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Let the Voices be Heard! Conference CPD An International Conversation on Counselling, Psychotherapy and Social Justice
Europa Hotel Belfast
10-10-2019 , 11-10-2019, 12-10-2019  
24 CPD hours

Let the Voices be Heard! International Social Justice Conference
IACP is proud to be one of three organisations, along with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the American Counseling Association (ACA), planning and taking part in an international social justice conference, scheduled for October 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The conference’s full title, Let the Voices be Heard! An International Conversation on Counselling, Psychotherapy and Social Justice, harkens not only to our society’s need for meaningful conversations about social justice, but also to the collaborative, multinational essence of the event.

For more information and to book your place, please click here.


Social Justice Conference - WEBCAST (18 CPD points) 

We’ll be live streaming selected content from our international social justice conference 'Let the voices be heard' from Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 October 2019.  You'll have access to a three month on-demand service after the event which gives you the flexibility to watch what you want, when you want.
Hear from international speakers on a range of topics.
For just £25 (GBP) you'll be able to watch 18 hours of CPD content: 12 selected sessions (out of overall 25 sessions) plus hours of webcast discussions on important issues including discrimination of women, suicide prevention, fake news, social change and racism. During the live webcast you can discuss presentations using our chatroom and send questions directly to our studio.
As part of the package you’ll get 6 hours of dedicated webcast discussions where you'll hear different points of view and learn new ways to best serve your clients and the community. You'll also get a downloadable CPD certificate. 
View the full webcast programme.               
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The webcast will help you to:

  • understand how to engage with media in a way that better prepares you for your work with clients and their communities
  • learn about the interpersonal theory of suicide in client conceptualization, emphasizing the broader societal circumstances that impact the origins of suicide
  • learn how poetry therapy can address gender discrimination, inequality, and the lack of opportunity for women

There are more learning outcomes in the webcast programme.
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Meet our first keynote speaker, Dr. Manivong J. Ratts 

Dr Ratts

Manivong J. Ratts is professor of counselling at Seattle University and  chair of the Department of Leadership and Professional Studies (AEDT,   Counselling, EDLR, SDA, and TESOL). Dr. Ratts received his Ph.D. in Counselling from Oregon State University (OSU). He holds an associate’s degree from Yakima Valley Community College, a bachelor's degree in psychology from Western Washington University, and a master's degree in counselling from OSU. In 2018, he was awarded a Doctorate of  Humane Letters, Honors Causa from Lewis and Clark College for his work in advancing multiculturalism and social justice in the counselling profession and was the graduate commencement keynoteAdvocating for Social Change in a Toxic Political Climate.

Dr. Ratts is a licensed mental health counsellor (L.M.H.C.) and past President of Counselors for Social Justice, a division of ACA. His research is in the area of multiculturalism and social justice. He is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the area of social justice counselling. He coined the term “social justice counseling” and argued that social justice is a “fifth force” among counselling paradigms, following the psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and multicultural traditions.

Dr. Ratts chaired a committee which developed Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC) for the counselling profession with Drs. Anneliese Singh, Sylvia Nassar-McMillan, Kent Butler, and Rafe McCullough. The MSJCC serve as a guide to help counselling professionals develop multicultural and social justice competence. The competencies have been adopted by ACA and are used in counsellor training programmes across the US. 

Dr. Ratts has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Counseling and Development and the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology. He has published in various peer-reviewed journals on social justice counseling and is lead author of the following books Counseling for Multiculturalism and Social Justice: Integration, Theory, and Application (2014) with Dr. Paul B. Pedersen and ACA Advocacy Competencies: A Social Justice Framework for Counselors (2010) with Dr. Judy Lewis and Dr. Rebecca Toporek. He has produced two video series through Alexander Street Press titled Four Approaches to Counseling One Client: Medical, Intrapsychic, Multicultural, and Social Justice Counseling Paradigms (2011) and Five Forces of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Existential-Humanistic, Multicultural, and Social Justice (2013).

Meet our second keynote speaker, Eina McHugh

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Eina McHugh is a writer, entrepreneurial specialist with University College Dublin's Innovation Academy, Irish Fulbright Scholar and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

A Former CEO and Artistic Director of The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children in Dublin, for 10 years (2005-2015), Eina was responsible for all Ark programming, including the commissioning of award-winning works across multiple art forms.

As an independent consultant, Eina has worked with Channel 4, BBC,The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Nursery Channel, British Film Institute, S4C International and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.   Previous senior leadership posts include Director of the Second World Summit on Television for Children in London, Head of Project Development for the Welsh Broadcaster S4C's Commercial Division in London,  Deputy Director of the Northern Ireland Film Council,  Director of the Cinemagic International Film Festival for Children and Young People, and Director of 'E Force', the BBC/E.U. Media Training Programme.

Eina has a Masters in Applied Psychosynthesis. Eina is also a recipient of the Ray Murphy Leadership Fund (2010) for her innovative Women in Leadership initiative, Taking Yourself Seriously. An Irish Fulbright Scholar (2012-2013), she partnered with Lincoln Centre Education, the education wing of the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts in New York, on a professional research project, Encouraging the Seedbeds of Creativity. 

Eina’s keynote presentation will focus on her childhood experiences and emotional trauma caused by the years of conflict in Northern Ireland and her psychotherapeutic recovery process. Eina described this therapeutic journey in her book: To Call Myself Beloved. To Call Myself Beloved offers a window into the intimacy and power of the therapeutic experience, told from a patient’s perspective, as well as a thought-provoking insight into the trauma of the 'Troubles’ in Northern Ireland.


Meet our keynote speakers: Salma Yaqoob, Dr. Gavin Schaffer, Dr. Saima Nasar and Maureen Slattery Marsh

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After incidents of terrorism in Britain (such as IRA Campaigns, and the 7/7 attacks), and even as a result of terrorism in other countries (such as the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington), British minority communities en-masse have been identified as targets of blame. After the Birmingham pub bombings of 1974, for example, there was widespread anti-Irish violence and ‘Prevention of Terrorism’ legislation was passed, enabling people of Irish heritage resident in Britain to be arrested and held without charge if suspected of involvement with terrorism. In this atmosphere the sociologist Paddy Hillyard coined the term ‘Suspect Community’ to explain collective blame and its impact. Addressing two cases studies, this session reflects on the mental health impacts of this kind of blaming on individuals and communities. These case studies consider (a.) Irish communities in Britain after IRA terrorism in London and Birmingham in 1974 and (b.) British Muslim communities after 9/11 and 7/7.

The session blends the analysis of therapists (Maureen Slattery Marsh and Salma Yaqoob) who have experience of working with these communities, and historians (Gavin Schaffer and Saima Nasar) who have researched the impacts of terrorism on people and places. Traumatic transformation occurring within these communities following the direct or indirect impact of terrorism has led to forms of community miasma and patterns of transgenerational transmission of trauma. Our analysis holds that members of minority communities have often been ‘silenced’ as a result of collective blaming and shaming, hampered at a personal and community level from celebrating ethnicity and participating in British life, culture and politics. We argue, moreover, that drawing such communities into local history making, memorialisation activities, and culturally informed therapy can begin to break down barriers, unravel feelings of guilt, suspicion, and estrangement opening up new pathways for intergenerational community trauma to be addressed.


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Anyone wishing to book a room at the conference venue, the Europa Hotel, can call the reservation team on 02890271066 (from the US dial 011 then 44 for the UK) or email and quote booking ID 133868.


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