Conceptualising, Applying & Integrating Systemic Therapy in Child Sexual Abuse : Workshop with Diane Hanly

24th November 2017


Family Therapy understands the benefits of therapeutically supported dialogue amongst family members when challenging issues and difficulties need to be discussed. Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) might be considered one of the most challenging, distressing and direction-changing issues that a family has to contend with. In the Irish context the majority of cases of alleged sexual abuse do not go to court therefore there is significantly more pressure on social and therapeutic services to address the needs of the young people and their families.  Different reactions and coping mechanisms mean that services privilege meeting with children, siblings and parents separately in order to address their competing needs.  CSA can also be an evocative and difficult area .  For further details on this workshop and booking form, please click on link below.

Diane Hanly 24th November 2017


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VOBRIEN ICP Conference

FTAI Member, Valerie O’Brien


Irish Council for Psychotherapy National Conference

“The Role of Psychotherapy in a Healthy Ireland”

18th October 2017

Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin
Today,  the Irish Council for Psychotherapy held an important conference The Role of Psychotherapy in a Healthy Ireland , hosted by MEP Nessa Childers.
Key speakers were:

Dr Pat Bracken retired Clinical Director of The Mental Health Service in West Cork

Barbara Fitzgerald, most recently President of the European Confederation of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapies (2012-2016)

Anne Colgan board member of the European Association for Psychotherapy

Senator Colette Kelleher.
The conference collated the views of participants on the title topic and this will be made available to all in due course.

SYSTEMIC CAFE 19th June 2017



    Date:               19th June 2017

    Time:              6.30p.m.

    Venue:            Wynn ’s Hotel, 35-39, Lower Abbey Street,   Dublin 1.   

   Topic:             “Wounded Healers- Deconstructing the

                              personal-professional dichotomy in Mental Health”


Speakers:       Sarah Houston

                           Shalom Lambert


The speakers will introduce the topic and we hope that, once opened to the floor, conversation will flow.


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


Systemic Cafe 19th June 2017 Final Flyer




TENI WORKSHOP (Transgender Equality Network Ireland)


(Transgender Equality Network Ireland)

with Vanessa Lacey

This workshop will explore a broad view of transgender issues including a brief history, complexity of identities and experiences of trans peop  le and their families. There will be a mix of presentation delivery , reflexivity and plenty opportunity for interaction through small group work and larger discussion which will include some personal experiences of the presenter.  Vanessa’s background is Psychology based which facilitates a unique training approach , integrating personal experience, empirically based research and psychological insight. The afternoon will specifically focus on family based interventions which is an essential element of our work with TENI and an introduction to the theory of Ambiguous Loss as a framework for addressing gender transition in families.

Friday 21st April 2017

10.00a.m – 4.00.p.m

Registration: 9.30a.m

Wynn’s Hotel,

Lower Abbey Street,

Dublin 1


Click on link below for further details:

TENI Workshop 21st April 2017


Places limited – please book early


5 CPD points apply


SYSTEMIC CAFE – Working in a Medicalised World 13th February 2017



    Date:               13th February 2017

    Time:              7.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue:           The Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club,   9, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Parking is at half price in St. Stephen’s Green Centre and is available for as long as you want and the most you pay is €10 (i.e. it is capped at €10)

Topic:             “Working in a Medicalised World”


Deirdre Dooley:  Head of Training, Mater/UCD Family Therapy Training Programme.

Peter McCartan: Formerly of Beaumont Hospital, Peter is a registered Family Therapist and Registered FTAI Supervisor. 

Yvonne O’Meara: Senior Medical Social Worker, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care  Services. Registered Systemic Family Therapist.


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 13th February 2017