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Thu 22 Feb

FULLY BOOKED Working with Families with a Child with Anxiety – A Solution-Focused Approach

9.30 - 4.30

Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street

Social Care Ireland and Irish Association of Social Workers are coordinating a full day workshop with Dr. John Sharry on a solution focused approach to working with families with a child with anxiety. This workshop is suitable for social care workers and social workers engaged and supporting families with a child with anxiety.
Price includes lunch and refreshments.

Course Overview

Drawing on the professional textbook Counselling children adolescents and families: A strengths based approach and the evidence-based Parents Plus Programmes, this presentation will introduce participants to a solution-focused model for working with children, adolescents and families within a child and adolescent mental health context.

  1. Understanding Anxiety – reviewing the symptoms, causes and treatments for Anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
  2. Introduction to a strengths based approach to working with children, adolescents and parents in a way that engages them, provides support and which is more likely to create a working alliance.
  3. Specific Interventions for Anxiety such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for children and adolescents, family support and parenting.

Biography of Trainer
Dr. John Sharry is a social worker, psychotherapist and solution-focused trainer with over 25 years experience working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health as well as consulting with individuals and organisations. He is co-founder of the Parents Plus Charity, an adjunct senior lecturer at the School of Psychology in University College Dublin and co-founder of SilverCloud Health, an international technology company that develops online mental health programmes for health services. John is also the co-developer of the award winning Parents Plus Programmes (evidence-based parenting courses) as well as the Working Things Out Programme (a multimedia therapeutic resource for young people overcoming mental health problems) which are used extensively in services and schools. Through SilverCloud Health he has written several evidence-based online treatment programmes for depression, anxiety and stress which are used in Ireland, Europe and the USA.

He is the author of twelve books in counselling and mental health including three best selling positive psychology books such as Becoming a Solution Detective, Solution-Focused Groupwork, and Counselling Children Adolescents and Families and seven popular self-help books for parents and families, such as Parenting Teenagers, Parenting preschoolers and young children, When Parents Separate- helping your children cope, Coping with Depression in Young People and Positive Parenting: Bringing up responsible, well-behaved and happy children. His books have been translated into nine languages including Japanese, Chinese and Arabic.

Originally trained as a physicist, John has worked previously as consultant research scientist with Media Lab Europe, and currently co-leads a research group based at Trinity College Dublin, looking at the application of technology to promoting mental health.