The Special Interest Group in Child and Adolescent Psychology was reformed following a meeting at the PSI conference in Ennis in 1997, and the inaugural meeting was held in March 1998. Since 1998, the group has run a very successful annual lecture series, as well as a half-day conference in conjunction with the group’s AGM.
The aims of the group include
to develop an awareness of child and adolescent issues within the psychology profession.
to promote child-centred practice and research.
to share experience, knowledge, resources and expertise and to develop a support network.
to use our knowledge to inform the public, policy makers and legislators of the needs of children and adolescents.
The SIGCAP committee is not active at the moment but if you are interested in forming a committee please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Committee members:
Co-chairs: Catherine O'Melia and Caroline Rawdon
Secretary: Aisling O'Dwyer O'Brien
Treasurer: Ailbhe Booth
PR Officer: Mairéad Diviney
Membership Officer: Claire Keogh
Ordinary committee members:
Bridging the Gap: Research, Policy, and Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Audio Files.
These recordings are from the 2012 Psychological Society of Ireland Special Interest Group in Child and Adolescent Psychology Annual Conference entitled,
"Bridging the Gap: Research, Policy, and Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health".
The conference included presentations from Dr John Sharry, Mater Hospital Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service on,
"Parents Plus Programmes – Integrating Research Into Clinical Practice".
Professor Sheila Greene, Trinity College Dublin, on,
"Research: How do we know it makes a positive difference to children’s lives".
Professor Catherine Comiskey, Trinity College Dublin on,
"Developing and implementing a model to bridge the gap in policy research and practice".
Dr Chris Wiles, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, NHS Scotland on,
"Children and young people’s mental health – the politics of promotion, prevention, and care – a Scottish Perspective."
A Rights-Based Approach to Child and Adolescent Well-Being Audio Files
These recordings are from the 2011 Psychological Society of Ireland Special Interest Group in Child and Adolescent Psychology Annual Conference entitled, "Getting it Right for Children and Young People: A Rights-Based Approach to Child and Adolescent Well-Being". The conference included presentations from Professor Laura Lundy, Queen’s University Belfast, Ms Karol Balfe, Amnesty Interational, Dr Ursula Kilkelly, University College Cork and Professor Nóirín Hayes, Dublin Institute of Technology.
The recordings include presentations from Ms Karol Balfe on, "Campaigning for the Children’s and Young People’s Right to Mental Health".
Dr Ursula Kilkelly on, "Children’s Rights and the Law: Implications for Practice".
Professor Nóirín Hayes on,
"Children’s Rights, Development and Early Education."
Membership of the Special Interest Group is open to all.
We ask for a contribution of €20
(€15 for PSI members and €5 for students/unwaged).
To download a membership application form please click here
Please send your completed form to the PSI or bring it along to the next SIGCAP event.