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Developmental Trauma and Emotional Regulation Information Seminar

  • Blanchardstown
  • 9.30 - 1.30
  • 27 Nov 2014

FULLY BOOKED - The seminar will be presented by speakers from the Assessment, Consultation and Therapy Service (ACTS), Tusla

The Irish Association of Social Care Workers (IASCW) and the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) are coordinating an Information Seminar with speakers from the Assessment, Consultation and Therapy Service (ACTS), Tusla on the 27th November from 9.30am to 1.30pm in the LINC Centre, ITB, Blanchardstown.


The link below provides you with details of how to get to Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and includes details of public transport and driving directions. Please be advised that ITB has pay & display parking available.


See below for a map of ITB campus. The LinC Centre is Block B and located a distance from the main campus.


You can also find directions on Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown website - 



ACTS is a national specialised clinical service that provides multidisciplinary consultation, assessment and focused interventions to young people who have high risk behaviours associated with complex clinical needs.  ACTS also supports other professionals in their ongoing work with young people and their families. To find out more, visit

This event will be of interest to Social Care Workers and Social Workers.

This seminar is free of charge. 


The ACTS Team will present on two key areas

Developmental Trauma

(Emer Loughrey and Dr. Eleanor Griffith, Senior Clinical Psychologist)

  • Formulation of the psychological and behavioral difficulties of young people at high risk incare
  • Impact of attachment difficulties and traumatic experiences on child development andinterpersonal relationships
  • Implications for working with young people with a history of developmental trauma within the care system


Working with Emotional Dysregulation

(Dr. Toby Haslam-Hopwood, Senior Clinical Psychologist and Celine Lenihan, Senior Speech and Language Therapist)

  • What is emotional dysregulation?
  • Understanding common maladaptive coping strategies
  • Strategies to support the development of alternative emotional regulation skills with young people in the care system


Speaker Biographies

Celine Lenihan

Celine Lenihan took up the post of Senior Speech and Language Therapist in ACTS in 2013. Celine has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist across many settings, working in hospital and clinic based practice as well as working within community and school systems. She has worked with many client groups including those with learning disability, Autism, cleft palate and children with impoverished language in association with social disadvantage, which is a particular area of interest. As part of her practice, Celine works directly with clients as well as with significant adults in the child’s environment such as Parents, Caregivers , Teachers and others who work with the child.

Dr. Toby Haslam-Hopwood

Dr. Toby Haslam-Hopwood, PsyD is a senior clinical psychologist working in ACTS.  Originally from the UK, Toby trained and worked in the US for some 15 years before coming to Ireland in 2008 to take up a post in regional residential childcare in the Mid West.  When ACTS was developed he transferred over to the new service to focus on working with children in Special Care, with children from detention schools, and those children at very high risk in the community.  He has an interesting hobby which is that he runs a social pedagogical residential programme which he set up explore whether this approach could add benefit for some of the children in the Irish care system. 

Emer Loughrey

Emer Loughrey, Counselling Psychotherapist working as an Addiction Counsellor with ACTS. Emer trained originally as a Social Care Worker completing her degree with Athlone Institute of Technology. She started out her career working with young people in residential care, managing services from 2000 to 2006. She then went on to work in the area of community development taking a strategic role in developing community services in Kildare town while studying psychotherapy. In 2009 Emer secured the position of Clinical Coordinator of a newly established Adolescent substance misuse service for Kildare West Wicklow and worked with multi-agencies to develop this community based service. Emer joined the ACTS team in 2013 to focus her work with children in Special Care, detention schools, and those children at very high risk in the community. 

Dr. Eleanor Griffith

Eleanor Griffith, BSc, MSc, D.Clin. Psych is a senior clinical psychologist working in ACTS. Eleanor completed her undergraduate degree in the UK and her postgraduate studies in Trinity College, Dublin. Prior to working in ACTS Eleanor worked in a School-Age Disability Team and a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for three years. She has a particular interest in attachment and developmental trauma and has completed additional training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, which focuses on working with young people with developmental trauma.



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