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AbouT the conference

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This inaugural conference for social, legal and mental health professionals, organised by Alienated Children's Advocates (ACA) and sponsored by Changes Counselling & Psychotherapy Ltd., is our starting point.

ACA aims to organise seminars for Parents and Children at various locations around the island of Ireland.

International PA Recognition


This is a timely offering as Parental Alienation has recently been included in the ICD-11 published by the World Health Organisation and the DSM-V on pages 716, 718 and 719. Additionally, The American Psychological Association is currently reviewing its position in relation to Parental Alienation and the Child and Family Court Advisory Service (CAFCASS) in the U.K. have recently acknowledged Parental Alienation. They have published referral pathways as a first step in identifying and intervening in cases of Parental Alienation.

Conference Aim


The aim of this conference targeted to professionals, is to raise awareness and address the knowledge gap about parental alienation in Ireland, to build an understanding of the experience of children and young adults and their families affected by this issue. Parental alienation is the process and the result of the psychological manipulation of a child or a young adult into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards a parent and family members and a rejection of a relationship with the alienated parent.



The conference is for professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children, young adults, and families in the resolution of family conflict including solicitors, barristers, judges, mediators, social workers, counselors, psychotherapists, school teachers, postgraduate students community workers, and mental health professionals, researchers, and policymakers. Speakers will address current thinking from research and policy and how this impacts on practice and service delivery for families and communities throughout Ireland. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and consider the challenges of working with these real-life issues in their practice and relevance to policy/service developments.

Furthermore, we are delighted to be able to bring to Ireland the only evidence-based intervention program for working with families impacted by parental alienation called the Family Bridges program. For more information on this exciting program simply contact brian@changes.ie.