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The National Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference 2024

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin | 22nd June 2024

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Mark your calendars because the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference is returning on June 22, 2024!


This conference is the ultimate gathering for mental health professionals and students in training who seek to develop their knowledge and understanding of key therapeutic concepts.


Our one-day event is packed with enriching activities that you won't want to miss. From participative and experiential small group activities to seminar talks from industry luminaries like Lou Cozolino, Aisling McMahon, and Val Mulally, among others. 

This year's conference events are centred around the theme of Reflective Practice Frameworks, which will be discussed in depth throughout the day. Exploring the latest interventions and research with leaders in this field.


The event is an excellent networking opportunity with complementary tea, coffee, and food.


Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with like-minded professionals.


For a limited time, attendees can book with an Early Bird Discount and save on tickets. Don't wait to secure your spot!

What to expect

Doors open at 9 am and the event will run till 4:30 pm.



Benefits of attending

  • Gain expert insights from leaders in the fields of counselling & psychotherapy!
  • Expand your network. Learn, grow, and connect with like-minded professionals.
  • Stay up to date with the latest findings in the fields of Counselling & Psychotherapy. While increasing your depth of knowledge in Reflective Practice Frameworks.

Complimentary tea, coffee, and food is included!



Dr. Lou Cozolino (Presenting via Live stream)

Dr. Cozolino has diverse clinical and research interests and holds degrees in philosophy, theology, and clinical psychology. His interests are in the areas of the synthesis of neuroscience with psychotherapy, education, management, and leadership. He is the author of twelve books including The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, Timeless, Attachment-Based Teaching, The Making of a Therapist, The Development of a Therapist and Why Therapy Works. He has also authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on child abuse, schizophrenia, education, language and cognition. Dr. Cozolino lectures around the world on brain development, evolution, and psychotherapy and maintains a clinical and consulting practice in Los Angeles.


Dr. Cozolino holds degrees in philosophy, theology, and clinical psychology and focuses on the synthesis of neuroscience psychotherapy, education, management, and leadership. Dr. Cozolino lectures around the world on brain development, evolution, and psychotherapy and maintains a clinical and consulting practice in Los Angeles.


Dr. Cozolino will be joining us for a live virtual presentation: ‘The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy’

The focus of this presentation will be an exploration of the scientific findings, principles, and theories underlying the practice of psychotherapy. Central scientific perspectives considered will include the social and cognitive neurosciences, evolution, epigenetics, social psychology, neuroplasticity and attachment. The goal of this presentation will be for participants to have a deeper understanding of the underlying mechanisms of action of psychotherapy and to be able to integrate a scientific understanding into their decisions about case conceptualization, diagnosis and treatment. 


Allison Keating

Renowned author, media contributor, and chartered psychologist, Allison Keating will join us to present a seminar on 'The Development of the Therapist – Reflective Practice Frameworks' and 'How to develop a reflective practice' !


This talk will share insights from Allison's 20 years of working with clients, touching on a variety of subjects such as the nuanced dynamics of being a therapist, and emphasizing the dual role of self-care while caring for others. These conversation points aim to invite attendees to reconsider their perspective on their clients' challenges and to focus instead on the resilience and strength displayed by their clients in the face of adversity.


The talk will also touch on many other topics providing truly insightful takeaways and will be concluded with an opportunity for questions and further discussions to support your personal and professional growth.


Dr. Aisling McMahon

Aisling is a clinical psychologist, integrative psychotherapist, group analyst and clinical supervisor, and has worked in various settings in Ireland over the past 30 years, including the prison service, community and inpatient mental health services, and private practice. Since 2015, she has worked as an Assistant Professor in Psychotherapy in the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health at Dublin City University and she is Chair of the DCU Professional Diploma in Clinical Supervision. With Peter Hawkins, Aisling is co-author of the 5th ed. of Supervision in the Helping Professions (2020). Her specialist teaching and research interests are clinical supervision and practitioner development from training to retirement


Dr. Aisling McMahon will be presenting "Supporting reflective practice and career-long development with the Seven-Eyed supervision model", where Aisling will explore how the Seven-Eyed model of supervision provides both structure and guidance for exploration and reflection on practice in breadth and depth, fostering competence, growth and resilience from training to retirement. The presentation will include practical examples for both individual and group supervision, as well as opportunities for reflection on practice for attendees


Val Mulally

Inward Journey, Outward Impact: The Transformative Potential of Professional Reflective Practice.

Val Mullally delves into the essence of facilitated reflective practice, emphasising its deep connection to personal and professional development. In this presentation, designed for both students and seasoned therapists, Val offers a condensed yet engaging journey through reflective practice models, seamlessly linking theoretical insights to practical scenarios.


Gain a deeper understanding of the transformative potential of regular reflective practice, applicable to practitioners at any stage of their professional journey. In this concise keynote, Val considers the potential impact of regular reflective practice to enhance your insights, skills and awareness. She shares how using creative modalities can benefit your work - supporting the alignment of your true self with your role and within your particular context, which can profoundly impact your overall sense of joy and fulfilment in your professional path.


Trish Banks

Trish has walked alongside people on their journey towards wholeness for almost thirty years. She has an MSc in Creative Arts Psychotherapy, a BA (Hons) in Integrative Counseling and Art Therapy, and an MA in Applied Psychosynthesis. Trish is a qualified mindfulness teacher and a Reiki master so her perspective on what makes us human is wide and inclusive. As an artist herself, Trish has great respect for the creative process and recognises the true value and nature of having a creative practice. Her respect for the individual always shows as she encourages each person to find their own way of developing their unique creative practice. This shows in her workshops as they tend to be organic as well as creative and her willingness to learn from the group is matched only by her openness to share the wisdom and knowledge she has gathered on her journey through life.


Trish will be presenting "Creative Practice for Self-Supervision" and it aims to introduce the idea that Creative Practice serves to develop and enhance the inner supervisor. It explains what a creative practice is and how it works to support personal process, as well as how it serves both in and after the client experience. A good reflective practice creates a strong reflexive practice, we all know this, but how do we build that muscle in the burgeoning therapist? A creative practice develops the capacity to reflect not only on practice but in practice.


The presentation focuses on the importance of developing the inner supervisor which can seem an abstract concept without an objective mirror for the process. A Creative Practice offers an image which may serve as that mirror and the practice itself creates a scaffold or a structure for that to happen with regularity. Used in this way, a creative practice will bring new layers of understanding to personal process and client work. The complexity of transference, countertransference, parallel process and projective identification can all be explored using your image as a way to connect you back to the experience in the room.


Creative Practice has great value as a personal resource for self-care and wellbeing, flagging any possible early signs of burnout. A Creative Practice allows you to see process both IN time and OVER time. This gives us an opportunity to notice patterns emerging for both ourselves, and our clients. A Creative Practice forms a pathway of communication between the conscious and unconscious mind. Learning how to listen to your image invites body wisdom and heart knowing to enter the conversation.


Dr. Elaine Beaumont

Dr Beaumont's presentation will be on "Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy and Compassionate Mind Training".
This presentation will focus on how Compassionate Mind Training can help people in the helping professions cultivate compassion for their own suffering. Elaine’s research focuses on the impact primary and secondary trauma has on people in the caring professions.
Compassion Focused Therapy was originally developed by Professor Paul Gilbert to help people with high levels of shame and self-criticism. The theory is rooted in evolutionary psychological science and utilises both Buddhist practices and Western psychological philosophies. It draws on neuroscience, insights into emotion regulation, identity formation and a range of psychotherapeutic models.

Compassionate mind interventions can help people develop compassion for themselves, be open to the compassion of others and develop compassion for others. There is increasing evidence that suggests that cultivating compassion for oneself and others can have a profound impact on our physiological, psychological, and social processes. In contrast, concerns with inferiority, shame and self-criticism can have a negative impact on these processes and are associated with poorer physical and mental health.

People in the helping professions have been found to have high levels of compassion for others, but findings also suggest that some have lower levels of self-compassion often leaving themselves last on their to do list. Over recent years there has been an increase in people in the helping professions reporting symptoms of burnout, high levels of self-criticism and symptoms of stress. Learning how to avoid being too self-critical, and to care about yourself, may sound straightforward but it’s an essential skill that many people need to spend time practising.


More speakers will be announced soon!



Timetable Announcement Coming Soon!


Doors Open at 9 am, 22nd June 2024.

Venue Directions & Parking

The National Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference 2024 - Reflective Practice Frameworks

will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.



Free parking is available on the hotel's grounds with overflow spaces available at the adjacent Blanchardstown Shopping & Retail Centre parking areas.




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