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Tue 04 Feb

Film & Panel Discussion on Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope

6.00pm registration. Film starts 6.30. Event close 8.30pm

Richmond Education Centre, 1 Brunswick St N, Smithfield, Dublin, D07 TH76

€5 IASW members/€10 non-members

ONLINE BOOKING CLOSED - Places still available (cash ONLY)

Screening organised by Social Care Ireland and the Irish Association of Social Workers. The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behaviour. However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect and they’re using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease. 

Panel discussion: Chaired by Cliona Murphy, CPD Coordinator Irish Association of Social Workers.

Aoife Bairéad is a qualified social worker who specialises in attachment and trauma informed work with children and families. Since she began her career Aoife has been working with children experiencing mental health difficulties including infant mental health, and those who have experienced separation, loss and trauma. In 2018 Aoife set up Minds in Mind, a service providing assessments and therapeutic support for children and their families. Aoife works with those impacted by bereavement, parental alienation, gun and gang violence and children who are adopted, in foster care or residential care. Aoife uses evidence informed assessment and interventions to empower families to find ways to improve children and their family's day to day lives.

Siobhan Greene has been Director of Children’s Services (DOCS) in Barnardos in Ireland since October 2018. She has been working in Barnardos since 2002, in a variety of roles including practice management; audit and quality assurance; design of services and practice support systems; and strategic leadership internally and externally.  Siobhan is currently leading Barnardos services in the transition towards becoming a Trauma Informed Organization.

Dr Helen Gogarty started her career as a social worker. She is an Attachment Specialist and Jungian Sandplay Therapist. She specializes in working with children who have experienced early trauma and disrupted attachments. Helen has trained with the International Society for the Study of Dissociation and Trauma [ISSTD] in the assessment of Childhood Dissociation and Trauma and has qualified as a therapist in Lifespan Integration and EFT.

Dr Tracey A Monson is the Director of Services, Daughters of Charity Child & Family Service. She started her career as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She holds an MA in Psychoanalysis (Clinical Specialisation), an MSc in Equality Studies and recently graduated with a Doctorate in Childhood Studies from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queens University Belfast. She has worked in frontline practice and in senior management positions in the provision of services to children, young people and families at risk for over 20 years.

Mary Kennedy is a PhD student at the School of Social Work and Social Policy in Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Mary’s PhD study title is: ‘Using the Adverse Childhood Experience Survey to inform Service Development in a Social Care Organisation: A Case Study’. Mary has been a practicing social worker for ten years. She is currently working in the Tusla Out of Hours Service and prior to undertaking her PhD Mary was employed as a mental health social worker in an inpatient psychiatric setting. Mary is a founding member of the IASW ACEs Associate Group and was motivated to start the group because she felt passionate about ensuring that Irish social workers develop a critical understanding of the ACEs evidence base and that the profession is able to participate in the broader discourse about its impact on health and social care service development going forward.