Welcome to our newly designed PSI Annual Conference for 2016!
We have made a number of changes to our Conference this year. These are based on your feedback and also on the work and ideas of this year’s Conference Team led by Dr Michele Coyle, President Elect.
The call for abstracts is now open! To submit an abstract please go to the Call for Abstracts tab at the top of this page, where submission information is outlined.
We welcome all ideas for inclusion and encourage those of you who would not usually present at our event to consider doing so this year. Of course we also welcome back those who have contributed in the past.
This year’s Conference will have an overall focus with the theme:
“Who are we: where have we come from and where are we going?"
Exploring the psychology of identity
Get up to the minute thinking on the part psychology plays in shaping and developing identities
Pre-conference workshops will run on Wedneday 9 November. More information will be available shortly by selecting the Workshops tab above
Information on this year's public lecture will be available over the coming months
Information on Thursday's keynote speaker will be available over the coming months
A buffet meal will take place on Thursday night
Student Affairs Group quiz
The Student Affairs Group (SAG) quiz will take place on Thursday night following the buffet meal. All delegates are invited to attend and a number of prizes will be available on the night
Information on Friday's keynote speaker will be available over the coming months
PSI Gala Dinner
The PSI Gala Dinner will take place on the night of Friday 11 November. The Deirdre McMackin Award, EQuIP Award and the Poster prizes will be awarded after the Gala Dinner
Deirdre McMackin Award
The Deirdre McMackin Award will be made to an individual who has been judged, by the selection committee for the PSI's Division of Neuropsychology, to have made a significant contribution to the field of neuropsychology as evidenced by the submission of a research paper and delivery of a presentation at the PSI Annual Conference. This Award is in memory of the late Dr Deirdre McMackin and her contribution to the development of neuropsychology in Ireland. For more information on the Deirdre McMackin Award please click here
The 2015 PSI Annual Conference will offer exhibitors and sponsors the opportunity to interact with psychologists from a range of different areas of psychology. Conference delegates will include academics, researchers, practitioners as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students of psychology. Exhibitors and sponsors will have access to over 450 delegates during the course of the PSI Conference.
The range of exhibition and sponsor packages for this year's PSI Conference can be viewed/ downloaded by clicking here
If you would like to avail of any of the exhibition or sponsorship opportunities, or would like additional information on the offerings, please contact the PSI PR and Events Manager, Ms Lisa Stafford, on +353 87 945 2801 or by e-mail at email@example.com
This year, the PSI is again holding pre-conference workshops as part of the Annual Conference. The pre-conference workshops will be run on Wednesday 9 November at the Sheraton Athlone Hotel.
Attendance at the pre-conference workshop costs €60 (includes a tea/coffee break) for a half day workshop and €120 (includes lunch and a tea/coffee break) for a full day workshop. Pre-conference workshop places can be booked in the 'Book Now' section of the website.
Workshop attendees will get 2 CPD credits for attending a half day workshop and 4 CPD credits for attending a full day; however, attendees must be present for the entire workshop as otherwise no credits will be earned.
Workshop A The Skilled Facilitatorpresented by Stephanie Duffy
A skilled facilitator enables a group to increase its effectiveness. By providing the appropriate structure and processes, a well facilitated session can assist a group to improve how it solves problems and makes decisions; improve working relationships and personal satisfaction in groups, and increase organisational learning. Organisations are adopting more collaborative ways of working and at the same time grappling with increasing pressure to produce results quickly. People are being called on to work in diverse groups with colleagues, clients and wider stakeholders to plan, collaborate and make important decisions. However, many of us have sat through badly run meetings and poorly designed workshops that lead to frustration and inertia rather than clear decisions, commitment and action. This one-day workshop will focus on the key components of a successful facilitated session and the essential competencies of a skilled facilitator. Participants will learn about meeting design and preparation, encouraging participation, managing dysfunction and selecting the appropriate decision making tools for a variety of situations. They will be introduced to the essential tools, techniques and processes to enable them to design and run effective meetings and workshops that enable successful group performance.
Workshop B ‘Is Sex for me?’ – Developing comfort and skill in clinical work with clients’ psychosexual needs presented by Fergal Rooney
This one-day workshop will offer participants an opportunity to reflect on their everyday practice in working with aspects of human sexuality. Participants will be encouraged to view sexuality as an integral part of routine clinical practice, rather than being an issue requiring a specialist approach. The workshop will present participants with an informal and reflective learning opportunity, in which they can consider their current practice and learn readily useable techniques and skills. A description of the current research and theoretical basis for best practice in working with the psychosexual needs of clients will be offered. Participants will also consider how to integrate a focus on sexuality into their practice. It will explore the assessment of therapeutic need, and it will focus on intervention planning with clients who present with a range of common psychosexual needs and challenges. A number of practical guidelines and practice techniques will be introduced, including the description of a model that uses assessment as a therapeutic instrument in working with clients. Illustrative case studies will be reviewed by participants in small groups in order to help in the application of insights learned.
Workshop C Introduction to the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) presented by Eoin Galavan
The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide (CAMS) model has been developed over the last 25 years having been trialled in multiple clinical environments in different countries, and systematically explored through research. It is an evidenced based therapeutic framework that can be applied to the work of all mental health professionals. This model allows a direct focus on drivers of suicide in a collaboratively developed treatment plan that both professional and service user co author and agree to. The CAMS includes risk assessment, risk management, tracking of suicidal risk and treatment planning that is suicide specific. This full day workshop will introduce participants to the psychology of suicide, suicide and the therapeutic relationship, the CAMS model and includes teaching, DVD material, discussion and demonstration role play.
Workshop D The practice of Mindfulness and its role in mental healthpresented by Marian O’ Brien-Hughes
Mindfulness has entered the clinical frameworks within “The Third Wave of Psychotherapy” and there has been a dramatic increase in clinical interventions that incorporate Mindfulness within the therapeutic setting. The number of research papers has grown exponentially in the last number of years. A key component within Mindfulness-based therapies is the awareness and understanding of damaging emotional, cognitive and behavioural patterns, and the development of the ability to relate differently to these patterns. Mindfulness practice facilitates the exploration of one’s interior world and offers the possibility to directly observe the nature of emotions, thoughts and body sensations, and the ways in which they contribute to suffering or happiness. Training in Mindfulness differs in that it is more than a clinical method or skill set - the heart of mindfulness is transformative in that fundamental questions arise about the nature of human experience so that life can be lived in a skilful way. The aim of this half day workshop will be to deliver an overview of the history, theory, applications and current research on Mindfulness practice and its emerging role within clinical settings with particular focus on the Mindfulness - Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) training programme. In addition to the comprehensive theoretical overview, participants will have the opportunity to directly experience ‘in-situ’, a guided mindfulness practice during the workshop. There will be particular reference to Mindfulness and the mental health professional in terms of recent research, opportunities for training and a discussion on when Mindfulness-based therapy is not a suitable therapeutic option.