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Lunch Bites @ The IoD - Paul Gilligan - Love Hurts: Living with Emotional Pain - 14th February 2019

We are pleased to announce that Paul Gilligan, Clinical Psychologist and CEO of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services will address ‘Love Hurts: Living with Emotional Pain’.

Except perhaps for very young children, happiness does not come from the absence of  - but rather from the healing of - emotional pain, an essential human capacity that is within us all. Finding resolution involves accepting our humanity, facing our fears and connecting with love and passion.

Paul willl explore  the essential human purpose of emotional pain and will discuss the psychological skills required in the journey towards resolution.”

The Lunch Bites @ The IoD Series is kindly sponsored by First Names Group.

This event takes place on Thursday, 14th February, at 12.45pm in the National Concert Hall, Dublin 2.

Registration and sandwiches at 12.45pm sharp with discussion and Q&A from 1.00pm-1.50pm.

If there is a question you would like to ask in advance, please let us know by emailing Lisa Sweeney or feel free to raise your questions or comments on the day. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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14 Feb
Paul Gilligan , Clinical Psychologist and Chief Executive of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services
12:45 - 13:50 (Registration & Sandwiches - followed by Discussion / Q&A)
Free of charge, IoD members only
Carolan Room, The National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
First Names Group
Places Available (Limited Places Remaining)

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Paul Gilligan

Clinical Psychologist and Chief Executive of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services

Paul Gilligan is a Clinical Psychologist and Chief Executive of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services.   He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Trinity College Dublin. Paul is also former Vice-Chairman of the National Children’s Advisory Council, a former President of the Psychological Society of Ireland and a former Chairman of the Children’s Rights Alliance. He was a member of the Government established Vision for Change Independent Monitoring Group and Garda Vetting Implementation Group. 

Before taking up his current post with St. Patrick’s, Paul was Chief Executive of the ISPCC.  He is author of two parenting books “Keeping Your Child Safe” (2008), and "Raising Emotionally Healthy Children" (2015). He is an internationally recognised Children’s Rights Advocate and a Fellow of the Psychological Society of Ireland.


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