share circumstances with those who “get it”. Suggestions for communication and reunification will be discussed based on the information provided by our international expert consultants. 

AGA meetings may include guest speakers. An interactive discussion would then be included. After each meeting, grandparents may then consult individually with all AGA professionals in attendance.

*Notice to Grandparents and  Adult Children : If you would like to work toward communication and  reconciliation, please contact AGA Headquarters (info@AGA-FL.org). Grandchildren, we would like to assist you as well.


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Christine Crosby

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Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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