Spring 2017

Spring 2017: Reflective Practice in Disability Services – The Organisation & Staff

What are your views about the value of Reflective Practice for practitioners and organisations? Evidence based research indicates that staff feel more listened to and supported in their work if reflective practice is facilitated within the organisation. In addition, there is evidence of improved team working and shifts in specific attitudes and/or practices in the work place. Such shifts include increased compassion and empathy for those being supported by the service/team; increased psychotherapeutic thinking; increased understanding of service contexts and less knee-jerk reactions.

The upcoming Spring 2017 Series will consider the issue of Reflective Practice in Intellectual Disability Services. Through reading material circulated in advance the group will consider the value of reflective practice as well as the challenges in introducing groups into services. Discussion meetings are limited to a small number of participants (8-12) therefore early booking is advisable. The fee is nominal to cover room booking and tea/coffee.

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Autumn 2016

Autumn/Winter 2016: Disability – Ways of Working That Help

Work in the area of Disability Psychotherapy is relatively new in the Irish Health System and generally focused within services with a small number of therapists in private practice offering psychotherapy to this client group. The ‘thinking’ and ‘reflection’ involved in Disability Psychotherapy can offer staff groups who work in services valuable space and time to reflect on their own work practice and share learning and experience with colleagues. DPI, through discussion seminars, provides a reflective space and can facilitate those working in this field to better keep the client at the centre of our thoughts.

The upcoming Autumn/Winter 2016 Series considers the ‘pain of difference’ and ways to face that pain and ways of working, that can help. This series aims to bring together what we know about the early emotional world, the failure to experience an emotionally nurturing environment and the consequences for the person with a disability. Through a focus on the work of Pat Frankish the seminar group will look at ways of working that might help and ‘make a huge difference to some very complex and distressed lives’. (Frankish, 2015). Frankish further encourages that with the correct interventions individuals can have a much improved quality of life.

Discussion meetings are limited to a small number of participants (8-12) therefore early booking is advisable. The fee is nominal to cover room booking and tea/coffee.

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April 2016

April 2016: Psychotherapy & Disability: Facets & Influences

Disability Psychotherapy Ireland in association with the Institute of Psychotherapy & Disability in the UK are delighted to announce a day of discussion and audience participation as clinicians working in the area of Disability & Psychotherapy consider issues such as physical disability and attachment issues, creative approaches within Disability Psychotherapy, Disability and Sexuality and Disability Psychotherapy in the NHS as well as organizational dynamics in disability services.

The format of the day will involve a round table conversation in an ianformal atmosphere where audience participation and involvement is welcome.

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Autumn/Winter Series 2015

DISABILITY ORGANISATIONS: The Way forward?

What is the way forward in a time of greater awareness and focus on how Disability Services function in Ireland? Work in the area of Disability Psychotherapy is relatively new in the Irish Health System and generally focused within services with a small number of therapists in private practice offering psychotherapy to this client group. The ‘thinking’ and ‘reflection’ involved in Disability Psychotherapy can offer those working in a therapeutic capacity in services valuable space and time to reflect on their own work practice. The sharing of learning and experience with colleagues can facilitate a deeper understanding of this client groups’ needs. DPI, through discussion seminars, provides such a reflective space.

The upcoming Autumn/Winter 2015 Series will continue the theme discussed in our Spring/Summer series where we considered organisational dynamics by reading relevant papers and open discussion. Participants do not need to have attended the earlier Spring/Summer series as each series ‘stands alone’. Discussion meetings are limited to a small number of participants (8-12) therefore early booking is advisable. Booking for all three necessary as once formed this is a closed group. The fee is nominal to cover room booking and tea/coffee.

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Spring Series 2016

Spring 2016 Series: Attachment - Multiple Perspectives

Work in the area of Disability Psychotherapy is relatively new in the Irish Health System and generally focused within services with a small number of therapists in private practice offering psychotherapy to this client group. The ‘thinking’ and ‘reflection’ involved in Disability Psychotherapy can offer staff groups who work in services valuable space and time to reflect on their own work practice and share learning and experience with colleagues. Through discussion seminars, DPI provides a reflective space and can facilitate therapists, clinicians and professionals both in services and in private practice, to better keep the client at the centre of our thoughts.

The upcoming Spring 2016 Series will consider the issue of ‘attachment’ from three perspectives, in the therapeutic relationship, for the therapist themselves and within the disability service. This exploration will be facilitated through the reading of relevant papers and open discussion. DPI is delighted to announce that the third discussion group in this particular series will include participants from the Institute of Psychotherapy & Disability (IPD) in the UK. Participants do not need to have attended the earlier series as each discussion can ‘stand alone’. Discussion meetings are limited to a small number of participants (8-12) therefore early booking is advisable. The fee is nominal to cover room booking and tea/coffee.

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Spring/Summer Seminar Series 2015

DISABLED ORGANISATIONS: A Psychoanalytic Perspective

Work in the area of Disability Psychotherapy is relatively new in the Irish Health System and generally focused within services with a small number of therapists in private practice offering psychotherapy to this client group. DPI is aware of the need for a space for clinicians to have an opportunity to discuss various aspects of their clinical work with clients who present with Intellectual Disability and for those who may be interested in developing their practice in this area.

The importance of having a reflective space to better keep the client at the centre of our thoughts can be challenging to find for the professional who works in Disability Services. The discussion groups organised by DPI can provide such a space. The upcoming Spring/Summer Series will consider organisational dynamics by reading relevant papers and open discussion.

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Autumn Series - The Development Of Thought

Work in the area of Disability Psychotherapy is relatively new in the Irish Health System and generally focused within services with a small number of therapists in private practice offering psychotherapy to this client group. DPI is aware of the need for a space for clinicians to have an opportunity to discuss various aspects of their clinical work with clients who present with Intellectual Disability and for those who may be interested in developing their practice in this area.

In the preliminary discussion groups the participants will have an opportunity to consider the work of Dr.s Alvarez & Corbett.

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The Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is delighted to announce the Spring/Summer Seminar Series 2014

This series of eight lectures examines the theoretical development of psychoanalytic thinking through the work of Freud, Klein, Bion, Lacan and Winnicott.

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Into The Other

DPI brings together two of the leading thinkers in the fields of forensic psychotherapy, autism and disability. The speakers, by drawing on their vast experience of treating patients with disabilities, will examine ways of helping to “bring to life” minds that have been atrophied by trauma, abuse and neglect.

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14/03/14 Changes: Transition, Trauma and Psychotherapy in the Lives of People with Disabilities

This groundbreaking day will bring together leaders in the field of services for people with disabilities to examine how best we can help our clients deal with the trauma that often accompanies life changes, and what role psychotherapy can play.

Alongside keynote presentations from internationally renowned speakers, the day will feature a range of workshops examining various aspects of transitioning from one life stage to another. A range of therapeutic approaches will be explored, including psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, humanistic, play and creative techniques.

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