Systemic Café 11th April 2016 – Drinking, Relationships & Psychotherapy

Date:              11th April 2016

Time:             7.00pm – 9.00pm

Venue:           The Schoolhouse Hotel, 2-8, Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.


Topic:           Drinking, Relationships & Psychotherapy:

                       Who is afraid of the alcohol question in therapy?   Why?


Mary Scully:  Mary worked for many years in a frontline mental health service as a CNS family therapist. Currently working in private practice as Systemic Supervisor and Trainer on the faculty of the Mater family therapy training programme.

Monica Whyte: Monica has worked with alcohol using clients and their families in the public service for many years. A family therapist and  systemic supervisor she currently holds the chair of the NFTO chamber of EFTA.

Brian Raftery :Brian has many years experience in a frontline alcohol service. He is currently engaged in studying for BA in Psychotherapy.

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

Systemic Cafe 11th April 2016

M.Sc/PG Dip in Systemic Psychotherapy Family Therapy -Clanwilliam Institute

M.Sc. / PG Dip in Systemic Psychotherapy
Family Therapy

Clanwilliam Institute invites applications for the MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy for the 2016/2017 academic year, a four year part-time programme which is available in Dublin and Galway (with sufficient enrolment). This student-centred teaching approach provides a comprehensive approach that draws upon three principal theoretical and philosophical influences of systems theory, social constructionism, and the perspective of ethics.

Clanwilliam Institute is a registered charity, whose mission is to provide high quality accessible services to the general public. The values of excellence, accountability, and transparency guided by ethical rigour and best practices inform all the Institute’s activities.

This programme is academically accredited by QQI and professionally accredited by FTAI and EAP. This comprehensive part-time training in Family Therapy has particular relevance for professionals in the health, social services, education, and related disciplines. Usual requirements for entrance are a primary degree in a field of study in the human sciences. Applicants who are not entitled to direct entry may be considered for entry on the basis of their prior learning.

We are currently accepting applications for this programme with application and relevant information available at and any enquiries can be addressed to the Clanwilliam Institute at 01 67613663 or to

We are holding an information evening on April 20, 2016 starting at 16:30. If you would like, you can express your interest for the evening or the programme by contacting us.

Systemic Café: Working Systemically within Hierarchies 25th January 2016


 Date:              25th January 2016

 Time:             7.00pm – 9.00pm

Venue:            The Schoolhouse Hotel, 2-8, Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Topic:            Working Systemically within Hierarchies

Given the hierarchical nature of our current educational system, the Café will focus on using a Systemic approach to engage with challenging and distressed young people in schools.


David Carter:   Principal, St. Paul’s School, Finglas

Peter Caffrey: Family Therapist, St. Paul’s School, Finglas

Marian Deaton: Senior Social Worker & Family Therapist, HSE Dublin North City & County CAMHS.

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


Date for your Diary Systemic Cafe 25th January 2016



Working with Couples: Philosophies, Formats and Processes. Workshop with Prof. Jim Sheehan

This event is co-sponsored by the Family Therapy Association of Ireland and University College Dublin (Family Therapy Training Programme, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital)


Working with Couples:

Philosophies, Formats and Processes


One Day Workshop


Prof. Jim Sheehan

Thursday 12th November 2015

10.00a.m – 4.00.p.m

Registration: 9.30a.m


Morrison Hotel, Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1


Places limited – please book early


5 CPD points apply

 JIM SHEEHAN is a Social Worker and Family Therapist. He was Director of Family

Therapy Training with the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital for many years

and is still engaged in teaching there. His primary teaching responsibilities are now in

the Diakonhjemmet University College, Oslo, where he has been part-time

Professor of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice since 2005. Jim has an extensive

Dublin-based private practice in Couple and Family Therapy and has provided

workshops for professionals on couple-related themes in several European countries

over the last decade. He has recently completed the co-editing of a book on Personal

and Professional Development in Counselling and Psychotherapy with some other

European colleagues and this work is due to be published by Routledge in January 2016.

Click on link below for further details:

Jim Sheehan Workshop 12th November 2015


Systemic Cafe 28th September 2015 – Integrating Crossdressing: A toolkit

Date:              28th September 2015


Time:             7.00pm – 9.00pm


Venue:           The Schoolhouse Hotel,  2-8, Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.


Topic:            Integrating Crossdressing: A toolkit



Gloria Jameson:  Happily married for 25 years, Gloria Jameson is a lifelong crossdresser and has been out in the Dublin scene for nearly two decades.  Gloria recently founded an information website about transvestism in Ireland


Dermod Moore: Psychotherapist, Trainer, and current chair of IAHIP, Dermod lectures in psychosexual psychotherapy, and is experienced in writing about, and working with, sexual and gender difference.


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

Systemic Cafe 28th September 2015 Integrating Crossdressing



How to find out what a client wants in therapy? Narrative and Collaborative practices when working with client preferences.


 A 2 day workshop with Geir Lundby and Rolf Sundet.

Date: 22rd and 23rd October 2015

Venue: Clayton Silver Springs, Cork.

Cost: €150 or €75 per day.

This workshop is aimed at experienced Psychologists, Therapists, Social workers, Family Therapists or anyone who works therapeutically with individuals or families. CPD points are available for each day.

Day 1. Geir Lundby will present on his way of working and his use of narrative practices as developed by Michael White. At set interval’s in during the day Rolf Sundet will invite Geir into discussion about his practice and facilitate an exploration of the ideas that influence his practice.

Day 2. Rolf Sundet will present on his way of applying collaborative practices and Geir will invite Rolf into discussion and exploration of the ideas that influence his practice.

Geir Lundby is a highly-regarded Norwegian social worker and family therapist who was first introduced to Michael White’s work through Karl Tomm, in 1988. In 1989 he met Michael White and since then, he has been practicing narrative therapy with children, Adolessents and their families in out patient clinics in and around Oslo. Geir teaches narrative therapy extensively in Norway and internationally. He has translated Michael White’s books into Norweigan and though he writes mainly in Norweigan he has had a number of papers published in English including a recent article in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. This is an exciting opportunity to hear from a highly skilled practioner and trainer.

Rolf Sundet Ph.d. is a Clinical Psychologist at the Ambulant Family Section, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hospital of Buskerud and Associate Professor at the University of Buskerud and Vestfold. He is also a freelance supervisor and consultant. As writer in English he has published articles on outcome monitoring and the use of service user feedback, and co-authored “Self in Relationship. Perspectives on family therapy from developmental psychology” (Karnac) and he contributes to “Systems and Psychoanalysis. Contemporary integrations in family therapy” (Karnac). In addition he has published in Scandinavian journals and anthologies. His Ph.d is on the use of client feedback as a monitoring and conversational tool in family therapy practice.

To book at place or for further information please contact Keith Oulton, 4 Main Street, Innishannon, County Cork. Ph.087 1213163 or e mail oulton Payment by cheque or bank draft Payable to “Narrative Training.”

Sundet, R. (2009). Therapeutic collaboration and formalized feedback: Using perspectives from Vygotsky and Bakhtin to shed light on practices in a family therapy unit. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 15(1), 81-95

Sundet, R. (2011). Collaboration: Family and therapists’ perspectives of helpful therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37(2), 236-249.

Sundet, R. (2012). Therapist perspectives on the use of feedback on process and outcome: Patient-focused research in practice. Canadian Psychology, 53(2), 122-130

Sundet, R. (2012). Postmodern-oriented practices and patient-focused research: possibilities and hazards. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. 33, (4), pp 299 – 308

Sundet, R. (2014). Patient-focused research supported practices in an intensive family therapy unit. Journal of Family Therapy, 36(2), 195-216


5 3/4 CPD points awarded by the FTAI for each day

Systemic Cafe on Statutory Registration 25th May 2015



   Date:              25th May 2015

   Time:             7.00pm – 9.00pm

   Venue:           Hampton Hotel (formerly Sachs Hotel)

                           19-29, Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, D.4

Topic:            How Statutory Registration might impact on membership of FTAI and the practice of members  employed within statutory sector, especially in circumstances where they are not employed as Family Therapists


Denis Murray and Valerie O’Brien will speak to this topic, and open discussion to the floor.


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

Date for your Diary Systemic Cafe 25th May 2015


Working with Adolescents in the Context of the Family

Crosscare Teen Counselling

Working with Adolescents in the Context of the Family

Road Maps and Toolkits: What works?

The family, both absent and present, is a major influence on young people. Keeping both parents and teens in mind is a vital, challenging and exciting opportunity for those working with them.

Mary Forrest and Fidelma Beirne will present themes from their 40 years working with adolescents and parents delivering Positive Systemic Practice, which is shown to be effective for adolescent emotional and behavioural problems.

It will be of interest to professionals working with adolescents or parents including social workers, psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, nurses and JLO’s.

When:                                   Friday 22nd May 2015, 9am to 4pm

Where:                                  The Red House, Clonliffe College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3

Cost:                                       €100. Includes Soup and Sandwiches at lunch time and a copy of the Positive Systemic Practice manual (retails at €25)  

Outline of the day

Roadmaps: Theory, therapy and principles guiding practice.

Toolkits: Engagement, middle and closing phases, catching teens and parents, working with teens and parents and finishing with teens and parents.

The day will be interactive with participants having the opportunity to consider their own work in this field. Participants are asked to have specific clients in mind to consider during the day.

Mary Forrest is Clinical Lead of Crosscare Teen Counselling and registered member of PSI and FTAI.

Fidelma Beirne is Senior Social Worker with Crosscare Teen Counselling.


How to Reserve Your Place:

Follow this link for booking information:

If you experience any difficulty please contact


5.5 CPD points have been awarded for this event by the Family Therapy Association of Ireland


One Day Workshop with Jim Wilson

A Systemic Orientation to Keeping Practice Thriving with Families and their Networks


This event is co-sponsored by the Family Therapy Association of Ireland and University College Dublin (Family Therapy Training Programme, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital)


One Day Workshop


Jim Wilson

Date:                   5th December 2014

Venue:                Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8.

Time:                   9.30a.m. – 4.30p.m.

“The mere fact that we recognize the importance of ideals that are better than our existing practice does not in itself mean we are hypocrites or humbugs. It is normal. The whole point of having ideals at all is to criticise current practice. If there were a society whose ideals were no more than a description of its existing behaviour it would be almost inconceivably inert “Mary Midgley, “Science and Poetry” (2001).

This workshop will emphasise a social – relational attempt to keep practice alive in Mental Health and Social Care settings where the endless manufacturing of diagnoses and explanatory theories for problems of living lack a corresponding appreciation of the skills necessary to create contexts of care, curiosity and competence as the basis of sound “humanualised” practices.

“In most…. treatments there is a rush towards meaning leaving the present moment behind. We forget that there is a difference between meaning, in the sense of understanding enough to explain it , and experiencing more deeply “Daniel Stern in “The Present Moment in Psychotherapy and Everyday Life” ( Norton ,2004 )

Jim will offer a “Possibilist” orientation to Practice where creativity, spontaneity and critically reflective thinking are characteristic features, to counter the false dawn of utopian cure-alls or the gathering darkness of pessimism about what can or cannot be achieved. Themes will include;

  • Doing what is realistic and negotiable in therapy and family work.
  • Expanding the practitioner’s repertoire of possibilities in child and family meetings
  • Creating useful connections with clients and patients
  • Broadening the range of methods and movement in family sessions.
  • Illustrating Possibilist practices in Supervision
  • Generating useful dialogue beyond “resistance” , tired explanations, and false certainties, in professional discourse and case meetings


JIM WILSON worked until recently as a Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist (part –time) with Greenwich CAMHS. He is author of papers on aspects of family therapy, its politics, supervision and the treatment of child mental health concerns. His books; “Child Focused Practice; a Collaborative Systemic Approach” (Karnac 1998 ) and “The Performance of Practice ; Enhancing the Repertoire of Therapy with Children and Families“ (Karnac 2007) have been translated into several languages. Jim offers training, consultation and supervision to staff in Mental Health and Social Care organizations in the UK and Europe. He is a founding member of the Open Network for Dialogical Practices (established 2011).



Please contact FTAI at or 01-2722105 to obtain a booking form