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:
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:
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 www.dublinpride.ie), 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
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.
PSI PRESS RELEASE
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
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.