Working with Torture Survivors from a Refugee Background (IFPP Seminar)

Trauma – A Seminar with Aisling Hearns of Spirasi

Date: Saturday February 18th, 2023

Time: 10am – 11:30am GMT

Location: Online

Cost: From €7.50

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The Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) is delighted to welcome Aisling Hearns of Spirasi to present this seminar on Working with Torture Survivors from a Refugee Background.


  • 10am – 11am: Working with Torture Survivors from a Refugee Background (Aisling Hearns)
  • 11am – 11:30am: Q & A/Discussion (All)

This is an online event and Zoom login details will be sent to all ticket purchasers before the event.

This event will be recorded and made available to all ticket holders to view for 30 days shortly after the event closes.

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As we see an increase in people with significant trauma this seminar will form a reflective space for working with survivors of torture.

The Speaker

Aisling Hearns (MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy) is the head of psychotherapy in Spirasi. Spirasi is the rehabilitation centre for survivors of torture in Ireland. Aisling has several degrees in the area of mental health and has just concluded a doctorate in psychology in Trinity College Dublin. Aisling’s role in Spirasi is to provide individual and group psychotherapy to survivors of torture and oversee the wider therapy team.

Spirasi is Ireland’s national centre for the rehabilitation of survivors of torture. The majority of their clients are people currently seeking asylum in Ireland after fleeing persecution in their country of origin. Spirasi offers a holistic rehabilitation model which includes therapeutic, psychosocial, medico-legal, education and integration supports to survivors. This workshop will outline the impact of the torture and the refugee experience, the triple trauma paradigm, and how to work with a survivor of torture from a refugee background. As nearly 20% of Spirasi clients identify as LGBTQ+ and Spirasi ‘s LGBTQ+ clients have often been subject to a lifetime of trauma, rejection, and torture, this workshop will explore the additional difficulties this community experiences.

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