Conference and AGM 2018

Conference and AGM 2018

PCHEI 2018 Conference & AGM - Killarney Plaza Hotel




Conference Agenda

Thursday 24th May

  • 9.30 - 11.00: Registration Tea and Coffee
    • PCHEI is delighted to announce Dr. Brendan O’Donnell, Vice-President, Academic Affairs and Registrar at IT Tralee as our keynote speaker opening the conference this year
  • 11.00 - 1.00: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy delivered by Ruan Kennedy
  • 1.00: Lunch
  • 2.00 - 4.00: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy continued
  • 4.00 - 4.30: Tea / Coffee
  • 4.30 - 6.00: AGM
  • 7.30: Meet for Drinks
  • 8.00: Dinner


Friday 25th May 2018  

  • 9am – 10am: Participate Meeting 
  • 10.15am - 12.15pm: Mindfulness Compassion delivered by Annemarie Naughton 
  • 12.15pm - Lunch


Ruan Kennedy is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Senior Counsellor in Dublin City University.  He is a guest lecturer on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in Trinity College Dublin, where he has also delivered workshops to the Doctoral students in Clinical Psychology. He uses Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in assessment and treatment of students at risk,and in developing interventions for a wide range of trauma, developmental and attachment issues. He has designed and delivered numerous workshops for students on issues such as low mood and anxiety.  Ruan has considerable experience working with trauma and recovery, having trained in Traumatic Incident Recovery (TIR) in 2005-2006. This has led to his interest in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, training from 2013 to January 2017 when he graduated as a Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist.  He is a former chair of the then IAUCC, now PCHEI.

Titile of Workshop:  Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Presentation title:  Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Student Counselling

Outline:  This workshop will outline the basis and some principles of sensorimotor psychotherapy which I have found particularly useful in my practice in student counselling. Both trauma and developmental issues will be looked at through the SP lens and how this approach distinguishes between these two presentations in order to work safely and effectively with each.  Case examples and  exercises will be used to give a sense of some principles that are particularly relevant to student counselling.

Annemarie Naughton has been working in the Trinity  Counselling Service since early 2002. She is responsible for co-ordinating the delivery of clinical services. Annemarie graduated from Trinity and worked as a social worker in Mental Health services in both Dublin and the West of Ireland. She has a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy and is a registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor with the Irish Council for Psychotherapy and the European Association for Psychotherapy. She is a certified teacher of Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness based Compassionate Living programmes.


Title of Workshop: Cultivating Self-Compassion


Outline: This workshop will be a mix of theoretical and  experiential with more emphasis on the experiential. Annemarie will include an overview of compassion based programmes including mindfulness (Paul Gilbert, Kristin Neff, Chris Germer and others).  Guided meditations, with self-compassion as the focus, will also be delivered.

Conference Details

Event Date 24-05-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 25-05-2018 2:00 pm
Registration Start Date 10-05-2018 9:00 am
Cut off date 23-05-2018 5:00 pm
Individual Price Full Members €125 Non-Members €150 Interns/Trainees €80
Killarney Plaza Hotel And Spa
Kenmare Place
Killarney Plaza Hotel And Spa
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The PCHEI is the representative body of Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education in Ireland. It provides support for counsellors, and facilitates continuous professional development. The association also liaises with statutory bodies and other relevant agencies on student issues.

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