The Psychological Society of Ireland



The Psychological Society of Ireland,
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Grantham Street, Dublin 8, D08 W8HD.


The Psychological Society of Ireland’s Special Interest Group in Paediatric Psychology (SIGPeP) are proud to announce their 2017 Annual Conference:

How to Train Your Dragon: Strategies for Helping Children Tame Their Chronic Illness

Venue: Trinity College Dublin, Room: 2041B:SL Teayar Mhairtin UI Chadhain (A)
Date: Friday 15th September 2017
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Learning Credits: 4

Fees: PSI Member - €65
Non-PSI Members - €85
Limited number of places for Students/Unwaged at €50
Includes lunch and light refreshments

A One Day Conference with keynote addresses from international experts in chronic illness. The purpose of this conference is to explore the psychological issues involved in the assessment and treatment of children and young adults with chronic illness. Focus will be given to practical strategies for supporting children with chronic illness, current research in this area and international best practice. This conference will be of interest to any psychologists or health and social care professionals working with paediatric populations in hospital, rehabilitation, early intervention, school-age teams, CAMHS, and Primary Care Team settings or with an interest in research in this area.

Keynote speakers

Professor Alistair Duff
Professor Alistair Duff is currently Head of Psychology Service at the Leeds Hospitals NHS Trust, having worked for the Trust for over 22 years. He started as a wet-behind-the-ears clinical psychologist working with children and families living with chronic conditions, (Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma, End-Stage Renal Disease and Diabetes). He later specialised in paediatric respiratory diseases, where he still works. Professor Duff was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2012 and an Honorary Clinical Associate Professorship, University of Leeds in 2015. He remains actively involved in management, clinical practice, teaching, training and research and currently facilitates the Paediatric Schwartz Round.

Dr Line Case
Dr Line Case obtained her PhD in Psychology at Ghent University, Belgium and completed her postdoctoral training at the Centre for Paediatric Pain Research in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Currently, she is a Lecturer of Psychology at the School of Natural Science at the University of Stirling. Dr Case’s research interests concern the social context of acute and chronic paediatric pain experiences. In particular, she is keen on furthering our understanding of parent-child interactions during painful events throughout childhood (i.e. from infancy to adolescence). Dr Case is also involved in research that applies this knowledge to inform interventions aimed at effectively managing child pain by actively involving parents as well as appropriately transferring care responsibilities from parents to adolescents.

Dr Lana Jackson
Dr Lana Jackson is a qualified Yoga Therapist for Mental Health, Mindfulness Teacher, and a Chartered Senior Clinical Psychologist specialising in child and adolescent mental health and Paediatric Clinical Psychology in Brighton & London UK. She a completed her clinical psychology doctorate training and graduated from Salomons Centre of Applied Psychology in 2008. Dr Jackson currently works with children, young people and their families within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Paediatric Clinical Psychology Services (NHS) with children facing chronic physical health difficulties such as multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic pain, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, epilepsy, and muscular dystrophy. She is currently involved in co-developing, facilitating, evaluating, & researching the effectiveness of an eight-week Mindful Awareness course with young people with chronic physical health difficulties.

Gavin Griffiths
Gavin Griffiths, aka ‘The DiAthlete’, is an Ultramarathon runner, an International Diabetes Federation Young Leader and person with type 1 diabetes. At the age of 17, Gavin decided to take on his first challenge. He was going to run the 29-mile coastline of Thanet, Kent. Gavin was told by other people that this challenge would be impossible because he was too young and because he had diabetes. Determined to show people that his diabetes would not stop him, he completed the 29-mile race in 3 hours and 1 minute. Since then Gavin has done many challenges, including running 30-mile ultra-marathons every day for 30 days. Gavin was given the honour of being a London 2012 Olympic Torch Bearer as he reflected the values of keeping positive about your diabetes. He eventually became known as 'the Diathlete' and is passionate about showing others what they are capable of whilst living with diabetes.

Fifth Keynote Speaker – To be confirmed.


9:30 – Registration opens
10:00 – Introduction
10:15 – First Keynote - Lana Jackson
11:00 – Second Keynote - Line Case
11:45 – Coffee Break
12:15 – Third Keynote - Alastair Duff
1:00 – Lunch
1:30 – SIGPeP AGM
2:15 – Fourth Keynote Gavin Griffiths
3:00 – Fifth Keynote – To be Confirmed

3:45 – Closing Address

Note: Attendance is strictly limited, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and it will not be possible to register once all places have been allocated. The conference is expected to sell out quickly, to avoid disappointment we recommend you register early.


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