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WRC Working with Complex Trauma and dissociated states of mind: How to mind yourself (20/05/17

Presenter: Dr. David Cameron

Event Details
The Savoy Hotel, Limerick
Registration 9:30am. Start 10:00am to 5:00pm

Western Regional Committee

Present a Workshop entitled:

Working with Complex Trauma and dissociated states of mind: How to mind yourself


Presenters Bio: Having trained with UU and Middlesex University, David has worked as a research-practitioner for some 25-years in child, adolescent, adult and forensic mental health settings. For 10 years he worked in, managed and developed therapeutic community psychiatric alternatives for persons experiencing or recovering from schizophrenia, schizophrenia spectrum and personality disorders. David also worked in a Belfast trauma centre with individuals experiencing complex conflict-related trauma and more recently was the Clinical Lead of a cross-community primary care intervention for individuals who were chronically traumatised because of the NI "troubles", funded by the OFMDFM. For upwards of ten years, David was a clinical supervisor with the NEXUS institute working with the survivors of child and adult sexual violence.  David also worked as a Senior Lecturer in Dublin City University integral in developing, designing and subsequently teaching into a Doctoral Clinical Psychotherapy training programme. Currently, he is an associate lecturer with PCI College and also teaches into a satellite MSc psychotherapy programme for NHS multidisciplinary mental health professionals (Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists and Mental Health Nurses) in the Belfast Trust. David is published in the field of specialised psychotherapy research and clinical commentary and has a special clinical/research interest in mental health in the workplace, clinical as well as personal recovery, mindfulness, chronic – complex trauma and related personality disordered and psychotic states of mind. David is currently enrolled on a group psychotherapy training program under scholarship with the Washington DC school of Psychiatry. Currently, he is Consultant Psychologist and Clinical Lead of the Psychological Therapies with the Northern Ireland Association of Mental Health and has a small, private psychotherapy practice. 

Workshop Outline: 

Key learning outcomes include:

  • Understanding the neuro-psychophysiological reaction to traumatic stress, the difference between autobiographical and traumatic memory and the implications for treatment.
  • Understanding the similarities and differences between Type I discrete trauma and Type II complex, early developmental or relational trauma and the implications for treatment.
  • Understanding the impact of early adverse developmental experiences and associated defense mechanisms on character formation – personality structure and the implications for treatment.
  • Outlining the added importance of therapist self-care when working with traumatised clients and associated “borderline” personality disordered states.
  • An introduction to a facilitator led insight oriented mindfulness-based breathing meditation.

Training Level: All Levels.

 CPD certificates will be emailed to participants after attendance at the Workshop.


Workshop Limited to 40 places.
IACP Members Only.

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Timeframe for statutory registration


Draft regulations to designate the professions of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and to establish a registration board will be ready for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas for their approval during the present session, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has told the Dail.


The Minister recently concluded a public consultation on  his proposal to regulate counsellors generally under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.


On foot of the consultation process, He has decided to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions under the Act, that of counsellor and psychotherapist. Each will have its own register under one registration board. This decision has been communicated to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, the relevant professional bodies and all the respondents to the public consultation process.


Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next step will be the appointment of the 13 members of the registration board, following the submission of suitable candidates for the Minister's consideration, by the Public Appointments Service. The aim is that the registration board will be in a position early in the New Year to begin the task of drafting the various bye-laws to allow it to establish its registers.



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