Merchants Quay Ireland: Summer / Autumn Training Events 2019

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Summer / Autumn Training Events 2019

Events Description

Merchants Quay Ireland is pleased to offer 6 Training events from June 2019 to November 2019. These workshops will cover a broad range of areas in the addiction field from one-to-one addiction counselling practice to group work, to subjects such as Cocaine addiction, to Problem Gambling, and the psychodynamics of problem drug and alcohol use. The aim of the workshops is to equip and empower participants with the requisite skills, knowledge, and theory base to respond more effectively to the issues of drug use and addiction. The workshops are for anyone with a serious interest in the area of substance use and who interacts in either a paid or voluntary capacity with people who may have addiction problems. CPD points are provided for attendees.


Mr Peter Kelly
Training Officer
Merchants Quay Ireland


19thJuly 2019—13th December 2019;


The Carmelite Center
56 Aungier St
Dublin 2

Certificates of Attendance/CPD points awarded by Merchants Quay Ireland

How to Apply

Course application forms are attached to this advertisement, and can also be obtained by contacting the Training Office in Merchants Quay at 01-5240936 or via email

More Information

For further information and application forms please contact Peter Kelly at 01- 5240936, or email:

Summer/Autumn Training Events 2019

  1. 5×week Group Work Training: (one half day for five weeks) 15th November 2019-13th December 2019. Cost: €250.00. Closing Date: 1st November 2019.
  2. 12 ×week Certificate in Addiction Studies: 12th September 2019--28th November 2019. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Cost: €500.00. Closing Date: 1st August 2019.
  3. 1 ×day Psychodynamics of Addiction Workshop: 19th July 2019. 10 a.m.—4 p.m. Cost: €90.00. Closing Date: 5th July 2019.
  4. 1× day Addiction & Gambling Workshop: 25th July 2019. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: 90.00. Closing Date: 11th July 2019.
  5. ½ day Pharmacology of Addiction Workshop: 26th July 2019. 10 a.m—1 p.m. Cost: 50.00. Closing Date: 12th July 2019
  6. 1 ×day Cocaine Addiction Workshop: 1st August 2019. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: €90.00. Closing Date: 18th July 2019.
  7. 2 × day Motivational Interviewing Training: 8th August 2019/9th August 2019. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: €180.00. Closing Date: 25th July 2019.


Mr Peter Kelly MSc psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Advanced Diploma in Supervision, BpH (Philosophy), Dip Social Studies, M.I. trainer, Reality Therapy Certified is the Training Officer with Merchants Quay Ireland. Peter works in the area of addiction and substance misuse and has been involved in the provision of both drug counselling and drug education for the past twenty years. His clinical background is psychoanalytic psychotherapy and he is an accredited member of both the A.C.I. (Addiction Counsellors of Ireland) and the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Ireland (A.P.P.I.). Peter is also trained in Motivational Approaches to problem drug use, and his areas of interest include both the role of the unconscious in addiction and how people manage and overcome addictive cycles

Events Objectives

  • Give participants a theoretical and practical understanding of group processes from interpersonal and relational perspectives and their linkages to addiction contexts
  • Explore the efficacy of group work as a treatment modality and vehicle for change in addiction settings
  • Reflect on the preconditions that facilitate the group work modality as an effective treatment approach.
  • Provide an understanding and experience of the conscious and unconscious, here-and-now processes at work in groups, and how these influence group behaviour and dynamics
  • Have an appreciation of psychodynamic perspectives and be able to reflect on the role of unconscious processes in addiction.
  • Develop an understanding of process addictions particularly addiction to gambling and be able to reflect on treatment interventions and strategies.
  • Have developed an understanding of both the recreational and dependent aspects of cocaine use and its effects
  • Have developed an understanding of heroin both as a drug in terms of its biochemical action and effects, and its pharmacological properties
  • Have gained an understanding of primary health care perspectives regarding problem drug use particularly in the area of safe injecting techniques and the protocols that underpin it.
  • Be able to take people through a helping intervention at a one-to-one level, and the ability to reflect on skills and competencies learned in terms of listening reflectively, developing discrepancy, rolling with resistance, and managing ambivalence.


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