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 National Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference 2020

28th June 2020 - Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin


Encountering suicide & self-harm

Supporting professionals, building resilience


PCI College is proud to present the ninth National Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference which will be held in the Ballsbridge Hotel, 13th June 2020. This year’s conference is aimed at professionals who work with suicide and deliberate self-harm, exploring the latest interventions and research from leaders in the field and critically, looking at how best to support those in the caring professions for whom this important issue is an everyday encounter. As well as keynote speakers, there will be small group seminars that will be both participative and experiential.




 Early Bird tickets are available until 12th of April 2020. 

6 CPD hours awarded for attendance.

Dr Louise Doyle 

Associate Professor in Mental Health Nursing at Trinity College Dublin


Dr. Louise Doyle has just finished a study focusing on the experiences of people who present to the Emergency Department with self-harm or suicidal behaviour. Her research interests are in the area of mental health with a primary focus on suicide and self-harm. Using a range of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods designs, Louise’s research has had a meaningful impact on clinical practice and education and she has published in high-impact nursing and interdisciplinary journals, books and national and international conferences. She has been successful in securing research funding as PI or co-applicant from a range of funding bodies including the National Office of Suicide Prevention, the Health Service Executive and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Past and current studies on which she has led and collaborated include an examination of self-harm and help-seeking in young people, healthcare providers’ responses to those who are suicidal, supporting mental health and suicide prevention within prison settings, risk assessment strategies in mental health nursing practice, and self-harm/suicide and mental health within the LGBTI population.


  • Peoples’ experiences accessing help for self-harm and suicidal behaviour in the emergency department: implications for practitioners.


Her talk for the PCI annual Conference will focus quite a bit on helpful and unhelp interventions that people experienced that would have utility for all professionals who work with people who self-harm or experience suicidal behaviour and she will also share some of her findings with us.





Professor Linda Gask

She is the author of The Other Side of Silence:

A Psychiatrist’s Memoir of Depression.


Professor Linda Gask has retired from clinical practice after working a psychiatrist in the UK National Health Service in the North West of England and an academic at the University of Manchester. She is still affiliated to the Centre for Primary Care at the University of Manchester where she is now Emerita Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry. Her research and teaching interests are the management of common mental health problems and ways of working with primary care. She also helped to establish the STORM suicide prevention initiative and is a non-executive director of both STORM CIC and Six Degrees Social Enterprise in Salford (a step 2 Improving Access to Psychological Therapies provider). She has worked as an advisor to WHO and has been on the Board of the World Psychiatric Association. In 2016 she published a well-received memoir about her personal experience of depression- as a professional and patient. She was a 2017 recipient of the Royal College of Psychiatrists President’s Medal.


  • Suicide and self-harm- a personal and professional view


In this talk, Professor Linda Gask will draw on her own experience as a psychiatrist with training in and experience of psychotherapy, a teacher and a patient to consider how psychotherapists and counsellors address the questions of self-harm and suicide with clients and patients. Utilizing knowledge ranging from broader epidemiological data and what we know about the skills required to work with people at risk of self- harm, Professor Linda Gask will discuss:


· The key importance of engagement and the power of the therapeutic alliance.

· How to talk about suicide and self-harm

· Safety planning as a useful and important tool.

·The place of local networking, support systems and supervision in managing complex issues.




Prof. Dr. Paul Plener

Medical University of Vienna | MedUni Vienna 

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Prof. Dr. Paul Plener, MHBA is full professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Medical University of Vienna and the head of Department of child and adolescent psychiatry at Vienna general hospital. His research focus is on Nonsuicidal Self-injury (NSSI), suicidality, self-harm and trauma in children and adolescents. He is the coordinator of the German clinical guidelines for NSSI and suicidality in adolescents and has published two books on this topic.



  • Psychotherapeutic approaches to self-harm in adolescence


Self-harm is common among adolescents and seems to be on a rise in recent years both in the community as well as in clinical populations. Self-harm can be present in the context of many mental health disorders and also has to be understood as a risk factor for later suicidality. Despite the high prevalence, therapeutical approaches to self-harm were scarcely available for a long time and have only been evaluated in greater detail in recent years. Today, there is a number of different evidence-based treatment approaches, that we're able to show a reduction in self-harm in adolescence. The talk will provide an overview of the latest evidence from psychotherapy trials and will provide short examples for the strategies used in different treatment approaches. Furthermore, the use of online strategies and apps to support psychotherapy in adolescents who self-harm will be discussed.



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