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Supervisors Forum - Ennis Topic: Child Protection: Finding the balance between legal responsibility & client care (21/10/17)

Presenter: Dr Melissa Darmody

Event Details
West County Hotel, Ennis
Registration from 9.30 Start time 10.30-3.30

Presentation Title: Child Protection: Finding the balance between legal responsibility and client care 

Presenters Bio: Dr Melissa Darmody is a counselling psychologist who trained in the US, UK and Ireland.  Dr. Darmody started her career working in a Rape Crisis Centre and over the past twenty five years has had a particular interest in working with victims of abuse and trauma.  She has authored many professional articles and co authored the book, Becoming a Solution Detective.  She is a trained mediator and in more recent years has developed her expertise in restorative justice practices.

Co -Presenter Bio: Maggie O'Neill works as a Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist, accredited with IHIP. In the past she was the Chairperson of the Miscarriage Association for over twelve years and has a special interest in working with women following the loss of their baby through termination, miscarriage or stillbirth.

Currently she tutors theory and practice to the first and second year Psychotherapy students in Dublin Business School, works in private practice and is the Child Protection Officer for Towards Healing. She also co-facilities ‘Healing through Art’ workshops for the Towards Healing clients.  

Over the past ten years her work in Towards Healing, working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, has developed her understanding of working with survivors and child protection issues.

Forum Facilitator: Christina Hogan. 

Registration from from 9:00-10:30am

(Tea/Coffee & Biscuits will be served from 9:30am)

The Supervisor Forum will begin 10:30am and finish at 3:30pm

CPD Certificates will be sent out to all participants after attendance at the Supervisor Forums.





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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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