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ICP Registrant’s Day 24th June 2017 – a reflection by CEO Ms Jean Manahan

The second annual ICP Registrants’ Day took place in the Red Cow Hotel on Saturday 24th June; the morning session with Joseph Knobel Freud on ‘The issue of diagnostic labels’ was both interesting and provocative. Plenty of time was given for questions and commentary from the audience which meant the session was lively and enriched with insights from participants and speaker alike.

I was particularly struck by the question whether labels can be either useful or abusive and the conclusion seems to be both. A further question needs to be asked when making a diagnosis – is it describing disorders or symptoms? It depends on the use we make of labels but what is clear is that when they describe symptoms, we need to understand the fluidity of those symptoms and the fact that change is always present therefore a diagnosis can never be static.  I liked the parsing of the word – ‘dia’, = through and ‘gnosis’ = knowledge.


dia = through & gnosis=knowledge

This highlights the need to avoid a closed diagnosis which cuts off possibility and development. In summary a person is a person with all that that entails and not a label which stereotypes and predetermines outcomes or who that person is.

The afternoon session which involved group work asking the participants to answer a number of questions, was again a very lively affair. The feedback from the groups will feed in to the proposed White Paper to be presented to Government on the necessity for Psychotherapy to be easily available and accessible to people around the country based on need. Many thanks to all who contributed. The feedback will be circulated to participants shortly.

I’m looking forward to the ICP Conference in the Autumn – keep an eye on the ICP website Conference 2017 page for news.

Speaking at ICP's Registrants' Day 2017

Speaking at ICP’s Registrants’ Day 2017




Green Ribbon

As a social media profile raising exercise for FTAI,


we are organising a gathering in:


Venue:     Merrion Square Park (nearest the Holles Street Entrance


Date:       15th May 2017 Time:                   6.30p.m

The intention is to show our participation in and support for the Green Ribbon campaign     


With an eye to social media,  participants would be photographed wearing green ribbons with a banner heading “Family Therapists support the Green Ribbon Campaign”. We have some green ribbons to distribute to participants and could all be done very quickly. The photos would be uploaded onto our FB page, Twitter Account and Web page.

Please ring Deirdre Hayes 086-3895777, upon arrival.

Integrative Cognitive-Affective Therapy (ICAT); a structured, short-term psychological treatment for bulimia nervosa


Workshop – Integrative Cognitive-Affective Therapy (ICAT) for Bulimia Nervosa

Workshop Title: “Integrative Cognitive-Affective Therapy (ICAT); a structured, short-term psychological treatment for bulimia nervosa”

Venue: Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8.

Date: Friday November 25th, 2016 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Cost: €45.00 (includes afternoon coffee/tea/snack)

Workshop Facilitator: Gerard Butcher

Enquiries re payment etc. to: Gerard Butcher 01-8726930 or

This introductory workshop is limited to 45 places in total and is aimed at those who are familiar with treatment of eating disorders.


Recent research suggests that emotion is an important factor in the aetiology and maintenance of eating disorders. Thus, emotion, and its management, may play an important role in the treatment of eating disorders. Integrative cognitive-affective therapy (ICAT) is based on a theoretical model that emphasises the importance of momentary emotion as a maintenance mechanism for binge eating and other eating disorder symptoms. A randomized controlled comparison of integrative cognitive-affective therapy (ICAT) and enhanced cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT-E) for bulimia nervosa (Wonderlich et al, 2014) concluded that ICAT was associated with significant improvements in bulimic and associated symptoms that did not differ from those obtained with CBT-E. This suggests targeting emotion and self-oriented cognition in the context of nutritional rehabilitation may be offered as an Innovative approach to the treatment of eating disorders.

This skills-based workshop will:

  1. Present a brief review of the integrative cognitive-affective therapy (ICAT) model
  2. Identify its common links with CBT-E
  3. Present the cornerstones of ICAT treatment
  4. Outline the four phases of ICAT that are required in therapy
  5. Demonstrate the practical aspects of delivering ICAT


Wonderlich SA, Peterson CB, Crosby RD, Smith TL, Klein MH, Mitchell JE, Crow SJ. (2014) A randomized controlled comparison of integrative cognitive-affective therapy (ICAT) and enhanced cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT-E) for bulimia nervosa. Psychological Medicine. Feb;44(3):543-53