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Continuing Professional Development

Department of Clinical Speech & Language Studies.


Practical Psychology for Allied Health Professionals:
The Application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to Clinical Practice


The Practical Psychology for Allied Health Professionals conference will be held on the Tuesday 19th of June, in the MacNeill Theatre, Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin.   

Professionals from the allied health fields of Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Optometry, Dietetics and Social Work share many common challenges in the clinical practice of their professions.  

The focus of this conference is on the application of practical psychological responses to the common challenges inherent in working in health care settings. 

  • Do you sometimes have difficult patient/client cases that resonate with you personally (i.e. patient/client is your own age, or your parent’s age, “what if it was me?”)?
  • Do you ever internalise what you are witnessing at work and feel you could use some help with drawing on your own personal bank of resilience?
  • Do you as the clinician or do your patients/clients or their families ever have unrealistic expectations about recovery?


Delegates will come away from the day with new perspectives and new approaches to managing the personal and professional issues that commonly arise in the clinical setting. 

Keynote Speaker: Niamh Fitzpatrick
Niamh Fitzpatrick is an engaging motivational speaker and a well-known media personality in Ireland! Her expertise in how to manage personal and workplace pressure, work cohesively, balance life & work and be resilient make her highly sought after for keynote addresses. Niamh holds a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and she applies this approach to all her work. 

Niamh is a Psychologist with over 26 years of experience in private practice.  Niamh was a psychological consultant to the Irish Olympic Team in 2004, 2008, 2012 and most recently, in 2016, she was the psychological consultant to the Irish Olympic Eventing Team.  Niamh works with private clients, on issues like stress, anxiety and depression, and she has numerous cooperate clients and consults for many national sports teams.  

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Speech and Language Therapist: Jennifer Brophy
Jennifer Brophy is a Clinical Specialist Speech & Language Therapy and a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.   Jennifer has been applying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques within Speech and Language Therapy practice in adult mental health for the last 10 years.

Jennifer works in the Adult Mental Health Services in Dublin South Central. Since 2001, Jennifer has been working in the HSE as a Speech & Language Therapist with different client groups in a diverse range of settings from community clinics and schools, to hospitals and rehabilitation units.  In 2006, she established the first Speech & Language Therapy service to Adults with Mental Health Disorders in the Republic of Ireland.

Conference Fee €70

6 CPD credits will apply



9.30-10.00 Registration
10.00-10.15 Opening and Welcome
10.15-11.30 Keynote Address Niamh Fitzpatrick: "Challenges in Life...How to Deal with Them - A Practical Guide"

11.30-11.45 COFFEE BREAK
11.45-12.30 Niamh Fitzpatrick: Applications in a Practice Setting for Health Professionals
12.30 -12.45 Panel Discussion/Questions

12.45 -13.30 LUNCH BREAK
13.30 -14.15 Jennifer Brophy: Introduction to CBT in Professional Practice
14.15 -3.00 Jennifer Brophy: Practical Applications of CBT in Clinical Practice

15.00-15.15 TEA BREAK
15.15-15.45 Panel Discussion/Questions
15.45-16.00 Closing Remarks


* No places may be reserved prior to booking due to high demand.




April 12th, 5pm - 7pm. 

"Changing the brain: history, review, and what
every SLT should know !”

Dr Brea Chouinard,
ASSISTID Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellow
School of Medicine
Trinity College Dublin


The brain can change! I was surprised to learn this, because it was not what I was taught during my speech and language pathology degree.

This fun and informative *CPD session to be held in Room 103-104, Department of Clinical Speech & Language Studies on Thursday evening April 12th, 5pm - 7pm. 

We will (i) start by reviewing some of the research behind the old belief of only one ‘critical period’ for language learning (ii) look at some of the research that started to change our minds (pardon the pun), and (iii) review the research that solidified our knowledge about changing the brain and the resulting “principles of neuroplasticity”.

For practical application, we will:

  • Look at examples of current “neuroplastic” speech-language therapies
  • Learn how to apply these principles to our caseload (for clients of any age and with any disorder)
  • Discuss how these principles can be the foundation for client-centered therapy
  • Practice transforming SMART goals into neuroplastic goals

(*This session follows on from Dr Chouinard’s very successful CPD sessions on ASD, which she delivered last year)

Cost**: €25 (pre booking inquiry essential via:, once availability is confirmed please book at the paypal link below.

**No charge for Practice Educators and Practice Tutors taking TCD students this academic year 2017-18.

** NO reservations can be made, email only to check availability prior to booking.*

Dr. Chouinard’s previous research focused on behavioural and neurological measures of in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and chronic aphasia. Her current research investigates the basal-ganglia model of cognitive control and the role it plays in social communication in ASD. In addition to her research career, she has 13 years of clinical experience, where she specialised in ASD and intensive therapy. Dr. Chouinard’s interests include neuroplasticity, ASD, social cognition, interpersonal interaction, and introspective behaviour.



Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies,
Trinity College Dublin

Better Communication for People with Dementia
International guest speakerProfessor Tammy Hopper
University of Edmonton
Alberta, Canada

Thursday 9th November 2017
Venue: Edmund Burke Lecture Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin


Conference Fee €40
Register is now open:  
Please contact Katie Griffin on 01 896 1496 or
for further information.

6 CPD credits will apply. Certificates of attendance will be provided to all registered delegates.



9.00 -9.10

Opening and Welcome

9.10 -9.40

International challenges in assessment of dementia:  Prof Tammy Hopper


Cognitive Comunication Assessment in Dementia: The P-CAD project: Suzanna Dooley

10.00 -10.30

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): Diagnosis  and management: Prof Tammy Hopper

10.30 -11.00



Decision making capacity and adults with  dementia. Prof Tammy Hopper


Case Study 1: Supported decision making in dementia :Anne Claffey

12.00 -12.15

Case Study 2: Talking Mats :St. Mary’s Hospital


Case Study 3: Jenny’s diary: Sarah Cronin

12.30 -12.45

Panel Discussion/Questions

12.45 -13.30


13.30 -14.15

Cognitive-communication interventions for dementia: Prof Tammy Hopper

14.15 -14.35

Case Study 4: Principles of intensive interaction: Sarah Cronin


Case Study 5: Conversation Coaching:  St. Columcille’s Hospital




Evidence Based Practice in Dementia and MCI: Directions for research and clinical practice  Prof Tammy Hopper


Discussion and Closing Remarks


Dysphagia and Respiratory Disorders Flyer[1]



*Course is now closed for application*



This continuous professional development (CPD) online course has been developed by the Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies in Trinity College Dublin. The clinically focused course aims to provide qualified speech and language therapists and other healthcare professionals with the opportunity to develop their understanding of instrumental dysphagia examinations. Whether you have access to instrumentation or you come across these examinations in the research literature, this course will equip you with up to date knowledge on instrumental evaluations employed in dysphagia clinical practice and research.

On successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Be aware of the indications for an instrumental  dysphagia evaluation
  2. Be familiar with the purposes of the instrumental dysphagia evaluations employed in research and clinical practice
  3. Have knowledge of resources and protocols required to complete dysphagia instrumental examinations
  4. Be familiar with the analysis of data from instrumental dysphagia examinations
  5. Recognise the advantages and limitations of various instrumental  dysphagia evaluations

This course provides students with a stimulating online learning experience by creating a structured yet flexible learning approach. The place of study is flexible as online delivery allows students to engage in learning activities at home or in the workplace and there is no requirement to attend at the Trinity campus in Dublin. Students get weekly online access to learning materials and must study these materials and complete activities set each week by the lecturer.

Please note this course does not provide a professional qualification to work in the field of dysphagia. Certificates of participation will be provided to students who complete the course. 

Course Organisation
The online course is delivered over a two week period where learning materials are released each Monday. These materials include videos, interactive presentations, relevant literature and short quizzes.

Course Modules
The course includes one module with two weekly sessions. These sessions include:

Session 1: Biomechanical Instrumental Examinations
A.      Introduction to Instrumental Dysphagia Examinations
B.      Radiological Tests
C.      Endoscopic Exams

Session 2: Physiological Instrumental Examinations
D.      Gastroenterological Exams
E.       Neurophysiological Tests
F.       Protocols: Basic Principles
G.     The Importance of Test Validation  
H.      Conclusion
There is no formal assessment for this course. However, students must engage with all online learning materials provided before a certificate of participation is achieved.
CPD Information
This online course can be considered towards CPD for professionals associated with CORU. The online course will provide 6 CPD credits

Course enquiries: Dr Margaret Walshe -

Closing date for applications: 11th September 2017



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