Bronagh Starrs is Founder & Director of Blackfort Adolescent Gestalt Institute and is Programme Director for the MSc Adolescent Psychotherapy in Dublin Counselling & Therapy Centre, in partnership with the University of Northampton, UK.
She maintains a private practice in Omagh, Northern Ireland, as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, writer, presenter and trainer, specialising in working with adolescents. As well as her work as a parenting consultant with many families, schools and agencies, she is also an experienced therapist working with children, adults and groups.
Bronagh is a renowned adolescent development specialist and has considerable experience teaching and presenting throughout Ireland and internationally on the developmental implication of trauma on the adolescent journey. Her approach to therapeutic intervention with adolescents is both innovative and deeply relational. She has authored numerous articles and chapters on the subject, and has contributed to the collected volume: Relational Child: Relational Brain (Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group/Gestalt Press).
Bronagh’s new book Adolescent Psychotherapy: A Radical Relational Approach (Routledge) is due for publication soon.
Presentation Topic: The Future Generation: Fostering Integrity In Adolescence
The focus of this presentation will be illumination of the transformative potential of the therapeutic enterprise with adolescents. Drawing on her rich experience of therapeutic contact with adolescent clients, Bronagh will offer her insights into the dynamics of development and therapy with this age group. Demonstrating how presenting symptom issues are understood from a relational perspective, she will present a relational-phenomenological approach to stewarding lost, distressed adolescents through the process of healing, towards the authoring of a personally meaningful future.
Terry Lynch is an Irish physician, psychotherapist, mental health educator, best-selling author and provider of a recovery-oriented mental health service in Limerick, Ireland.
For nine years (2003-2012), Terry Lynch was a member of three Irish Government-appointed expert mental health groups, including the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy which formulated A Vision for Change, Ireland’s official mental health policy document, published in 2006. He was also appointed by the CEO of the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) to the Expert Advisory Group of Mental Health (2006-8).
Terry Lynch believes that one of the most serious problems and challenges within mental health globally is the systematic, misguided and largely scientifically unevidenced repackaging of human distress, overwhelm, trauma and the effects of trauma into various categories of so-called ‘mental illness’.
Terry is committed to contributing to the urgently-needed paradigm change in global mental health - from the current fundamentally-flawed medicalization of human pain and distress to an approach that honours the centrality of trauma, overwhelm and its effects within the experiences and behaviours that come to be referred to as “mental illness”.
Details of Terry Lynch’s mental health courses for mental health practitioners and the public; books; blog; and work are available at www.doctorterrylynch.com
Presentation Topic: Reflections on the Future of Counselling and Psychotherapy
It has been estimated that if the recommendations that are contained within the DSM-5 were to be fully implemented, a psychiatric diagnosis would apply to half the adult population.
A role for psychotherapy is accepted for some psychiatric diagnoses. Within the prevailing approach to global mental health however, it is generally considered that the experiences and behaviours that come to be collectively described as psychiatric diagnoses largely fall within the remit of the medical profession.
In his talk, Dr. Terry Lynch will set out the appropriateness of a significantly expanded future role for psychotherapy in relation to the psychiatric diagnoses. He will provide examples that illustrate the current under-rating of psychotherapeutic work in people given various psychiatric diagnoses.
Ginny Hanrahan is the CEO of CORU, the regulatory body established by the Minister for Health to regulate Health and Social Care Professionals.
CORU’s role is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence through statutory registration of health and social care professionals.
CORU currently regulates dietitians, dispensing opticians, occupational therapists, optometrists, physiotherapists, radiographers, radiation therapists, social workers and speech and language therapists. Other professions due to be regulated by CORU include: clinical biochemists, medical scientists, orthoptists, podiatrists, psychologists, social care workers and counsellors and psychotherapists.
Ginny trained as an Occupational Therapist in the mid-1980’s and provided direct patient care for 17 years in Ireland, Scotland, England and Australia. She was the Head of Clinical Services in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin for seven years prior to setting up CORU in May 2008. She holds an MSc in Community Health from Trinity College Dublin.
Presentation Topic: Early Days Preparation for Regulation of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
On the 2 July 2018, Counsellors and Psychotherapists became designated as professions to be regulated under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005, which originally had 12 professions designated for regulation and now has become 15, prior to the addition of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Of the 15 professions to be regulated, 9 professions currently have registers open, with the next register due to open in November 2018; 2 registration boards have board members appointed and are working towards the regulation of their professions, with another registration board due to be appointed later this year.
Ginny’s presentation will outline the typical journey to statutory regulation with CORU, but will also address some of the complex issues that will face Counsellors and Psychotherapists on their journey to statutory regulation.