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- PublicationReview of Psychotherapeutic Interventions in infancy: A seminar given by Dr Margareta Berg-Broden / Alan Carr. Social constructionist psychology and family therapy: Reflections on Professor Ken Gergen's paper to the Psychology Dept, University College Dublin 20th June 1996 / Alan Carr(Family Therapy Association of Ireland, 1993-12)Article 1: This fascinating seminar was held under the auspices of the Irish Institute for INtegrated Psychotherapy and the Irish Forum for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at All Hallows College on 2nd April 1993. Margareta, a Swedish pscychologist and psychotherapist, is an international authrity on treatment of mother-infant attachment difficullties. She has worked over the past twenty years in the US, France and Italy. She currently practices at Victoriagarden, a unit within the Child Psychiatric Clinic of Malmo in Sweden. The seminar was later published in the Irish Psychologist, 19 (10), 123-124. / Article 2: Ken Gergen spoke to a full house at UCD on 20th June 1996. He outlined three criticisms of the representationalist position in academic psychology and then went on to sketch the implications for psychology of discarding a representationalist position in favour of a social constructionist stance.
- PublicationOne Perspective on Karl Tomm's Current Approach to Systemic Practice(Family Therapy Association of Ireland, 1997)Karl Tomm occupies a pivotal position in the evolution of systemic family therapy. He played an important role in bringing the work of the original Milan systemic family therapy team to the attention of family therapists in North America, the UK and Ireland (Tomm, 1984a, 1984b). He then went on to extend and elaborate their w ork and also to integrate work from the narrative therapy tradition into systemic family therapy. The account of some aspects of his work presented in this chapter are based on a presentation he made over two days at the Mater Hospital in Dublin in April 1 997. The presentation and this account of Karl Tomm’s work clusters around four central themes.
- PublicationJay Haley's Invited address to the World Congress on Behaviour Therapy, Washington DC, 1983(Family Therapy Association of Ireland, 1984)"Changes to a more sensible therapy" was the title of the paper Jay Haley presented to the 1983 World Congress on Behaviour Therapy. Haley began by pointing out that the idea of training mental health professionals to talk to patients, to change the patients' behaviour is relatively new. While the notion of healing by talking has been known to religious groups since early in our history, only recently has the phenomenon been subject to secular scrutiny.
- PublicationThe assessment and treatment of juvenile sex offenders in Ireland(Special Residential Services Board, 2004-08)
;Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a widespread national problem. Evidence indicates that in between one-quarter to one-third of all cases the perpetrator is a juvenile sex offender. In the Republic of Ireland there are only 4 juvenile sex offender treatment programmes staffed by interagency, multidisciplinary teams. These teams have developed rigorous assessment and treatment procedures. The programmes take account of the multifactorial causation of juvenile sexual offending and the need to involve families and a variety of agencies in helping these youngsters develop more productive lives and avoid recidivism. There is a need to develop and evaluate similar programmes in each region of the country. 1177
- PublicationNarrative Therapy: One Perspective on the Work of Michael White(Family Therapy Association of Ireland, 1999)In this chapter a systematized description of a number of practices central to Michael Whites narrative approach to therapy is given. These include collaborative positioning of th e therapist; externalizing the problem; excavating unique outcomes; thickening the new plot; and linking the new plot to the past and the future. The practices of re - membering and incorporation; using literary means to achieve therapeutic ends; and facili tating taking - it - back practices are also described. The paper closes with a number of questions which it may be useful for those concerned with narrative therapy to address.
- PublicationFathers in family therapy: Lessons from research(Family Therapy Association of Ireland, 1998)Treatment outcome research has shown that for 2/3 to 3/4 of cases family therapy is an effective intervention f or child focused problems (Shadish et al, 1993; Pinsof & Wynne, 1995; Carr, 1997). One factor that has consistently been shown to enhance the effectiveness of family therapy is father involvement. Where fathers do not attend at least some therapy sessions , it is more likely that the family will drop out of treatment or that therapy will not lead to problem resolution (Gurman & Kniskern, 1978; Frielander et al, 1994; Bischoff & Sprenkle, 1993). An important question arising from this finding is how best t o engage fathers in family therapy and how to create opportunities within therapy for fathers to contribute to resolving presenting problems (Berg & Rosenblum, 1977; Hecker, 1991). In this paper the implications for clinical practice of research on the rol e of fathers in families and family therapy will be explored.
- PublicationTherapeutic dilemmas and crisis phonecalls in family therapy: Guidelines for positive practice(Family Therapy Association of Ireland, 1996)When clients believe that they have not got the personal resources to cope with the demands of either living with their problems or taking steps towards their resolution, stating their therapuetic dilemma may precipitate a therapeutic crisis. A therapeutic dilemma is a concise statement of the disadvantages and difficulties associated with leaving the presenting problem unresolved and the disadvantages and risks entailed by solving the problem. In this paper, a framework for conceptualizing therapeutic crises and guidelines for theri management are described. These guidelines allow the therapist to avoid becoming involved in problem maintenance and to retain a position from whcih to promote problem resolution. The framework and guidelines evolved within the context of a brief integrative approach to consultation with families who require help with child-focused psychosocial difficulties.
- PublicationChristine Padesky pushes the boundaries of Cognitive therapy in Dublin(The Psychological Society of Ireland, 2001)Despite floods and strikes of all sorts, a few hundred of us gathered in the Swift Centre at St. Patrick’s Hospital in James’s Street on December 7th and 8th to attend a ground breaking workshop presented by Dr. Christine Padesky, Director of the Centre for Cognitive Therapy in California and leading international expert in the field. The first day of the workshop dealt with basic skills in cognitive therapy and on the second day the focus was on a new protocol for working with clients with recurrent problems.