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Sexual Violence Specialisation Course Starting September 2022

Sexual Violence Specialisation Course Starting September 2022

A one-year Sexual Violence Training Specialisation c/o Rape Crisis Midwest is starting in September 2022, one weekend per month.

This is a nine-module training aimed at all counsellors/psychotherapists that have completed their Undergraduate or Masters training by next September and who are fully accredited or working towards accreditation.

The training comprises of nine modules aimed at giving the participants the knowledge and skills needed to competently understand and work with Sexual Violence.

Fee –  fee for the course is  €1500, which can be paid in instalments.  A non-refundable deposit of €300 is payable on acceptance of application

Course Training Dates – September 17th & 18th, October 15th &16th, November 12th & 13th, December 3rd and 4th, January (2023) 15th & 16th, February 11th & 12th , March 4th & 5th, April 1st and 2nd, April 29th & 30th

Closing Date – 30th June 2022

Interviews – June/July 2022 (Successful applicants will be informed by the end of July 2022)

For any informal enquiries or questions about course content, please email Dr. Michelle Walsh

Rape Crisis Midwest Sexual Violence Training Specialisation  

An Exploration of Sexual Harassment Among Irish Adolescents: Experience and Understanding (2020)

FirstLight Expanding Psychotherapists Register

FirstLight Expanding Psychotherapists Register

Demand for FirstLight’s services in 2021 was the highest since the organisation was established 45 years ago, with 207 families supported nationwide. We are predicting a similar, if not higher, number in 2022.

For this reason, we are looking to expand the number of Accredited Psychotherapists and Play Therapists on the FirstLight Psychotherapists Register across the following counties:


Mayo Carlow
Kilkenny Westmeath
Athlone Donegal
Kerry Meath
Cork Galway
Offaly Cavan
Monaghan North Dublin
Louth Wicklow

All Psychotherapists on the Register must be professionally accredited, fully insured, and garda vetted before commencing psychotherapy for our service.

About FirstLight

FirstLight is a registered charity that offers free professional support and provides information to families in Ireland that have experienced the sudden, unexpected death of their child if aged from 0 to 18 years.

FirstLight is a trauma-informed organisation offering a National 24-hour Helpline service, Crisis Intervention and a Psychotherapy service. Our services are provided nationwide by our team of professionally accredited, fully insured, and garda vetted psychotherapists. Our team members are professionally trained to provide support to clients experiencing trauma associated with the sudden death of their child. All of our services to families are free of charge and confidential.

To join the FirstLight Psychotherapist’s Register, please email or phone 01 8732 711.

EAP 30th Anniversary Congress Videos

EAP 30th Anniversary Congress Videos

Please find below the link for the videos from the EAP 30th Anniversary Congress “The Hope of Psychotherapy for our Endangered World”.  The Congress was live streamed from Vienna to online participants on March 12th and 13th 2022, and the European Association for Psychotherapy have received great feedback about the Congress.

In addition, the videos can be used for training purposes. The European Association for Psychotherapy hope that you enjoy the videos and the distinguished keynote speakers.

EAP 30th Anniversary Congress Videos

Reading Civilization and its Discontents with André Michels

Reading Civilization and its Discontents with André Michels

Date: Saturday April 30th 2022

Time: 10am (Ireland)

Location: Online Event

Cost: €30

In this seminar, Dr André Michels will engage with Civilization and its Discontents as a way to further elaborate on the last seminar – The Feeling of Guilt and the Genesis of the Superego. The seminar will open with presentations followed by a discussion, response and a presentation by André Michels.

In order to benefit from the seminar, you are invited to read Civilization and Its Discontents.

ICP will award 3 CPD points for attending the seminar. Please request your certificate at

To register please email: or click on the following Eventbrite link:

Dr André Michels is a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst in Paris and Luxembourg; member of Espace analytique (Paris), Après-coup (New York), Psychoanalytisches Kolleg (Berlin); author of numerous articles; editor of Actualité de l’hystérie (2001), Les limites du corps, le corps comme limite (2005), Norm, Normalität, Gesetz (2012).

eMEN Training Session by Mental Health Reform

eMEN Training Session by Mental Health Reform

Date: Tuesday 26th April 2022

Time: 2pm – 3pm

Location: Online event

Cost: Free

Registration here 

How Dutch Mental Health Professionals Use Digital Mental Health Tools in Their Work

About This Event

The eMEN Interreg project has been developing training materials on eMental Health, including a series of training videos that will be available soon. These cover therapy sessions through video platforms, online interviewing and assessment, online CBT programmes, writing therapy, virtual reality, wearables, and other areas.

A ‘live’ 1-hour introductory session is taking place online on April 26th and two experienced clinical psychologists from the Netherlands will contribute at the event. Utilisation of digital mental health is further advanced there than in Ireland, and we can learn a lot from their experiences. The event is free-of-charge and should be of interest to Irish organisations/practitioners providing mental health therapy services.

The two speakers, Dr. Ellen Klaassens, PhD and Dr. Tim Wind, PhD are clinical psychologists who work with the Arq Psychotrauma Centre, a large foundation specialising in treatment of trauma in the Netherlands. They will talk about the digital mental health tools they use in their day-to-day work and how to effectively utilise these in various parts of the treatment pathway for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a range of more complex trauma presentations. A Q&A session will allow participants to ask questions and discuss issues of interest with the speakers.

This event has been awarded 1 CPD point by IACP.

A Zoom link will be provided by email prior to the event.

Registration link with further details here


Listening to Words; Listening to Silence

Listening to Words; Listening to Silence

Speaker: Prof Salman Akhtar

Date: Saturday 26th March 2022

Time: 3pm – 5:45pm GMT

Location: Online event

Cost:  €20 – €48

Tickets via Eventbrite

Prof. Salman Akhtar will be presenting on the subject of “Listening to Words, Listening to Silence” in the Psychoanalytic Space

Presentation Part 1: Listening to Words

After Freud’s 1912 succinct recommendations for analytic listening a long time elapsed before Reik’s 1937 book, Listening with the Third Ear, appeared. An even longer gap followed before the publication of my book Psychoanalytic Listening in 2013. Pooling observations scattered in the psychoanalytic literature and adding my own clinical insights in this book, I proposed that there are four kinds of listening prevalent in our enterprise (1) Objective, (2) Empathic, (3) Subjective, and (4) Intersubjective. Each has its own progenitor, theoretical anchor, and therapeutic relevance. I will highlight the characteristics of each with the help of clinical illustrations. I will also trace the developmental prototypes of different kinds of listening and end with unveiling the ‘maternal’ and ‘paternal’ poles of psychoanalytic technique.

Presentation Part 2: Listening to Silence

Emphasizing the point that silence can convey anything that words can, I will attempt to delink silence and resistance to treatment. In fact, I will present a classification of silence that includes the following eight types (1) Structural, (2) U-mentalized, (3) Defensive, (4) Enactive, (5) Symbolic. (6) Contemplative, (7) Regenerative, and (8) Blank. I will provide theoretical and clinical foundations of this scheme and offer guidelines for dealing with long silences and short silences (i.e., pauses). Management of concurrent and mutual silences in the dyad shall be addressed as well.


3pm – 4pm Presentation Part 1

4pm – 4.15pm Q&A/Discussion

4.15pm – 4.30pm Break

4.30pm – 5.30pm Presentation Part 2

5.30pm – 5.45pm Q&A/Discussion

Please note this event will not be recorded.

Salman Akhtar, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has served on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. His more than 400 publications include 99 books, of which the following 20 are solo-authored: Broken Structures (1992), Quest for Answers (1995), Inner Torment (1999), Immigration and Identity (1999), New Clinical Realms (2003), Objects of Our Desire (2005), Regarding Others (2007), Turning Points in Dynamic Psychotherapy (2009), The Damaged Core (2009), Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (2009), Immigration and Acculturation (2011), Matters of Life and Death (2011), The Book of Emotions (2012), Psychoanalytic Listening (2013), Good Stuff (2013), Sources of Suffering (2014), No Holds Barred (2016), A Web of Sorrow (2017), Mind, Culture, and Global Unrest (2018), and Silent Virtues (2019). Dr. Akhtar has delivered many prestigious invited lectures including a Plenary Address at the 2nd International Congress of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders in Oslo, Norway (1991), an Invited Plenary Paper at the 2nd International Margaret S. Mahler Symposium in Cologne, Germany (1993), an Invited Plenary Paper at the Rencontre Franco-Americaine de Psychanalyse meeting in Paris, France (1994), a Keynote Address at the 43rd IPA Congress in Rio de Janiero, Brazil (2005), the Plenary Address at the 150th Freud Birthday Celebration sponsored by the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society and the Embassy of Austria in Leiden, Holland (2006), the Inaugural Address at the first IPA-Asia Congress in Beijing, China (2010), and the Plenary Address at the Fall Meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association in 2017. Dr. Akhtar is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Edith Sabshin Award (2000), Columbia University’s Robert Liebert Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Psychoanalysis (2004), the American Psychiatric Association’s Kun Po Soo Award (2004) and Irma Bland Award for being the Outstanding Teacher of Psychiatric Residents in the country (2005). He received the highly prestigious Sigourney Award (2012) for distinguished contributions to psychoanalysis. In 2103, he gave the Commencement Address at graduation ceremonies of the Smith College School of Social Work in Northampton, MA. Dr. Akhtar’s books have been translated in many languages, including German, Italian, Korean, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, and Turkish. A true Renaissance man, Dr Akhtar has served as the Film Review Editor for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and is currently serving as the Book Review Editor for the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. He has published 11 collections of poetry and serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia.


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The Race for Mental Health – DCU April 9th 2022

The Race for Mental Health

Race & Inclusion within Irish Mental Health Provision and Trainings

Dublin City University Saturday April 9th 2022

DCU’s School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health, in collaboration with Black Therapists Ireland (BTI), and with the support of DCU’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit, invite those studying toward or working in clinical roles across Mental Health settings in Ireland to participate and engage in discussions around the continued lack of meaningful attention to Race and Inclusion in core professional practices, trainings and dialogues across mental healthcare in Ireland.

There will be two individual but related sessions on the day.

The first session (10am to 1.30pm) will take place in the Bea Orpen Building in DCU and is exclusively available for racially minoritised students and professionals working in mental health in Ireland. This space aims to open to those all too often in the minority, a safe and unique experience of collectively meeting in person and acknowledging some of the challenges and barriers facing racially minoritised students and professionals working around Mental Health in an Irish context. The intention is to facilitate interactive discussions in order to share experience, connections and ideas as an orientation towards more inclusive practice, conversations and trainings.

This particular session is strictly limited to forty attendees who identify as racially minoritised; and will be provided without charge. To register your interest in attending, please email Ejiro Ogbevoen at

The afternoon session (3pm to 6.30pm) will take place in the SOLAS Room of DCU’s SU Building and is open to anyone wishing to engage with speakers who will highlight potential obstacles, challenges, and pathways to racially inclusive practice for mental health workers and students in Ireland. To register your interest in attending, please email Ray O Neill at The cost for attending this afternoon session is €25 for the waged, and €10 for the unwaged. Some learning outcomes from this day would include:

  • Exploration of varied aspects to being more responsive to diversity in mental health locales.
  • Some explanation to encourage responsive practices and awareness around Intersectionality
  • Develop some skills in the Multicultural Orientation toward education and service

Certificates of Attendance are Available on Request

This session will consist of two speaker presentations and then an open panel floor panel discussion. The two speakers confirmed to join us for this part of the afternoon are:

Malcolm Phillips will present a brief overview of key contributions in Black Psychology from the past fifty years of the Association of Black Psychology in the USA and worldwide. This journey through Black Psychology will address some guidance on how we might ‘decolonise’ the current western psychology curriculum. Malcolm will illustrate the application of such theoretical bases through examples in practice from his own work in London with mental health services with diverse communities.

Naomi Masheti’s research explores lived experiences of African migrant children in Ireland as constructed by the interaction of the child with the people around him/her (family, neighbour-hoods, schools, migration institutions’ and peer culture). Naomi recently supported Mental Health Reform launch the Cultural Competency Toolkit to raise awareness of the challenges ethnic minority groups face in accessing appropriate mental health supports. The toolkit provides practical information, resources, and guidance, to help community mental health teams in their practice.

Both Naomi and Malcolm will join the organisers Ejiro Ogbevoen, Ravind Jaewon, and Ray O’ Neill on a panel moderation of open-floor questions and responses from participants.


Malcolm Phillips is a board member of the UK Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists. He has spent more than 30 years developing and managing mental health and counselling services for Black communities in the NHS, local authorities and in the voluntary sector. He was the founder and chair of Safoa, the National African and Caribbean Mental Health Network. Malcolm is currently the Director of Kawaida Therapy  which provides individual and group support to Black communities and organisations, addressing racial trauma, and building resilience. Malcolm also delivers a Diploma course in Black Psychology and African-Centred Therapy.

Dr Naomi Masheti is a Psychologist, with a huge interest and focus on Psychosocial Wellbeing of Non-Western Population. Naomi was instrumental in setting up the Cork Migrant Centre Psychosocial Wellbeing and Integration Hub at the Nano Nagle Place, focused on culturally sensitive services and transformative social justice work. She is a guest lecturer at the School of Psychology, University College Cork (UCC). Naomi was the recipient of UCC 2020 Athena SWAN Equality Award.

Ejiro Ogbevoen is a Dublin based Counselling Psychotherapist with a BSc degree in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management, and in Counselling & Psychotherapy. She founded Black Therapists Ireland with the intent of actively promoting mental health and wellbeing amongst black people living in Ireland and globally. Ejiro also runs a successful private practice and is an assistant lecturer at Dublin City University.

Ravind Jeawon MIACP is a psychotherapist and founder of Talk Therapy Dublin, a service providing inclusive counselling. Born in Dublin, to an Indian immigrant father and rural Irish mother exposed him to challenging and enriching experiences around race, identity and religion. Ravind’s wife also immigrated to Ireland from the Balkans for economic reasons, including a vulnerable period as ‘undocumented’. These experiences fire Ravind’s advocacy for inclusivity within mental health practice, particularly linked to core trainings and stronger multicultural responsiveness from caring professions in providing services to minoritised communities. He also mentors students and newly qualified therapists from diverse backgrounds and provides counselling services to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Ireland linked to their voluntary return program.

Dr. Ray O’ Neill is an Assistant Professor in Psychotherapy with DCU’s School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health and a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice working mainly, but not exclusively, within the LGBTQ community. He previously worked as a Research Associate with the Centre for Gender and Women Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Current research explores individual and collective transmission of trauma across generations, with particular emphasis on the Irish Famine experiences. His clinical website is available on


FTAI Statement on Ukraine

The Family Therapy Association of Ireland Executive committee wishes to
stand with our European Family Therapy Association colleagues in condemning the
Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 21st of February 2022.

The suffering of innocent people on both sides, the displacement of
millions and the catastrophic loss
life, is an appalling violation of human rights and cannot be condoned by
us. We must stand together as human citizens of this
planet and act to assist those caught up in this devastating war.
The emotional and mental impact on all involved cannot be
underestimated and it is imperative that we oppose tyranny and
support democracy at every opportunity, with a fervent wish for a
speedy resolution to this awful conflict.

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Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

Trauma Summit (June 2022)

The Trauma Summit is back! Returning on 13th & 14th June 2022, hosted as a hybrid event from ICC Belfast.

Once again, the Trauma Summit will bring together the world’s leading experts in the field of trauma and trauma recovery to present their latest research and understanding of trauma and how it affects individuals, families, and communities.

The Trauma Summit is a place to network, engage, share, and explore the very latest in trauma research either in-person or virtually.

Delegates will have the opportunity to engage and ask questions throughout the conference and some of our speakers will do a live Q&A after their keynote presentations.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Bruce Perry
  • Suzanne Zeedyk
  • Janina Fisher
  • Stephen Porges
  • Kenneth Hardy
  • Betsy Polatin
  • Deb Dana
  • Dan Siegel

And many more…  See on our website – Trauma Summit 2022 – Action Trauma

Exhibition Opportunity:

There are a limited number of exhibition opportunities to profile your organisation to professionals from a range of globally based organisations, pioneering in the field of trauma recovery.

See link with further information and details of features/format of exhibition options –

Members of the Action Trauma Network can purchase tickets at a discounted rate. 

If you would like to secure your place, you can BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE or contact Claire at 028 9752 110

Lecturer in Counselling Post at Ulster University – Deadline March 10

A Lecturer in Counselling post at Ulster University in Belfast in Northern Ireland has just been advertised.

Deadline: 10th March 2022

The Head of the School of Communication and Media, where the post is based, is Dr Catrin Rhys for any queries:

The role includes teaching, supervising and examining in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy on academic undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. The current members of the subject team are Dr Noreen Giffney (psychoanalytic psychotherapist), Dr Maggie Long (counsellor) and Dr Anne Moorhead (health communicator).

Ulster University Job Opportunities