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The Psychological Society of Ireland 2019 Annual Conference is here

We are delighted to say that the PSI 2019 Annual Conference is finally here! It was officially opened by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mr Jim Daly, T.D., at the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, yesterday evening.

Our latest talk in the Autumn Winter Lecture Series in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society was held by Prof. Siobhan O'Neill who spoke about Understanding Suicide & Self-Harm. 

We also will have a photo gallery of the PSI 2019 Annual Conference, which you can find here!





The Psychological Society of Ireland to honour Vicky Phelan and Catherine Corless with Presidential Citations at Psychology Conference

Vicky Phelan and Catherine Corless will be the recipients of Presidential Citations at this week’s Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). The Conference, which will be officially opened by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mr Jim Daly, T.D., on Wednesday at 6.30pm, takes place at the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny until Friday 08 November.

The Presidential Citations will be awarded at the Society’s Gala Dinner on Friday. PSI President Ian O’Grady said: “I am honoured to grant my Presidential Citations to two outstanding members of Irish society. The strength of Vicky Phelan’s resolve in the face of unimaginable difficulty is an inspiration to many, and she is a truly remarkable individual. I have enormous respect and appreciation for Catherine Corless for the effort she continues to make in keeping the Tuam Babies issue at the forefront of people’s minds”.



PSI Special Offer for New Members

Over the past number of months, the Council of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) has been working on a number of initiatives to benefit new and existing members of the Society. Much of this work will come to fruition in 2020, when the Society will celebrate 50 years since its founding in May 1970.

Council has agreed on a valuable initiative for new members - those who join from now until the end of the year will have their membership fee covered for 2020! So joining now means getting 15 months for the price of 12! This offer applies to new Student, Graduate and Associate Members.

If you would like to learn more about this offer, or have any other queries re membership, please email If you want to join the PSI, please click here!



The Psychological Society of Ireland appoints new Chief Executive Officer

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) announced today that Mr Shane Kelly has been appointed as the Society's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). After a robust and thorough recruitment process, Shane takes on the permanent role of PSI CEO at what is an exciting time as the Society prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020. 

Shane, who was previously employed as the PSI Head of Innovation and Development and filled the Interim CEO role over the past number of months, has a wealth of experience and, already in the interim period, has initiated some excellent processes. Shane has a very strong member focus which should quickly filter down to the PSI membership.



PSI Podcast: The Psychology of Brexit

PSI Podcast

The PSI is very excited to announce a new venture! We are delighted to present our first podcast, in what will be a six-part series. The Psychology of Brexit sees media professional Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh joined by Prof. Brian Hughes and Prof. Ian Robertson to discuss this highly relevant topic.


See the PSI Media section for this and other relevant media clips or click here



The Psychological Society of Ireland launches Pre-Budget 2020 Submission

In advance of the upcoming Budget for 2020, the PSI recently took the opportunity to issue a number of recommendations for the Government to take into consideration:

  • Individually allocated Continuous Professional Development (CPD) budgets for Psychologists working in the Civil / Public Service;
  • Fund the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology training programme; 
  • Fund the Doctorate in Educational Psychology training programme; 
  • Expand the number of funded places in Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training; 
  • The development of funding routes and models that support the range of research activity undertaken by Psychologists in a range of public service settings;
  • A commitment by the Government to extend the funding of the Assistant Psychologist pilot programme;
  • That the Government would establish a working party, in conjunction with the PSI, to establish an evidence-based training programme for the Assistant Psychologist grade. 

The PSI's Submission can be viewed and downloaded here.
The press release can be read in full here.



The Psychological Society of Ireland respond to recent comments by President Donald Trump

The Society wishes to respond to the recent public commentary by the United States (US) President Donald Trump in relation to gun violence and mental illness. 

The PSI President Ian O’Grady states: “Whilst I welcome the US President publicly discussing the important topic of ‘mental illness’, I very much regret that he misrepresented, so badly, the issue of gun violence in US society. In deflecting from the evidence-based causes of American gun violence, President Trump appears to have scapegoated an entire vulnerable section of society, many of whom our Society’s members work with on a day-to-day basis. He has stigmatised all of those living with a mental health diagnosis, made dehumanising remarks, and called for a return to redundant and antiquated practices that are anathema to the recovery-led models of care we have today, in the treatment of those with mental disorders. These remarks are to be rejected in their entirety as they fail to meet any meaningful threshold for what the actual evidence-base states on these matters.”

The press release can be read in full here.




Inaugural PSI Member Awards

The PSI is delighted to announce that the Inaugural PSI Member Awards will take place this November at the PSI Annual Conference. These Awards are designed to recognise excellence in research, practice and education in psychology by members. 


The categories will include: 

  1.  Early Career Psychologists
  2. Award for contribution to Research in Psychology
  3. Award for contribution to Professional Practice Psychology

To nominate an individual, please download the nomination form here.



Psychology and LGBT: Reflections on Equality and Diversity

In 2014/2015 the Psychological Society of Ireland developed and launched guidelines for good practice with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients. In addition, the issue of equality and diversity is a key feature of the PSI Society and Public Policy Committee's work plan for 2019.

As we look forward to Dublin LGBTQ PRIDE 2019 (taking place in June – see, we have invited some members of the Society to reflect on the way in which the profession recognises and addresses issues for and with LGBT individuals.

We hear from PSI Past President, Brendan O'Connell, who reflects on LGBT and Psychology, Ger Moane who looks back on PSI Guidelines for Good Practice with LGB Clients, Aisling Leonard-Curtin on accessing training and development on LGBT issues and PSI Membership Secretary, Megan Gaffney, on moving forward. 

You can read this special feature here.



PSI Interim Chief Executive Officer appointed

Following the departure of Terri Morrissey from the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position, the Society Council has confirmed an interim staff arrangement until the CEO position is filled. PSI staff member Shane Kelly (Head of Development and Innovation) has taken up the role of Interim CEO. Mayra Jones has stepped up from her position as PSI Council Secretariat/Learning and Development Coordinator to be appointed as Office Manager.

The CEO position will be advertised in the coming weeks. Council will work closely with the PSI staff team during this interim period to ensure the smooth running of Society matters.

Ian O'Grady, PSI President, said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their support and engagement with the Society, and also to thank the PSI staff for their motivation and enthusiasm during this transition period.

I look forward to continuing in my role as PSI President for the remainder of 2019 and working with staff and members in the lead into 2020 as we celebrate 50 years of the PSI."


PSI offers advice to parents with children who are sitting the Junior and Leaving Certificate

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) is offering advice to parents with children that are due to sit the Junior and Leaving Certificate state exams in June. The run-in to starting the exams can be daunting for students, but also for parents who can sometimes feel at a loss as to what they can say or do to offer their children support during what can be a challenging time.

The press release in full can be read here



PSI makes commendations to address psychology recruitment crisis

The Health Service Executive (HSE) report ‘Workforce Planning – Mental Health: Assessing Supply and Demand’ is welcomed by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). The PSI is pleased to see the HSE Mental Health Services setting-out to design a workforce planning process to proactively manage staffing types, and levels, according to demand for services arising from current and future models of care. However, it is a source of some frustration that after such significant gaps being highlighted, the decision to implement a recruitment embargo exacerbates the gaps in service provision already emphasised in the report.

The press release in full can be read here



PSI statement regarding establishment of permanent Oireachtas Mental Health Committee 

PSI President Ian O’Grady said: "For far too long mental health services have been the
Cinderella of our health services in terms of funding and direct political action. At a time when we have had more mental health awareness and stigma-reducing campaigns, it is an incredible source of frustration that the appropriate resources to meet the needs of people looking for help have not been put in place alongside these campaigns."

The press release in full can be read here


10. 04.2019

PSI Annual Conference 

The 2019 Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland will take place from 07 - 08 November at the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny.

This year, The Psychological Society of Ireland is delighted to announce that the first 100 PSI Student Members in Undergraduate & full-time Postgraduate education can avail of a significant discount! 

Click here to learn more



The Psychological Society of Ireland advises on Conversion Therapy

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), the learned and professional body for psychology in the Republic of Ireland, wishes to provide advice in regard to the recent public commentary with regard to the practice known as ‘Conversion Therapy’.

Conversion therapy refers to any form of psychological intervention which aims to change a person’s sexual orientation. 

The entire press release can be read here



Professor Sonia Livingstone Presentation

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) was delighted to host Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE to talk about Children's personal data and privacy online: it’s neither personal nor private.

Kindly supported by the School of Psychology Trinity College Dublin, her talk surmised of the below: 

The transformation of ever more human activities into data means that managing one’s privacy is becoming highly complex, co-opted by practices of state regulation and emerging business models. Our project, “Children's data and privacy online: growing up in a digital age,” funded by the UK’s data protection authority, prioritises children’s voices, experiences and rights within a wider framework of evolving policy-making. In this talk, I draw on a recent systematic evidence mapping and a series of workshops with children around the UK to distinguish interpersonal, institutional and commercial contexts within which children of different ages make decisions about data and privacy online. While the regulatory focus post-GDPR is increasingly on commercial and institutional uses of children’s data, families conceptualise privacy in interpersonal (often, e-safety) terms, resulting in a clash of values and misunderstandings which demand urgent resolution.


The recording of this lecture is available to PSI members in the Member Dashboard area and to members of the public by clicking here. To access slides from the lecture, please click here 




The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) has issued a statement in response to the prolonged concerns in relation to recruitment in mental health teams in Ireland. In particular, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The PSI shares the concerns of those who have noted the long waiting lists and unmet need of those requiring support at all levels of the mental health system.

The press release can be found here



Ways to help yourself through the hardest of times

As part of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) Annual Conference, the Society was delighted to host a free Public Talk, Resilience in the Real World, presented by psychologist Niamh Fitzpatrick and supported by Wexford's "ask" mental awareness campaign. Niamh began her career as a Sports Psychologist and such experience led her on to working in areas of business psychology, performance and life coaching. It was a privilege to hear Niamh share her personal experience of Resilience with nearly 200 people in the audience. If you didn't make it on the night, click here for a summary on how to cope in hard times.