Jobs, Seminars

Galway Counselling Studies Courses (2020) 

Foundation Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy. Commences September. Interviews in March.  

Introduction to Counselling (theory & practice). Sept. 2020.

Managing Stress through CBT. Sept. 2020.

Free Seminar on the medical condition: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. For Counsellors, psychotherapists and related professions including trainees. Woodquay, Galway. 2nd March 6.30pm. 

In a NutShell (previous articles: here)

Personality Disorders: In a Nutshell. Personality disorders are long-term patterns of behavior and inner experiences that differs significantly from the ‘norm’. The pattern of experience and behavior often begins in childhood and becomes clear by late adolescence or early adulthood and causes distress or problems in functioning. leads to substantial personal distress and/or social dysfunction, and disruption to others. Not diagnosed until after early adulthood and can be mild to severe in severity.

Borderline (emotionally unstable) PD Involves a pattern of instability in relationships, self image and affects, coupled with marked impulsivity. Others are regarded as dangerous and bad, and oneself as powerless and vulnerable (victim) as well as inherently bad and unacceptable to oneself and others. DSM Diagnostic Criteria for BPD: BPD is diagnosed on the basis of (1) a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and (2) marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by at least five of the following:

  • Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment
  • Pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation
  • Markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self
  • Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (eg, spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating)
  • Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior
  • Affective instability due to marked reactivity of mood (eg, intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness
  • Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (eg, frequent displays of temper, constant anger, or recurrent physical fights)
  • Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms

Treatment & Prognosis: DBT programmes and General psychiatric and psychotherapy support though the work is most applicable for very experienced psychotherapists and psychologists who have training and experience in this area.  

Remissions can occur but can also be lifetime. With support can learn to manage emotions, behaviour and thoughts better. There is some research showing that borderline personality disorder runs in families and individuals have a higher chance of developing BPD if experienced early sexual abuse or alcoholism in the family.


Psychotherapists-Limerick: Link.

Student Counsellor NUIG, closes 2/3. Link.

Spirasi – Several P/T Therapists Required for Regional Clinics (Limerick, Cork, Meath, and Galway): Closes 21/2. Link.

Vacancy 8 hrs a week primary care: Link.

Seminars, workshops and conferences  

Understanding Personality Disorders. 29th Feb. Galway. Link.

Clinical Supervisors CPD Workshop "Vicarious Trauma;, A Therapist and Supervisors Perspective”. Guest Speaker; Sonya Murray. Thursday 5th March at Knock Counselling Centre, Co. Mayo. 6pm-9pm. Fee: €30. Register: 0949375032 or email

Cannabis Awareness Workshop. A workshop to enhance knowledge about cannabis, cannabis use and misuse and to explore the skills needed to work with cannabis users. Friday March 27th. Venue: Portlaoise Family Resource Centre. Link.

Sexual Assault Treatment Unit: Psychological Support Worker Needed. Excellent support and supervision. In-depth training is provided over six weekends.

Gestalt event 26th March: Link.

Conference on Pluralistic Counselling & Psychotherapy 28th March; Mick Cooper, John McLeod, Andrew reeves. Link.

Introductory Day in Biodynamic & Integrative Psychotherapy –‘The Healing Relationship’ in Bodywork Psychotherapy & Counselling. Saturday 28 March. Open to anyone, but also serves as an entry requirement to the professional Diploma training. /Ph 091-637192. 

Weekend workshop with Dina Glouberman ‘Imagination and Transformation’ March 21/22 at the Tivoli Institute: Link. Tivoli also offer an MA programme and a new BA in Counselling (Hons) at their Institute in Dun Laoghaire. 

Inner Child Workshop. Family Centre, Chapel St. Castlebar, Co. Mayo. March 28th & 29th. For Booking Contact: email: ph: 094 9025900. Facilitator: Phyllis Hunt (Philomena) is an accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist & Supervisor. She has a particular interest in the impact of trauma and shock and has trained. Link.

McCarthy O'Connor Training and Consultancy are hosting a training day in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone on 21 March  on Traumatic Bereavement and Loss:  Helping the Survivors. Ph Seán 087 2666390. 

‘Decoding The Body’ Workshop: Sat/Sun 18 & 19 April. Visit: or contact / tel. 091-637192.

‘Attachment Theory’ workshop. Saturday 25th April.

“Loss: a Universal Experience” Sunday 26th April.

Anger Management programme "Temper your AngerKnock Counselling Centre, Knock. Starting 21st April for 5 Tuesdays 6.30 - 9pm. A psycho-educational, interactive and experiential programme fucusing on supporting participants to express and manage their anger in a healthy and appropriate way; providing strategies and techniques to help support participants to stay cool under fire. Ph 0949375032. Email:  Peter Devers is a Psychotherapist Trainer, Supervisor and Regional Consultant with the Irish Association for Anger Management with  24 years experience working with NHS Scotland and community based counselliing services in Ireland. Link.

Superego Seminar. April 4/5. Link.

From foe to friend: "transforming self-criticism to self-compassion”. may 20th. link.

Working with Trauma through Creative media: June 2020. Link.

The Clay Field Therapy International Summer School is taking place in Coniston, Cumbria, UK 10 – 24 July. Work at the Clay Field® is a sensorimotor, body-focused, trauma-informed art therapy approach. Facilitated by Cornelia Elbrecht Art Therapist AThR, SEP. Details at: Contact:

Therapy rooms for renting Here.

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