Child Protection for Psychotherapists: 20.01.2018


Saturday 20 January 2018. 10am – 1pm
St Audoen’s National School, Cook Street, Dublin 8.

The landscape in which we work has been changing rapidly. In response to this the EC has tried to ready the membership for the new requirements which must be met and the new demands that are being placed on us in respect of our work. One element which needs to be addressed is that of the new legislation in respect of child protection issues. We have arranged for a half-day training in child protection, which will be delivered to interested APPI members on January 20th 2018. Please register your interest as places are limited.

The training will be delivered by Sarah Houston who is a systemic psychotherapist working in St Clare’s Sexual Abuse and Therapy Unit (Temple Street Children’s University Hospital), and in private practice. She has a background in social work, and has over 16 years’ clinical experience in the area of mental health, chiefly working with children, young people and families. Sarah has represented HSE CAMHS on the National HSE Children First Child Protection Policy Sub Group and the National Children First Mental Health Committee, and contributed extensively to the HSE Child Protection Policy. She was also the Mental Health Representative on the National HSE Children First Editorial Board, co-writing and editing content for the HSE website on matters relating to Children First and Child Protection. She has recently completed her training in the Supervision and Teaching of Systemic Therapy. She has many years’ experience teaching the integration of child protection and clinical practice at undergraduate and masters level in TCD and UCD. She has delivered numerous training workshops on child protection to psychotherapists.

Content of the training day

  • Introduction to key documents
  • Defining and recognising abuse and neglect
  • Duties and responsibilities under Children First Guidelines 2017
  • Duties and responsibilities for mandated persons and Children First Act 2015
  • Responding to child protection concerns
  • Responding to retrospective disclosures of child abuse/neglect
  • Key issues for psychotherapists

Learning objectives

  • Gain an understanding of our obligations as mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015
  • Know how to recognise child protection and welfare concerns
  • Know how to respond appropriately to child protection and welfare concerns
  • Understand the importance of child protection policies, procedures and practices to psychotherapeutic practice

 CPD Points will be awarded for attendance.