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IACP 40th Anniversary Conference 2021 CPD '40 Years of IACP'
16-10-2021   Start time 10am to 3pm
5 CPD hours
Bookings have now closed.
Please note: the AGM and Conference are different events and will be hosted on 2 different platforms. If you wish to attend the AGM you must book for this event separately. Thank you.

IACP 40th Anniversary Conference 2021 - bookings have now closed

The theme this year is '40 Years of IACP'

The IACP Board of Directors invites you to the Sixth Annual IACP Conference.

Register for your place at the Conference now and a week before the event we will share the platform link with you, where you will need to use your email address to login and create a password. No downloading of software is required, and you will not need to use your camera for the event. We would recommend not to use Internet Explorer as your browser for the Conference. 


  • Cathaoirleach Welcome & Statement from President Higgins
  • Welcome from CEO
  • 40th Anniversary Video 
  • Guest Speaker - Deb Dana (followed by short comfort break)
  • Awards Ceremony - Regional Awards, Research Bursary Award, Research Excellence Award, Public Inspiration Award, Cathaoirleach Presentation, Charity Partner, CBMA recipient 2021 (followed by lunch break)
  • Guest Speaker - Dr Michael Duffy
  • Guest Speaker - Dr Sabina Brennan

Guest Speakers


Deb Dana

Deb Dana, LCSW is a clinician and consultant specializing in using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and create ways of working that honour the role of the autonomic nervous system. She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute and developer of the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series. Deb is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the hythm of Regulation (Norton, 2018); Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centred Practices (Norton, 2020); and Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory (forthcoming from Sounds True in 2021).

Dr Michael Duffy

Dr Michael Duffy Is a Consultant Cognitive Psychotherapist specialising in PTSD and complex grief and Senior Lecturer and Director of the Specialist MSc (Trauma) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Queen’s University Belfast. He leads the QUB Trauma Research Network; is a Fellow of the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation; Assoc. Fellow of the George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace Security & Justice and Fellow of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. He is research advisor to the Northern Ireland Regional Trauma Network and a member of the UK Trauma Council. Michael led the work of the Trauma team after the Omagh bombing in 1998 and published several studies into the psychological effects of this event on adults, children, and adolescents. He later was Team Leader at the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma (NICTT) and led 2 clinical trials on the application of TF-CT for conflict related PTSD. He has provided many workshops on PTSD after large scale traumas including: 2004, New York the 9/11 Twin Towers attack; 2005, 7/11 London bombings; 2012 Oslo bombing and Utoya Island shootings; 2017, the Manchester Concert bomb. His main research area is on PTSD and evidence-based psychological interventions. His current research is on PTSD with children who have been maltreated or abused and cognitive therapy for complex grief in late adulthood.

Dr Sabina Brennan

Dr Sabina Brennan is a chartered psychologist, neuroscientist, award-winning science communicator, author of the international bestseller 100 Days to a Younger Brain, and host of the critically acclaimed Super Brain podcast. Sabina is on a mission to help millions of people enjoy the benefits of having a Super Brain.

Internationally recognised brain health expert and thought leader Dr Sabina Brennan’s lifechanging techniques transform everyday brains into super-brains. The most advanced artificial intelligence endeavours to simulate but cannot replicate the glorious magnificence of the human brain. Dr Brennan’s talks harness cutting edge neuroscience to reveal the secrets of the most underused resource on the planet – the human brain. Give your workforce the edge, invest in brain health. Sabina will show you how to harness your brain power to reach your true potential. Specialising in translating neuroscience into practical tips Sabina’s talks will show you how to think faster, sharper, better. Sabina will help you to unleash your superpower transforming your everyday brain into a Super Brain.

Sabina’s talks, animations and online resources have helped hundreds of thousands of people boost their brain health, build resilience, love life, and find happiness. Sabina has a regular wellness spot on national afternoon TV (The Today Show – RTE) and is a regular TV and radio panellist and contributor nationally and internationally. She has also contributed to and written features for multiple newspapers including the Times, the Guardian and Market watch. Sabina’s new book. Beating Brain Fog is an Irish Times No.1 bestseller. Sabina has been engaged as an advisor to governments and global businesses influencing policy and practice in the areas of brain health, ageing, dementia, migraine, and multiple sclerosis. She also volunteers on scientific advisory boards and advocacy panels supporting charities, non-profits, and NGOs.

Please note the AGM and Virtual Conference are 2 different events and will be hosted on 2 different platforms. If you wish to attend the AGM you must book for this event separately. Thank you.

CPD Certificates will be emailed to all attendees after the event. 





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