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News and Events Diary

Meetings for Members of the IFCP for 2017 will be on the following dates:

11th March, 13th May, 8th July, 16th September & 11th Nov (AGM)



February 2017

Mna Na h-Eireann event organised by the Luton Irish Forum takes place on February 25th. For tickets and further information please click here



2016 AGM Luncheon Event


Join us for a presentation and Q & A session by Roz Carroll and Jon Blend

'Understanding the legacy of the 1916 Easter Rising through the lens of Transgenerational Trauma'

Roz Carroll is a Chiron-trained body psychotherapist. She teaches ‘Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy’ on the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy at The Minster Centre.  She is a regular speaker for Confer and author of numerous articles and chapters, including: ‘The Blood-dimmed Tide: Witnessing war and working with the collective body in Authentic Movement’ in Psychotherapy and Politics International. Roz is part of the Irish diaspora.

Jon Blend is a relational gestalt /integrative child psychotherapist and Lifemusic practitioner with a background in social work and psychiatry. He works in private practice and teaches at The Gestalt and Minster Centres and internationally.  Jon’s publications include a chapter in Relational Child, Relational Brain (eds. Harris and Lee) and ‘I Got Rhythm’ (International Gestalt J, 2010 32,2.) He performs regularly  with Playback South , a ‘communitas’ oriented theatre company and  is the son of a Viennese Kindertransportee whose diaspora journey began at age nine. 

Information and Booking: For booking information please email: Ann Conlon at ann.conlon@kcl.ac.uk and see the booking form overleaf.
The lecture begins promptly at 12.00pm & lunch will be served at 1.30pm

Tickets are limited and the closing date for booking is Friday November 4th 2016. To apply for tickets, please download the pdf document above.




Wednesday 5th October 2016

On Wednesday 5th October Midge Seymour (Chair) and Mary Heffernan (Communications) attended the launch of the 'I am Irish' Exhibition at the London Irish Centre.

COMING SOON For the trailer for 'Spotlight', please click here The UK premiere will took place in London on January 20th.


Wednesday 7th October 2015

On Wednesday 7th October the Irish Forum for Counselling & Psychotherapy will attend an event marking World Mental Health Day at the Embassy of Ireland in Grosvenor Square, London.Click here.


Theater Event

My Name is Saoirse

"1987: Ireland has just won the Eurovision, mobile phones are about to be invented, and in Limerick, Saoirse O’Brien is sick of her best friend calling her a frigid.

Soon after agreeing to a night of drinking with the lads in Wilson’s Pub, she discovers her pregnancy, and is forced to set out on a journey that leads her miles away from home, and the carefree adolescence she knew."

Winner of the First Fortnight Award, and nominated for Best New Writing and Best Performer at the Dublin Fringe 2014. For tickets and further details Click here


1st January 2015

We mark the beginning of a year of events to mark the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the Irish Forum for Counselling and Psychotherapy.


< November 2014

The Forum held its AGM Lecture and Lunch Event. We welcomed Prof. Diarmaid Ferriter who gave our Annual Lecture, addressing members of the Forum, colleagues and guests. Diarmuid is one of Ireland’s best- known historians and is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. His books include The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (2004), Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the life and legacy of Eamon de Valera (2007) and Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland (2009). His most recent book, Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s was published in 2012. He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio and a weekly columnist with the Irish Times. His lecture was a tour-de-force on the ongoing legacy of Irish emigration history and politics. He welcomed questions afterwards and received thunderous applause when he finished! It was a hugely successful event and we were delighted Prof. Ferriter could accept our invitation to join us for lunch after the lecture.


8th October 2014

The IFCP co-hosted an evening at the Irish Embassy, Grosvenor Place, London, with Mind Yourself and ICAP to mark International World Mental Health Day 2014. Here is the text of the speech given on behalf of IFCP by member, Olivia Cunningham:


"Ambassador, Mrs Mulhall, Ladies and Gentleman - my name is Olivia Cunningham and I’m here this evening to represent The Irish Forum for Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Forum consists of a network of Counsellors & Psychotherapists either born in Ireland or of Irish ancestry who came together 20 years ago out of a common interest in working with Irish clients and being Irish.

The Forum originated through the recognition of the need for a support structure for Irish mental health practitioners working with Irish clients in the UK to discuss topics particularly relating to Irish identity.

We are not salaried so our remit is limited; we are not commissioned to do particular work so much of what we discuss are our observations from our work in the NHS, Academia and the voluntary, public and private sectors. Through sharing our knowledge and experience members explore how identity and culture affects them and Irish clients both consciously and unconsciously in their clinical work.

The forum offers an opportunity to network with other professionals whilst also maintaining links with colleagues who have returned to Ireland or who have gone onto other parts of the world.

Some of our past and current members in The Forum have worked in Irish organisations such as Islington Irish Women’s Centre, The Maya Centre and ICAP. In April of this year, the Forum was represented at the one day Conference 'Being Irish in Britain' at the London Irish Centre alongside ICAP & Mind Yourself.

As mental health practitioners we recognise the need for and the importance of culturally sensitive counselling for the Irish diaspora. We see on a daily basis the impact that the lack of cultural recognition can have on the individual; we bear witness to the damaging and debilitating effects that stigma surrounding mental health issues can have on people. In the current economic climate of austerity we see the impact on individuals in terms of cuts to services and the shortage of talking therapies in the NHS.

We recognise that as a community we are faced with difficult questions of how to respond to these challenges. We are passionate about fostering greater links with similar professional groups and individuals here in the UK, in Ireland and globally in order to highlight issues affecting the mental health of the Irish community.

In an effort to raise awareness within the wider psychotherapeutic community about issues relating to Irish identity and the need for culturally sensitive counselling we are working collaboratively on a research agenda with Mind Yourself and ICAP. We continue to actively seek ways to collaborate with other Irish groups as well as Government, Charity, private and public sector organisations and individuals.

I’d like to finish by thanking the Ambassador, his wife and their wonderful staff for hosting this event this evening. I’d like to thank your good selves for your interest and attention and my colleagues Claire, Catherine and Professor Delaney for their contributions".
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Samuel Beckett season 2015

Samuel Beckett will take centre stage at the Barbican Theatre next year when the London venue stages a season of plays celebrating the Irish playwright’s work as part of its 2015 programme. For further details click here



5th April 2014

The London Irish Centre will host a one day conference 'Being Irish in Britain'. The IFCP will have a representative present on one of the panel discussions.


8th March 2014

Conference "Dissonant Voices: Faith and the Irish Diaspora" at the London Irish Centre, Saturday 8th March 2014.


11th October 2014

As part of the celebrations on the first official visit of an Irish President to the UK, IFCP members Mary Heffernan and Midge Seymour-Roots contributed articles to the Irish Times:

Mary Heffernan "In Britain I have found another home" Click here

Midge Seymour-Roots "Emigrating can be a traumatic experience" Click here


22nd February 2014


London Irish Centre ‘Being Irish in Britain in 2014′ – A One-Day Conference at the London Irish Centre. Mary Heffernan represents the IFCP on the panel "From Indifference to Embrace: Ireland and the relationship with the Irish in Britain and Europe".


November 2013

The IFCP were represented on a panel discussion "From Suicide to Smiles" held by 'Mind Yourself' in Southwark Town Hall. To read an article by one of the speakers please Click here


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