PSI News


Launch of PSI Division of Neuropsychology (DoN) Inaugural Early Career Award 2018

The Division of Neuropsychology (DON) is delighted to launch the inaugural DON Early Career Award 2018. The DON Early Career Award is a new initiative to support and encourage early career researchers and clinicians in developing their interest and experience in the field of neuropsychology.

The 2018 DON Early Career Award will be awarded to a candidate judged by a DON Judging Panel to have made a significant contribution to the field of Neuropsychology. This contribution will be evidenced by the submission of an abstract for review, and being short-listed and selected to present the findings of their study detailed therein in poster format at the DON Annual Symposium and AGM (this year being held on Friday 14th December 2018 at PSI Buildings, Grantham House). The award recipient will be presented with a certificate of recognition and a sponsored award to the value of €250 (2018 Sponsorship by Brainworx).

For more information on how to enter, follow this link here



PSI and MHR Hosted Event: eMental Health: The Next Big Thing in Psychological Practice

eMental Health technologies are an important part of the future of mental health services in Ireland and can complement person-centred, face-to-face therapies, a seminar has heard today. The event entitled, eMental Health: The Next Big Thing in Psychological Practice? was hosted by Mental Health Reform and the Psychological Society of Ireland as part of the eMEN project, an Interreg North West Europe and HSE funded project aiming to improve mental health in Europe through increased use of eMental Health interventions.

Terri Morrissey, CEO of the Psychological Society of Ireland, said, “The PSI is delighted to co-present this conference on eMental Health. The PSI core values include evidence-based and scientific psychological knowledge in practice. Our speakers address the evidence for the efficacy of various therapies, including e therapy approaches.  It is important, that as psychologists, we are all able to stand over our practices in working with clients whether it be face-to-face or online. Hopefully, this conference will open up further the discussion on these issues, including the potential for access, reach and inclusion opportunities.”

(PSI CEO, Terri Morrissey. Photo Credit: Kenneth O'Halloran) 

Attracting a range of national and international expert speakers, the seminar was addressed by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, T.D. The Minister explained how e-space offers access and imagination to mental health issues. At a time when people don't know who to call, technology can provide help. We should embrace communication but understand the challenge in how to add quality to the service. 

Dr Marie Murray, Clinical Psychologist and PSI member, presented several questions on the future of technology and the implications of eMental Health in her talk The Future: Utopia or Dystopia? Dr Murray explained how Twitter has demonstrated the enormity of pain in society and made people feel less alone. However, Murray posed the question if people's discourse is becoming too problem saturated, and are we over-rating ourselves? Should we not learn from the human condition as we grow? Speaking to the broader Irish context, Dr Murray said, “Technology cannot become a cheap alternative to effective political intervention to provide services that, not only support those that are suffering from depression, anxiety and despair, but that seek to address the societal factors that may cause such distress in the first place.”

Brian Hughes, Terri Morrissey, Marie Murray

(Prof Brian Hughes, PSI CEO Terri Morrissey, Dr Marie Murray)

A few more inspiring speakers on the day were Prof Brian Hughes of NUIG who spoke on eTherapy: What the Evidence Shows ... and Doesn't Show. Prof Hughes highlighted the importance of doing more research into what the "e" means in eMental health; psychologists need to tailor and personalize therapies.

Prof Youssef Shiban, University of Gottingen, gave a talk on Virtual reality for Anxiety Disorders. Prof Youssef explained how research using virtual reality is helping people to overcome their phobias. This talk served as a prime example of the strides technology is making in eMental health and how it’s ever expanding into new territories. 

Dr Alison Darcy founder and CEO of Woebot was the last of the speakers, yet her talk certainly demonstrated how far mental health has come in catering for the needs of those who've grown up in the digital age. Dr Darcy gave her talk on Woebot, an exciting new startup that's created a chatbot that helps people regulate their moods and learn powerful techniques to challenge distorted and negative thinking. 



AW Lectures

The Psychological Society of Ireland Autumn Winter Free Public Lecture Series with Niamh Fitzpatrick

Wednesday 07 November 2018, 6.30pm, Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford

As part of the PSI’s Autumn Winter public lecture series, and the PSI Annual Conference, the Society is delighted to announce. 

In this talk, Niamh will look at the concept of resilience from a practical point of view. When hard times hit and life leaves us reeling, how can we find our resilience and cope with the challenges facing us? What understandings, tools, and resources can we use to access that part of us that can process the difficult times and find a way to navigate through them? Perhaps times are tough financially, maybe a relationship has ended, redundancy hits, or death crosses our door. At times like this, we can feel that we cannot cope, that it is all just too much and that we cannot possibly get through such times. We just want to curl up into a ball and hide under the duvet until it all goes away. But work, children, bills all dictate that we need to get up, get out and somehow find our way through. How do we do that? What practical strategies can we use to manage such times emotionally? In this talk, Niamh will speak about some real ways to be resilient in the real world.

Click here for more. 



2018 PSI Autumn Winter Public Lecture Series launched with Applying Sport Psychology to Your Everyday Life

The Society was delighted to kick-off the 2018 Autumn Winter Public lecture Series in Waterford on Thursday 27 September with a talk from Dr Cíara Losty. WIT hosted the Society's event, which saw a good crowd in attendance to listen to the multitude of extremely engaging and practical tips for “Applying Sports Psychology to Your Everyday Life” provided by Dr Losty. To view the presentation please click here.



PSI makes submissions to A Vision for Change Oversight Committee and the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care

Over the past number of weeks, the PSI Council has ratified two important documents:

  1. PSI submission to A Vision for Change Oversight Group;
  2. PSI response to the Houses of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care's Second Interim Report.

Both of these douments have been sent to the relevant Group/Committee for consideration. Please click here to view these submissions, as well as other submissions made by the Society. 


Conference Programme Available Now

The Conference programme is available to view now.

Take a look at who will be presenting, and what influential topics will be covered over Thursday and Friday.

You can also book one of the pre-conference workshops that take place on Wednesday the 7th of November.                                                

This year's Conference will see unique and inspiring talks, especially as this year will host over twenty Inspire Sessions that will be both thought-provoking and challenging. We must also mention that this year's Keynote Sessions will be one of the highlights of the Conference; talks from the PSI's Prof Brian Hughes, the BPS's Dr Katherine Button and the APA's Dr David Shriberg.