Webinar: Managing mental health within families with a focus on the impact of Covid-19: 9-10th March 2021

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The Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI)


These 2 half days training events will run from 9:00- 13:00 on the 9th and 10th of March 

The COVID-19 Pandemic has shaken our realities, routines, habits and in some cases our entire existence. Wim Van Lancker, a sociologist at the University of Leuven in Belgium, describes it as “a social crisis in the making”, since we do not know exactly what awaits in the coming months or years.

It is creating numerous insecurities in what we believed were our ‘ taken for granted’ solid foundations, those we held familiar (health, work, comforts, etc). It is aggressively challenging our perceptions, beliefs and effecting our relationships with ourselves, others, and the world.

This surreal situation has the potential to create emotional turmoil which makes us feel helpless and vulnerable in the midst of ongoing bio-psycho-social challenges.

This training is an opportunity offered to the AOTI to help professionals gather a better awareness and management of the overwhelming emotions brought by this challenging moment.

Professionals require specific competencies to be able to help families through these difficult moments, so as to avoid dramatic repercussions on mental health in children but also in adults who feel disarmed and disoriented.

The main learning objectives of this training are to help professionals acquire:

  • Practical tools to be able to identify difficulties in children and adolescents to prevent them from turning into problems or pathologies
  • A brief-systemic-strategic understanding of the different family models, present in our contemporary society
  • Strategic communication competencies that can render a simple dialogue, an advanced medium for persuasion and transformative change
  • Strategies to help families help their children manage their emotions triggered during this stressful moment

Dr. Padraic Gibson is a consultant clinical psychotherapist. He is currently the Clinical Director of The OCD Clinic® Ireland. He has been a Consultant Psychotherapist as well as a Clinical Director with Health Services Executive, Statutory funded services for over a decade and is a senior research associate at Dublin City University. Some of his recent books include The 12 most Common Mental Traps, Winning Without Fighting, Advances in Effective Brief Psychotherapy, Escaping the Anxiety Trap.

Dr. Claudette Portelli is a Clinical Psychologist, psychotherapist and clinical researcher. Dr. Portelli is a lecturer at Dublin City University in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Pathologies and is the director of The OCD Clinic® at Hamrun, Malta. She is a clinical lecturer at the Strategic Therapy Centre’s-Post Graduate School of Psychotherapy where she also works as a clinical trainer and senior researcher associate she has also been a speaker at numerous international conferences and author of numerous scientific articles she has recently completed another PhD in the University of Macerata, Italy

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Start Date - End Date

Jan 27, 2021 - Mar 12, 2021

Start Time - End Time

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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