Our co-founder, Brian O’Sullivan is privileged to provide you with the opportunity to ensure the writings and papers of the U.K. pioneer regarding parental alienation, Dr. Lowenstein remain available to parents and young people through our platform despite his departure from this world in 2016. They are provided here with the kind permission of his wife, Kathleen

Dedicated to the memory  of Dr L. F. Lowenstein 1928-2016

Remembered by his wife Kathleen.

Dr L. F. Lowenstein, M.A., Dip. Psych., Ph.D.,C.Psychol.,CSci, AFBPsS was a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society. He was a qualified, Clinical and Educational Psychologist and also worked in the area of Forensic Psychology. He was registered with the Health Professional Council (HCPC) to practice in the areas of clinical, educational and forensic psychology. He published widely in both clinical and educational psychology as well as forensic psychology.

Ludwig was a child of the Holocaust. His family escaped Germany, they settled in New York, and Ludwig attended Stuyvesant High School and New York University. He entered the U.S. Army and served in the 82nd Airborne Division. Ludwig was restless; he traveled around the world; he lived in Perth, Australia, and earned a college degree there. After settling in U.K, he obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. at London University. Over the years, Ludwig worked as a teacher, a welfare officer, a probation officer, and a staff member at mental hospitals, child guidance clinics, and residential centers for troubled teenagers. and was responsible for advising the setting up of centres in Poland and other parts of the World to deal with children who suffered from a variety of problems of a psychological, anti-social and emotional/behavioural nature. Ludwig was made an honorary member of the Polish Medical Society, an honor that he shared with Louis Pasteur.

He received his B.A. Degree from the University of Western Australia, his Masters Degree and Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy) from London University, and his clinical training and diploma from the Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital. As a senior psychologist, he consulted at many agencies and institutions in the U.K., the U.S., the Sudan, Switzerland, and Poland. He was also a former Chief Educational Psychologist for Hampshire.

Following his post as Chief Educational Psychologist for Hampshire Ludwig created a school and therapeutic community, Allington Manor, for troubled adolescents in Hampshire. He ran this for 20 years. Allington Manor was a combination of a school, treatment centre and care facility for disturbed young persons, mainly adolescents, who had a variety of psychological and management problems. He lectured all over the World on this subject. He has twice been elected to serve as a Director of the International Council of Psychologists as well as becoming their President in July 2011- July 2013. He was a Fellow of the College of Teachers and acted as a long serving Chief examiner in Educational Psychology.

As a senior psychologist, following his work with disturbed adolescents he was practicing as an Expert Witness for the courts and wrote reports in the areas of educational and forensic psychology as well as personal injury and criminal cases. He also gave evidence in court when required. During this time as a senior psychologist, Ludwig became interested in parental alienation and he testified many times as an expert witness. He was a tireless fighter for people and their rights against authority when he felt that was justified. His advice and wisdom helped many people with parental alienation and other overwhelming problems. He worked and advised in the area of family problems such as parental alienation. He also had a private practice where he treated people with a variety of psychological problems.

During his extensive involvement over the last 15 years in the area of Parental Alienation he had written over a hundred articles on this subject as well as lectured extensively in order to extend the knowledge of this widespread and often pernicious practice. He had also written about the needs of the child who had been alienated, what needed to be considered, and how this could be achieved. He also wrote a book “Parental Alienation” which was published in 2007. A second book was being considered for publication on this subject. He also wrote many chapters and articles as part of the publication of others as well as in his own right in all areas of psychology in which he worked. He acted as an expert witness in over 50 cases of parental alienation issues where his expert opinion was sought to assist the Court. He also undertook mediation and treatment sessions in parental alienation cases. He was involved with other colleagues in pursuing the inclusion of parental alienation in DSM-5 and ICD-11 and was a member of the Parental Alienation Study Group (PASG).

He will be remembered with love and affection by his family and many of his colleagues and those whom he helped along the way.

“Ludwig was a pioneer in highlighting the unreliability of wishes & feelings of children controlled by a severe alienating parent. I suspect his work will be recognised in the years ahead.”

“We will remember Ludwig for his congeniality, his hospitality, and his contributions to the literature of parental alienation.”

“Both our client and her husband consulted Dr Lowenstein and said he was  “a lovely human being.” They will be saddened by his loss.”

“I will always remember Ludwig as such an outstanding, gentle soul and a wise man.”

“Ludwig lives on through all the lives he touched and directed to brighter paths and in our hearts, always. How fortunate we all are that his gallantry graced our lives…”

 “He meant so much to Bob and me, friend, companion, lover of life, a man much greater than most……. “

“We will dearly miss ICP’s gallant and ever-optimistic man of energy and empathy, of independent thought and interesting work, of good cheer and good writings.”

“The world has lost an important leader and an extraordinary man. Ludwig was a man of integrity, vitality and grit.  He had definite opinions and a strong sense of right and wrong.  He was clear about his values and was fearless in standing up for them.  These are precious qualities we have greatly appreciated.” 

Publications by Dr. L.F. Lowenstein on Parental Alienation

Please note, since Dr. Lowenstein’s passing the contemporary literature refers to parental alienation as a relational phenomenon rather than as a syndrome.

108 Specific Treatment Approaches for Children who have Suffered from Parental Alienation 2013
107 The Family Courts – What is an ideal Judgement? 2013
106 Confessions of an Expert Witness in the case of PAS 2013
105 Do Children Have Rights Against the Psychological Effects of Parental Alienation 2013
104 The Long Term Effect of Parental Alienation in Childhood 2013
103 Implacable Hostility against Grandparents following Parental Separation and Divorce 2012
102 Finding a Real Solution to Complex Contact Disputes Due to Implacable Hostility Between Parents 2012
101 Am I a Controversial Psychologist? 2012
100 Treating the Long and Short Term Effects of Parental Alienation 2012
99 Why does mediation often fail with families in turmoil? 2012
98 Contrasting Complex with Highly Complex Contact Disputes Between Parents 2012
97 One Expert Witness Attempting to Explain Families in Turmoil Leading to Parental Alienation 2012
96 What Can be Done With an Uncooperative Alienator? 2012
95 What Can Yet be Done With Older Children Who Have Been Long Term Victims of Parental Alienation? 2012
94 Is the concept of parental alienation a meaningful one? 2012
93 The Important Friendly Parent Doctrine and the Judiciary 2012
92 I Have A New Parent – The Ensuing Problem Leading To Parental Alienation Scenarios 2012
91 Parental Alienation or not – is that the question? 2012
90 Should Parental Alienation be Considered a Crime? 2012
89 Is joint custody of children best following separation of parents 2012
88 The Alienated Parent Becoming a Stranger 2012
87 Can the attitude and behaviour of alienators be changed? How can this be achieved? 2012
86 The Parental Alienator Who Abducts Children 2011
85 The Vicious Alienator’s Game Plan 2011
84 Understanding and treating children who have been alienated against a parent 2011
83 Angry Sadistic Alienators 2011
82 The Manipulative Alienator – when mediation can fail 2011
81 Can the role of the judiciary in family courts be improved? 2011
80 What is in the Best Interest of the Children? 2011
79 The value and limitation of mediation (ADR) (Post divorce disputes, concentrating on child contact issues) 2011
78 The Judiciary and Parental Alienation Disputes 2011
77 Post separation conflicts which affect contact for an alienated parent 2011
76 Parental alienation and child contact disputes in Pakistani families in the UK 2011
75 Infants and children in danger of maltreatment due to domestic violence (the problem of violence in the home) 2011
74 The Judiciary in Family Courts (The need for making courageous decisions) 2011
73 The association of the judiciary and the expert witness in family contact disputes involving alienated children 2011
72 Assessment of Child Custody Disputes (using psychological testing and interview) 2011
71 The complexity of investigating possible sexual abuse of a child 2010
70 The effects on children in the future who have been successfully alienated against a parent 2010
69 How can the truthfulness of children making child sex allegations be established? 2010
68 Why are the courts unwilling to acknowledge PAS or PA 2010
67 What if the custodial parent refuses to co-operate with child contact decisions 2010
66 What if the alienated parent has faults 2010
65 Vital steps in treating the implacable hostility of the alienator 2010
64 The possibilities and limitations of psychological therapy in case of parental alienation 2010
63 The Judiciary and Parental Alienation Disputes 2010
62 The alienated psychologist 2010
61 Is the parent fit to parent a child 2010
60 How Can the Truthfulness of Children Making Child Sex Abuse Allegations be Established? 2010
59 Diagnosing Child Contact Disputes Between Parents (Are There Solutions?) 2010
58 Child Contact Disputes Between Parents and Allegations of Sex Abuse (What does the Research Say?) 2010
57 Can the judiciary do more? 2010
56 Contact Disputes to to Implacable Hostilities (A psychologist advises) 2009
55 Child Parent Contact Following Domestic Violence 2009
54 Parental alienation – A potentially serious mental disorder 2009
53 Emotional abuse of children due to implacable hostility between parents? 2008
52 What is in the best interests of children? 2008
51 Attachment theory and Parental Alienation 2008
50 What can be done to reduce the implacable hostility leading to parental alienation between parents? 2008
49 Mediation with seperated parents – research (2002-2007) 2007
48 Implacable hostility leading to parental alienation 2008
47 Obliterating Paternity 2007
46 The comparison of parental alienation to the “Stockholm syndrome” 2006
45 How Can Mediation be made to be Successful in Serious Family Disputes? (Solving intractable hostility between former partners in contact disputes) 2006
44 My experiences in Courts of Law dealing with parental alienation cases 2006
43 When is it not a case of PA or PAS? 2006
42 Real Justice for non custodial parents and their children 2006
41 Parental Alienation Due to a Shared Psychotic Disorder (Folie a Deux) 2006
40 The Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Pathologically Induced Alienation (Dealing with alienation leading to an induced phobic reaction) 2006
39 The Psychological Effect of Modelling (Imitation) on Parental Alienation 2006
38 Dealing with Parental Post-Separation Conflicts (Research) 2005
37 Understanding Post-Divorce Conflicts and How to Resolve Them (Research) 2005
36 Attempting to Solve Child Contact Disputes (Research) 2005
35 The Type of Remedial and Therapeutic Methods required in Parental Alienation 2005
34 Assessing and treatment of Parental Alienation 2005
33 Difficulties in treating parents and children who have been involved in the Parental Alienation process 2005
32 Family Courts (Where have courageous and just judges gone?) 2005
31 How does one identify and treat false accusations of sexual abuse in Parental Alienation situations? 2005
30 How can one overturn the programming of a child against a parent? 2005
29 The Concept of Mediation 2005
28 Part 4 Dealing with treatment of PAS 2005
27 Part 3 Long Term Reaction As A Result of Parental Alienation 2005
26 Part 2 PAS impact on children 2005
25 Part 1 PAS or PA is that the question 2005
24 Signs of PAS and how to counteract its effects 2005
23 Causes and associated features of divorce as seen by research 2005
22 The psychological effects and treatment of PAS 2005
21 Recent changes in PAS approach by the Judiciary 2005
20 Do children need fathers? 2004
19 Tackling Parental Alienation 2003
18 Treating Families in Turmoil 2002
17 Problems suffered by children due to the effects of PAS 2002
16 The psychological treatment of children who have suffered from PAS 2001
15 The value of mediation in child custody disputes 2001
14 Recent research into risk assessment of children 2001
13 How to make joint custody parenting work effectively 2001
12 Joint custody and shared parenting 2001
11 Tackling Parental Alienation 2001
10 Treating the alienator 2000
9 The role of mediation in child custody disputes 2000
8 Parental Alienation and the Judiciary 1999
7 Mediation in the legal profession 1999
6 Mediation – the way forward 1999
5 Parental Alienation Syndrome: What the legal profession should know 1999
4 Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) 1999
3 Child custody disputes – Ideals and realities 1998
2 Parental Alienation Syndrome 1998
1 Parent Alienation Syndrome: A two step approach toward a solution 1998