Online Workshop – A Pluralistic Approach to the Management of Child Protection/Welfare Concerns in Therapy

  • Certification: IICP will issue a CPD Certificate of Attendance. CPD: 6 hours

  • QQI: N/A

  • Cost: €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)

    • NOTE: Summer Series Special Offer – Book any two workshops and get a third free (cannot be used in conjunction with alumni discount)
  • Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

  • Date: This course is now complete.

  • Apply:This course is now complete.


A client’s decision to disclose abuse in therapy is a radical and revolutionary act. As therapist, we are tasked with balancing the triumvirate of giving voice to the client’s experience, adhering to mandated reporting processes, and maintaining the therapeutic quality of the relationship. Without adequate training and reflexive practices, the intersect of these factors can be experienced as a ‘terrible privilege,’ resulting in therapist Moral Distress and failure to report.

A Pluralistic framework for Child Protection Training offers therapist’s support in understanding how the management of the reporting concerns, when informed by client knowledge, therapist professional knowledge, evidenced-based research, and collaborative meta-communication, can be a useful cultural resource, and a therapeutic act.

Course Content

• Overview of Pluralistic Practice
• What is TUSLA, Risk, Children First & Mandated Reporting?
• Mandated Reporting and Therapist remit
• Client & therapist as partners in the reporting process
• Importance of collaboration & meta-communication in ensuring client consent
• Importance of therapist knowledge in:
− Children First Law
− Children First Guidelines
− Current socio-political practices in CP
− Moral Distress
− Self-care


  • Sunday 16 August 2020, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Who Should Apply:

  • This course will be of interest to various professionals, therapists and students who work with children and adolescents.


  • The college will issue a certificate of attendance to those who take this workshop.
  • CPD: 6 hours


  • €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)
  • This course is part of IICP’s Summer Series and eligible for our 3 for 2 offer so book any two summer series workshops and get a third one free!

    • Note: The discount for IICP Students / Alumni and VCS Counsellors cannot be used in conjunction with the 3 for 2 offer.


  • This workshop will take place online, using a software called Zoom. Participants will be sent a link to join the online platform before the course commences.

This Course is now complete.

Pamela Patchell MA, BA (Hons) MIACP.
Pamela Patchell MA, BA (Hons) MIACP.A Pluralistic Approach to the Management of Child Protection/Welfare Concerns in Therapy
Pam holds an MA in Pluralistic Counselling & Psychotherapy. ‘Therapist management of CP concerns’ was the focus of her MA research. She also holds a BA in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, and Professional Certificates in both CBT and Child and Adolescent Counselling. Pam practiced as a child-carer for fifteen years before moving into Youth Advocacy and Therapeutic Practice, where she now works with vulnerable adults, children and adolescents, in both voluntary and private practice settings.