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.


Search and Reunion in Adoption- A Systemic Practice Application with Narrative and Nuance


Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao


Dr. Valerie O’Brien

Outline of Workshop:

  • Context of search and reunion in Ireland – Where the law is now? What is possible and not possible?
  • Clinical Issues in Search and Reunion issues.
  • Case Studies and Narrative information to explore belief systems
  • How are Open Adoption and Search and Reunion alike and different?

Opportunities to discuss case issues

Click on link below for further details and application form

Search and Reunion in Adoption – Application Form

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Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

Kate Middleton Went to Family Therapy to Support Her Brother, James

Somme Centenary Commemorations In France

Family therapy can serve individuals, couples and families. As the article below states- not everyone needs to be there all the time, – people can attend in ones and twos, but it can open up conversations that really go a long way towards recovery.

  • In a new interview with The Telegraph, James Middleton opened up about his struggles with depression and his personal road to recovery.
  • His entire family—including Kate Middleton—took part in family therapy sessions with him to show their support.

Kate Middleton’s brother, James Middleton, is opening up his struggles with depression—and how his sister, the Duchess of Cambridge, dropped everything to help with his recovery.

In a new interview with The Telegraph, James described his personal battle with depression, which he, like many people, kept to himself for a long time. When James realized he needed help, however, he went to a private psychiatric hospital, where he voiced the fact that he was dealing with suicidal thoughts for the first time.

James Middleton Speaks Out About His Depression

“I remember thinking, ‘I might have to answer this one truthfully, because I want them to help me,’” he explained of confronting the doctor’s questions about suicidal ideation. “So I said, ‘Well, actually, yes, but I don’t think I’ll ever action it.’ In my report it said I had suicidal thoughts but wasn’t a threat to myself.”

Once James reached out and made a point to be honest about what he was going through, his journey to recovery (which included nearly a year of cognitive behavioral therapy) could begin.

“Before I started it I was completely lost,” he said, describing therapy as like, “sitting in a chair with a ball of wool made up of eight different colors, and then a …read more

Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

World Mental Health Day 10th October 2019

World Mental Health Day 10th October 2019

World Mental Health Day 10th October 2019
See to access list of accredited Systemic Family Therapists. FTAI therapists see individuals, couples and families.

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Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

IAHIP 2019/2020 Workshops

Our 2019/2020 Workshops details are now available to view on our website

Workshop 1 – Saturday, October 5, 2019

The Business of Therapy/Starting a Therapy Practice

Facilitator: Jude Fay

Are you thinking of setting up in private practice? Maybe you are struggling to know how to go about it? You are probably excited about using your skills to help those who need you? But, how do you get there from here?

Like acquiring any role, becoming a self-employed practitioner is a multi-layered process. There is information you need to know, skills you need to learn, action you need to take, and of course, handling the emotional impact of all of that. Unlike qualifying as a therapist, there is no clear path, no syllabus or college course you can take that will lead you there. Each person’s journey is unique to them, and there are many routes. There is a dizzying amount of information about small business out there, but much of it is irrelevant to the practice of psychotherapy.

This workshop provides information and support to therapists and counsellors who are setting up or have recently set up in private practice, whether part or full time. It is designed to help you get started by identifying the essentials.

It is also an excellent opportunity to network with other practitioners who are starting out.

We will explore the practicalities of starting a practice, envision the practice you would like to create, and the services will provide. You can begin to identify your preferred clients and the channels through which to attract them.

Workshop 2 – Saturday & Sunday, October 12th & 13th, 2019

Prevention of Suicide and Self-Harm

Facilitators: Marguerite Kiely & Noeleen Devlin

Our workshop shares our vast experience and knowledge working with both clients, parents and agencies involved in the care of clients. We also focus on …read more

Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

Paul Rebillot’s classic ‘Hero’s Journey’ Workshop


A Seven-Day Residential Paul Rebillot Workshop Presented by The Fool’s Dance Gestalt Company

The ‘Slí an Chroí’ Centre, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, October 26th to November 1st, 2019.

Another opportunity to experience the classic Paul Rebillot therapeutic structure.

Do you have a sense that there could be more to life than the way that you are living now? Do you experience an inner yearning for transformation? Paul Rebillot’s ‘Hero’s Journey’ workshop could help you respond to that call from your deeper self. The workshop – an exciting group structure combining classical Gestalt process and groupwork with elements of myth, theatre, ritual, music, art and movement – is a modern-day Rite of Passage. While each participant will gain their own individual insights from the process, at its core the ‘Hero’s Journey’ focuses on the tension that can arise between the profound attraction of that inner ‘Call to Adventure’ and the difficulties that many of us experience in responding positively to the prospect of change. The ‘Hero’s Journey’ workshop has a particular relevance to today’s world when so much thatso recently seemed to be firmly set in stone is now being shaken to its foundations.

Significant change challenges us to move from one level of being to another and such a step into the unknown can call up strong resistance. Traditional societies used Rites of Passage – overseen by a ritual master or shaman – to ceremonialise, celebrate and guide members of the community on their journey through important life stages such as birth, puberty, adulthood, marriage, eldership and death. Importantly, these rituals also taught the initiates that change was part of the normal order of things and showed them ways of dealing with …read more

Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

Sex Work: Contemporary discourses and the therapeutic context


Date: 25th September 2019

Time: 6.30p.m.

Venue: Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

Topic: Sex Work: Contemporary discourses and the therapeutic context


  • Rebekah Leacy
  • Adeline Berry
  • Kate McGrew
  • Miriam Ryan

All will speak on the same topic, but from different points of view.

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

Date for your Diary Systemic Cafe 25th September 2019

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Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

Monica Whyte, President EFTA, opens EFTA conference in Naples

Monica Whyte President EFTA

Monica Whyte, President EFTA and FTAI member, opens EFTA Conference in Naples on 11th September 2019.. Title: Visible and Invisible: Bordering Change in Systemic Family Therapy. FTAI wishes you all the best, Monica.

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Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

CORU Statutory Regulation

Key Milestones and Processes

  • Minister for Health declared his intention to regulate Counsellor and Psychotherapist professions
  • There was a public consultation by the Dept of Health (submissions from ICP & individual registrants & members of IAHIP; submissions also from other bodies incl IACP)
  • Minister declared his intention to have two registers [Counsellor and Psychotherapist] under one registration board
  • State Boards Appointment Agency announced opening of applications for appointment to the CORU psychotherapists and counsellors registration board.
  • Agency sent shortlist of names to Minister who appointed a board

…. Yet to happen …

  • The registration board regulates both professions under the aegis of the Coru Council as specified by the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005
  • The Registration Board uses rules and bye-laws to regulate the profession
  • In keeping with the ethos of CORU there is to be Public Consultation about the specifics of the rules for admission to the psychotherapists register.



  • The opening of the register*
  • The 24 month transition phase for EXISTING practitioners to register under special provisions intended to facilitate inclusion
  • The ending of the 24 month transition phase of the register and the commencement of the ordinary phase of the register (after which only practitioners with qualifications on the approved list or who are presenting foreign qualifications for assessment of equivalence will be admitted to the register).

4 Routes Onto The Register For EXISTING PRACTITIONERS During The Transition Phase (First 24 Months)

  • The list of approved qualifications
  • The Schedule 3 qualifications (transition phase only)
  • Other Qualifications
  • Assessment of Competence (transition phase only)


The CEO of CORU has said that they seek to make it possible for existing practitioners to be included on the register where possible. The four layers are designed to …read more

Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

Dr. Harry Barry – Working with Clients with Anxiety – Workshop

Dr. Harry Barry

Working with Clients with Anxiety

3.5 CPD Points.

Date & Location Details;

Saturday, 21st September, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

University of Limerick

Tickets from €70;

Details of workshop;

In this workshop, Dr. Barry will demonstrate the role of neuroscience in the causation and treatment of anxiety and panic.

He will explain what it is about our minds and brains that generates the symptoms of anxiety and discuss the use of psychoeducation to help clients understand and identify those signs and symptoms.

He will explain how to support clients to make lifestyle changes and use mindfulness, exercise and CBT techniques to cope with and manage their issues. All skills-based training.

Certificate of attendance with 3.5 CPD Points upon completion.

Dr. Barry’s Bio;

Dr. Harry Barry is a renowned and highly respected GP, consultant and author of numerous books on the subjects of anxiety, panic, stress & resilience. He is a regular contributor to national press and media and, for the past four years, has featured monthly on Today with Sean O’ Rourke on RTE Radio 1. He is one of Ireland’s most knowledgeable speakers on the subject of anxiety and panic attacks.

An experienced medical doctor Dr. Barry has worked as a senior GP for over thirty-five years. He has a long-standing interest in mental health especially the management of anxiety, depression, toxic stress, prevention of suicide and how developing emotional resilience can transform mental health.

Having retired from full-time general practice in 2013 Dr. Barry now works on a consultancy basis combining clinics, writing, media, and public information lectures as well as assisting fellow GP’s, nurses and therapists with lectures and workshops.

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Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

14 Sep 2019 08:00 : Circumcision – Video Art Presentation by Robin Buick RHA

Following the extraordinary interest after its first showing at this year’s IPAA conference, we are hosting a special showing with Q&A from the artist

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