The Role of Psychotherapy in a Healthy Ireland

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Psychotherapy plays a central role in the management of mental illness and good mental health, in an Irish population becoming more aware of our personal mental health.

Nessa Childers MEP and The Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) will hold a national conference which will be of interest to those working in and supporting the role of psychotherapy in the Irish health services.

The conference will be of key interest to health professionals and policy makers.

Conference Programme

Morning Session – chaired by José Castilho

08:30 Registration

09:30 Official Opening- Nessa Childers MEP

09:40 Welcome- Anne Colgan, ICP Chairperson

10:00 The role of Psychotherapy in a healthy Europe- Nessa Childers MEP

10:30 The developing face of Psychotherapy in a changing world- Barbara Fitzgerald

11:15 Coffee/Tea

11:45 Critical Thinking and mental health practice- Dr. Pat Bracken

12:30 Round Table discussion

13:00 Lunch

Afternoon Session – chaired by Trish Murphy

14:00 Safeguarding people – a policy and legislative perspective- Senator Collette Kelleher

14:45 The role of psychotherapy in a healthy Ireland: other ‘voices’- Jean Manahan, ICP CEO

15:15 Round Table Discussion

15:45 Plenary Q&A’s

16:15 Closing Remarks-Nessa Childers MEP

Conference ends 16:30

Message from Nessa Childers MEP

“I am very pleased to announce that I am co-hosting a conference with the Irish Council for Psychotherapy .

As a former mental health professional and psychotherapist, I understand the importance of a strong primary mental health policy.

My motivation in co-hosting this event was to give something back to my profession of psychotherapy through my role as politician, influenced by my experiences as a therapist; and I aim to do this by raising the need to provide greater public access to psychotherapy as a public health issue.

The conference will set out the reasons why people should have affordable and easy access to psychotherapy in their communities, and why our social and public health policies must support people struggling with emotional problems.

The European Commission has recently published the Framework for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing and this event will be an opportunity to debate how the framework can be made into action in Ireland.”

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