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Our Staff

We are very lucky to have an excellent, and stable, staff team. Here are some comments from various External Examiner Reports in relation to our staff:

The student group expressed their high satisfaction with the programme both from a teaching and organisational point of view. They further remarked on the excellent learning resources that are available to them.

External Examiner, regarding meeting with students, 2012

I have taken note of the Course Director’s management style which is inclusive and collaborative while at the same time providing clear leadership.

External Examiner, 2012

Again I was impressed by the collegiality, friendly and relaxed atmosphere and the respect that the core staff members have for each other, their own work and last but not least the work with and by the students.

External Examiner, 2013

The students have excellent support from the team of tutors. This includes both the teaching and learning aspects of the programme as well as from the personal pastoral care aspect.

External Examiner, 2013

Eileen Prendiville E.C.P., S.I.A.H.I.P., S.I.A.P.T.P., R.N.M.H., is the Course Director for the MA in Creative Psychotherapy and the Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy. Eileen has worked with children for over thirty-five years and now specialises in the field of play therapy and psychotherapy training. She presents regularly at international training events.  Eileen has trained and worked in the fields of pre-school education, intellectual disability and child psychiatry, she has particular expertise in working with issues of child sexual abuse with both child and adult clients.  Eileen holds qualifications in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, Jungian Sand Play Therapy, Biodynamic Psychotherapy and Family Law. She was a founder member of the Children at Risk in Ireland Foundation and was their National Clinical Director until 2004. She is a psychotherapist, play therapist, supervisor and teacher. She held the position of Chairperson of the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy from 2012 – 2014. With Justine Howard, Eileen co-edited Play Therapy Today: Contemporary practice with individuals, groups, and carers published by Routledge (2014), and contributed a chapter to this book. She also contributed a chapter on ‘Abreaction’ in the 2nd edition (2014) of Dr Charles Schaefer’s seminal text, ‘The Therapeutic Powers of Play: 20 Core Agents of Change’ co-authored with Dr Athena Drewes. She has a 3rd chapter (Healing Children Affected by Sexual Abuse: The Therapeutic Touchstone) in  ‘Play Therapy with Vulnerable Populations: No Child Forgotten‘. She has recently had 2 further chapters published and her2nd book, Creative Psychotherapy: Applying the principles of neurobiology to play and expressive arts-based practice, was published in 2016.

Anne Brennan MA, H Dip, PGDHE, SIAHIP,  SIAPTP, SIACP, MTCI., has an impressive background in teaching and psychotherapy.  She has been a practicing psychotherapist for over twenty years, handling a wide range of client issues for people of all ages.   She is a qualified therapeutic supervisor, having training in the field of Creative Supervision. Anne is a gifted trainer of counsellors, psychotherapists, and play therapists with a particular expertise in experiential learning approaches.   She is also active as a trainer in the field of adult education, training people entering the therapeutic field and the fields of human care, especially childcare and special needs.  Anne has devised and delivered her own courses and courses for a range of statutory education bodies.  She has a part-time therapeutic practice and trains for a range of bodies including CTC and Northside Counselling Services Ltd.  She is committed to excellence in delivering training to adults. Anne teaches on a number of CTC courses including the MA programme and our level 6 courses in Dublin.

Siobhán Prendiville, BEd, PG Ed., MEd., MIAPTP, MA Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, is a teacher, child psychotherapist, and play therapist who specialises in the use of play in education and in therapy. She teaches widely in a number of institutions in Ireland and has been involved in training teachers in pilot programmes to influence the teaching methodologies utilised. Siobhan maintains a private play therapy practice. She has chapters in the The Therapeutic Powers of Play: 20 Core Agents of Change, Play Therapy Today: Contemporary Practice with Individuals, Groups and Carers, and Creative Psychotherapy: Applying the principles of neurodevelopment to play and expressive arts-based practice. Siobhan teaches on a number of CTC courses including the MA programme and our level 6 courses in Limerick

Carol Duffy SIAHIP, SIAPTP has a BSc Hons in Social Psychology and Sociology from the University of Ulster. She also has a Diploma in Area Studies from the College of St. Elizabeth, NJ. She has a professional postgraduate training in child psychotherapy and play therapy and is accredited with IAPTP and IAHIP. Carol has been working with children for over fourteen years now and is employed in the HSE as a senior play therapist.

Carol works with children and young people of all ages and a considerable amount of her practice involves working with siblings and families of children who have been received into care. She has a smaller adult client base. She draws from a humanistic and integrative point of view with a strong emphasis on an attachment perspective. Her practice incorporates offering a substantial amount of support to the family and care systems of her primary clients. It also entails a sensory integration element. Carol has significant experience of working with children in care and with children who have survived various levels of neglect and who have experienced child abuse. She is a strong believer in empowering the voice of children. Carol tis a core trainer on our MA programme.

Maggie Fearn MA DATP; BAPT: MA Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, has been a play practitioner for more than 30 years, gaining her first MA (Developmental and Therapeutic Play) at Swansea University in 2009, and she has been a Forest School practitioner since 2001. Maggie is a senior lecturer in the University of South Wales. She is a practitioner of Body & Earth experiential anatomy and authentic movement, investigating strategies for supporting developmental movement and sensory awareness during outdoor play. In 2015 she completed her training as a play therapist with the Children’s Therapy Centre, Ireland. She facilitates wild play, Forest School, and play therapy with children and their families in Wales, and she trains adults in developmental and therapeutic play. She has many published articles and book chapters, and a particular in neurobiology and the therapeutic use of movement and the outdoors in play therapy.

Majella Ryan S.I.A.C.P is a very experienced child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist and utilises play therapy in her work with children. She has a strong interest in supporting healthy attachments. She specialises in working creatively with traumatised children and adolescents and their families. She has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, a family therapy service and in CARI for 20 years. Majella is a supervisor for play therapists, creative arts therapists, and child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapists. Majella teaches on a number of CTC courses including the MA programme and our level 6 courses in Limerick.

Laura Coleman SIAHIP is a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist and play therapist working from an adolescent and child centred perspective. She is also involved in the training and supervision of youth workers, play therapists, and psychotherapists. She maintains a private psychotherapy and supervision practice and specialises in palliative care therapy services, play therapy, group work with adolescents, and with groups dealing with bereavement issues.Laura teaches on a number of CTC courses including the MA programme and our level 6 courses in Claremorris.

Bernadette Kenny studied under Lisa Ulman at Goldsmiths University in London to become a qualified Laban Movement, dance and drama specialist and educator. Bernadette holds a 4-year qualification in the Feldenkrais Method® under Russell & Linda Delman in Marin County, California. She also qualified in The Embodied Life (a synthesis of the Feldenkrais Method, Zen meditation and Focusing) with Russell Delman in Switzerland. Bernadette studied under Anat Baniel in The Anat Baniel Method SM For Children in their professional training programme in Marin County and holds a qualification. Bernadette studied under Amy & Arny Mindell et al. in Process Oriented Psychology in Portland, Oregon & Dublin, and holds full certification. She is also a qualified play therapist and child psychotherapist.

Bernadette has synthesized her training and experience into a somatic therapy that addresses the whole self through integrating the perceived split of the body & mind. She uses deeply rooted mindfulness and body awareness to enhance the full potential of each person, regardless of perceived abilities or function. She invites the body, through awareness, to become the immensely powerful and intelligent ally it was meant to be. Bernadette facilitates group sessions at CTC and runs the Tara Healing Arts Therapy Centre in Ennis. She is CEO of the Bluebox Creative Learning Centre in Limerick which operates 23 therapy centres. Bernadette facilitates group process session for our 2nd year groups.

Michelle Fahy M.I.A.C.P is an experienced psychotherapist, group therapist and clinical supervisor who works with children, adolescents, adults, families and groups in her own private practice as well as in community, corporate and training sectors. Michelle has been actively involved in facilitating groups for over 20 years, working with community groups, development groups, outreach programs, special needs, positive mental health promotion, and has worked across all facets of the educational system from Montessori to Third Level. She advocates experiential and creative therapeutic methodologies in her work as fundamental to supporting body-mind harmony.

Edel Lawlor is the founder and Director of Expressive play and has been working with children for over sixteen years and is highly skilled at encouraging children to reach their own unique potential. Edel has a background in Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Art Therapy, Puppetry and Social Care. She is currently completing her MA in Psychotherapy and Play Therapy.

Monique McEvoy MIAPTP, MA Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, Play and Creative Arts
Therapist (dance & and movement), who has worked for over 25 years supporting children and
families in community and residential settings. Monique has extensive experience working
with children experiencing social and emotional difficulties, intellectual disabilities,
developmental delays, communication disorders, and children with Autism Spectrum
Disorders. Monique works as a psychotherapist for the CARI foundation and in private practise at
the Listening Tree Play Therapy Centre in Mountmellick.

Cathy O’ Donoghue MIAPTP, MA Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, B.Ed is an experienced and accredited psychotherapist with a specialisation in Play Therapy. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, workshop facilitator and psychotherapist in a variety of settings. Cathy joined the therapeutic team of CARI in 2014 where she works in a systemic manner with children, adolescents, parents and siblings providing specialised child centred psychotherapy and support to families who have been affected by CSA. She also works with children who engage in harmful sexual behaviours. Cathy maintains a busy private practice, where she works with children and adolescents presenting with a wide range of issues including anxiety, emotional regulation difficulties, developmental delays, learning and attentional difficulties, grief, parental separation, bullying and peer difficulties as well as more complex issues such as attachment difficulties and children who have experienced abuse and trauma. Cathy works from an integrative, person centred perspective and endeavours to build strong working relationships with parents/carers using creative approaches to empower parents towards greater awareness and presence in their parenting. Cathy is trained in Filial Therapy and Circle of Security Parent group facilitation. Cathy has also designed and delivered trainings and workshops for parents, teachers and other professionals on the power of play and unconditional positive regard when relating to and working with children.

Claire Colreavy Donnelly MIAHIP, MIACAT, has a BA in Fine Art Installation, video and performance work from NCAD Dublin and an MA in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University. She qualified as an art psychotherapist from Sheffield University in 1998. She has worked as a community artist, youth counsellor, art psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and arts therapies trainer. She is an occasional lecturer at CIT, having been a core tutor on the Art Therapy MA in CIT and now runs the Principles of Art Therapy Course in Dublin, franchised from CIT and hosted by CTC. She has a private practice in Kildare Town and works in an adult psychiatric hospital and an in patient adolescent unit. She has published articles for Eisteach, Jiacat and Inside Out and has presented at Trinity Healthcare Conferences. Her chapter on Art was published in Creative Psychotherapy: Applying the principles of neurobiology to play and expressive arts-based practice.

Karen Stewart, SIAHIP, MIAPTP is qualified as a Play Therapist, Psychotherapist and Supervisor. She runs a busy private practice in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. She has worked with children and teenagers presenting with a diversity of issues, and her specialist areas is in the areas of complex trauma and learning difficulties. Karen has extensive experience, spanning over 25 years, in service provision for people with special needs. Her original training was in nursing (Intellectual Disability), and she has worked in this role (and as a workshop facilitator, relaxation therapist and educator) in community, residential and day services.

Karen completed training in massage therapy in London in 1991 and she co -founded Karuna Flame Holistic Health Centre with her life partner, Kris, in 1996 and worked as a massage therapist for many years in their centre.

Justine Howard (PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS) is an Associate Professor and Postgraduate Programme Manager in the College of Health and Human Science at Swansea University. She is a Chartered Psychologist and specialist in Developmental and Therapeutic Play. Her consultancy activity has included the delivery of training courses in developmental and therapeutic play for a wide range of professionals across children’s services. She has been researching play for over fifteen years and is internationally recognised as an expert in the field. She has published widely on play and child development and is regularly asked to contribute to national and international conferences and events. Her most recent books include The Essence of Play (2013), Play in Early Childhood (2010), Play Therapy Today (2014), and Creative Psychotherapy: Applying the principles of neurobiology to play and expressive arts-based practice (2017). Justine is a valued member of our Ethics Committee.

Noel Prendiville graduated from the University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Business Studies in 1978 and worked in the oil industry from 1978 – 2005 in a variety of roles including operational, sales, procurement and strategic planning and implementation. A director of Children’s Therapy Centre since its inception, he has chaired the Examination Board each year. He is also responsible for administration and accounting including QQI QBS. He carried CEO responsibilities in CTC.