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SRC - Working with Problematic Sexual Behaviours (10/03/18)

Presenter: Eoin Stephens

Event Details
Vienna Woods, Glanmire
Registration 9.30: Starts 10.00 to 16.30

Southern Regional Committee

Present a Workshop entitled:

Working with Problematic Sexual Behaviours 


Presenters Bio: Eoin Stephens has more than 25 years experience in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy, providing leadership in such areas as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Addictive Behaviours, Sexual Addictions and Social Anxiety, as well as in Counselling and Psychotherapy Education.


Workshop Outline: What leads people (mainly men) to desire unusual or problematic sexual behaviour? Pornography use can give rise to concern for a variety of reasons: values differences in a relationship; subjective loss of control; damaging consequences in relation to work, the law, sexual performance, self-esteem etc. Other areas of sexual behaviour can become problematic, e.g. dating apps, sexting, chat rooms, web cams, prostitution / massage parlours.                        The workshop will explore a variety of possible case formulations: Couple differences in expectation; Immaturity, low empathy, lack of relevant knowledge; Poor self-regualtion abilities; High stress / anxiety; Sexual oreference / orientation / paraphilia; Strong conditioning and habit-formation; Progressive tolerance leading to addiction. Depending on what emerges, a variety of interventions focusing on Cognition, Emotion, Behaviour and Motivation can be useful. These, along with the relevant initial assessment skills, will be explored.    Participants will be invited to explore their own comfort / discomfort in relation to the areas discussed, as this will always influence the therapeutic process for better or worse. Ethical and legal aspects of this kind of work will also be discussed.

Training Level: All Levels.

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

Workshop unlimited. IACP Student places are limited to 5.

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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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