Psychology Spring courses

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My psychology courses are starting up on the 26th January in UCD and 1st February in Rathmines College. The course in UCD is 8 weeks and Rathmines 6 weeks. It focuses on everyday life, and covers topics like emotions and emotional intelligence, IQ and personal development. Positive psychology and mindfulness are other relevant issues. These will be good fun courses so phone UCD 01 7167123, or go online to book. Rathmines college has special enrolment nights but you can phone  01 4065864 any time for information or just drop in to the college during the day.

Psychology and Religion

Increasingly clients are asking for evidence based, religion free psychotherapies and counselling. Now, post the marriage referendum in Ireland, this is quickly becoming a hot topic in terms of rights, that therapies should be clearly labelled. Psychologists who are members of the Psychological Society of Ireland are supposed to heed the scientific research in the same way as GPs and doctors/ medical practitioners in the HSE. GPs do not knowingly recommend treatments that have been shown to be ineffective or harmful. Their professional association informs them when changes in practice are necessary.

I’ve become interested in this issue because of my own experience where I’ve disagreed with counsellors or psychotherapists who use practices that are based on pseudo-science beliefs or religious assumptions. Recently I’ve had an opportunity to get involved in research into this issue so I’ve started reading and browsing the web to find out what the views are internationally. I plan to meet and talk to Irish people to get a sense of what the story is on the ground. In the meantime I found this interesting video:

 

Joint Session

I posted information early this morning about our meeting this evening a 6 o’clock not expecting that the rain would be so persistent. If the rain is too heavy we might have to abandon the walk. As planned I’ll be at the Arts Cafe in the Newman Building up till  6 o’clock and at the Quinn Business School at five past six. We might have to abandon the walk but I’ll be there one way or the other. We’ll head into the cafe in the Science Hub at around 6.30 (entrance facing the lake on the West side or left from aspect of library).

Tonight’s session will about the sense of self and Humanistic Psychology with a focus on Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers. He’s a PDF of the Slide Show

4. Maslow and Rogers lecture 2011 (2014_07_06 09_18_26 UTC)