Demystifying Schema Therapy Workshop

Saturday 10th June from 10am to 4pm in NUIG Galway

Brief description of the event:

The workshop offers an introduction to schema therapy to help signpost participants to an understanding of what schema therapy is, and how it can add value to clinical practice across formulation, assessment, intervention and evaluation. It will also address how the evidence base highlights that self-practice – self-reflection (SPSR) can help sustain us in the work and positively impact intervention effect sizes.

Brendan O'Connell is a clinical psychologist currently working in the Irish Prison Service.
Brendan’s Psychology pathway formally commenced as a Trinity College Entrance Scholar in the 1990s. Since then he has worked in both the Irish Health Service and Irish Prison Service for almost twenty-five years. Brendan’s psychology career has included State-sponsored research, development and implementation of both clinical and organisational innovations in policy and practice that moderate chronic and enduring presentations among people he works with through promoting greater trauma sensitivity and inclusivity. He was one of Ireland’s first accredited advanced schema therapist practitioners and supervisors and was an invited supervisor on the HSE’s national rollout of schema therapy. He also developed the first D Clin Psych module on policy development and implementation, in conjunction with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Director of International Affairs.

Brendan has been a consistent advocate over two decades for the need for public policy and practice to be more responsive and evidence-informed by treating repeated human harm potential (to self and others) as a public health, rather than a solely perpetrator issue. Contact with our Justice, Health and Social Care systems represents real opportunities for people to experience trauma-sensitive contact that is evidenced to positively impact both future harm to self/others and the well-being of people working in these systems. In recent years, Brendan has been an invited speaker on the topic in Dáil Éireann in his role as 2018 President of the Psychological Society of Ireland, in Tedx events, in Europe and the U.S., including as an invited keynote speaker at APA Convention. He has been a member of the cross-departmental High-Level Task Force considering the mental health and substance use challenges of people who come into contact with the criminal justice sector.


*Lunch will be provided at this event



  • 10am start
  • 11.30 Coffee break (15 mins)
  • 1 Lunch (30 mins)
  • 4/5pm finish


This event is being run by the Early Graduate Group
Event Format: in person