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WRC -Therapeutic Presence and the Present Moment (11/11/17)

Presenter: Gerry Cunningham

Event Details
The Connaught Hotel, Dublin Rd., Galway
Registration 9.30: Starts 10am - 5pm

Western Regional Committee

Present a workshop entitled:

Therapeutic Presence and the Present Moment


Presenters Bio's: Gerry Cunningham came to study psychotherapy and postgraduate level (Dublin City University) from an academic background firmly rooted in the humanities (MA in Spirituality, BA in Philosophy).He has been extensively trained in Mindfulness-based approaches and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. (PG Diploma in CBT, University of Oxford, Masters, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, University of Oxford, PG, Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, University of Cambridge. He has attended training with some of the leading names in Mindfulness and CBT including Jon Kabat-Zinn (MBSR), Mark Williams, John Teasdale and Zindel Segal (MBCT), Aaron Beck (Cognitive Therapy) and the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice of Bangor University. Gerry has a private practice at the Mindfulness Clinic and provides tailored treatment approaches to CBT, counselling & psychotherapy, supervision and reflective practice. He is currently pursuing research interests at the University of Cambridge.

Workshop Outline: Creatively reflect upon and integrate theories of presence and relationship from Humanistic, Existential, Cognitive and Eastern approaches and the neurobiology of therapeutic presence. Explore how mindfulness may facilitate and nuture therapeutic qualities. Learn to connect deeply with clients. Engage in the art of mindful listenng and cultivate wisdom and compassion for self, clients and relationships. mange self-care and reflective practice. Create reflective and meditative space.

Training Level: All Levels.

CPD certificates will be emailed to participants 

Workshop Limited to 24 places.

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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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