Minister launches Evidence-based Practice with Troubled Teenagers

Fri, 27 September 13 12:49

These included Jane Fry, Tom Casey, Mary Forrest, Fidelma Beirne and Ciara Cassells. The book is entitled Positive Systemic Practice: The Crosscare Teen Counselling Model of Intervention for Adolescents and their Parents (A Practice Manual). It sets out a distinctive approach to systemic practice developed in Ireland. Positive Systemic Practice has been evaluated in a retrospective audit and a prospective controlled trial, which formed the basis for Dr Ciara Cassell’s PhD thesis, conducted at the UCD School of Psychology. From her research, Dr Cassells concluded that Positive Systemic Practice was highly effective in helping families of adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems. The book describing Positive Systemic Practice was launched at a conference held in the Red Cow Moran Hotel Dublin.

The theme of the conference was - Interventions that work for young people and their families. It showcased evidence-based psychological interventions for children and families in Ireland. In her opening address Minister Fitzgerald said ‘We have arrived at a very important point in the development of services for children and families. Our services can now be evidence-based, and grounded in research conducted here in Ireland. Positive Systemic Practice – the approach described in Professor Carr’s new book – is part of the growing Irish evidence-based practice movement. It reflects a very fruitful collaboration between a community counselling service and a university research department. These kinds of collaborations are the way forward for evidence-based practice here in Ireland.’