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Mon 14 Jun

Shrinking Territories - A narrative approach to understanding the struggle of young people during lockdown

Registration from 3.15pm, Event 3.30 - 5.00pm


€5 IASW members/€25 non-members

This event is organised by the Child & Adolescent Mental Health SIG.

Details on how to join this event will be emailed to those who have booked a place on the morning of the event. 


In this 90-minute presentation we will draw on Narrative Therapy ideas to make sense of how the identity of young people was impacted by lockdown.

We will explore the territories of life for young people and how they have had to shrink, with disorientating effects on purpose, energy and connection. We will look at how young people have responded and resisted.

Through an experiential exercise we will explore this in our own lives identifying what was lost to us, what we came to value and how we took action to minimise the distress.

Finally we will return to thinking about young people and find new metaphors for supporting them as society opens up in new ways.




The Facilitator

Thérèse Hegarty started her career as a primary school teacher and was involved in the setting up of the Resource Teacher Project and NEPS. She has a Masters in Family Therapy [UCD 2002] and an International Diploma in Narrative Therapy and Community Work [Adelaide 2008]. She manages a Family Therapy practice in West Tallaght at CARP Killinarden.

Thérèse was a keynote speaker at the International Narrative Conference in Adelaide in 2008 and in Grahamstown, South Africa in 2011.

Thérèse also worked in Initial Teacher Education in Maynooth University where she introduced a course in Narrative Practice to BEd. students.

Thérèse teaches Narrative Therapy to individuals and organisations throughout the country.