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Social Work as a Champion of Lifespan Mental Health Solutions

  • Education, Research and Training Centre, Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross
  • 9.30 - 4
  • 16 Apr 2015

Price €15 members/ €35 non-members/ €10 students

First National Joint Social Work in Mental Health Conference


Price includes lunch and refreshments

The poster for this conference can be downloaded from the top right side of this page. 



The Education & Research Centre is located in the grounds of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W, just minutes from Dublin’s city centre. The Centre has ample free parking and is well serviced by numerous Dublin Bus routes passing the main gates, including  9, 16, 49 and 54a. The Green Luas Line Charlemont Stop is a 15 minute walk away. Visit to view a map. 


Conference Programme

9.30 Registration, tea and coffee

10.00 Welcoming address by Nicola Byrne, Chair CAMHS & Mary G Killion, Chair SWAMH

10.10 Introduction Address Dr Margo Wrigley

10.30 Keynote address Gloria Kirwan 

11.10 Opening address by Minister Kathleen Lynch (Minister of State for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability)

11.40 Q&A

11.50 Tea & coffee

12.00 Concurrent Workshops

  • Crosslinx project
  • Efficiencies
  • Child to Parent Violence in Ireland and the Non Violence Resistance Programme

1.00 Lunch


2.15 Concurrent Workshops

  • Crosslinx project
  • Efficiencies
  • Child to Parent Violence in Ireland and the Non Violence Resistance Programme

3.15 Workshop feedback to full conference

3.45 Review of day and Closing address


3.5 CPD points are awarded to this event


Workshop Details

Crosslinx Workshop
Crosslinx is an Interagency Service Initiative established in Co Meath to address the impact of parental mental illness on families.  Experienced professionals from four services (AMHS, CAMHS, TUSLA and Primary Care Psychology Services) come together to jointly deliver a number of services including : Family Psycho-Education and Early identification of the mental health needs of  family members; Treatment of Post Natal Depression: Parent and Infant Work; Parents as Expert Group based Programme; and Family Therapy. This workshop will be facilitated by Fiona Coyle (Senior Social Worker Meath CAMHS and Mary Delaney Senior Social Worker (Senior Social Worker Meath AMHS)

Child to Parent Violence in Ireland- and the Non Violence Resistance Programme- Eileen Lauster, MSW

The aim of the workshop is to share learning from an EU action research

project on an under-researched and under-reported form of violence and

abuse in family systems called Child to Parent Violence (CPV) - the use of

violence by children and young people at home towards parents. Child to

parent violence raises a variety of dilemmas and questions for practitioners

and for researchers, some of which will be explored during this session.

Using examples from research on the Responding to Child to Parent Violence

(RCPV) Project two day training in Non Violent Resistance (NVR), we will

share how awareness of CPV, along with knowledge and skills in NVR

increased for practitioners after attending the training. We will also discuss

how this impacted on their practice with families experiencing Child to Parent

Violence. Delegates will be introduced to the NVR programme as adapted in Ireland.

This programme is an evidence based, innovative and short-term intervention

that that can be used with existing family services. It responds to the needs of

parents in embattled systems while protecting children and responding to

needs to agencies to assist and support families presenting with this form of

family violence. The NVR programme also does not exclude families that may be

experiencing child protection, drug/addition or mental health issues of either

the parent or child.



Minister Kathleen Lynch

Kathleen Lynch was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Disability, Mental Health and Older People in March 2011.  In July 2014, she assumed responsibility for Primary Care while retaining responsibility for Mental Health, Disability and Older People under the Social Care element of her portfolio.

Minister Lynch is accountable for developing and articulating Government policy on Disability and Mental Health.  She is leading a fundamental Mental Health Reform Programme in Ireland (Vision for Change).

She was first elected to the Dáil in 1994. She was subsequently elected again in 2002 and has retained her seat since.

She is a full-time public representative and was a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Health in 2007, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights 2002-2007 and the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Enterprise and Small Business 2002 – 2006.

Kathleen Lynch is married to Bernard with four children.


Gloria Kirwan

Gloria Kirwan is Asst Professor of Social Work in Trinity College Dublin. She qualified as a professional social worker in 1985 and before taking up a full-time academic role in 2001 she worked in mental health services, child and family services, community organisations and in a staff welfare role in a large local authority. Gloria has conducted research related to the field of mental health on topics including the management of risk, parental mental illness and service user participation. She has published a number of articles and chapters, including a recently published chapter on risk management in Sheehan and Ogloff’s book ‘Working in the Forensic Paradigm’ (2015, Routledge) and she has presented papers related to her research at international conferences. She is co-Guest Editor with Professor Malcolm Golightley of a forthcoming special edition on mental health social work for the Journal of Social Work Practice (Taylor & Francis, UK) which will be published later this year. Over the years, Gloria has served as a volunteer on the management or advisory committees of a range of statutory and voluntary organisations. In addition, she is currently a lay member of the Medical Council Fitness to Practise Committee and a registrant member of the CORU Preliminary Proceedings Committee.


Eileen Lauster

Eileen is currently the Acting Practice Learning Co-ordinator for the MA in Social Work Programme in the School of Political Science and Sociology at NUI Galway. She was recently the Research Assistant for the Responding to Child to Parent Violence Project in Ireland and a Research Assistant Fellow with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway. Eileen was awarded a Masters in Social Work, majoring in Administration and Community Organisation, from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan before practicing as a social worker in child protection and welfare in the United States and in adult mental health services in Ireland. She co-facilitated the Peaceful Parenting Programme and developed a new prevention programme for adolescent girls at risk for anti-social behaviours. She worked with Declan Coogan on the Responding to Child to Parent Violence Project at NUI Galway and is available to present the 2-day Non Violent Resistance practitioner training programme that was developed during the project.


Dr.Margo Wrigley

Margo Wrigley graduated from Trinity College Dublin , completed General Medical Training in the Federated Hospitals , Dublin and then basic training in Psychiatry in the SJOG Scheme. This was followed by Higher Training in Oxford which included Psychiatry of Old Age. On returning to Dublin in 1989 she set up the first Old Age Psychiatry Service in Ireland. This formed the template for the country which now has an almost complete coverage by this specialty service.

From this she developed an interest in service management , design and implementation based on the essential features of clear clinical pathways , good clinical  governance and evidence based practice underpinned by a focus at all times on the patient and multidisciplinary working. She has held the roles of Clinical Director for General and Old Age Psychiatry and more recently Executive Clinical Director for the Dublin North City Mental Health Service which covers all four recognised specialty areas in Mental Health. 



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