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Mon 11 Jun

Patterns that Connect - Working with Attachment Issues in Mental Health

Full day conference

Ashling Hotel

€20 IASW members/€50 non-members


The Social Workers in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Special Interest Group invites you to attend our special one day conference on Attachment. Social Workers in CAMHS work on complex cases and work with young people to promote and maintain their positive mental health. The ability to work in and with the whole context or situation is an important distinguishing characteristic of Social Work practice. An essential part of this work is having a deep understanding of Attachment Theory and how it impacts on the families they work with. We are holding this conference to give social workers the opportunity to develop further their understanding of attachment and to gain ideas for future practice.




Registration / Tea / Coffee

10.00 - 11.30

Dr Una McCluskey

11.30 - 11.50

Tea / Coffee Break     

11.50 -12.50

Dr Una McCluskey

12.50 - 2.00


2.00 - 3.30

Dr Helen Gogarty

3.30 - 3.40

Close of Conference



Dr Una McClusky is an Honorary Fellow (University of York). She is a Freelance Attachment Consultant. Author of To be Met as a Person: the Dynamics of Attachment in Professional Encounters. Karnac London, co-author of The Psychodynamics of abuse: the cost of fear, Jessica Kingsley, and joint author with Dr Dorothy Heard and Dr Brian Lake of Attachment Therapy with Adolescents and Adults: theory and practice post Bowlby 2009 (revised 2012). Dr McClusky was Presented with the Award for Vision, Innovation, Dedication and Achievement (VIDA) in 2004 by the Group Psychotherapy Association of Southern California in appreciation of her contribution to the field of psychotherapy


Dr Helen Gogarty is an Attachment and Jungian Therapist specialising in the assessment and treatment of attachment and emotional disorders and unresolved trauma. She has trained internationally in the study of attachment theory through the International Association for the Study of Attachment [IASA] and completed her Doctorate in Attachment Theory at the University of Ulster in 2002. She is a qualified coder for both the Strange Situation Procedure and the Adult Attachment Interview and has considerable experience in training professional staff both nationally and internationally


This event is subsidised by the HSE National Health and Social Care Professions Office.