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Publications & Conferences

On this page we feature some recent publications from staff or students at Cork Counselling Services Training Institute. We also highlight conferences in which we have had involvement.

Gestalt Therapy: An Exploration of its Relevance Today

Ms Debbie Hegarty MA, MIAHIP, SIAHIP is currently an IACP Core Trainer and Module Leader on our BSc (Hons.) Counselling and Psychotherapy. Here is her published article from Inside Out (Issue 93) Spring 2021 which looks at the relevance of Gestalt Therapy today.

On Becoming An Integrative Therapist

This published article is also by Ms Debbie Hegarty.

Mandatory Reporting

Ms Marilien Romme M.Sc (Psych) is also a graduate of the BSc (Hons.) Counselling and Psychotherapy and she is currently a counsellor at Cork Counselling Services. Here is her published article from Irish Journal Counselling Psychotherapy (Volume 21 Issue 2) Summer 2021 examines potential negative impacts of the reporting of historical abuse. Dr Kate Kirk is research supervisor at Cork Counselling Services Training Institute and is an experienced psychodrama psychotherapist, trainer and researcher.

Research

Ms Karen Walsh MSc, MIACP, Supervisor is Head of Training and a Programme Leader on our BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy. Here is her published article from Irish Journal Counselling Psychotherapy (Volume 17 Issue 3) Autumn 2017. The article is entitled Teaching Research: An Exploration of “Here Be Dragons” Territory and the Development of the Practitioner-Researcher.

Mr Hugh Morley BA, MIACP is also featured in this issue. The article is entitled “Are Cork Counsellors Predictable Types?” and explores if the Jungian psychological types of I.A.C.P. accredited counsellors in Cork City bear out hypotheses from the literature about an in-born disposition to their work.

Mr Joseph Enright Dip Counselling, MIACP is also featured in this issue. He interviews Professor Mick Cooper – at the “Research: Friend not Foe” Conference which concerned the development of the researcher role in therapeutic practice.

Negligence and the Psychotherapist

This published article is also by Ms Debbie Hegarty.

Polyvagal Informed Trauma Therapy

This published article is also by Ms Debbie Hegarty.

Conference: Friend Not Foe – Developing the Researcher Role in Therapeutic Practice

In this picture: Cork Counselling Services’ Friend Not Foe Conference Launch: Chairman Eamonn Kiely, Dr Kate Kirk, Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill, Deputy County Mayor Cllr Kevin Conway, Laura Maybury, Prof Mick Cooper, Hugh Morley and Karen Walsh. Photograph by Rob Lamb

In this picture: Cork Counselling Services’ Friend Not Foe Conference Launch: Chairman Eamonn Kiely, Dr Kate Kirk, Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill, Deputy County Mayor Cllr Kevin Conway, Laura Maybury, Prof Mick Cooper, Hugh Morley and Karen Walsh. Photograph by Rob Lamb

At a time when there is a greater readiness to discuss mental health and wellbeing issues in Ireland, counselling is being accessed more frequently than ever before. While many people have good experiences, the research base to demonstrate the effectiveness of counselling needs to be stronger in Ireland. Cork Counselling Services held an international conference to promote counselling research at Marymount Education Centre, Curraheen titled ‘Friend Not Foe: The Researcher’s Role in Therapeutic Practice’, sponsored by the Cork Convention Bureau

A selection of experienced and new generation counsellors and psychotherapists presented papers and posters on a wide variety of research topics. Keynote speaker Professor Mick Cooper, University of Roehampton, presented papers on ‘What Makes Therapy Effective?’ and ‘Relational Depth’.

The conference aimed to promote engagement with research at all levels of practice: from counselling undergraduates to experienced practitioners, generating knowledge and research discussions. This was the first conference undertaken by Cork Counselling Services and mayors from both City and County jurisdictions were in attendance.