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Tue 25 Feb

Working with families with a child with anxiety – a solution-focused approach

Registration 9.00, Event 9.30 - 4.30

Conference Centre, Child Vision, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

€30 IASW members/€70 non-members

This is an interdisciplinary event run by Social Care Ireland and the Irish Association of Social Workers. This workshop is suitable for Health and Social Care Professionals engaged and supporting families with a child with Anxiety.

The workshop will begin at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm on the  25th February 2020  and will take place in the Conference Centre, ChildVision, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

Workshop Content:

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

Part 1 Understanding Anxiety – reviewing the symptoms, causes and treatments for Anxiety in children and adolescents.

Part 2 – Introduction to a strengths-based approach to working with children, adolescents and parents in a way that engages them, provides with support and which is more likely to create a working alliance.

Part 3 – Specific interventions for Anxiety such as  C.B.T. for children and adolescents, family support, parenting groups etc

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 founder of the Parents Plus Charity, an adjunct professor 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 fourteen books in counselling and mental health including three best selling positive psychology books such asBecoming a Solution DetectiveSolution-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 childrenWhen Parents Separate- helping your children copeCoping 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.

He  is a regular contributor to radio and the national media, and is a weekly columnist in the Irish Times newspaper, writing on the subject of mental health, parenting and family life.  His practice website is

A light lunch and refreshments will be available.