South Dublin Collaborative Lawyers and Family Mediators Seminar 16th May 2014

June 25th, 2014

On Friday 16th May last the South Dublin Collaborative Lawyers hosted a Continuing Professional Development Seminar in the Stillorgan Park Hotel. The Seminar was entitled “Children and the Collaborative Process” and focused on the Collaborative Process from the child’s point of view.

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Speakers at the Seminar were:

Helen graduated with a BCL degree from University College Cork in 1974. Helen specialises in all aspects of Family Law to include Child Sex Abuse, Custody Matters, Maintenance, Separation, Divorce, Annulments, Abductions, Domestic Violence, Civil & Criminal Litigation. She is a founding member of the Association of Collaborative Practitioners. She has completed 40 hours of Mediation Training. Helen is the West Cork Bar Association Representative of the Council of the Law Society of Ireland. Helen is also the author of “A Short Guide to Divorce Law in Ireland – A survival handbook for the family”.

Connie Healy has just completed her Ph.D entitled “Resolution of Conflict in Family Law Matters: An Alternative and Child-Inclusive Approach” which was funded by the Irish Research Council. She is a qualified solicitor, an accredited mediator and she trained in collaborative practice in 2007. Connie has also served on the research committee of the IACP and is currently lecturing at the University of Limerick.

Caoimhe is a registered Clinical Psychologist who has specialised in the area of Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychotherapy. She worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services from 1980 to 1997, at the Mater Child Guidance Clinic and later at Lucena Clinic. She completed a Masters in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy in 1992. Her thesis for this Masters focused on the effects of a father’s absence on the internal world of the child. Since 1997 she has continued her work in Private Practice seeing children adolescents and their families.
She has lectured on Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programmes at UCD and TCD and at several Psychotherapy Training Institutes. She was a co- director of the Foundation Year in Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Training from 1998 – 2005 and has extensive training experience with guidance counselors, school counsellors, teachers, psychologists and psychotherapists. She has been an approved supervisor of clinical psychologists and psychotherapists for over twenty years.

More recently Caoimhe has focused on the needs of Children of separated parents and their children as they navigate their way through court proceedings and she provides consultations and reports to the District, Circuit and High Courts in relation to the best interest of children.

Caoimhe is also a trained collaborative practitioner and has extensive experience of working collaboratively with solicitors, barristers and judges.

Over thirty practitioners attended the Seminar, which was the third such successful Seminar organised by the group.

Seminar Photo Gallery

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