eMEN Training Session by Mental Health Reform

eMEN Training Session by Mental Health Reform

Date: Tuesday 26th April 2022

Time: 2pm – 3pm

Location: Online event

Cost: Free

Registration here 

How Dutch Mental Health Professionals Use Digital Mental Health Tools in Their Work

About This Event

The eMEN Interreg project has been developing training materials on eMental Health, including a series of training videos that will be available soon. These cover therapy sessions through video platforms, online interviewing and assessment, online CBT programmes, writing therapy, virtual reality, wearables, and other areas.

A ‘live’ 1-hour introductory session is taking place online on April 26th and two experienced clinical psychologists from the Netherlands will contribute at the event. Utilisation of digital mental health is further advanced there than in Ireland, and we can learn a lot from their experiences. The event is free-of-charge and should be of interest to Irish organisations/practitioners providing mental health therapy services.

The two speakers, Dr. Ellen Klaassens, PhD and Dr. Tim Wind, PhD are clinical psychologists who work with the Arq Psychotrauma Centre, a large foundation specialising in treatment of trauma in the Netherlands. They will talk about the digital mental health tools they use in their day-to-day work and how to effectively utilise these in various parts of the treatment pathway for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a range of more complex trauma presentations. A Q&A session will allow participants to ask questions and discuss issues of interest with the speakers.

This event has been awarded 1 CPD point by IACP.

A Zoom link will be provided by email prior to the event.

Registration link with further details here


Listening to Words; Listening to Silence

Listening to Words; Listening to Silence

Speaker: Prof Salman Akhtar

Date: Saturday 26th March 2022

Time: 3pm – 5:45pm GMT

Location: Online event

Cost:  €20 – €48

Tickets via Eventbrite

Prof. Salman Akhtar will be presenting on the subject of “Listening to Words, Listening to Silence” in the Psychoanalytic Space

Presentation Part 1: Listening to Words

After Freud’s 1912 succinct recommendations for analytic listening a long time elapsed before Reik’s 1937 book, Listening with the Third Ear, appeared. An even longer gap followed before the publication of my book Psychoanalytic Listening in 2013. Pooling observations scattered in the psychoanalytic literature and adding my own clinical insights in this book, I proposed that there are four kinds of listening prevalent in our enterprise (1) Objective, (2) Empathic, (3) Subjective, and (4) Intersubjective. Each has its own progenitor, theoretical anchor, and therapeutic relevance. I will highlight the characteristics of each with the help of clinical illustrations. I will also trace the developmental prototypes of different kinds of listening and end with unveiling the ‘maternal’ and ‘paternal’ poles of psychoanalytic technique.

Presentation Part 2: Listening to Silence

Emphasizing the point that silence can convey anything that words can, I will attempt to delink silence and resistance to treatment. In fact, I will present a classification of silence that includes the following eight types (1) Structural, (2) U-mentalized, (3) Defensive, (4) Enactive, (5) Symbolic. (6) Contemplative, (7) Regenerative, and (8) Blank. I will provide theoretical and clinical foundations of this scheme and offer guidelines for dealing with long silences and short silences (i.e., pauses). Management of concurrent and mutual silences in the dyad shall be addressed as well.


3pm – 4pm Presentation Part 1

4pm – 4.15pm Q&A/Discussion

4.15pm – 4.30pm Break

4.30pm – 5.30pm Presentation Part 2

5.30pm – 5.45pm Q&A/Discussion

Please note this event will not be recorded.

Salman Akhtar, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has served on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. His more than 400 publications include 99 books, of which the following 20 are solo-authored: Broken Structures (1992), Quest for Answers (1995), Inner Torment (1999), Immigration and Identity (1999), New Clinical Realms (2003), Objects of Our Desire (2005), Regarding Others (2007), Turning Points in Dynamic Psychotherapy (2009), The Damaged Core (2009), Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (2009), Immigration and Acculturation (2011), Matters of Life and Death (2011), The Book of Emotions (2012), Psychoanalytic Listening (2013), Good Stuff (2013), Sources of Suffering (2014), No Holds Barred (2016), A Web of Sorrow (2017), Mind, Culture, and Global Unrest (2018), and Silent Virtues (2019). Dr. Akhtar has delivered many prestigious invited lectures including a Plenary Address at the 2nd International Congress of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders in Oslo, Norway (1991), an Invited Plenary Paper at the 2nd International Margaret S. Mahler Symposium in Cologne, Germany (1993), an Invited Plenary Paper at the Rencontre Franco-Americaine de Psychanalyse meeting in Paris, France (1994), a Keynote Address at the 43rd IPA Congress in Rio de Janiero, Brazil (2005), the Plenary Address at the 150th Freud Birthday Celebration sponsored by the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society and the Embassy of Austria in Leiden, Holland (2006), the Inaugural Address at the first IPA-Asia Congress in Beijing, China (2010), and the Plenary Address at the Fall Meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association in 2017. Dr. Akhtar is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Edith Sabshin Award (2000), Columbia University’s Robert Liebert Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Psychoanalysis (2004), the American Psychiatric Association’s Kun Po Soo Award (2004) and Irma Bland Award for being the Outstanding Teacher of Psychiatric Residents in the country (2005). He received the highly prestigious Sigourney Award (2012) for distinguished contributions to psychoanalysis. In 2103, he gave the Commencement Address at graduation ceremonies of the Smith College School of Social Work in Northampton, MA. Dr. Akhtar’s books have been translated in many languages, including German, Italian, Korean, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, and Turkish. A true Renaissance man, Dr Akhtar has served as the Film Review Editor for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and is currently serving as the Book Review Editor for the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. He has published 11 collections of poetry and serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia.


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The Race for Mental Health – DCU April 9th 2022

The Race for Mental Health

Race & Inclusion within Irish Mental Health Provision and Trainings

Dublin City University Saturday April 9th 2022

DCU’s School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health, in collaboration with Black Therapists Ireland (BTI), and with the support of DCU’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit, invite those studying toward or working in clinical roles across Mental Health settings in Ireland to participate and engage in discussions around the continued lack of meaningful attention to Race and Inclusion in core professional practices, trainings and dialogues across mental healthcare in Ireland.

There will be two individual but related sessions on the day.

The first session (10am to 1.30pm) will take place in the Bea Orpen Building in DCU and is exclusively available for racially minoritised students and professionals working in mental health in Ireland. This space aims to open to those all too often in the minority, a safe and unique experience of collectively meeting in person and acknowledging some of the challenges and barriers facing racially minoritised students and professionals working around Mental Health in an Irish context. The intention is to facilitate interactive discussions in order to share experience, connections and ideas as an orientation towards more inclusive practice, conversations and trainings.

This particular session is strictly limited to forty attendees who identify as racially minoritised; and will be provided without charge. To register your interest in attending, please email Ejiro Ogbevoen at ejiro@nullblacktherapistsireland.ie

The afternoon session (3pm to 6.30pm) will take place in the SOLAS Room of DCU’s SU Building and is open to anyone wishing to engage with speakers who will highlight potential obstacles, challenges, and pathways to racially inclusive practice for mental health workers and students in Ireland. To register your interest in attending, please email Ray O Neill at rayb.oneill@nulldcu.ie. The cost for attending this afternoon session is €25 for the waged, and €10 for the unwaged. Some learning outcomes from this day would include:

  • Exploration of varied aspects to being more responsive to diversity in mental health locales.
  • Some explanation to encourage responsive practices and awareness around Intersectionality
  • Develop some skills in the Multicultural Orientation toward education and service

Certificates of Attendance are Available on Request

This session will consist of two speaker presentations and then an open panel floor panel discussion. The two speakers confirmed to join us for this part of the afternoon are:

Malcolm Phillips will present a brief overview of key contributions in Black Psychology from the past fifty years of the Association of Black Psychology in the USA and worldwide. This journey through Black Psychology will address some guidance on how we might ‘decolonise’ the current western psychology curriculum. Malcolm will illustrate the application of such theoretical bases through examples in practice from his own work in London with mental health services with diverse communities.

Naomi Masheti’s research explores lived experiences of African migrant children in Ireland as constructed by the interaction of the child with the people around him/her (family, neighbour-hoods, schools, migration institutions’ and peer culture). Naomi recently supported Mental Health Reform launch the Cultural Competency Toolkit to raise awareness of the challenges ethnic minority groups face in accessing appropriate mental health supports. The toolkit provides practical information, resources, and guidance, to help community mental health teams in their practice.

Both Naomi and Malcolm will join the organisers Ejiro Ogbevoen, Ravind Jaewon, and Ray O’ Neill on a panel moderation of open-floor questions and responses from participants.


Malcolm Phillips is a board member of the UK Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists. He has spent more than 30 years developing and managing mental health and counselling services for Black communities in the NHS, local authorities and in the voluntary sector. He was the founder and chair of Safoa, the National African and Caribbean Mental Health Network. Malcolm is currently the Director of Kawaida Therapy  which provides individual and group support to Black communities and organisations, addressing racial trauma, and building resilience. Malcolm also delivers a Diploma course in Black Psychology and African-Centred Therapy.

Dr Naomi Masheti is a Psychologist, with a huge interest and focus on Psychosocial Wellbeing of Non-Western Population. Naomi was instrumental in setting up the Cork Migrant Centre Psychosocial Wellbeing and Integration Hub at the Nano Nagle Place, focused on culturally sensitive services and transformative social justice work. She is a guest lecturer at the School of Psychology, University College Cork (UCC). Naomi was the recipient of UCC 2020 Athena SWAN Equality Award.

Ejiro Ogbevoen is a Dublin based Counselling Psychotherapist with a BSc degree in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management, and in Counselling & Psychotherapy. She founded Black Therapists Ireland with the intent of actively promoting mental health and wellbeing amongst black people living in Ireland and globally. Ejiro also runs a successful private practice and is an assistant lecturer at Dublin City University.

Ravind Jeawon MIACP is a psychotherapist and founder of Talk Therapy Dublin, a service providing inclusive counselling. Born in Dublin, to an Indian immigrant father and rural Irish mother exposed him to challenging and enriching experiences around race, identity and religion. Ravind’s wife also immigrated to Ireland from the Balkans for economic reasons, including a vulnerable period as ‘undocumented’. These experiences fire Ravind’s advocacy for inclusivity within mental health practice, particularly linked to core trainings and stronger multicultural responsiveness from caring professions in providing services to minoritised communities. He also mentors students and newly qualified therapists from diverse backgrounds and provides counselling services to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Ireland linked to their voluntary return program.

Dr. Ray O’ Neill is an Assistant Professor in Psychotherapy with DCU’s School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health and a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice working mainly, but not exclusively, within the LGBTQ community. He previously worked as a Research Associate with the Centre for Gender and Women Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Current research explores individual and collective transmission of trauma across generations, with particular emphasis on the Irish Famine experiences. His clinical website is available on www.machna.ie


FTAI Statement on Ukraine

The Family Therapy Association of Ireland Executive committee wishes to
stand with our European Family Therapy Association colleagues in condemning the
Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 21st of February 2022.

The suffering of innocent people on both sides, the displacement of
millions and the catastrophic loss
life, is an appalling violation of human rights and cannot be condoned by
us. We must stand together as human citizens of this
planet and act to assist those caught up in this devastating war.
The emotional and mental impact on all involved cannot be
underestimated and it is imperative that we oppose tyranny and
support democracy at every opportunity, with a fervent wish for a
speedy resolution to this awful conflict.

…read more

Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

Trauma Summit (June 2022)

The Trauma Summit is back! Returning on 13th & 14th June 2022, hosted as a hybrid event from ICC Belfast.

Once again, the Trauma Summit will bring together the world’s leading experts in the field of trauma and trauma recovery to present their latest research and understanding of trauma and how it affects individuals, families, and communities.

The Trauma Summit is a place to network, engage, share, and explore the very latest in trauma research either in-person or virtually.

Delegates will have the opportunity to engage and ask questions throughout the conference and some of our speakers will do a live Q&A after their keynote presentations.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Bruce Perry
  • Suzanne Zeedyk
  • Janina Fisher
  • Stephen Porges
  • Kenneth Hardy
  • Betsy Polatin
  • Deb Dana
  • Dan Siegel

And many more…  See on our website – Trauma Summit 2022 – Action Trauma

Exhibition Opportunity:

There are a limited number of exhibition opportunities to profile your organisation to professionals from a range of globally based organisations, pioneering in the field of trauma recovery.

See link with further information and details of features/format of exhibition options – https://actiontrauma.com/exhibitor

Members of the Action Trauma Network can purchase tickets at a discounted rate. 

If you would like to secure your place, you can BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE or contact Claire at claire@nullactiontrauma.com 028 9752 110

Lecturer in Counselling Post at Ulster University – Deadline March 10

A Lecturer in Counselling post at Ulster University in Belfast in Northern Ireland has just been advertised.

Deadline: 10th March 2022

The Head of the School of Communication and Media, where the post is based, is Dr Catrin Rhys for any queries: cs.rhys@nullulster.ac.uk

The role includes teaching, supervising and examining in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy on academic undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. The current members of the subject team are Dr Noreen Giffney (psychoanalytic psychotherapist), Dr Maggie Long (counsellor) and Dr Anne Moorhead (health communicator).

Ulster University Job Opportunities

Shapes of Grief – Podcast and Grief Education Official Launch

Shapes of Grief – Podcast and Grief Education Official Launch

Date: Thursday March 31st, 2022

Time: 8pm (doors open 7pm)

Location: Whale Theatre, Greystones & Live Streamed

Cost: €25

Buy tickets from Whale Theatre.

Sign-up for details of live stream at www.shapesofgrief.com

Come on a journey through the depth and breadth of the grief experience and learn how to support those who are grieving, particularly if you’re a healthcare provider or supporting someone through grief.

Launch Announced 31/3/22 & Live-Stream (Shapes of Grief)


Trauma – Thinking Beyond PTSD in Situations of Ongoing Conflict and Military Occupation

Trauma – Thinking Beyond PTSD in Situations of Ongoing Conflict and Military Occupation: Perspectives from Palestine.

Date: Friday 25th March 2022

Time: 10pm – 1pm

Location: Online

Free admission but spaces are limited so early registration is advised.

To register, please complete the following details, and email this information to info@nullipmhn.com

  • Name
  • Email
  • Mobile Number
  • Profession

Please note registration closes on March 18th as numbers are limited.

Who Is This For?

This workshop will be of interest to all mental health professionals, academics and those engaged in the area of psychological trauma. This includes those working with people experiencing ongoing conflict in many parts of the world and also those working in the field of domestic violence and other forms of ongoing trauma.

Our speakers will challenge established Western and medicalised approaches to how we diagnose and individualise the trauma experience which separates it from the lived context. Presenters will outline different perspectives based on their experience of working in Palestine and Northern Ireland, and they will discuss different therapeutic approaches. Presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session.


We are delighted that the Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland Her Excellency, Dr Jilan Wahba Abdalmajid, has agreed to open this event.

Speakers: Dr Samah Jabr, Dr Mohammad Marie, Gwyn Daniel, Arlene Healey.

Dr Samah Jabr is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist practicing in the public and the private sectors within Palestine in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. She is currently the Chair of the Mental Health Unit within the Palestinian Ministry of Health. She has taught both in the classroom and in clinical settings on the faculties of several Palestinian universities and George Washington University within the Division of Global Mental Health, where she is currently an Associate Clinical Professor. She has served as the medical director of several governmental, non-governmental, and private mental health centres in Palestine. Dr Jabr often serves as a consultant for international organizations regarding program development, policy planning, and program implementation. She is also a prolific writer and author her areas of interest are mental health, colonialism, and universal human rights. 

Dr Mohammad Marie is a qualified nurse and has a master’s degree in Community Mental Health. He completed his PhD at Cardiff University. He works as a mental health professional at Alnajah National Hospital in Nablus offering psychotherapy and consultations for families and individuals. He is also a university lecturer. He has a wide range of experience in clinical practice in both the UK and Palestine.

Gwyn Daniel is a systemic psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer and visiting lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic in London. She has also taught in Northern Ireland and Palestine. She is on the steering group of the UK Palestine Mental Health Network and has been of great support to the Ireland Palestine Mental Health Network. She has visited Palestine on many occasions. She is an activist and has worked hard to highlight the effects of the Israeli occupation on the family life of Palestinians. She has presented her work in the UK and Europe, and has published widely on this subject                    

Arlene Healey is a systemic psychotherapist and clinical supervisor and has worked in Ireland for more than 40 years with children and families largely as a systemic psychotherapist in CAMHS. She is a founding member of the Ireland Palestine Mental Health Network. In 1998 she established the Family Trauma Centre in Belfast with funding designed to implement the Good Friday Peace Agreement. She managed the Centre for more than 17 years until she retired in 2015. She has published widely on the subject of family trauma and has spoken at conferences and workshops both nationally and internationally. She continues to work in independent practice and continues to specialise in family trauma. During the past few years, she has been working to highlight the effects of the Israeli occupation on the family life of Palestinians.

Organising Group

This workshop is organised by the Irish Palestine Mental Health Network. The Steering Group Members are Áine Hutchinson, Psychotherapist MIAHIP, MIACP, ICP, CQSW; Arlene Healey, Psychotherapist, MSc, CQSW, AFT; Mary Jennings, Focusing and Mindfulness Practitioner, MA, MTAI, Mem TIFI; Eamon McMahon, Psychotherapist (retired), MSc, CQSW; Carmel O’Hara, M. Med/Sc Psychotherapist, MSc Mindfulness, MICP, ACI, FTAI, MTAI.

Continuing Professional Development (3 CPD Points)   

Foundation Course in Group Analysis 2022

Foundation Course in Group Analysis 2022

Have you ever sat in a group and wondered what is going on?

Weekend Training Programme

We all live and work in groups – in our relationships with family, friends and professionally in our relationships at the workplace, yet we are often at a loss as to what might be going on in the dynamics of those groups, especially when difficulties arise as they always do!

This one-year course is open to people who are interested in deepening their understanding of group dynamics in both personal and professional settings and in learning about the potential applications of group analysis in clinical and/or organisational contexts.

Drawing on theories of founding pioneer in Group Analysis, S.H. Foulkes, who was always of the view that individuals can only be understood in the context of their groups, this experiential foundation training develops an in-depth understanding of how group dynamics influence the individual and how the individual’s dynamics influence the group. The training also explores the ‘unconscious’ dynamics in groups.

This well regarded and long running training programme is offered in block format over nine weekends from September 2022 – June 2023

The main elements of the programme are experiential, both in small and large groups and also through theory, work discussion and case study groups.

If you are interested in finding out more, two information briefings will be held via ZOOM and one in person by the School of Psychotherapy, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4 on:

  • Wednesday 23rd February 6.30pm – 8pm (ZOOM)
  • Friday 11th March 6pm – 7.30pm (ZOOM)
  • Thursday 31st March 6:30pm – 8pm The School of Psychotherapy, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4.

For further enquiries or to register your interest and receive a link to these events please contact info@nulltsop.ie

Closing Date for Course Applications: Friday 27th May 2022

Following the Foundation Course there is an option to complete a two-year Diploma in Group Work Practice with further eligibility to apply for the UCD MSc in Group Analytic Psychotherapy.

See http://theschoolofpsychotherapy.ie/

The Changing Landscape of Psychotherapy

The Changing Landscape of Psychotherapy

Date: Saturday February 26th, 2022

Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm

Location|: Online via Zoom

Cost: €32.88 – €59.58

Booking on Eventbrite

Congress 2022

Keynote Address – Professor Ian Parker

Regulation and Revolution: Perspectives on what ‘liberation’ is, and from what.

The changing landscape is global, driven by neoliberal imperatives to replace welfare provision with corporate profit, to intensify personal choice and to control and channel resistance. Regulation in this context is a seductive invitation to reconfigure what ‘liberation’ is, an invitation posing a challenge to psychoanalytic ethics and politics. We need as a profession to attend to the specific contradictions and spaces for us now to reflect and to practice.

Congress Theme

The landscape of psychotherapeutic engagement is changing, driven inter alia by developments in technology, government regulation and economics. Business and governments are alert to benefits in this transition – such as increased convenience for those seeking psychotherapy as well as increased profits from technological advances which reduce commercial rents and allow collection of personal data. The current trend of huge corporate investments and incursions into the field of personal psychotherapy reveal strategies to utilise and monetise mental health services.

Psychoanalysis – antithetical to this trend – becomes more important and perhaps more vulnerable to marginalisation in this shifting landscape.

“The crack in the project of digital control lies in the impossibility of taking the unconscious into account, the unconfessable, the fantasmatic, the elusive, the detournement that each one of us exercises on himself. In this sense, psychoanalysis is the green lung, the Amazon of a world crushed by marketing, stalked by populist enticements made to catch hold of electoral preferences. Psychoanalysis is today the ecology of thought and social relations.” Mario Focchi. The Social Bond in the Hyper-Connected World (Micol Martinez, Trans.). Lacanian Review Online, Feb. 29, 2020. LRO 213.

How do psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy respond to this changing landscape? How does psychoanalysis align itself with these new transitions and trends? Does psychoanalysis risk irrelevance because it has been slow to put forward evidence-based research?

This Congress seeks to open a conversation on this changing landscape:

  • Technology and its impact on psychoanalysis
  • Changes in the psychoanalytic clinic
  • Legislation and regulation
  • Psychoanalysis in corporations / organisational psychotherapy
  • Consumerism and its effects
  • Psychoanalysis and climate change
  • Psychoanalysis and evidence-based research