Salvador Minuchin, a Pioneer of Family Therapy, Dies at 96

Salvador Minuchin, a provocative psychotherapist whose pioneering work with teenagers shifted the focus from their individual symptoms to their family relationships, died on Monday in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 96. Please see obituary below.

Salvador Minuchin Obituary

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Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

An invitation to participate

I am writing to invite your participation in my upcoming research study entitled
‘Psychotherapists’ experience of attachment and the therapeutic relationship.
I am a fourth year student on the MSc. in Integrative Psychotherapy at Dublin City University which requires completion of a research study related to psychotherapy.
The purpose of this study is to explore psychotherapists’ experience of their own attachment style and their experience of how they came to learn about attachment theory.
The study also aims to explore their experience of their own attachment and how this interrelates with their work with clients.
This research study will involve trained and accredited psychotherapists in order to gain an in-depth breadth of knowledge.
If you are a trained and accredited psychotherapist you are eligible to take part in the study.
If you wish to take part, you will be invited to take part in an interview that may take up to 1 hour, either at your place of work or in Dublin City University. Your participation in this study is voluntary.
If you would like more information on this study or should you wish to take part you can contact me by email at
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Laura Egan
087 1303643

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Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

09 Dec 2017 09:00 : Working Psychoanalytically with Children and Adolescents

One Day Symposium


Bringing together psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists of different theoretical orientations and affiliations working with children and adolescents in Ireland, this one-day symposium aims to create the opportunity for several important discussions and exchanges to take place which are both topical and relevant to psychoanalytically informed clinical practice with children. The symposium will also create a space for practitioners to get to know each other’s work and meet with others in this field. Arranged in three core panels, the work with children and adolescents will be examined and discussed across a range of themes. Each panel will be organised roundtable style with 4-6 presenters each speaking on a particular aspect of the theme, followed by a chaired discussion and participation from the floor.

Please click on link below for further details.

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Original post: Psychoanalytic Section Events Calendar

Conceptualising, Applying & Integrating Systemic Therapy in Child Sexual Abuse : Workshop with Diane Hanly

24th November 2017

Family Therapy understands the benefits of therapeutically supported dialogue amongst family members when challenging issues and difficulties need to be discussed. Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) might be considered one of the most challenging, distressing and direction-changing issues that a family has to contend with. In the Irish context the majority of cases of alleged sexual abuse do not go to court therefore there is significantly more pressure on social and therapeutic services to address the needs of the young people and their families. Different reactions and coping mechanisms mean that services privilege meeting with children, siblings and parents separately in order to address their competing needs. CSA can also be an evocative and difficult area . For further details on this workshop and booking form, please click on link below.

Diane Hanly 24th November 2017

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Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland


ICP Conference 1

ICP Conference 3

VOBRIEN ICP Conference

FTAI Member, Valerie O’Brien


Irish Council for Psychotherapy National Conference

“The Role of Psychotherapy in a Healthy Ireland”

18th October 2017

Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin
Today, the Irish Council for Psychotherapy held an important conference The Role of Psychotherapy in a Healthy Ireland , hosted by MEP Nessa Childers.
Key speakers were:

Dr Pat Bracken retired Clinical Director of The Mental Health Service in West Cork

Barbara Fitzgerald, most recently President of the European Confederation of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapies (2012-2016)

Anne Colgan board member of the European Association for Psychotherapy

Senator Colette Kelleher.
The conference collated the views of participants on the title topic and this will be made available to all in due course.

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Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

Supervision from a Gestalt Perspective

The 5th in the IAHIP Autumn Series of Workshops

Sunday 12th November 2017
10.00a.m. – 4.30p.m.
IAHIP Office, 40 Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

The workshop gives participants the opportunity and space in which to explore awareness, contact, process, incorporating transference and counter-transference from a Gestalt perspective.

We work collaboratively and creatively in an experiential process exploring the relational, to understand the dynamics between the person as a therapist and the client, paying particular attention to the “now”.

Karen Ilean Shorten M.I.A.H.I.P. M.E.A.P. M.ICP. MI.A.C.P. S.I.A.H.I.P.
Karen trained in Humanistic, Integrative Psychotherapy and clinical supervision and then
went on to train and specialise in Gestalt Therapy. She has a successful clinical supervision practice as well as dealing with individuals, groups and families.
Karen worked as a facilitator of intensive group therapy with the Irish Gestalt Centre for 16 years and she delivered a Gestalt Module in a number of training organisations. Currently Karen is studying with SALD (Sacred Art of Living and Dying) as an Anam Cara Apprentice. She has been teaching and working from Humanistic and Integrative perspective (specialising in Gestalt) for over 20 years.

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Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

The Business of Therapy, Starting a Psychotherapy Practice

The Business of Therapy: a workshop facilitated by Jude Fay

This is the 5th workshop in our series of workshops organised by IAHIP

Sunday 22nd October 2017 10.00a.m. – 4.30p.m. IAHIP Office,

40 Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Therapists are trained to work with their clients, but often, the training gives little or no direction about how to earn a living from their newly acquired skills. If you have little experience of self-employment or running a business, you will need to develop the skills and mindset of being self-employed to create a private therapy practice. Establishing and developing a therapy practice is a process, and, like any process, it can evoke old wounds and hurts from the past. We come to working as therapists with an intention to help those in need. Sometimes that objective can seem to be at odds with earning a reasonable living. This and other challenges face the nearly and newly qualified therapist when first setting up their practice. This workshop is designed to provide information and support to therapists and counsellors who are setting up or have recently set up in private practice. It is also an opportunity to network with other practitioners who are starting out. We will explore the practicalities of starting a practice, the practice you would like to create and the services you can provide. You can begin to identify your preferred clients and the channels through which to attract them. The course content includes: What’s involved in being self-employed; practicalities, pros and cons, legal and professional requirements; Clarifying your profile; What services are you providing?; Who are your preferred clients?; Financial goals?; How much do you hope to earn from your practice?; Typical costs and expenses; Pricing and charging for your work; Finding work; Marketing your services; Getting your name known; Self-care, support …read more

Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

Treating Depression – Integrating Evidence Based CBT Protocols Into Your Practice

(1 Day CPD Workshop)

This is the Second Day of our Autumn CPD workshops, these workshops will give you the confidence to enhance your existing counselling/psychotherapy practice and add greatly to your skillset. They will teach you how to integrate evidence-based interventions, in a timely and appropriate way, into your core therapeutic approach.

Research has indicated that psychotherapy is moving more and more toward an integrated approach and that;
“ethical guidelines for counsellors and psychologists appear to be headed in the direction of requiring therapists to know evidence-based research (what techniques actually work with what clients with what problems) if they are to exercise an appropriate standard of care for their clients.”

(Jones-Smith, 2014.)

Why offer these three particular workshops, and why as a series?
We know that depression, anxiety, and panic attacks are each highly prevalent conditions and we know that they frequently co-occur. And where a person is affected by more than one of these mood disorders, they tend to experience greater distress and disruption, poorer quality of life, and poorer treatment outcomes. These three workshops will give you the confidence to treat each difficulty separately and, where the client is presenting with more than one, the skill to proceed appropriately.


Rosario Nolan is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and CBT supervisor and is a fully accredited member of both the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She is based in Navan, Co. Meath, where she has been running a successful private practice for the past seventeen years. To learn more visit our website


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Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

Principles of Sesame Drama and Movement Therapy Foundation Course

Special Purpose Award at Level 8 (10 credits)

The course consists of a number of weekend modules.

Dates 12/13/14 January,16/17 February, 23/24 March,

13/14/15 April, 11/12 May, 7/8/9/10 June

Interviews Fri 20 October 2017, Fri 1 December 2017

Fee € 1480

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The Sesame Approach uses movement, story-making, play and non-verbal communication as indirect, right-brain-responsive therapy which has been in practice worldwide for 53 years. It was born of a dream, Jungian based and draws on theories of human development and embodied metaphor.

A part-time course is being offered for the first time in Ireland in Cork, starting January 2018.

The course is open to applicants who wish to explore Dramatherapy with a view to further training as a professional, and to registered health/educational/spiritual practitioners wishing to extend their way of working to include the creative arts.

Modules covered are:

· The Sesame Approach and the craft of therapy

· Human Development and Analytical Psychology (Ericson, Jung)

· Story making and myth enactment

· The use of body, movement and touch (Laban, Lindkvist)

Students will be required to attend monthly modules in Cork. The learning style gives equal balance to experiential learning and theoretical understanding. The course will be delivered by senior Sesame trainers


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Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

IAHIP Workshop 1 – Contemplative Dance as a support to Supervision

Saturday 23rd September 2017 10.00a.m. – 4.30p.m.

IAHIP Office, 40 Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Contemplative Dance practice provides therapists in supervision with a route to understanding how we metabolise our own internal states and those of our clients through the body awareness and action. Its a gentle way to cultivate presence and to explore somatic countertransference.

In this experiential workshop participants will be introduced to the Contemplative Dance Practice ( translated by Dance Movement Psychotherapist Bernadette Divilly to explore the supervision process within psychotherapy. Contemplative Dance Practice(CDP) mingles the discipline of meditation and improvisation in a simple structure using personal awareness practice, open space and discussion/ reflection time. Participants will practice tracking kinaesthetic delight and cultivating awareness while engaging with the four pillars of mindful movement practices. Deep play in open space practice will be used to move with the supervision process, including the roles, responsibilities and tasks. The intention is to apply the CDP model to support supervision as interactive field. Attention will be directed towards client care as the core activator of the movement process. This workshop is focused on being a support to the supervision processes and not as supervision. Its primary purpose will be to welcome and be with the unknown kindly. This workshop is suitable for experienced supervisors and professionals who are engaging with supervision in a variety of contexts.

Bernadette Divilly is a Choreographer, Dance Movement Therapist & Dancer with an MA in Somatic Psychology & Dance Movement Therapy from Naropa University Boulder CO and Hons BA in Psychology from NUI Galway.

IAHIP Accredited Members and Pre-Accredited Associates €70

Qualified Psychotherapists of other Professional Organisations/Bodies €90