02/06/2016 - 03/06/2016
River Lee Hotel
2nd & 3rd June 2016,
Start time : 09:45am
Conference Programme 2016 (click for download)
Professor Peter Hegarty from The University of Surrey will be presenting on“LGBT Psychology: How did we get to here, and what are the implications for student counsellors?” Since the decision to shift away from the diagnosis of homosexuality in the 1970s, the mental health professions have undergone dramatic paradigm shifts in understandings of sexual minorities. Counselling psychology, building on its humanistic values, has often lead the way in the creation of a more “affirmative” psychology for sexual and gender minorities. In this presentation, Peter Hegarty surveys the history and state of LGBT psychology considering particularly the implications for student counsellors.
Joining Professor Hegarty for Thursday’s session with be Dr. Lisa Brinkmann who will be presenting “Being transgendered in Ireland: Challenges and Pathways for clients and professionals” focusing on the psychological and psychotherapeutical aspects of being Transgender in Ireland today.
Dr Colm O Connor author of “The Courage to be Happy” will present the Friday morning workshop. “Drawing on the psychology of human imagination, this seminar reveals how life-enhancing illusion and everyday enchantment are essential to human hope. In the context of self-care, the universal necessity of a vertical life is revealed as that which enables the self to rise above and beyond literal reality. The poetic and universal practice of mind-flight is introduced as vital in helping the human person move from the mundane into what Heaney called “the marvellous”.
Poster Presentation- Rachel Moore, Express YOUR Gender
Rachel Moore is a Speech & Language Therapist and the founder of social enterprise, Express YOUR Gender, providing professional support to transgender people in Ireland. She provides voice and communication therapy, personal development, case management and career support services to transgender individuals and groups, as well as diversity consulting to service providers and organisations. Rachel holds a B.A. in Linguistics & Geography from UCD, a B.Sc. in Clinical Speech and Language Studies from TCD and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Women, Gender & Society at the UCD School for Social Justice.