Maynooth University to host a joint seminar on Addiction Studies and Psychology

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Maynooth University is holding a joint seminar for students of the NUI Certificates in Addiction Studies and Psychology on Saturday 25 March. Members of the public are also welcome. The theme of the seminar is Trauma Informed Care. Dr. Brian McClean and Dr. Sharon Lambert will both present.

Dr. Brian McClean

Dr. Brian McClean qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of Surrey in 1987. His doctoral thesis was on Outcomes of Positive Behavioural Support for 138 people with challenging behaviour. In 1994, he founded the Callan Institute for Behavioural Support. He also founded the Irish Association for Behavioural Support, which aims to promote quality services for people with challenging behaviours.

His research interests include the effectiveness and maintenance of a positive behavioural support, as well as service models for people with dual diagnosis and quality of life outcomes. In 2001, he established a Behaviour Support Service in Co Roscommon. He is currently Senior Clinical Psychologist with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.

Brian’s talk will focus on Post Traumatic Stress. This is a condition of persistent emotional distress occurring as a result of severe psychological shock. His presentation will explore neuropsychological, biological, cognitive and behavioural models of post traumatic stress. He will also describe the assessment and treatment of post traumatic stress in clinical psychology practice. Finally, the old adage, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger will be examined.

Dr Sharon Lambert

Dr Sharon Lambert recently joined the teaching staff in the School of Applied Psychology in UCC. For a number of years she worked with marginalised young people as well as their families. Sharon’s research interests revolve primarily around the psychological well-being of young people, the risk and protective factors, with a particular focus on trauma and consequent impacts on service design and delivery.

Sharon regularly delivers training to professionals working with young people. She also presents at psychology conferences. In addition, she has delivered training seminars to the Metropolitan Police in the U.K. and to the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Ireland. Furthermore, she has worked as a lecturer on induction and training courses within An Garda Síochána. Sharon has also acted as a special advisor to Garda Working Groups and the UK Home Office the EU.

Her presentation examines new thinking on the aetiology of addictive behaviour. It will consider the relationships between trauma, mental health and addiction. She will also examine theories and research from developmental psychology and neuroscience with an emphasis on how this recent advances impact on the ways in which we think about how we design and deliver services that are inclusive, evidence based and impactful.


When: Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10:00am.

Where: Iontas Building

Registration takes place between 9.30am and 10.15am. Light refreshments will be available.

Members of the public are welcome to the morning session. If you would like to attend as a visitor, please e-mail:


Anne Sexton

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