This category relates to ICP events prior to 2011.

Miller Mair – Enchanting Psychology – the poetry of personal enquiry


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Date:  Friday, 5th November 2010
Time:  7.30p.m.
Title:  “Enchanting Psychology”-  the poetry of personal enquiry.
Fee:  €30
Venue: Institute of Psychosocial Medicine, 2, Eden Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin.


Miller Mair has been a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist for the past fifty years and as he describes himself ‘some kind of person for seventy three years’.  He was a founder member and first chairperson of the Psychology and Psychotherapy  Association.  In 1988 he was chairperson of the Psychotherapy Section of The British Psychological Society.


He has been deeply influenced by George Kelly and ‘his long term quest for understanding’ in psychology has largely been inspired by this.

In order to come to some understanding of who and where we are, we have to tell stories.  Miller Mair crosses and re-crosses boundaries between psychology, psychotherapy and philosophy, and ‘between science and art’.  He stresses the importance of a poetic approach in psychology and psychotherapy and the need to explore and understand  the nature of psychology through an imaginative freedom of language. He emphasizes that  a poetic awareness and attentiveness is fundamental to any pursuit of understanding of ourselves.

Non members interested in Constructivist ideas will be most welcome to our open forum on Friday evening.

We would greatly appreciate if you could confirm your attendance by return.

Please contact David Magee 0868358159, email, Maud Mckee 0872424885, email, or Gay O’ Brien 0857532113 email  to confirm attendance.

ICP Master Class Friday 17th September 2010


An ICP Master Class entitled “Varying Approaches to working with clients with Eating Disorders” will be held on Friday, 17th September 2010 in the Best Western Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin.

download ICP Master Class September 2010

Dan Neville’s address at the EAP Conference – 18th February 2010

Dan Neville’s Address to the Conference on Political and legal status of psychotherapists from a professionals’ and clients’ protection point of view in the European Union.

Address to the “Conference on Political and legal status of psychotherapists from a professionals and clients’ protection point of view in the European Union” organized by the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP) 18th February 2010.

By Dan Neville TD Fine Gael Spokesman on Mental Health and President, Irish Association of Suicidology

There are no statutory regulations in Ireland for the registration of psychotherapists and counsellors.  As has been pointed out in parliament that there is no state control over who and what qualifications are held by those practicing in these areas.  It is dangerous for untrained, unskilled people to probe other’s unconscious.  They are dealing with human vulnerability and serious damage can be done to such delicate people.

In 2005, the Health Care and Social Care Professionals  Act was introduced by the Irish Government to provide the registration of persons qualifying to use a title of a designated profession and for the determination of complaints relating to their fitness to practice.   Twelve professions were established to perform the powers assigned under the Act to the registration of 12 designated professions.  Psychotherapy was not included as one of these designated professions.  When challenged in parliament at the time of the debate on the bill, the responsible minister stated that the professionals regulated had become so regulated by a process of discussion and consensus.  However the psychotherapies’ and counsellors’ groups failed to agree an approach to regulation.  The Minister employed that statutory regulations in such circumstances would have serious legal implications.  The minister accepted the principle that all psychotherapists and counsellors should be properly qualified.  He pointed out that in consultation with the professional groups involved he was unable to obtain agreement on the criteria.  He stated that he asked that the groups to revert to him with agreed proposals.  The Health Care and Professionals Act, the Minister may, by regulation designate for the purpose of the act any health and care professional not already designated.

In response to the Minister for Health and Children’s request, twenty two organisations established the ‘Psychological Therapies forum for Counsellling and Psychotherapy.  The forum accepted that it is imperative that the public shall be protected by promoting high standards of conduct, education, training and competence among the professions of Counselling and Psychotherapy.   It pointed out that all the bodies involved with the forum provide a code of ethics and practice which their members must abide.  It further stated that “whilst this form of self regulation indeed provides protection to clients of those organizations, it falls short of optimal protection as under our common law system it is possible for any person to take title of Counsellor or Psychotherapist and practice accordingly without the requiring training and competence.

The current anomaly in Ireland does not lend itself to good clinical governance and the maintenance of high standards of patient/client care.  The Health and Social Care professional Act 2005 creates a mechanism to drive forward the clinical governance agenda.  It creates a framework through which practitioners are accountable for continually improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care by creating an environment where excellence will flourish and optimal protection is offered to the public.  The Health and Social Care and Professional Act 2005 facilitates the State in providing optimal protection to clients who wish to avail of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

All twenty two bodies comprising of the Psychological Therapies Forum have agreed to opt for the statutory Registration Board for Counsellors and Psychotherapists under the name of Psychological Therapist.  Distinctions were made pm the basis of training and accreditation standards between the professions of psychotherapy and counseling

The training standard adopted by the psychological therapies forum for psychotherapy is the European Certificate standard

Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP)

The ICP is the main professional body representing psychotherapy in Ireland.  It has 1,200 members form five modalities which are Constructivist, Psychoanalytic, Systemic Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral and Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy.

The ICP is the Umbrella Body for psychotherapy and the National awarding Body for the European Certificate.  As a National Organisation it identifies, develops and maintains professional standards of excellence in psychotherapy through education, training and accreditation.

ICP is a founder member of the Psychological Therapies Forum.

High standards were set, and further developed over the years, in Course Recognition, Accreditation, Complaints Procedures, Supervision, Standards Committee, Appeal Procedures, Ethics and Continuing Professional Development.

From this strong position ICP was in a position to initiate a process in 2005 that resulted in over 20 Professional Bodies forming a Forum with an over-arching title of Psychological Therapists. Their task was to lobby the Irish Government for the Statutory Regulation and Registration of the profession of counselling and psychotherapy under the Health and Social Care Professional Act 2005. This submission was made in September 2008.  In the absence of any response to our submission to date the members of the forum continue to work collaboratively under the following headings:

networking with members of those professions which are currently being processed for Statutory Regulation e.g. social workers, physiotherapists

Consulting with HETAC with regard to training standards and quality assuring the profession

Setting up of a voluntary register of accredited therapists

The regulation and registration of counsellors and psychotherapists is not on any immediate time-scale and is generally thought to be unlikely to be implemented for at least another five years.

Impact of Lack of Legal Status on the Profession

From a professional point of view the Professional Bodies continue to be self-regulatory and work towards a standard of excellence in the profession. They operate complaints and appeals procedures which can only be applied to their own members. Outside this brief, regardless of what is reported the Professional Body is powerless. As previously referred this leaves clients in a vulnerable position.

There is an urgent need for regulation of counselling and psychotherapy on an EU-wide basis which would provide professional protection and opportunities for the practitioner and safety for the client. Prof. Dr. Alfred Pritz, General Secretary of the EAP and Dr. Albina Colden had this to say at a  seminar in Vienna in 2009 “EU-wide psychotherapy legislature will enable psychotherapy practitioners to benefit from the Right to Freedom of Movement of Persons – one of the fundamental freedoms granted under the European Community (EC) Treaty, that in practice cannot be enjoyed by psychotherapists, as their professional qualifications are currently not sufficiently recognized outside of their own country”

Impact of Political Agendas on the Profession

Nick Totton author of Psychotherapy and Politics (Sage 2000) says that “Therapy is inherently political, because it always has positions on how human beings should be, and thus carries a vision of how we could come to be what we should be………..the willingness to tolerate and sit with despair is one of psychotherapy’s contributions to political life”

The President of the International Association of Counsellors, Dr. Courtland Lee, Ph.D in his opening address at the IAC Conference in Warwick in 2009 described the waiting for Statutory Registration as protracted navel gazing while the world is passing us by.

He urged delegates to Think Globally and Act Locally – to think about becoming forces for change in the world.

That is a strong and powerful political statement and one which if acted on would benefit all.

The lack of legal status for the profession leaves both clients and therapists vulnerable

The political agenda has the potential to ensure that clients receive the help they need from appropriately selected, educated and trained professional therapists OR it can choose to ignore therapists and clients alike. In the words of Courtland Lee (IAC) “In a world of savage inequalities are we prepared to walk the gauntlet for social justice?

Alan Carr Book Launch 2009

Alan Carr Book Launch 2009

On Tuesday evening, 7th April 2009, I attended the Book Launch of Professor Alan Carr’s book: “What works with Children, Adolescents and Adults? A Review of Research on th Effectiveness of Psycotherapy”

The Launch took place in the Clinton Auditorium, UCD Belfield.

As many of you may know, in 2005, ICP commissioned Professor Alan Carr, Professor of Clinical Psychology in UCD, to produce a review of research in Psychotherapy.  As he was already working on his book at that stage, he agreed to divert his energies to producing a document for ICP which would reflect the essential content of his book.  This was printed and launched in June 2007 and has been of immense value to ICP in our work since then.

Prior to the Book Launch, Professor Joseph Blader of Stony Brook University, New York, delivered the guest lecture, entitled “The Effectiveness of multimodal treatment of Childhood Disorders with combined psychological and pharmacological therapies”.  Professor Blader presented the results of controlled trials which have shown the effect of these multimodal programmes in the treatment of conditions such as ADHD, childhood depression and obsessive compulsive disorder in adolescents.

Following Professor Blader’s lecutre, Ms. Laverne McGuinness, National Director of Primary,Community and Continuing Care with the HSE, officiated at the launch of Professor Carr’s book.  Ms McGuinness spoke of the imperative to encourage the provision of Talking Therapies for patients in the public service.


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ICP Master Class: 14th September 2009

The third ICP Master Class is being facilitated by the Women’s Aid Organisation, and is a one day foundation-level training workshop, limited to 80 people.

Please click on “Read More” for further details and application form.


Masterclass in Psychotherapy – 23rd January 2009

Following on from the success of the first Masterclass, the Irish Council for Psychotherapy is organising a second class which is being presented by La Touche Training.  The title of the presentation is Psychotherapists and the Law and the presenter is Martin Fitzgerald.  Further details and an application form can be downloaded below.


ICP Inaugural Master Class – Squaring the Circle

The Irish Council For Psychotherapy (ICP)  organised an inaugural Master Class on Friday, 26th September 2008 in St. Patrick’s Hospital.
This Master Class was presented by Ms. Isolde Blau, Director of Laragh Counselling Service and Founding Member of the HSE National Counselling Service.
The Master Class was entitled :
Squaring the Circle
Balancing Child Protection and Risk Management
In Clinical settings
Attached is the presentation by Isolde Blau, together with questions which arose from the floor.



NIIHR Upcoming Events


‘Engleby – “Reduced to half a dozen non-sequiturs in blue bic on an HMSO form”’ : A Seminar by Rob Weatherill

Friday 10th October 2008

Institute Seminar Room, 2 Malone Road, Belfast

Further Details: David Smith –  00 44 791 9907136


The first part of this full day seminar will centre around a discussion of Sebastian Faulk’s 2007 novel, Engleby – the aim being to provide an enjoyable and accessible introduction to the three registers of Lacanian theory.


In the second part, clinical material will be presented and explored from a variety of perspectives – including Lacanian, Freudian and Kleinian. Any participant who wishes to present carefully anonymised case material within a strictly confidential setting should contact Christine Christie on 02890 668598  to discuss this.


A member of the Irish Psycho-Analytical Association, Rob Weatherill is a psychoanalyst  and author with over thirty years clinical experience of working in private practice. He has taught psychoanalysis in both Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, and describes himself as ‘a committed eclectic’.


Publications include Cultural Collapse (Free Association Books 1994) a survey of the levelling out of meanings and values in contemporary culture, and Our Last Great Illusion (Imprint Academic 2004), a radical psychoanalytic critique of therapy culture. He is the author of two books on the death drive – The Sovereignty of Death (Rebus 1998) and The Death Drive (Rebus 1999). His forthcoming book entitled Forgetting Freud? Psychoanalysis and Indifference examines the ethics of psychoanalysis and the nature of the suffering of the subject.


An archive of published journal articles and conference papers can be viewed at



 ‘Psychotherapy and Spirituality: Where the Waters Meet’: A Conference hosted by the NI Institute of Human Relations in association with the All Ireland Spiritual Guidance Association

Friday 14th November 2008

Slieve Croob, Castlewellan, County Down

Further Details: Gordon Graham    00 44 28 4372 6175



This will be the fourth annual ‘Psychotherapy and Spirituality’ conference, furthering the dialogue which has been ongoing now since 2005. This year’s keynote address will be given by counsellor and author David Buckley, whose recently published Where the Waters Meet (Karnac 2008) has been hailed as a landmark in establishing intersections, parallel lexicons and important boundaries between psychotherapy and spirituality.


Jarlath Benson, psychotherapist and group analyst, and Dr Anne Codd, theologian and facilitator, will lead concurrent seminars in response to David Buckley’s paper.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

An Evidence-based model for understanding and treating PTSD.

A 2-day workshop with Dr. Kate Gillespie and Dr. Michael Duffy. Guest Speaker: Professor David M. Clark.

Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September 2008 in Tallaght Cross Hotel, Tallaght, Dublin 24.


9th EPCA Conference: Construing PCP: New Contexts and Perspectives

The 9th EPCA Conference will be held in London from the 29th June 2008 to the 1st July 2008. EPCA bi-annual conference is aimed at bringing together scholars and practitioners who are interested in Personal Construct Psychology (PCP). We explore the use of PCP and its tools in research, clinical and organisational practice.