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Identity: when to hold on, when to let go


Dr Tony Bates to deliver free public talk to coincide with PSI Annual Conference

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and the Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society (NIBPS) will jointly host a free public talk, delivered by Dr Tony Bates, to coincide with this year's PSI Annual Conference at the Sheraton Athlone Hotel. The Conference will be officially opened at 7pm on Wednesday 9th of November with the public talk directly following the opening. The theme of presentation supports the overall theme of identity of this year’s PSI Conference, which is entitled Who are we: where have we come from and where are we going?

The title of Tony's talk is Identity: when to hold on, when to let go. It will explore the dialectic of finding and letting go a sense of identity through adolescence, adulthood and later life. Drawing from Tony's experience of working with young people for whom identity is a crucial developmental task, and from personal experience of becoming and repeatedly shedding different various identities as a psychologist, this talk will reflect on moving from what is known to what is unknown, and discovering that the very identity we might wish to hold on to will inevitably be taken from us.

Dr Tony Bates is the Founding Director and CEO of Jigsaw* – Ireland’s National Centre for Youth Mental Health.

Prior to this, Tony worked as Principal Clinical Psychologist at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. He worked and trained in the United States and Oxford University alongside some of the World’s leading thinkers in mental health. On his return to Ireland in 1996 he established the Trinity College Dublin’s Masters in Cognitive Psychotherapy.

His major influences include: Tim Beck, Mark Williams, Thich Nhat Hanh, Irving Yalom, young people on Jigsaw’s Youth Advisory Panel, his two grandchildren, poetry and a good movie.

Tony is a regular contributor to print and broadcast debate about mental health. He was an editor of ‘A Vision For Change’, the ten year Government policy on mental health service reform and has been closely involved in writing several recent policies on suicide prevent, and the health of children and young people. He is the author of a number of bestselling books including “Coming through Depression: a mindful approach to recovery”.

He believes that “people who find the inner power to come through the really hard times often become more fully alive than those who have never experienced the depths of suffering”.

Since 2006, he and his colleagues have been committed in changing how Ireland thinks about youth mental health. With the collaboration of communities, young people and service providers, the Jigsaw service is now achieving a consistent reduction in psychological distress across counties in Ireland.

(*Please note: Jigsaw was previously called Headstrong, but has recently undergone a name change.)

It is necessary to book a place to attend this talk. Please click here for further information on the event and to reserve a place.

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