IAUCC Annual Conference and General Meeting 2016

LGBT Psychology:

 Professor Peter Hegarty,

Dr Lisa Brinkmann.

Self Care 

Dr Colm O’Connor

2nd & 3rd June 2016,

River Lee Hotel,


Start time : 09:45am

Conference Programme 2016 (click for download)

Note: River Lee hotel is booked out ->Accommodation options 

LGBT Psychology

Self Care

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”.

The IAUCC Executive Working Group & Marian Browne, UCC Student Counselling Service are delighted to launch “Identifying & Responding to Distressed and At Risk Students,” – A bespoke mental health and suicide prevention training programme, designed to resource frontline higher education staff in identifying vulnerable students and linking them with support services when needed.

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