Family Resource conference today

125 attendees will gather in King House this morning for Boyle Family Resource Centre’s 30th anniversary conference which gets underway at 10am sharp.

The Conference theme is ‘It Takes a Community to Raise a Child’.

The conference has a variety of speakers which include:

Chris Monahan who is Interim National Family Resource Centre Manager with Tusla will officially open the Conference.

Joe Dixon:  Joe is a role model, an inspiration, a clever and funny man, Joe is a compassionate, sensitive human being who himself experiences depression from time to time and has once contemplated suicide.  It is Joe’s dearest wish to try and educate families to be able to reach out to loved ones and seek help.

Gillian Roddie: Snapchat: gemeroodles Gillian is a Mum of two who works in Trinity College as a Student Support Officer, a Tutor with the Trinity Access Programme and curator of the ‘ScienceSnaps’ series on Snapchat. Despite working as a Science Tutor for ten years her biggest learning experience has come from becoming a mother, and quickly found out that having kids exposes everything you never knew.   She’s still waiting on the Course Handbook to help her figure it all out.

Tiffany Jennings Walsh:   Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer for County Roscommon based in Boyle FRC and Vita House, Roscommon

Sean Maguire: Accredited Addiction Counsellor with over 20 year experience working in both inpatient and outpatient addiction services.  Speaking about addiction & the family focusing on evidence base approaches in responding to a loved one’s substance misuse.

Sinead Raftery: Accredited Psychotherapist & Addiction Counsellor, wide range of experience in working with families and substance misusers in outpatient addiction services. Speaking about addiction & the family focusing on evidence based approaches in responding to a loved one’s substance misuse.

Moya Mohan: Moya has experience working with adults and adolescents both in a private setting at Boyle Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre (where she remains as a member of the Board of Directors), and with children both privately and as part of a multi-disciplinary team within a primary and secondary school. She also works with Lawcare, a psychological support body for solicitors, barristers and legal professionals across Ireland, the UK and the British Isles.

Annette Keenehan is a volunteer on the Board of Directors of Boyle FRC; she has been involved in the Centre for the past 30 years. She is retired from her career in the bank and is mother and grandmother.

Brian Nerney is chairman of Boyle Town Team and a close friend of Noel C Duggan who was due to speak. Brian will fill in for Noel C and will discuss the importance of community.

Marie McNamara is a volunteer of Boyle FRC and has been for a number of years. Marie has seen the value of ‘It Takes a Community to Raise a Child’ first hand and will speak about her experience in the local community

At the conference will also be addressed by Evelyn O’Donnell who is Chairperson of the Board, Louise Moran (Manager), Maura Callaghan (Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy), and Fr Michael Duignan (Chancellor of the Diocese of Elphin)


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