Snippets from Summer Course for Teachers

I had the privilege of providing a summer course through the West Cork Education Centre, to a very enthusiastic and motivated group of teachers at the start of the month. We covered a range of topics over the week, and I thought I’d share a few snippets of information related to topics raised during the course. […]

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Rejoicing in the right to be irrational

On Saturday 18th April, I attended a thought-provoking conference on Consent and Capacity- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (La Touche Training). As I drove home after the conference, I found myself reflecting on how fragile life is, and the importance of valuing the moment. In the midst of this process of deep and meaningful self-reflection (well not […]

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A-capella singing group looking for members, Rossmore, West Cork

A new group has started at Rossmore Theatre working with a collaborative and creative approach to choosing and arranging contemporary songs for A-capella performance. They meet on Tuesday evenings from 8-10pm, facilitated by Community Musician and Choir leader, Caz Jeffreys. New members are welcome and your first visit is free of charge. Members commit to […]

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Let me introduce myself…Communication Passports

What is it? A communication passport is a person-centred book which supports someone who cannot speak for themselves. It is a way of sharing information about a person in a clear, simple format, focusing on the person as being a unique, valued individual. What goes in it? It can include any of the following: Key […]

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Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking….some useful tips

Some of us are natural public speakers, many more of us are not. When we’re nervous, this can affect how we speak, as we stumble over words or struggle with a weak voice. If you fall into this category, then here are a couple of tips which can help you feel more at ease, and […]

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Investing in Relationship: An Art Therapy Group Experience for Qualified Therapists

 “It is important to tell, at least from time to time, the secret of who we truly and fully are…” Frederick Buechner The Group will use art making and verbal reflection to explore subtly and deeply our experience of relationship; • our relationship to aspects of self • our therapeutic relationships • our primary and present […]

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Music, creativity and mental health

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From 8th through to 11th May, Clonakilty is hosting Cumasu- Clonakilty Wellness Week. The week is jam packed with activities catering for children and adults alike. I have the privilege of being involved in this event, through offering a practical workshop where people can explore and create music together. This workshop takes place on Tuesday 7th May at 10am […]

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Smart Happy Children Project

West Cork based Smart Happy Project is a great source of inspiration and ideas for parents and educators who want to help their child to be more creative, more content in themselves and more connected to nature. As described by her mission statement, Lisa Lillywhite says “The Smart Happy Project is everything you want them […]

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Music Therapy aids in the treatment of depression

A recent randomised control trial based has found that music therapy is effective in reducing symptoms of depression. The Finnish study recommends that music therapy is provided in addition to standard medical treatment for depression. Read more at: http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/08/04/music-therapy-aids-in-depression-treatment/28357.html “Where is the evidence ?”  is a question often posed to Irish music therapists, particularly in […]

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Is there a role for music therapy in the recovery approach in mental health?

An article in the  current edition of the Arts in Psychotherapy addresses this question.  To access the abstract go to: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01974556  Authors: Triona McCaffrey, Irish World Academy, University of Limerick; Jane Edwards, Irish World Academy, University of Limerick; Dominic Fannon, Mayo Mental Health Services.

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