European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners

In 2021, the Board of the European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners voted to dissolve the organisation. Formed in 2017, the aims of the Association had been to further understanding around the problem of parental alienation for families and children at policy and practice level across Europe.

The Association was made up of practitioners committed to the fundamental principles that underpin successful work with alienated children and their families.




EAPAP Board members

Wilfrid v. Boch-Galhau, M. D.


Wilfrid von Boch-Galhau, M. D., is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist i. R., Würzburg, Germany, formerly a member of the interdisciplinary working group „Beratung bei Trennung und Scheidung“ [Counselling during separation and divorce], Würzburg, Germany, co-organiser of the 2002 international Parental Alienation Syndrome conference, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, member of the international Parental Alienation Study Group since it beginning; co-editor of Das Parental Alienation Syndrom: Eine interdisziplinäre Herausforderung für scheidungsbegleitende Berufe (The parental alienation Syndrome: An Interdisciplinary Challenge for Professionals Involved with Divorce), and author of Parental Alienation and parental Alienation/Disorder: A Serious Form of Psychological Abuse.


Karen Woodall


Karen Woodall is the lead therapist at the Family Separation Clinic and is a specialist in working with high conflict divorce and separation and its impact on children. She is a psychotherapist with over twenty years experience in working with parents and children affected by family separation. Karen is an internationally recognised expert on children’s post separation rejecting behaviours and the phenomenon of the alienated child. She is also an author and blogger and regularly writes for the Huffington Post on issues that affect the family. She is currently studying for a PhD. Karen was previously the Director at the Centre for Separated Families, a national charity that works with the whole family in order to bring about better outcomes for children. She is the co-author of Understanding Parental Alienation: Learning to Cope, Helping to Heal (Charles C Thomas 2017) and The Guide for Separated Parents (Piatkus 2007) and with her colleague, Nick Woodall.


Prof. Dr. Gordana Buljan Flander


Prof. Dr. Sc. Gordana Buljan Flander, Director of Child Protection Center Zagreb, has spent thirty years of her careers on children. As a Pediatric Pediatrician at the Zagreb Children's Disease Hospital, she often met with abused and neglected children who did not have the necessary protection of adults. She was therefore one of the first to recognize this issue in Croatia in the early 90s and devoted her further work. She is the founder of the counseling line for abused and neglected children "Brave Phone" and the initiator of the establishment of the Child Protection Center of the City of Zagreb, recognized by the Council of Europe as a model of good practice and thus presented at the UN. Prof. Dr. Sc. Gordana Buljana Flander is a recipient of numerous awards for her work, including the award to the Polyclinic multidisciplinary team awarded by the International Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) in 2008. Along with her professional work, she has been actively engaged in scientific work and has also published numerous scientific and professional papers at international conferences and publishes books, manuals and brochures for parents, children and experts.


Simona Vlădică Ph.D.


Dr Simona Vladica is a psychologist working in Bucharest. She is an author, an authorised mediator and is a member of the Faculty of Psychology, Universitatea Ecologica din Bucuresti. Dr Vladica is the head of Health Media Group in Romania, a communications and public relations company dedicated to education and health care, and head of Department of Communications and PR, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. She is also a representative of the Professional Body of Mediators at Bucharest Court of Appeal.


Dr. Sietske Dijkstra


Since 1998, Dr. Dijkstra has led an agency dealing with violence within relationships. The agency, Bureau Dijkstra, offers research, education and advice to professionals, practitioners, managers and policy makers in many welfare, social and juridical sectors and educational organisations. The central aim of the agency is to gain an understanding of the risk of violence and of the possible ways to prevent its occurrence. From 2007 until November 2014, she was a professor in Domestic Violence and Interagency Work at Avans, University for applied sciences. Sietske is a member of the Netherlands Institute of Psychologists and, as well as having published numerous research papers, her chapter Listening to children and parents: Seven dimensions to untangle high-conflict divorce was included in The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Taking stock after 25 years and looking ahead (Brill, 2016).


Nick Woodall


Nick is a partner at the Family Separation Clinic. He has worked with families experiencing divorce or separation since 1999 and co-founded the Family Separation Clinic in 2010, having previously worked at the Centre for Separated Families. He specialises in working directly with separating families in order to enable the whole family to manage change in ways that provide the best outcomes for children and has specialised in parental alienation for a number of years. Nick holds a Masters degree in psychodynamic psychotherapy and is also a therapeutic mediator, accredited by the School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology, Regents University. Nick has worked on family separation policy and service design for the UK Government and is the co-author of Understanding Parental Alienation: Learning to Cope, Helping to Heal (Charles C Thomas 2017) and The Guide for Separated Parents (Piatkus 2007) with his colleague, Karen.