GCS Newsletter 

* Newsletter compiled by Norman Warden, Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and Trainer  

Galway Counselling Studies Courses 

Foundation Course in Counselling & Psychotherapy. Next intake: September 23rd. Interviews in May.

Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy. Next intake: September.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Managing Stress. Next intake: September.

Job Vacancies

Spirasi –Therapist Required for Regional Clinic (Limerick): Weblink. Closes 5pm on Friday 5th May. 

Addiction Counsellor (Part-Time) Matt Talbot Adolescent Services - Cork. Link. Closes 12th May.

Invitation to Apply for Counselling Placement Working with Parents of Clients & Staff, Limerick. Skills Requirements: Pre-accredited, working towards full Accreditation IACP/IAHIP. Counsellors/Psychotherapists that have qualified to Diploma level and qualify for Pre-Accreditation. Proven level of experience in counselling adults, to be able to offer 1-2-1 support to parents. If you are interested in applying for a placement, please email sineadn@limerickyouthservice.org ph: 061- 408101 for an application form and full description of roles. 


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Counsellors/Psychotherapists, both practising and trainees, are invited to take part in complementary supervision in conjunction with their own supervision.If interested contact Paula at 087-9975733 or email paula.c.53@hotmail.com.

"The Problem With Solutions” "The paradigm ‘problem-solution’ dominates in contemporary ‘thought’ - in civilization, politics and in almost every approach that has psychic suffering as its object. Every challenge that defies the human being, every question he is confronted with whether individual, political, philosophical or ethical is spontaneously turned into a ‘problem’ that calls for a ‘solution’ - which is ideally a final one, a definite one. Lacan has always refused throughout his teaching to apply this paradigm to the questions that the speaking subject is confronted with. Now that this paradigm is invading the whole field of human affairs and fuels the contemporary forms of discontent in civilization, the issues at stake in this refusal are more current then ever”. Lacanian School. Link. 13/5.

Creative Supervision For Workers in the Helping Professions. Two Separate Sessions With Pen FitzGerald: Monday 22nd May 10.30 am to 12.30 pm in the Pastoral Centre, St Michael’s Courtyard, Denmark St., Limerick. Saturday 27th May 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. in Thomas MacDonagh Centre, Cloughjordan , Tipperary. Bookings and enquiries to penfitzgerald@gmail.com or 087 7923950. Book with €10 deposit by 14th May. Brochure.

Reflective Practice in Disability Services. May 13th 10.30am to 1pm at 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2. €45 for all 3 discussion group meetings. 087 4120758. disablitypsychotherapyireland@gmail.com www.disabilitypsychotherapyireland.com

Childhood Sexual Abuse: Issues in the Therapeutic process. A DRCC Four Day Training programme Wed 10th, Thurs 11th May, Wed 31st May and Thurs 1st June, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm Venue: Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, 70 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2. The maximum number of participants is 16, to facilitate group participation, so early booking is advised. The fee for the course is €395.  A €95 non-refundable deposit is necessary to secure a place. Please note that this training is intended for psychotherapists/counsellors or those in another in-depth support role and focuses on the therapeutic process. Please contact us to enquire: Leonie O’Dowd or Jane Baird, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, 70 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2. Telephone: 01 6614911 or email leonie@rcc.ie

Knock Counselling Centre, in conjunction with the Irish Association for Anger Management will run a 6-evening Anger Management Programme The popular “Temper your Anger”, Programme will start on Tuesday 2nd May, 6:30pm-8:30pm and run for six consecutive Tuesdays. The programme is designed for people who have difficulty expressing their anger in a healthy way. Participants will learn cutting edge techniques on how to control their anger and stress levels. For further information, please contact Knock Counselling Centre at 0949375032.

Introductory Day in Biodynamic & Integrative Psychotherapy – Saturday 6 May - Tracht Psychotherapy Foundation, Kinvara, Co. Galway. ‘The Healing Relationship’ in Bodywork Psychotherapy & Counselling. Saturday 3 September 2016, 10am to 5pm. This workshop is open to anyone, but also serves as an entry requirement to the professional Diploma training. Please see http://www.tracht.ie/content/healing-relationship-one-day-introductory-workshop-diploma-course-saturday-6-may-2017 for more information or contact info@tracht.ie / tel. 091-637192

Understanding and Working with Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind. Link. 27/5.

Professional Higher Diploma in Biodynamic & Integrative Psychotherapy commencing October - Tracht Psychotherapy Foundation, Kinvara, Co. Galway. A 4-year professional part-time psychotherapy training using biodynamic massage and bodywork as part of an integrated psychotherapy approach. See http://www.tracht.ie/content/professional-higher-diploma-4-yr-commencing-october-2017, or contact info@tracht.ie  tel. 091-637192.

Friend not Foe! Conference on developing the researcher role in therapeutic practice by Professor Mick Cooper 5/6 May Cork. conference@thecounsellingcentre.ie  www.thecounsellingcentre.ie

Diploma in Supervision for health professionals starts in May with the Turning Point™ Institute. Tel: 01/2801603 www.tpti.ie  Link.

Knock Counselling Centre presents two workshops with Dr Charles O’Leary PhD: A Dialogue with Carl Rogers and Today’s Clients 12th May  - €100. And The Practice of Person-Centred Couple & Family Therapy 13th & 14th May €200. link.  Brochure: LinkAlison Dalleywater  094 937 5032 Email:  counsellingteam@knockshrine.ie  www.knock-shrine.ie/counselling

May 29 – June 2, 5 days with Dr. Bill Morgan on Adapting Mindfulness for the Western Mind: An Educational Retreat at the Radisson BLU hotel in Galway. Visit www.neei.org or by email at learn@neei.org. Link.

Seminar With NY Times Bestselling Author, Neuropsychiatrist, Interpersonal Neurobiologist Dr Dan Siegel May 16th - 17th Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork. Interpersonal Neurobiological Approach to Transforming Developmental Trauma Into Integration & Resiliency. Link. 


Gestalt Sand Therapy Process with Adolescents. Gestalt Sand Therapy Process is a unique approach to working with adolescents, developed by Bronagh Starrs. The sandworld can bring healing and insight, offering a dynamic mode of relating which enriches contact process between aspects of self-experience which are often compartmentalised in the adolescent’s developing awareness. The adolescent’s lifespace and contact boundary development become visible, tangible and three-dimensional in the sand. This dynamic way of working also creates additional richness and depth to therapeutic contact. Facilitator: Bronagh Starrs. Dates: 24th & 25th June 2017. Venue: Knock Counselling Centre, Mayo. Fee: €240. To book a place on the training workshop please email Bronagh directly: bronaghstarrs@gmail.com

CPD: Coming to terms with dual diagnosis through music as a therapy. Presenter: Roger Mehta. Sat 3rd June & Sat 8th July. Venue: The Dancing Soul, Block C, Monksland, Daneswell Business Park, Co. Roscommon. Registration: 9.30 am. 10am - 4pm. T: 052 614 8124 / 086 819 4132. Brochure.

A Compassionate Approach to Building Resilience in Therapists Presented by Dr Mary Welford at the Regency Hotel, Swords Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 Friday 9th June. 9am to 5pm. Link.

Seminar With Dr Janina Fisher. Working With The Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation 23 - 24 June Ashling Hotel - Dublin 8: Link

Baby Bonding Practitioner Training: New dates Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of October. Flannerys hotel, Renmore, Galway. Contact Ruth at 087 6547377 babybondingireland@gmail.com.  

The ManKind Project UK & Ireland presents the ‘New Warrior Training Adventure’ an intensive two day initiatory experience for men. This experiential weekend invites men to explore their shadow, the parts of themselves which hold them back in life. The training draws on a variety of modalities including archetypal psychotherapy, the process of initiation and rites of passage, and Native American healing traditions. The programme has a minimum facilitator to participant ratio of 1.5:1 and is typically made up of a team of men from 10+ nationalities across the world. The next NWTA takes place on 23-25th June, Townley Hall, Drogheda. For more information visit www.mankindproject.ie or e-mail: info@mankindproject.ie


Gestalt training: Link. Couple therapy: Link.

A Gestalt Retreat. “Start Where You Are”. A weekend for you to explore your inner and outer world through meditation, nature, music and art. Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, and Sunday 20th August. Arrive Friday by 5.00pm – Ending Sunday at 3.00pm. Venue. The beautiful residential setting of Teach Bride, Tullow, Co Carlow. Fee:  €450.00 all inclusive. Facilitator: Karen Ilean Shorten, MIAHIP, MEAP, MICP, MIACP. Contact:  karenileanshorten@yahoo.co.uk or phone 087 792 5533. Flyer.


Motivational Interviewing conference with the founders: Professors Miller and Rollnick. October 2nd. Link.

Therapy rooms for renting here.

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