People are increasingly becoming aware of the psychological and emotional impact of family dynamics on children. Practictioners are frequently encountering a phenomenon where children strongly align themselves with one parent while rejecting the relationship with the other, previously-loved parent, in the context of high-conflict relationship breakdowns often referred to as 'parental alienation'. The key note speaker at this year's NUI certificate in Psychology seminar Brian O'Sullivan will explore this phenomenon at the morning session of the DACE MU Cert. in Psychology annual seminar. Brian lectures both undergraduate and post graduate students in degree programs in psychological theory and therapy. He has designed, developed and delivered two M.Sc. programs in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Family Therapy for Middlesex University. His area of interest, practice, research and publications relates to the psychological, emotional and physical disturbances in families and children across their lifespan in the context of divorce and separations. He has completed the only Interpretative Phenomenological Analytic qualitative study in Ireland exploring these themes. This should make for an interesting and informative seminar.