Our 2018 AGM will be held at the Menlo Park Hotel, Galway on

Saturday 3rd March 2018 at 11.00am
Social Evening on Friday Evening 2nd March with wine and cheese, from 7.30pm

Book your attendance for both events on Eventbrite: Eventbrite Event

Apologies to:

Special Delegate rate available at the hotel for Friday March 2nd on a first come basis.

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Student Counsellor – Permanent

Reporting to
The Academic Administration and Student Affairs Manager
The Job
The Student Counsellor offers a specialist professional service on a confidential basis to
individual students who are experiencing personal difficulties which may be affecting
their work. In addition, the Student Counsellor will play a key role in helping students
with their academic progress and personal/social development through group
counselling, seminars and workshops. The Student Counsellor will develop and maintain
close links with other student support services in the Institute, will participate in
multidisciplinary case management meetings, and will advise on further sources of help
within the community. The range of duties assigned to the Student Counsellor may vary
from time to time.
Main duties
 To provide individual counselling to students with emotional, psychological,
academic or personal development needs.
 To provide psychological assessment and intervention.
 To maintain case records and statistical data as required by the Institute, including
usage statistics, as well as annual and periodic reports.
 To provide group counselling to students with a view to helping their academic
progress and personal/social development.
 To design and deliver regularly scheduled seminars/workshops on life skills/personal
development, stress management, substance abuse etc.
 To organize and run, in collaboration with other appropriate staff, workshops or
groups on study skills, presentation skills, examinations’ techniques, etc.
 To be involved in the preparation and provision of special training/information
seminars for staff
 To collaborate with staff in the design and provision of special programmes/projects,
for example, induction, peer mentoring, etc.
 To support and provide training to student groups such as Student Union Officers
 To lead the evaluation, consumer satisfaction and research relating to the Student
Counselling Service
 To liaise with and make referrals (as appropriate) to academic, administrative and
support services staff within the Institute
 To make a regularly updated calendar available to student support staff, for the
purposes of indicating availability for appointments
 To participate in multidisciplinary case management meetings for complex student
cases where multiple stakeholders are involved
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IAHIP Workshop Series – Recovery from Trauma

Workshop 7 – Recovery from Trauma -Jim Fitzgibbon –
Sunday November 26th 10am – 4.30pm
Limited Number of Spaces still available
Book your place now

This workshop will be a collaborative, educative and experiential workshop for psychotherapists.
My workshop on recovery from trauma is designed for experienced psychotherapists however whatever your experience we will have commonality in that we all survived at least one trauma namely receiving birth.

Consciously forming ground as a way of being in a relational experience will be at the core of this group experience.
Many members will be interested in an integrative relational written exercise re exploration of grieving that I learnt from Gianni Francesetti in 2010 and I’ve many times used it successfully. It’s an excellent key to unlocking deadness recovery from trauma.

On my own background for more than 7 years I am member of a supervision group and a personal development group both facilitated by the experienced psychotherapist Rob Tyson of the Manchester Gestalt Institute.
I am learning we all have unique experience and by gathering in a safe place this difference is of immense value to one another and to our clients.
In this workshop I will invite the group to focus on what we do know cognitively and theoretically about the subject. When we form as a working group, our own experiences of recovery and of our clients may emerge, in the present.

The use of creative technique of art may be possible so please bring art materials of your choice.

My intention is the exposition of my relational in the here and now approach, supported by the theoretical approach by James Kepner in his books particularly Healing Tasks (1996) and Body Process (1987) and Miriam Taylor’s Trauma Therapy (2014) and Zoe Londricks paper What Every Trauma Worker Should Know (2006). …read more

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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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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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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

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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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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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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

Student Placement available in Athlone

Placement Opportunity Athlone

A limited number of voluntary places are available with

Athlone Affordable Counselling Service for therapists who are in the final year of their training and have been passed by their training college to see clients.

Trainees must attend for interview and be willing to work in alignment with the values and principles of The Dancing Soul and adhere to the code of ethics of IAHIP

Please send your CV to and suitable applicants will be called for an interview.

All therapists working at the Dancing Soul must be an associate member of IAHIP (or iacp) and will be Garda Vetted

for details: or phone 09064 90607

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