Attachment and Trauma workshop

Interdisciplinary event in Athlone

Venue Athlone
Event Date 21 Nov 2023

This event is hosted by Social Care Ireland.  It is an interdisciplinary event in collaboration with the Association of Occupational Therapists in Ireland (AOTI) and the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (ISLT). It is funded by the National Health and Social Care Professionals Office (HSCP Office).

Working with attachment and trauma in a relational way has many inherent challenges – nowhere is this more prevalent and complex than in the field of health and social care. Carol Duffy has 20 years’ experience working in health and social care and 15 of those have been practicing as a child and adolescent psychotherapist specialising in play therapy.

Learning Outcomes:
• Presented in an experiential way the impact of attachment and traumatic disruptions on the development of children and their relational capacity.
• This is designed to offer participants an understanding of the subtleties of these developmental assaults and how they can play out particularly in a health and social care context from a unique theoretical and experiential perspective.
• Exploration of the basic principles of attachment and trauma and how the health and social care environment can uniquely impact this and how we work with these issues.
• Carol will deliver a workshop on play and how powerful a resource playfulness in our work.
• Deliver an experiential workshop on the RRIGHT play therapy techniques model which will give participants an organising framework from within participants can plan and evaluate the use of play in their work using an attachment and trauma informed model.
• Using stories to support understanding for young people in health and social care in a way that helps them make meaning from their own story, hear the truth in a therapeutic way and that addresses cognitive distortions.


Facilitator: Carol Duffy is a child and adolescent psychotherapist and a senior play therapist in Tusla in Mayo. Carol is a core trainer on the MA in creative psychotherapy in the Children’s Therapy Centre in Westmeath and a clinical supervisor. Carol has recently made some chapter contributions and published blogs relating to her field. Carol has delivered training and facilitated workshops and published videos online on how to use play within existing practices for professionals including social care leaders, project workers, family support workers, managers, foster carers and social work teams. These workshops have been on the use of play to build, enhance and foster regulating relationships in practice and in families. The workshops are informed by neurobiology, attachment, understanding of developmental trauma and child development theories.
Over the years the need for a developmentally and neurobiologically informed model that allows for a flexible approach to the heterogeneity of individual’s needs, those with complex histories, became increasingly relevant and subsequently Carol developed the model the R.R.I.G.H.T. Play Therapy Technique

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