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IACP in conjunction with ACI present: The many shadows of alcohol & substance misuse in the therapy room

Speakers: Suzanne Costello, Marion Rackard, Robert O'Driscoll and more.

Event Details
Red Cow Moran Hotel Dublin
Registration from 9:30am. Start 10:00am to 4:00pm

IACP and ACI are delighted to invite Accredited Members of both organisations to attend CPD event around Addiction titled: The many shadows of alcohol & substance misuse in the therapy room. 

Event will be opened by Eugene McHugh (IACP Chair) and Sean Harty (ACI Chair) who will introduce the Speakers, specialists in the field of addiction.

Speakers will include Suzanne Costello (CEO, Alcohol Action), Marion Rackard (HSE Alcohol Programme, Robert O'Driscoll (Addiction Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor, Brief Intervention and SAOR Specialist) and other experts. Lunch is provided for all attendees, the parking fee is €4 per day (must be validated at the Hotel Reception). 


9:30 - 10:00 - Registration

10:00 – 10:15 - Welcome: Eugene McHugh (Chair IACP)

10:15 – 10.40 - Marion Rackard, Project Manager, HSE Alcohol Programme, IAHIP, ACI, Clinical Supervisor: Overview of alcohol & drug related harms in Ireland from a policy & psychotherapeutic perspective 

10.45 -11.15 - Personal Speaker on the recovery journey from dependency

11.15 -11.30 – Responses from the floor

11:30-11:45 – Break

11:45- 12.15 - Robert O’Driscoll, Addiction Counsellor ACI Director, Clinical Supervisor: Responding to Alcohol & Drug Problems along the continuum with the appropriate level of intervention. References to the importance of language and conceptualisations of alcohol and drug use. Reference to evidence based interventions & tools to complement and add value to the therapeutic process in counselling/psychotherapy.

12.15- 12.30 - Q & A

12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch break

13:30 – 14:00 - Suzanne Costello, CEO Alcohol Action Ireland; Challenging Social Norms

14.00 - 14.15pm - Suzanne Costello & Marion Rackard; HSE Alcohol Campaign –

14:15-14.45pm -  Personal speaker from a family perspective and the role of counselling

14.45- 15:00pm – Responses from floor

15:00- 15.45pm - “Substance misuse, addiction and therapy cafe” – open discussion, flip-charting and active processing of the information/presentations including Q&A with presenters

15:45 – 16:00pm – Sean Harty (Chair ACI) to close the day –possibilities for future collaboration on other topic areas related to addiction


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

Bookings for IACP and ACI fully accredited 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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