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Social Care Ireland Annual Conference 2022

April 6 - April 7

€30.00 – €180.00

SCI would like to say a massive thank you to all our speakers/presenters, attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, Radisson Blu hotel and to everyone behind the scenes who helped to put on such a great conference. To say it was a huge success is an understatement!!

We have had lots of people asking when and where is next’s years conference, so we are thrilled to let you know that it will take place in Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa Golf Resort (Carlow) on the 29th & 30th March 2023. We are looking forward to it already

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Reconnecting, Reintegrating, and Regenerating: Bringing New and Vigorous Life to Social Care

6th & 7th April 2022

Key note speakers: 

Tony Bloemendaal, MSc Tony  is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist. After 10 years as clinical manager of several psychiatric wards, he now holds the position of Director of postgraduate training and Lead specialist on trauma and neglect at Fivoor, a large Dutch forensic and intensive psychiatric care institute. He is currently working on his PhD dissertation, investigating the influence of caregivers’ own personal history on dealing with critical incidents and stress on the work floor. Tony studied at the University of Leiden, receiving his Masters Degree in 1999.  From 2004 until 2010 he trained for his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy in Rotterdam.  In addition, Tony is partner at TeamNEXT and NMT Mentor for Europe.  He teaches frequently about the Neurosequential Model principles and regularly gives lectures and workshops at national and international conferences.

Presentation title: Basic principles of neurodevelopment: the role of stress, attachment and relations

Dr Karen Treisman, MBE, is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the National Health System and children’s services for several years. Karen has also worked cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. Karen has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, parenting, adversity (ACE’s) and attachment, and works clinically using a range of therapeutic approaches with families, systems, and children in or on the edge of care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people, and adopted children. Karen also specialises in supporting organisations and systems to move towards becoming, and to sustain adversity, culturally and, trauma-informed, infused, and responsive practice.

Presentation title: A spotlight on hope & on our own well-being amidst working in trauma inducing, stressful & ever changing contexts

Professor Margaret Barry: Margaret M. Barry, Ph.D., holds the Established Chair in Health Promotion and Public Health and is Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research at the National University of Ireland Galway. Professor Barry has published widely in health promotion and works closely with policymakers and practitioners on the development, implementation and evaluation of mental health promotion interventions and policies at national and international level. Professor Barry was elected as Global President of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education in 2019, having previously held the position of Vice President for Capacity Building, Education and Training from 2007-2010. She has extensive experience of coordinating European and international collaborative projects and has served as temporary advisor to the WHO and project leader on major European Union funded initiatives.

Presentation Title: Reintegrating, reconnecting and recovering: Why mental health promotion matters

Invited Workshop:

Aine Flynn graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a law degree and M.Litt. by research. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1999 and from 2012-2017 was a senior partner in KOD Lyons, a firm specialising in public interest law, including disability and equality law. In October 2017, Áine commenced in post as inaugural Director of the Decision Support Service in the Mental Health Commission. The Decision making Support Services will commence in June 2022

Presentation Title: Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: preparing for commencement in social care

Carol Duffy M.I.A.H.I.P., is a child and adolescent psychotherapist and the senior play therapist in Tusla in Mayo. She has many years of experience working therapeutically with children and their families with particular interests in attachment and developmental trauma. Carol is a core trainer on the MA in creative psychotherapy in the Children’s Therapy Centre in Westmeath and a clinical supervisor.  The workshop is informed by neurobiology, attachment, understanding of developmental trauma and child development theories.

Presentation Title: Experiential play workshop on the  RRIGHT play therapy techniques’ model – play therapy techniques to enhance your toolkit

This workshop has two facilitators Caitriona McMahon and Kayla Cooley. Both are undergraduates of a social care programme and postgraduate researchers in the TU of the Shannon. Caitriona is part of the ASCEND Research Group (Applied Social Care Education and practice in New Directions). Kayla is part of the Loss & Grief Research Group and the Health, Education and Social Research Group. Caitriona and Kayla are co-founders and directors of the Community Crisis Response Team. A non-profit organization travelling to people in suicidal distress.

Presentation title: Preventing Suicide: A Practitioners Workshop

Wednesday 6th April

Jacqui McCann and Mark Smith: Working with The Welltree Model of Care in a Special Care Environment
“Trauma Informed Care Which Promotes Wellbeing Outcomes for Young People”

David Power and Dr Martin Power “I wonder is the story told: What is the future of the voluntary providers in children’s residential services”

Thursday 7th April

Delores Crerar Creative Practice & Community Resilience – A Pandemic Case Study on the work undertaken by Athlone Family Resource Centre

Caroline Coyle & Shemine Gulamhusein: Across Virtual Borders: Extending Relational Practices through the Creation of Collaborative Communal Poetry

Catherine Duggan Advocacy in Health and Social Care


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