Trish Murphy, Chair FTAI, responds to question about relationships – Irish Times 6th March 2013

KATE HOLMQUIST – Irish Times Wednesday, 6th March 2013

Q My widowed father has been in a very happy long-term relationship but is now uncertain about continuing with it and wants to break up.
My siblings, who live abroad, have always encouraged this relationship, as it assuages their consciences about not visiting often enough and the burden of care falling with me.
At the moment he is well and independent, but they like him having a companion to be there to prevent loneliness and to be there in a crisis. But I feel that he should make whatever choice he
Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

Grown-up sleepovers: Kate Holmquist Irish Times. Terence Herron FTAI, responds to the question

Grown-up ‘sleepovers’

Tell Me About It – Kate Holmquist answers your questions

Tue, Mar 26, 2013, 00:00 – Irish Times
Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

Boys as young as nine struggling to cope with “tsunami of porn”

Lynne Kelleher – 6th March 2013
Children are viewing online pornography at just nine or 10
Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

Diploma Training Programme in Supervision

Dublin Counselling & Therapy Centre

41 Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1


This long-established Diploma course is open again to accredited psychotherapists and counsellors who have at least 5 years clinical experience and who are working, or beginning to work, as supervisors of psychotherapists or counsellors, and who wish to receive accreditation as supervisors.

The course provides participants with a comprehensive and systematic approach to the theory and practice of supervision. It will be run over a twelve month period beginning in April 2013, and will provide participants with more than 100 hours of training.

Course tutors: Maeve Lewis, Mary Hilliard & Brían Howlett

For application form or further information, contact the Centre at the above address or phone

01 8788236 or e-mail:

As course places are limited, early application is advised.

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Foundation Training in Group Analysis, Applications now being Accepted

The School of Psychotherapy

Irish Institute of Group Analysis

in conjunction with

The School of Psychotherapy


St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin



Fee: €3,500 fully inclusive of all Course elements

IIGA Flyer 2013

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 Week Course

Mindfulness is a simple but profound practice that is rooted in ancient Eastern traditions.  Over the last 30 years Western medicine and science have come to recognise its benefits as a resource to help individuals deal with a variety of physical and emotional difficulties. These include stress, serious illness, chronic pain, bereavement, and other life challenges, while also offering a way of developing positive mental qualities and emotional wellbeing.

Only that day dawns to which we are awake”

– Walden, Thoreau


Mindfulness involves intentionally bringing awareness to the present moment, paying attention to, and connecting with our present experience, including our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations with curiosity, openness and acceptance.

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is modelled on the internationally acclaimed programmes created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.  These evidence based programmes are now being used extensively in a variety of settings including community care, hospitals and hospice care, educational and corporate sectors.

The programme consists of 8 weekly classes of 2.5 hour duration and one full day of Mindfulness practice. To benefit fully from this course, participants are encouraged to commit to 45 minutes each day for home practice.


Saturday 6th April – 25 May 2013. (10.15a.m. – 12.45 p.m.)

Full day workshop:  Saturday 8th June   (11.00a.m. – 4.00 p.m.)


Monkstown Therapy Centre, 26, Longford Terrace, Monkstown, Co.Dublin. (2 mins from Salthill & Monkstown Dart Station)


The course fee is €320 and includes Course workbook and CDs.

(Concessions available to applicants who are unwaged or in receipt of

Social Welfare)


Eilis Cullen is a trained Mindfulness practitioner, currently undertaking a Masters in Mindfulness Based Approaches at the University of Wales, Bangor. Eilis is also an experienced accredited Psychotherapist in private practice.

Tel:                   086 8622012



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The Three Pillars of Family Support

Mid-West Regional Workshop

Please find below details of the forthcoming event in the Mid- West Region facilitated by IAHIP members Larry de Cleir and Ray Wallace.

For full information and booking form please see following:

Workshop Three Pillars Info & Booking Form:

To book your place please print the information, complete and detach the booking form and return it with your payment to IAHIP, Workshop Group,  44 Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin by Friday 15th March 2013

Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

An Introduction To Relational Assessment & Creative Process In Adolescent Psychotherapy

Dates:  5th, 6th, 7th March

Fee: €340

Venue: Castlebar Counselling and Therapy Centre

Facilitator:Bronagh Starrs MIAHIP

This three-day training workshop will focus on two aspects of psychotherapeutic contact with adolescent clients:

We will explore how understanding and supporting the adolescent’s environmental context is a key aspect of therapy with teenagers. The training will focus  on cultivating the relational field i.e. engaging the adolescent and his/her parents – developing a consultative alliance with parents, supporting adolescent-parent relational connections, coaching parents in the art of strategic adolescent parenting, meeting the adolescent at the heart of his/her experience etc. This will include the micro-skills of how to conduct a relational assessment and intervene to manage shame in the encounter, and how to make initial contact with the adolescent.

The second focus of the training will involve supporting the development of the adolescent’s inner world through expressive arts and therapeutic devices e.g. art and sandwork with adolescent clients; using board games to create structure and holding; exploring the adolescent’s phenomenological experience through music, creative writing and other creative pursuits etc. This aspect of the training will also include an appreciation of the timing and appropriateness of introducing particular creative ways of working to support adolescent process – always being mindful of developmental considerations, levels of internal and external support, and the presence of psychological trauma.

For booking details please contact Bronagh:

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