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Supporting Children and Adolescents

who present with Suicide Ideation

and engaging in Self-Harm



The workshop will help the therapist identify how to implement policies and procedures related to best practice working with young people in crisis. 




This workshop is designed for professionals who provide support to children and adolescents in crisis. These professionals include Accredited Psychotherapists, Counselling Students, Psychologists, Social Care Workers, Residential Care Workers, Schools counsellors and aligned professionals.




This workshop will explore why suicide becomes a means to ending emotional pain and why self-harm becomes the means to live with emotional distress. Participants will identify how best to risk assess young people and how to respond to the needs of the client containing the crisis while recognising our duty of care. An introduction to Child development and awareness of how to create a strong therapeutic relationship through various mediums will provide the foundation for connection and a trusting relationship. This will include learning skills to support parents.



There will be a strong emphasis on the importance of self-care and supervision.


Course Details

Venue: Online live workshop
Next Start Date: 29th of November-This workshop is now full.

Time: 10am-5pm


The course will be delivered as a live online class via Microsoft Teamswhich is a platform built on Office 365. It is a secure platform and follows the compliance capabilities.

All login details will be provided to attendees.

 Marguerite Kiely

Director at Athena The Academy for Mental Health and Well-Being; Psychotherapist; Clinical Supervisor


Marguerite Kiely is Director of Athena The Academy For Mental Health and Well Being. Marguerite was Clinical Director and Head of Child and Adolescents in Pieta House the Centre for Prevention of Suicide and Self-Harm, for the past 14 years.  


Being Head of the Child and Adolescent Department, Marguerite had responsibility for the development and implementation of staff training in Child Protection Policies across 15 centres in Ireland as well as training staff regarding risk assessment for suicidal risk. Marguerite was also instrumental in the development of the School Resilience Academy and having conducted research, devised and delivered the programme, and has contributed to the publication of Scientific Contribution Research Papers .Marguerite was part of the clinical team who researched and developed the clinical Model for Pieta house.
Marguerite has presented at conferences in Ireland, the UK and the USA. She has appeared on  TV, Radio and Newspapers discussing mental health and self-harm issues and is a strong advocate on Youth Mental Health. She has delivered workshops to both Corporate, Health and Mental Health Sectors, addressing Workplace Burnout and the importance of Employee Self-Care. Marguerite has also presented to parents and teachers in schools at both Primary and Secondary level nationally, providing guidance and support concerning Child and Adolescent issues and also to College Students.

Marguerite is also an author having penned the book 'Aaron's Legacy' charting the considerable emotional, physical and mental strain when a loved one was seriously ill in hospital, away from home, and how comfort and refuge was afforded her through the services of CLIC UK which was then replicated by her brother through the creation of An Bru Columbanus  in Cork a home away from home facility for families of terminally ill children.



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