Book Review: Overcoming the Alienation Crisis: 33 Coparenting Solutions

I just received an advance copy of the new publication, “Overcoming the Alienation Crisis: 33 Coparenting Solutions,” by John A Moran, PhD, Shawn McCall, PsyD, Esq., and Matthew Sullivan, PhD. It’s a practical resource for professionals as well as families who are dealing with situations in which a child is resisting or refusing to have contact with a parent. Part I explains what happens in these families, and how multiple circumstances come together to result in “resist-refuse dynamics” or “parent-child contact problems.”

Part II is super pragmatic. As the title promises, it offers 33 solutions to common coparenting issues, such as:

  • How to respond to really long emails from your coparent that include lots of inaccurate statements.
  • Your child complains about the chores they have to do at your coparent’s home – how to respond?
  • Your child refuses to get in the car to go to the resisted parent’s home, what should you do?
  • Examples of questions parents should avoid asking children about their time at their other parent’s home.

I anticipate this may be a helpful resource for families in the throes of conflict, as well as for professionals working with these families. More information at if you are interested.

Disclaimer: I serve on the Board of Directors for Overcoming Barriers. I do not receive any compensation from book sales, but they do help support the organization.

Jennifer E. Joseph

President – AFCC-MN