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Conference in Dundalk attracts key speakers on Child Protection and Parental Mental Health Practice

Praxis Care organised a successful conference on 27th March 2015 in the Tallon Suite, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, Co. Louth that was attended by over 100 delegates. The conference was entitled; Child Protection and Parental Mental Health: Effective Professional Collaboration in Times of Austerity. Praxis Care arranged this in partnership with health and social services north and south.

The conference is part of Praxis Care’s campaign to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and the work being undertaken by the organisation and other bodies in Ireland to address the needs of service users and their families.

The seminar was opened by Mr Ken Brundle, Praxis Care Chairman. Speakers included Professor Colette McAuley from the University of Bradford, the key note speaker. She presented findings from international research on this topic and set out some challenges for practitioners to develop new ways of working to ensure those most in need are protected.

Joining Professor McAuley was Mr Jim McGuigan Area Manager, Louth Meath Tulsa who gave details of the new structures for children’s services and the difficulties they face. Mr Jason Martin, Praxis Care Training Manager spoke of the need to support staff and help them develop and Mr Derek Pepper from SHINE outlined the support they give to families.  Dr Tony Humphreys Clinical Psychologist gave a thought provoking talk on the need for therapists to get to know themselves and their clients and develop positive working relationships. Dr Sarah McGuigan Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist outlined how services are provided in Northern Ireland and how they prioritise their work. It was a useful and informative event for those who attended. If you have an interest in these services the conference slides are available free on the Praxis Care Website www.praxiscare.org.uk .





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