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19.10.2022

PSI makes opening statement to the Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Mental Health to consider issues relating to perinatal mental health

Chair of the Psychological Society of Ireland’s Special Interest Group in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (SIGPIMH) Dr Eithne Ní Longphuirt and committee member Dr Jillian Doyle both attended the Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Mental Health on Tuesday 18 October to discuss issues relating to perinatal mental health. 

To read their opening statement to the sub-committee in full, please click here.

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18.10.2022

Call for expressions of interest for the HSCP Critical Care Advisory Group

The HSCP critical care advisory group (CCAG) is currently seeking nominations for the following:

  • Senior/clinical specialist representative working in critical care
  • Manager

The role of the HSCP CC Advisory Group will be to support the HSCP lead critical care to provide strategic direction and leadership ensuring the development and implementation of required;

  • HSCP workforce planning recommendations for phase 2 expansion critical care services
  • HSCP education and training plan to support WFP for HSCP critical care
  • HSCP ICT, equipment and infrastructure recommendations for new critical care services
  • Implementation of monitoring and evaluation tool for HSCP critical care

The Terms of Reference can be viewed here. The deadline for nominations is 5pm, Monday 24 October. If you are a Chartered member, and interested, but have not recieved an email in relation to this, please contact divisions@psychologicalsociety.ie.

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13.10.2022

The PSI welcomes the Oireachtas Sub-Committee Report on Pre-Legislative Security of the Draft Heads of Bill to Amend the Mental Health Act 2001

The PSI wishes to extend thanks to chairperson Senator Frances Black and the Sub-Committee for their work and commitment on this important issue and for extending an invitation to the PSI to present.

The PSI looks forward to continuing to proactively work with Government to bring about the legislative amendments recommended to ensure that the best interests of all those who use mental health services is enshrined in law.

To read the recommendations that the PSI endorsed in full, please see here.

Read the Oireachtas Sub-Committee Report here.

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09.09.2022

PSI calls for the implementation of National Traveller Mental Health Strategy 

To coincide with the year’s World Suicide Prevention Day, which takes place on Saturday 10 September, the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) is calling for the urgent implementation of the National Traveller Mental Health Strategy.

In working with the Traveller Visibility Group from Cork, the PSI is using World Suicide Prevention Day to draw attention to suicide within the Travelling community and the urgent need for a Traveller mental health strategy.

Please click here for the full press release

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11.08.2022

The PSI Member Awards 2022

Do you know an early career psychologist that should be awarded for their work? Or a more senior PSI member that should be recognised for their contribution to research in psychology or professional practice in psychology? If so, then now is the time to make a nomination for the 2022 PSI Member Awards!

The Member Awards are designed to recognise excellence in research, practice, and education in psychology by members. These awards will range from those studying or teaching psychology to those making significant contributions in their professional careers. The award categories include:

  • Early Career Psychologist;
  • Contribution to Research in Psychology;
  • Contribution to Professional Practice Psychology.

 

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Wednesday 12 October 2022. 

Please click here for further information and to download the nomination form. 

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10.08.2022

PSI's Pre-budget 2023 Submission

The PSI today, Wednesday 10 August 2022, provided the Society's pre-budget 2023 submission to Mr Pascal Donohoe, T.D., Minister for Finance.

In this year's PSI submission, the Government and the Taoiseach are called upon to provide multi-annual funding to address the significant gaps in Ireland’s psychological workforce.

The PSI urges the Government to:

  1. Fund trainee counselling and educational psychology courses to the same level as their trainee clinical psychology counterparts. There are, on average, 35 places between both doctoral courses per year which would necessitate funding of €1.715 million per year (salary and 60% of university fees).
  2. Fund an additional 50 trainee psychologist posts across the professional doctoral programmes for a five-year period which would necessitate an additional €2.45 million in funding per year (€12.25 million over the five years).
  3. To coordinate the management and placement of current and increased numbers of trainees, the Government must fund with immediate effect the establishment of a National Psychology Placement Office as the HSE has recommended, which requires the funding of €770,000 per year.

Click here to view the PSI Pre-budget 2023 Submission

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04.07.2022

PSI's 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

To encourage participation and inclusion, this year’s PSI Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place both in-person and online (hybrid) on Saturday 27 August, 2022. Details on registration and location of the AGM will follow in due course. For all other information about the AGM, please log in to the Member Dashboard area and select the 'PSI AGM' section. 

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17.06.2022

PSI promoting empathy on World Refugee Day 2022

On Monday 20 June, the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) celebrates World Refugee Day. This year’s theme is the right to seek safety. Whoever needs safety, whenever they need safety, and wherever they are from, everyone has the right to seek safety. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) considers World Refugee Day as an opportunity to build empathy and understanding of the plight of refugees and to recognise the strength and resilience of refugees in rebuilding their lives.

The full press release can be viewed by clicking here.

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13.06.2022

PSI supports Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 June 2022, with the theme being ‘Understanding Early Trauma’. The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) is supporting this awareness week through the release of a variety of short videos on themes related to infant mental health. Developed by the PSI Special Interest Group in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (SIGPIMH), the videos will aim to bring awareness to infant mental health and ways in which infants can be supported in their development during this important stage in their lives.

Videos include:

  • What is Infant Mental Health?
  • Antenatal Bonding
  • Your Baby is Speaking to You
  • Mentalising
  • Video Interaction Guidance
  • Supporting LGBT+ families

The promotional videos developed to support Infant Mental Health Awareness Week are being made available via the Psychological Society of Ireland YouTube channel throughout the course of the awareness week, as well as being promoted on PSI and SIGPIMH social media platforms.

The full press release can be viewed by clicking here.

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25.05.2022

Call for Expressions of Interest to sit on the Membership, Qualifications and Chartership Committee (MQCC)

The MQCC processes applications for Chartered Membership and Graduate Membership for applicants with overseas qualifications. We are looking for Graduate or Chartered members who are interested in qualifications both in Ireland and abroad, and who are involved with the professional practice area, academic sphere and research area. The Committee meets every 6-8 weeks via Zoom to review applications. Close liaison is maintained with the PSI office who supports the Committee. Members of the Committee receive 10 learning credits each year, and the Chair of the Committee receives 15. Current committee members are happy to talk with any interested members regarding MQCC work. Any interested members should contact membership@psychologicalsociety.ie and provide us with a short bio as soon as possible.

We are also looking for Chartered and Graduate members to join the MQCC for the purpose of reviewing applications for Chartered Membership of those with overseas qualifications in Clinical, Counselling and Educational psychology who do not have validation by the Department of Health. We are looking to recruit reviewers in the areas of Clinical, Counselling and Education for the evaluation of the equivalence of NON ROI qualifications to the Society's accredited qualifications and standards. Interested applicants are also asked to submit a short bio to membership@psychologicalsociety.ie.

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20.05.2022

Letter from PSI President Dr Vincent McDarby to the National Clinical Director and Lead for Integrated Care regarding CAMHS-ID Model of Service

A subgroup of PSI members and representatives from Heads of Psychology Services Ireland met recently in relation to the National Model of Service (MoS) document Mental Health Services for Children with Intellectual Disabilities (CAMHS-ID).


The PSI welcomes the development of a model of service for children with an intellectual disability. PSI President Dr Vincent McDarby recently sent a comprehensive response, addressed to the National Clinical Director and Lead for Integrated Care, with regards to assisting the review by the Chief Clinical Officer’s Clinical Forum and the final version of the CAMHS-ID Model of Service. You can read the letter in full here.

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16.05.2022

Call for Expressions of Interest to the National Clinical Programme for Eating Disorders (NCPED) Oversight and Planning Group

A lead HSCP representative is being sought to join the National Clinical Programme for Eating Disorders (NCPED) Oversight and Planning Group.

Purpose:

To advise the National Clinical Programme (NCP) Team on the following:

  • the planning and oversight of the Model of care (January 2018).
  • the mainstreaming and sustainability  of the clinical programme into mental health service operations, ensuring that standards are maintained and evaluated.   

The NCPED has a National Oversight Group, which meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 10am -12noon, to oversee the full implementation of the ED clinical programme in line with the agreed Terms of Reference.

A nomination form has been emailed to all PSI Chartered members. Please contact divisions@psychologicalsociety.ie for more details.

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10.05.2022

PSI launches new professional practice guidelines for assessment, formulation, and diagnosis of autism in children and adolescents

On Tuesday 10 May 2022, the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) launched the second edition of the Professional Practice Guidelines for the Assessment, Formulation, and Diagnosis of Autism in Children and Adolescents.

The event saw Adam Harris, CEO of Ireland's national autism charity AsIAm, officially launch the PSI guidelines. Mr Harris stated: "The document engages with the real tension which exists between the importance of an accurate, empowering diagnosis on the one hand, and the development of equitable needs-based services on the other.

"Whilst we know that over time diagnosis may be less important for accessing services, it will remain critically important for informing the supports that are provided by enabling an individual, a family and the professionals who work with us to best understand what supports are required."

The Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon, also joined the PSI in welcoming the guidelines, which promote a human rights-based model of disability. Dr Muldoon stated: "From a children’s rights viewpoint, the production of the PSI’s Professional Practice Guidelines for the Assessment, Formulation, and Diagnosis of Autism in Children and Adolescents is crucial in maintaining the drive to ensure the best possible professional support for all children who may be considered as having autism."

The new edition of the guidelines, which replace the first edition from 2010, has been developed to promote proficiency and to help facilitate a high level of professional practice by psychologists. The guidelines were developed over a three-year process, led by a working group from the committee of the PSI Special Interest Group in Autism, including autistic psychologists, and in consultation with the broader membership of the PSI. 

For the full press release please click here and here to view the Professional Practice Guidelines for the Assessment, Formulation, and Diagnosis of Autism in Children and Adolescents, 2nd edition.

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09.05.2022

PSI to launch professional practice guidelines in relation to assessment, formulation, and diagnosis of autism in children and adolescents

On Tuesday, 10 May 2022, the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) will launch the second edition of the Professional Practice Guidelines for the Assessment, Formulation, and Diagnosis of Autism in Children and Adolescents.

Adam Harris, CEO of Ireland's national autism charity AsIAm, will officially launch the PSI guidelines. The Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon, will join PSI in welcoming the guidelines, which promote a human rights-based model of disability.

This updated edition of the PSI autism guidelines replaces the first edition from 2010. Since the publication of the 2010 guidelines the landscape of autism awareness, understanding, research, and practice has changed considerably, both internationally and within the Irish context.

The new edition of the guidelines has been developed to promote proficiency and to help facilitate a high level of professional practice by psychologists. The guidelines were developed over a three-year process, led by a working group from the committee of the PSI Special Interest Group in Autism (SIGA), including autistic psychologists, and in consultation with the broader membership of the PSI. Ms Ruth Connolly, Chair of SIGA and Principal Clinical Psychology Manager, will also speak at the launch.

For the full press release please click here.

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06.05.2022

Volunteer psychologist representatives wanted - EFPA

The Federation of Swiss Psychologists (FSP), the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA), and the American Psychological Association (APA) are collaborating to develop a presence for the science and profession of Psychology at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva. 

This is to complement the longstanding work of the APA at the UN in New York, and aims to broaden the reach of European Psychology into international organisations that exist to find solutions to the problems of society.  The collaborating organisations now seek applications from psychologists to serve on a team of approximately 4-5 advocates at the UN in Geneva.

To learn more about the role and how to apply, see here.

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26.04.2022

Call for abstracts for the 2022 PSI Annual Conference is now open

The call for abstracts is now open for this year's PSI Annual Conference! The final day of submission is Friday 10 June 2022. You can submit an abstract here.

The 2022 Conference is set to take place from Wednesday 09 - Friday 11 November inclusive at the Midland's Park Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. To learn more about the event, including keynote speakers and Terms & Conditions, please click here.

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14.04.2022

PSI's Special Interest Group in Human Rights & Psychology develop Psychological First Aid Kit for families hosting Ukrainian refugees

A Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide has been compiled by the Psychological Society of Ireland’s (PSI) Special Interest Group in Human Rights & Psychology (SIGHRP). This guide is for those who will have contact with Ukrainian refugees and will be useful for those involved with hosting Ukrainians displaced by the conflict. It is aimed at helping the public understand how best to support people who have experienced a significant trauma. 

PFA is humane, supportive, and practical assistance to fellow human beings who recently suffered exposure to serious stressors. It is a way of providing support from one human to another human who is experiencing distress. See the full press release here.

The Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide can be viewed here.

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08.04.2022

PSI statement supporting calls for allocation of psychology personnel to cardiac rehabilitation (CR)

The PSI has written to Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the Steering Group for the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services (NRSCS), in support of the position statement submitted to the NRSCS by the expert advisory group of psychologists specialising in cardiology regarding allocation of psychology personnel to cardiac rehabilitation (CR) in Ireland.

The PSI has previously drawn attention to the inequitable access to psychological support for cardiac patients in Ireland and fully supports this position statement which explicitly outlines the psychological workforce needed in CR.

Only one in five CR centres in Ireland can access psychological support for their patients, and yet this service is highly prioritised by both patients and CR centres alike.

The PSI has called on Prof. Philip Nolan to support our call for adequate psychological staffing for this vulnerable patient population in the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services (2022). You can read PSI President Dr Vincent McDarby's letter to Prof. Philip Nolan here. Read the position statement here. You can also read a feature article that expands on the position statement here. .

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08.04.2022

Call for Expressions of Interest

A message to all PSI Chartered members. A number of calls for Expressions of Interest (EoI) to the following positions have been made. 

A lead HSCP representative is now being sought to join the Steering Committee of the Implementation of National Clinical Guideline No. 21 “Appropriate Prescribing of Psychotropic Medication for Non-cognitive Symptoms in People with Dementia”. Please send your nomination form to Divisions@psychologicalsociety.ie by the deadline of Wednesday 13 April 2022. The nomination form can be accessed here.

Two HSCP lead representatives are being sought to join the National Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons Rehabilitation Framework for Older People. Please send your nomination form to Divisions@psychologicalsociety.ie by the deadline of Wednesday 13 April 2022. The form can be accessed here.

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05.04.2022

PSI makes statements to two Oireachtas committee meetings

On Tuesday 05 April 2022, the PSI made two opening statements at separate Oireacthas committee meetings.

PSI President-elect Dr Anne Kehoe and Dr Michael Drumm, PSI Past President (2011/12) and current Council member, attended the Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Mental Health meeting for Pre-Legislative Scrutiny on the Mental Health (Amendment) Bill delivering PSI's opening statement, which can be viewed here.

Mr Mark Smyth, PSI Past President (2020) and current Council member, attended the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Roundtable Discussion on the Future Funding of Higher Education where he delivered PSI's opening statement, which can be viewed here.

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01.04.2022

PSI announces Steven Pinker as keynote for Annual Conference

The PSI is delighted to announce Professor Steven Pinker as a keynote speaker for the Society's 2022 Annual Conference, which takes place on Thursday 10 & Friday 11 November at the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. 

Professor Pinker will deliver his keynote address, Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters, to PSI Conference delegates on the Thursday from 16:00 - 17:00 GMT via a live video link.

Professor Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. Currently Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research, his teaching, and his books. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” 

The call for abstracts for this year's PSI Annual Conference opens in the coming weeks, with delegates registration being available from July.

Please click here for further information.

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24.03.2022

Mental Health Commission Board: PSI Representative

The PSI is delighted to confirm that Dr Michael Drumm has been re-appointed as the PSI representative to the Board of the Mental Health Commission. Dr Drumm, current PSI Council member and 2011/12 PSI President, will begin the new three-year term on 05 April 2022 until 04 April 2025.

For further information on the Board of the Mental Health Commission please click here.

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23.03.2022

PSI calls for urgent action by HSE to protect psychologists from being directed to engage in unlawful procedures

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), the learned and professional body for psychology in the Republic of Ireland, is calling on the Health Service Executive (HSE), Government, and trade unions to urgently act to protect psychologists from being directed to engage in unlawful procedures related to the Preliminary Team Assessment (PTA).

The PSI notes the recent High Court Judicial Review by Ms Justice Siobhán Phelan delivered on 11 March 2022, in which Justice Phelan concluded that “there is an error of law as to the interpretation of Part 2 assessment requirements, as reflected in the terms of the SOP, which renders the assessments unlawful.” This judgement is welcomed by the PSI as a validation of the concerns PSI has been expressing since 2018 prior to the implementation of the Assessment of Need (AON) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

For the full press release, please click here.

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11.03.2022

Seanad Bye-election

This is a reminder that graduates of the University of Dublin (Trinity College) and the National University of Ireland (NUI) registered to vote in the Seanad elections can vote in the upcoming bye-election. Ballot papers, which have already been distributed to all registered electors, must be returned by post by Wednesday 30 March. A total of 17 candidates are to compete in the upcoming bye-election, with Paula Roseingrave, a Chartered Member of the PSI joining a list of previous PSI members in contesting for a Seanad seat. The bye-election is to fill the vacancy caused by Labour Senator Ivana Bacik’s election to the Dáil.

To learn more about Paula, and her motivations behind seeking election to the Seanad, you can view her profile here.

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10.03.2022

Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 February Status Update

You can find the February status update on the preparations for the commencement of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 here

This status update includes the work and actions that are being undertaken in the HSE to prepare for commencement and is issued after each monthly HSE ADM Implementation Steering Group meeting.

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04.03.2022

Psychological Society of Ireland Statement on Conflict in Ukraine

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), the professional body for psychology in the Republic of Ireland, strongly condemns the Russian military invasion of Ukraine and the aggression shown towards Ukrainian citizens.

The effects of this war on people’s psychological health and wellbeing are huge, with the consequences being traumatic and long-lasting. Psychology is one of the main professional services which deals with such traumatic fall out and so, our central mission is to avoid its occurrence, wherever, whenever, from whomever. This invasion will bring immediate and long-term physical and psychological suffering to the people of Ukraine, as well as loss of life. The PSI is mindful that here in Ireland, as elsewhere around the world, the families of Ukrainian citizens are also affected and are likely to suffer psychologically.

We have received correspondence from our colleagues in The National Psychological Association of Ukraine, who have reported the challenges they are facing trying to support their citizens. The PSI stands in solidarity with the National Psychological Association of Ukraine and the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves against this military invasion and uphold the essential values of democracy and respect for human rights.

You can also read the statement in full as a PDF here (English language version). Click here for the translation in Ukrainian and here for Russian.

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25.02.2022

Call for Expressions of Interest to the Integrated Care Pathways for Rare Diseases Stakeholder Group

HSCP representatives are now being sought to join the Integrated Care Pathways for Rare Diseases Stakeholder Group. The purpose of the group is to review and develop an agreed set of care pathways for rare diseases that will provide best practice guidance and support to patients, families and health care professionals.

You can access the nomination form detailing the disciplines and the role requirement checklist here.

If you would like to submit an Expression of Interest please fill out the form here by no later than Thursday 03 March.

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22.02.2022

Statement: Psychological Society of Ireland concerned at Government’s delay in establishing Citizens' Assembly on Drug Use

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) is concerned at the delay in holding a citizens’ assembly on drug use, which was expected to take place this year but has now been pushed to 2023. In June 2020, the five-year Programme for Government document included pledges to convene citizens’ assemblies on drug use, the type of directly elected mayor and local government structures best suited for Dublin, as well as biodiversity.

Recent indications from Government are that the Citizens’ Assembly on Drug Use will take place next year, after the citizens’ assemblies on the Dublin mayoralty and biodiversity are complete.

PSI president Dr Vincent McDarby says: "The Psychological Society of Ireland regrets the Government’s intention to delay the Citizens’ Assembly on Drug Use. The Society supports the proposed amendment from Senator Lynn Ruane calling for an end to the delay in the establishment of such an important, and much needed, citizens’ assembly. It is vital that the State response to drug use and abuse is improved, and to bring forward such proposals in that regard”.

The amendment from Senator Ruane is to be debated on Wednesday, 23 February 2022, in the Oireachtas.

To access the statement as a PDF please click here.

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21.02.2022

PSI Statement on CAMHS-ID - Mental Health Services for Children with Intellectual Disabilities: Draft National Model of Services Document, HSE

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) has written to the Health Service Executive (HSE) in relation to the National Model of Service draft document that was recently circulated with regard to Mental Health Services for Children with Intellectual Disabilities (CAMHS-ID). PSI members have significant concerns in relation to this draft document and the model of service as currently outlined. 

The PSI has respectfully requested that the launch of the Model of Service, on Thursday 03 March 2022, be postponed. This is so that the PSI, as the representative body of psychologists in Ireland, has an opportunity to comment on the proposed draft to input and quality assure the Model of Service for CAMHS-ID so that it is fit for purpose and based on best-practice and operationalised to reflect the guiding principles – rights based, person centred, inclusive and recovery orientated practice.

Read the statement by PSI President Dr Vincent McDarby in full here.

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15.02.2022

Call for Expressions of Interest to HSCP Deliver Project Officer and HSCP Project Officer Mentorship Programme

HSCP Deliver Project Officer, National Health and Social Care Professions Office

The purpose of this post is to facilitate engagement with HSCP Deliver - A Strategic Guidance Framework for Health and Social Care Professions 2021 – 2026, and provide structured, project management and administration support for the widespread implementation process and associated project work required. Learn more here.

HSCP Project Officer Mentorship Programme National Health and Social Care Professions Office

The HSCP Project Officer will be responsible for the development of a pilot mentorship programme to support a targeted cohort of HSCP taking up clinical leadership representative roles in identified clinical programmes. Learn more here.

The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest for both roles is 12 noon, Friday 18 February 2022. 

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04.02.2022

PSI Welcomes Mental Health Commission Announcement Regarding Independent Review of CAMHS by the Inspector of Mental Health Services

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) welcomes the recent announcement by the Mental Health Commission confirming that the Inspector of Mental Health Services will conduct an independent review of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the State.

In particular, the PSI welcomes the wide-ranging scope of the review to include an assessment of whether there had been improvements in CAMHS provision, the number and resourcing of teams, training and expertise, facilities, governance structures and processes, good practice initiatives, and young people and their families’ involvement.

See the full press release here.

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01.02.2022

Assisted Decision-Making Updates

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 is due to commence in June 2022. HSCPs are being represented on the HSE ADM Implementation Steering Group, which is working to identify key resources required to support the implementation of the Act.

Therefore, the PSI has been sent links to a number of resources where you can find out more about the Assisted Decision Making Act (ADM). The ADM Status update document has been produced by the HSE National Office for Human Rights and Equality Policy to provide an update on the work that is currently being undertaken to prepare for commencement of the Act.

There is also an overview of the Draft Codes of Practice which is available to view and submit comments on until Friday 18 February. Click here to see more

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14.01.2022

PSI Welcomes the Permanent Establishment of the Psychology Assistant Grade

PSI welcomes the announcement this week by Minister Stephen Donnelly and Minister Mary Butler of the permanent establishment of the Psychology Assistant Grade.

In the 2020 pre-budget submission PSI sought a commitment by the Government to extend the funding of the Health Service Executive (HSE) Assistant Psychologist pilot  programme so that assistant psychologists become firmly embedded within the  spectrum of psychological supports available.  

Following the successful independent evaluation of a pilot programme, Psychology Assistants will work on fixed-term full-time 37 hour per week contracts of up to three years within HSE Psychology Services, and funding has been provided to recruit up to 114 people in the grade. 

The permanent establishment of this grade will provide early career psychologists with invaluable supervised professional experience on their pathway to professional training and also is a valuable addition to the suite of psychological supports available in the HSE.

While PSI welcomes this announcement, direct and meaningful engagement from the Government remains outstanding in order to address significant funding barriers and inequities within the career pathway to becoming a professionally trained Psychologists. As it stands, an assistant psychologist will rightfully be paid for the work that they complete in the roll. 

However, should they be successful in progressing in their training to either the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology or Doctorate in Educational Psychology they will then revert to a position of working for free despite their career progression. 

PSI have continually highlighted the inequity of this situation and again are calling on the Government to commit to providing the funding to bring about equality of funding for psychology trainees.

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10.01.2022

Introducing Dr Vincent McDarby - PSI President for 2022 

On 01 January 2022, Dr Vincent McDarby became the Society's 52nd President. Vincent joined PSI in 2000 and is a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and founding member of the Division of Health Psychology. He is also a founding member of the Special Interest Group in Media, Art and Cyberpsychology and founding member and inaugural chair of the Special Interest Group in Paediatric Psychology.

Vincent joined PSI Council in 2014 as Membership Secretary, becoming Honorary Secretary in 2019 and President in 2022. He also sits on the PSI’s Communications and Events Committee and Governance Team. Vincent has worked as both a Health Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist in Ireland and New Zealand and currently works as Senior Clinical Psychologist at Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin (formally Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin).

Please click here if you wish to read Vincent's first President's Address of 2022 in the The Irish Psychologist (IP). You can also watch Vincent's PSI Annual Conference President's Address from 2021 here.

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04.01.2022

WHO Opportunity: Pre-service Training in Mental Health

WHO is seeking a consultant to support in its work on pre-service training in mental health. The deadline for final submissions of proposals is Monday 10 January 2022 at 11:59pm Central European Time. For more information on how to apply, and to see a more detailed description of the position, please click here.