These are posts that have been republished from websites run by the member organizations of ICP, as well as other posts related to psychotherapy in Ireland.

Posts

Imelda McCarthy Festschrift

Brochure 1

A Festschrift for Imelda McCarthy Phd was held in December last in the University of Bedfordshire, who created a Fifth Province to celebrate one of systemic field’s pioneers. A wonderful occasion – as shown in the photos below! Congratulations Imelda!


Imelda and Michael McCarthy
Nollaig Byrne, Monica McGoldrick, Imelda, Phil and Laura Fruggeri (Milan)
gail and Imelda
Irish group back at Dublin Airport

…read more

Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

A 2019 Resolution: Go Off Script

Psychology Today 6 January 2019

Emily Green Psy.D.
There Is Always Another Part
A 2019 Resolution: Go Off Script
This year, let’s challenge the rigid life narratives that keep us stuck.
If you had told me five years ago that this holiday season I would be wearing a Christmas sweater with a cat in a Santa hat on it, while proudly proclaiming myself a “cat mom,” I would have told you that you had lost it.
I was a dog person. I am a dog person. But as it turns out, as I discovered after stumbling upon and eventually taking in a meowing, underfed creature in my closed-in courtyard in Brooklyn one day in May of 2015, I am also a cat person.
I won’t lie, my insistence on my “dog person” identity probably almost stopped me from taking the plunge and welcoming a cat into my life. To do so would be to go against the narrative that I had written for myself, the collections of stories and beliefs and experiences that make up “who I am”. And had I stuck to the script- I’m a dog person, I can’t have a cat- I would have missed out on exploring an entirely different part of myself, a chance to flesh out a range of interests, emotions, and interpersonal connections that had been previously untapped. Now I buy Christmas sweaters with cats on them and have 491 photos of my own cat on my phone.
I tell this story as a suggestion to us all – and a reminder to myself- to make 2019 the year of shedding our attachment to the rigid narratives we spin for ourselves, particularly the ones that keep us from growing and expanding our lives. We all have a narrative about ourselves, who we are, who we expect to be, what we expect …read more

Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

Shane Carthy: ‘I was two years wearing that mask, but internally I was crumbling’

Dublin footballer on the challenges of tackling his mental health issues
Irish Times Tue, Jan 8, 2019, 06:00
Ian O’Riordan

The last thing Shane Carthy wants or expects right now is to walk back on to the Dublin panel.
Not with his utterly changed perspective on life and football and everything else in between. Or indeed his heightened sense of what exactly constitutes success.
What he does want, and expects of himself, is to give it his best shot, and whether that’s good enough time will tell.
In the meantime the telling of his story, his crippling and at times terrifying experience with depression in the aftermath of Dublin’s All-Ireland winning success of 2013, to breaking point a year later, aged only 19 and the rising star of the county under-21 team, has been proving both therapeutic and rewarding.
It has been the latter in helping him realise how fortunate he’s been to come through it all, including the good and bad days with Dublin football.

Six days before Christmas, in a lengthy online blog, Carthy wrote frankly and eloquently about his journey over the last four and a half years.
It detailed, without overdramatising, the downward spiral which, days after producing a man-of-the-match display in Dublin’s 2014 Leinster under-21 final win over Meath, saw him wake up in St Patrick’s Mental Hospital.
Only then did he begin to face up to “the inner demons I had kept away from for many years”.
Under the very deliberate headline ‘I’m No Longer Surviving, I’m Living!’, Carthy also explains what ultimately brought him back to where he is now, just turned 24 and more determined to ever to revive his football career with Dublin.
“The first intention with the blog was to busy myself, to give something back to myself, positively, and maybe further afield in the sporting community,” says Carthy, who in …read more

Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

South Connaught IAHIP Regional Meating

The South Connaught IAHIP regional meetings are being re-established.

The first meeting is arranged for Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Time: 10:00 AM TO 1:00 PM

DISCUSSION TOPIC: Focusing in Therapy: Inviting the client’s fresh edge. Interactive seminar exploring Gene Gendlin’s focusing approach.

The theme will be presented by Simon McKibbin with the accompaniment of Marta Fabregat

Venue: Sccul Sanctuary Kilcornan, Clarinbridge

Address: Bungalow 9, Kilcornan, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway.

CPD: CPD points are awarded for attendance at regional meetings.

Students and pre-accredited members are very welcome.

Contact: Maura Dolan, 087 130 1731 or Stephanie Burke 087 065 7782

Focusing in Therapy: Inviting the Client’s Fresh Edge

Interactive seminar exploring Gene Gendlin’s Focusing approach

“There is no negative energy because what is negative, what is blocked, bears the solution implicitly within itself.” Gene Gendlin

What is Focusing?
It is a way of ‘coming home’ to yourself – a means of radical acceptance – inviting a sense of space and forward flow around even ‘impossibly stuck’ places. It is an exquisitely sensitive way of ‘being with’ what our (inner) world is telling us, often in the form of subtle feelings/sensations, in a way that is safe and gentle.

In therapy

As a therapist, focusing will offer you a mode of operating beyond the cognitive into the realm of the ‘body – intuitive’ supporting and inviting the client to connect with their deeper innate sense of what ‘right’ is for them. Classically there are 6 key steps in the Focusing process: Clearing a Space, Felt-sense, Handle, Resonating, Asking and Receiving

The Seminar

An interactive, playful and informative session with time to explore the approach in small groups as well as in plenary. Come away with:

Job Vacancy – Sessional Counsellor

Part-Time Job Vacancy – Trinity College

Post Title: Sessional Counsellors
Post Status: Part-time, sessional work
Department: Student Counselling Services, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Location: 7-9 South Leinster Street,
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Reports to: Clinical Manager
Salary: Subject to qualifications and experience
Hours of Work: Variable
Closing Date: 12 Noon GMT on Wednesday, 5th December 2018.

Apologies for the late notice but this just came into us.

Please click here Job Specification & for all the information in relation to this position and how to apply

…read more

Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

01 Dec 2018 : A Tribute to the work of Cormac Gallagher

The symptom of the psychoanalytic group and the transmission of psychoanalysis

The School of Psychotherapy at St. Vincent’s University Hospital and UCD School of Medicine will hold a two-day international conference on 30th November – 1st December 2018 in UCD Belfield, Dublin.

…read more

Original post: Psychoanalytic Section Events Calendar

30 Nov 2018 : A Tribute to the work of Cormac Gallagher

The symptom of the psychoanalytic group and the transmission of psychoanalysis

The School of Psychotherapy at St. Vincent’s University Hospital and UCD School of Medicine will hold a two-day international conference on 30th November – 1st December 2018 in UCD Belfield, Dublin.

…read more

Original post: Psychoanalytic Section Events Calendar

How to lose your clinical balance, while holding on to your therapeutic bearings, and other ideas on working therapeutically with a ‘treatment resistant’ client diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder

How to lose your clinical balance, while holding on to your therapeutic bearings, and other ideas on working therapeutically with a ‘treatment resistant’ client diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder

Don Boardman

Click below for full article

Don Boardman Article

…read more

Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

Systemic Cafe 27th November 2018 “Complaints – protecting the client and the therapist”

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Date: Tuesday, 27th November 2018

Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Venue: Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

Topic: Complaints: Protecting the client & the therapist.

The following members of the FTAI Complaints Sub-committee will lead the conversation:

• Ann Marie Burke
• Peter Caffrey
• Mara de Lacy

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) = 2 hours. CPD certificates will be issued by the Family Therapy Assoc. of Ireland (FTAI). See you @ the Systemic Café.

Date for your Diary Systemic Cafe 27th November 2018

…read more

Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

IAHIP Autumn/Winter Workshops 2018/19

BELOW IS A LIST OF OUR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS FOR NOVEMBER

BOOKINGS STILL AVAILABLE ON https://iahip.org/workshops-2

A few places still available on the below workshops – please book soon

Saturday 10th November 2018

Dancing the Inner Body: Tuning In, Being Moved: Exploring the Unconscious Through Movement

Facilitators: José Castilho & Jessica Cottee

In this experiential workshop, Jessica and José show how Butoh can be used by Psychotherapists to explore different ways of expression, with the body as a living entity as the raw material. Through transformation – one of the most important elements of Butoh – the body plays with surreal themes and androgynous forms with total disregard to the intentional creation of beautiful movements; instead dancers express primal human conditions. Movement in Butoh starts deep inside the flesh and bones until it breaks on the skin of the dancer, as the unconscious finds its expression into consciousness through movement. For that reason, Butoh movements can tap into both physiological and emotional aspects of the body, embrace the entirety of time lived from birth, and arise from intuition or spirituality. “The manifestation of these inner elements and transformation from one to another are not expressed through techniques; rather, they have already been present within the dancer’s body and are actualized out of their dormancy.” (Masaki Iwana, Essays on the Art and Philosophy of Butoh) Jessica and José will guide participants to experience their own physical expression of hidden inner elements through a day of Butoh.

Jessica Cottee is an IAHIP pre-accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, who trained at Dublin Counselling and Therapy Centre and currently works with adults in private practice. With a background in languages and a passion for dance, she is curious about the ways of bringing a form to sensations and using creative practices as a vehicle for expressing uniqueness.

Having trained …read more

Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy