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 Taoiseach launches PSI Guidelines for Good Practice with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients, and Society offers position on Marriage Equality




The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) was joined today, Thursday 23rd April 2015, by An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny, T.D., at the launch of the Society’s Guidelines for Good Practice with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients. At the launch the Society also announced its position on Marriage Equality.

An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny, T.D, at the official launch of the PSI Guidelines for Good Practice with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients

 

At today’s launch the President of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Dr Paul D’Alton, said; “The Psychological Society of Ireland is supportive of the proposed constitutional change in the upcoming Referendum to provide for full-marriage equality for same-sex couples.


The Society’s position statement on Marriage Equality is:
 

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) recognises and values the diversity of all people in terms of gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, socio-economic status, religion, disability, race, ethnicity and membership of the Traveller Community. The PSI recognises the negative impact that social exclusion, discrimination and inequality can have on the health and psychological well-being of people. The PSI supports legislation and social policies advancing equality for, and social inclusion of, all people. In this context, and on the basis of existing evidence, the PSI is supportive of the proposed constitutional change to provide for full marriage equality for same-sex couples.


Dr D’Alton discussed the Society’s position in the context of the adoption by the PSI of the Guidelines for Good Practice with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients as being timely. The Guidelines draw on international research and models of good practice that were identified through extensive consultation with international psychological associations and with psychologists and health practitioners in Ireland with specialist knowledge. They were developed by the PSI in collaboration with GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) and the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention, and aim to inform psychologists of what they need to know when working with lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) clients.

Speaking at the launch of the PSI Guidelines, psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney welcomed the publication of the PSI Guidelines; “Coming as they do at a time when we are, once again, engaged in a public debate about what equality means.”

Dr D’Alton concluded; “We’ve had a long history in this country of treating people from minority groups very badly, we have a long history of treating people who didn’t comply with dominant social norms very badly or, at the very least, with cold tolerance. Psychology, I am very sorry to say, has often been silent on these abuses or in some cases complicit. These Guidelines are a significant step forward in ensuring that we as a profession not only avoid such complicitness but also use our voice in advocating for members of the LGB community. Guidelines do many things but importantly they set the tone, they influence the atmosphere in which we work with vulnerable minorities. I am confident that these Guidelines will go a long way to ensuring that as a profession we contribute to work towards an inclusive and equal society and prevent us from repeating injustices inflicted on minority groups as happened in the past.”

The PSI’s Guidelines for Good Practice with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients booklet is available to download from the PSI website, www.psychologicalsociety.ie., or by clicking here     

To view a montage of the clips from the launch please click here
To view An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., speaking at the launch please click here
To view Dr Paul D'Alton speaking at the launch please click here
To view Dr Geraldine Moane speaking at the launch please click here
To view Dr Maureen Gaffney speaking at the launch please click here
To view Mr Brian Sheehan speaking at the launch please click here

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