Promoting a learning culture among the multi-disciplinary team
Fostering a climate of recovery and social inclusion
Facilitating user involvement in mental health service development and provision.
Speaker Biographies - 2015 conference
Dr. Phil Cooper is a Nurse Consultant in Dual Diagnosis at 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and developed the ‘Feel Good, Play Better, Live Well’ education and awareness session with the support of his colleague Carol Ede. Phil works with service users who have mental ill-health and who also mis-use drugs, alcohol or both. Phil has delivered the player awareness presentation to all Super League Clubs, Championship Clubs and now with community clubs – helping players to identify how they can improve their mental well-being and encouraging them to ask for help if they need it. He is Co-Founder of "State of Mind"

Jimmy Gittins was a Professional Rugby League player for 10 years and a self employed builder, when he broke his neck in two places during a match. Told by doctors that he would never walk again or be able to feed himself, he was determined to rehabilitate himself to prove them all wrong. He improved by setting goals and incrementally moving step by step towards his vision of walking out of hospital and driving away. Nine months later he did exactly that and has since gone on to achieve some incredible successes as he continues to challenge himself and give back to the community. He has undertaken many notable charity activities, including cycling across France and Sky Diving with the Red Devils. Jimmy’s incredible self belief and positivity in dealing with his life changing accident is truly inspiring.
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Danny Sculthorpe is a former Super League Rugby Prop Forward who recently retired as a result of injury and illness which impacted on his mood and wellbeing. Subsequently Danny became involved in State of Mind as a key contributor to training programmes. Danny’s personal experience of injury and illness and how he is dealing with his problems, brings highly credible and powerful insights into responding to adversity.
Watch his
TV interview - scroll down to see video

Malcolm Rae OBE has recently retired as the Joint Strategic Lead for the Acute Care Programme of The National Mental Health Development Unit. He remains as an advisor to the NMHDU, NPSA and CQC on the Prevention and Management of Suicide, Violence and other safety issues along with innovative approaches to undertaking SUI’s. He has recently undertaken a number of Independent Investigations, and has been involved in Service Development initiatives. He was formally the Nursing Officer for Mental Health and Forensic Psychiatry at the Department of Health from 1997‐2002 and he is a former chair of RCN Mental Health Society, as well as a number of successful positions in mental health. His other interests include Preston North End Football Club and Wigan RLFC.

Founding Member and Programme Director for State of Mind

Dr. Wesley O’ Brien was awarded his PhD in youth physical activity promotion at the School of Health and Human Performance, at Dublin City University in September 2013. His PhD was entitled the “Youth-Physical Activity Towards Health” (Y-PATH) programme which gathered information on levels of physical activity, fundamental movement skills and body mass index amongst adolescents in Irish post-primary schools. This PhD research study was a unique longitudinal pilot exploratory intervention trial describing the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Y-PATH school-based intervention.

He has previously lectured at The University of Bolton, Dublin City University and Cork Institute of Technology. Over the past three years, he has lectured in the areas of teaching and learning in physical education, coaching studies, exercise physiology, movement analysis, childhood fundamental movement skills, motor control, outdoor and adventure education, physical activity, nutrition and weight management. Dr. Wesley O' Brien completed his B.Ed in Sports Studies and Physical Education (1st Hons) in 2010 at University College Cork.

Dr. Wesley O’ Brien has recently joined (January 2014) the Sports Studies and Physical Education (School of Education) team at University College Cork and delivers modules across the B.Ed and M.Ed programmes. His main teaching responsibilities lie within the delivery of physical education, sports coaching, movement analysis and exercise prescription modules.

Dr. Martin Lawlor

Psychiatric consultant for HSE South and Programme Lead for State of Mind Ireland. Also Director and Founding Chairman of the Centre for Recovery and Social Inclusion.

Marian Browne’s initial career path was in general nursing, midwifery and hospice.

She holds a BA (Applied Psych), MA (Health Psych), HDip., Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and an MA Integrative Psychotherapy from University College Cork. She is also an IACP accredited supervisor.

Marian has worked as a Counselling Psychologist in the Student Counselling & Development Service in UCC since 2002, where she provides individual counselling and a range of psycho educational and group interventions to students. She has also developed and delivers training to staff in UCC in Identifying & Responding to Distressed and At Risk Students.

For a number of years she practiced as Counselling Psychologist in Adult Mental Health in the Southern Health Board and in a variety of organisations including NRB, Faoiseamh, and Dovedale Counselling prior to working in UCC.

Rory Doody is the Recovery Development Advocate for the
Home Focus Team working for the National Learning Network Limited, within West Cork Mental Health Services.

Speaker Biographies - 2014 conference
Dr. Dermot Casey holds a BSc Hons. in Psychology and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from the Department of Social Sciences at City University, London. His PhD was entitled “The Ordinariness of Resilience: A Counselling Psychology Perspective”.

Dermot has been working for the last few years in a number of HSE and Child & Family Agency services within Cork City, as a Counselling Psychologist. Current services include ‘Springboard’, a community-based family support service in Northside of Cork City since 2008. More recently Dermot has also worked within a Paediatric Screening Clinic in NICHE Knocknaheeny.

Dermot runs regular workshops on Resilience for professionals, which looks at how the dynamic process of Resilience is operationalized. In addition how professionals can modify the way that we work with people to enhance their Resilience. More recently Dermot has a key interest in how professionals can find it difficult, at times, in enhancing their own levels of Resilience.

Prof. Louis Appleby's
staff profile is available at the University of Manchester,

Dr. Laura Caulfield's staff profile is available at Bath Spa University.

Dr. Martin Lawlor is a Consultant in Rehabilitation Psychiatry with a special interest in Forensic Rehabilitation based at the Carraig Mór Assertive Care Service and Mercy University Hospital, Cork. He has worked in a number of sub-specialties including Secure Mental Health, Assertive Outreach, and Psychiatric Intensive Care. He is the Director and Founding Chairman of the Centre for Recovery and Social Inclusion (, a charitable mental health foundation based in Cork, Ireland and holds a Clinical/Adjunct Senior Lecturer position at University College Cork. His clinical and research interests include recovery based practice, mental health promotion and team/clinical leadership.

Speaker Biographies - 2013 conference

Malcolm Rae

Malcolm Rae OBE FRCN RMN RGN has extensive experience working in a range of Mental Health specialties.

Former Director of Nursing in both Wigan and Salford. From 1997 until 2002 Nurse Advisor for Mental Health and Forensic Psychiatry at the Department of Health. Then became the Joint Lead for the Acute Care Programme of the National Institute for Mental Health England (NIMHE) for eight years

He was an Independent Member of the Parole Board for seven years

Currently he is largely employed as an Independent Investigator into serious untoward incidents, in particular, suicide and homicides in both inpatient and community settings. He is keen to ensure that the lessons learnt from tragic incidents are actually implemented

He is the Co Founder of “
State of Mind” a Rugby League and Mental Health initiative.

He was awarded the OBE in 1996

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire and the first Fellow of the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU)

In 2013 he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Nursing by the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

He currently mentors a number of aspiring nurses which keeps him grounded and up to date

Kara Madden

Kara Madden has worked as a volunteer with NSUE (the National Service Users Executive) for the past few years. She is on the
REFOCUS group with the College of Psychiatry Ireland, which produced the paper ‘Who Cares’.

Locally, Kara is now on the Cork Consumer Panel.

She has previously been involved with Mental Health Reform and Amnesty International.

Kara qualified as a WRAP facilitator (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) in 2010 and is currently on the DCU Cooperative Learning Course: Service Improvement Leadership for Mental Health Service Users, Carers & Service Providers

Tracy Collard

Tracy Collard, (AMBCS, MIfL) is the Carer Engagement Lead for
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Tracy works across the Trust (Bolton, Salford and Trafford) delivering carer awareness training to staff and organizing training for carers on different mental health conditions and coping strategies. Tracy has set up a Carer Champion network across the trust and is the lead for the Triangle of Care initiative, as well as overseeing the Carer Action Plans that are in place across GMW.

Since May 2012, Tracy has been leading on a project around improving information for people with dementia and their carers in the Bolton area.

Tracy can be contacted at:
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust,
J2 - Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 0JR

Orla Bushnell

Orla Bushnell has worked in North Lee Mental Health Services since qualifying as a nurse from UCC in 2008. She gained a qualification from the National University of Ireland in 2009 in Addiction which allows her to work within the Addiction Services, at present she is working on a part-time basis specifically with young people in addiction. Through her work in Mental Health Services and the Addiction Services she identified and developed an interest in family work and consequently has completed a 4 year MSc in Family Systemic Psychotherapy from UCD. Together with colleagues, Orla has set up various family orientated programmes specific to
North Lee Mental Health Service. She currently works as a family therapist within this service.

Adrienne Adams

Adrienne Adams (RGN.RMN.MSC of Systemic Family Psychotherapy) commenced her Nursing career in 1989. Firstly training as a general nurse in the Whittington Hospital North London, specialising in oncology before embarking on a higher diploma in mental health nursing in 1994. Adrienne gained her mental health experience in the Maudesley Hospital, London for two years specialising in care of the elderly. In 1996 she returned to Ireland and worked as a staff nurse in St Stevens Hospital Cork before joining the West Cork Mental Health Services in 1997. In 2000 Adrienne was involved in setting up the first Primary care Liaison Mental Health Nursing post in Ireland. She successfully developed this post to a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Mental Health in Primary Care in 2003. Since 2006 she has been further advancing this post to Advanced Nurse Practitioner level and was appointed to the post in December 2013.

Speaker Biographies - 2012 conference

Ron Coleman

Ron Coleman is a Mental Health Trainer and Consultant specialising in Recovery and Psychosis. Following his role as national co-ordinator of the ‘Hearing Voices Network’ he used his experiences of recovery to design Workbooks and Training packages, to enable voice hearers to gain ascendancy over the negative aspects of the voice hearing experience.

Ron’s own route to recovery after spending 13 years in and out of the psychiatric system has given him many insights into the numerous difficult issues facing today’s mental health services. He is now back in his homeland of Scotland after 20 years of self imposed exile!

Ron is the author of ‘Recovery – An Alien Concept?’ and co –authored ‘Working With Voices’ and ‘
Working To Recovery’. Ron has published several books including the above and also ‘Politics of the Madhouse’.

...Read Ron's story on his website.

Paddy McGowan

Dublin City University, School of Nursing.

Originally from Omagh in County Tyrone, Paddy McGowan is currently employed as a lecturer with DCU School of Nursing. He recovered from Schizophrenia with the support of other survivors and professionals and can speak authoritatively and humanely from the inside out, relying not on the presuppositions of dubious and largely unproven scientific theories, but from reflecting sensitively, honestly and often painfully on the experience of “hearing voices” synonymous with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

Paddy was involved in organising the first “Voices” conference in Derry in November1999. As a member of the Institute for Recovery in Mental Health and a prominent member of the International Network of Treatments Alternatives for Recovery (INTAR) Paddy is committed to creating alternatives to the so-called medical or maintenance model.

He set up the first user group in Ireland in1994 and was the founder and first Chief Executive Officer of the
Irish Advocacy Network, heavily involved in developing peer advocacy training alongside staff awareness training in user empowerment and advocacy to an accredited degree level. Paddy also served on the National Disability Association’s Ad Hoc Focus Group on Mental Health and the Management Committee of the United Kingdom Advocacy Network.

He have also been instrumental in designing and implementing user led research focusing on user-satisfaction with statutory mental health services throughout Ireland and continue to lecture on mental-health advocacy and recovery oriented approaches to severe psychiatric disability in Universities and Colleges locally, nationally and internationally, alongside facilitating training for mental-health and allied professionals, families and carers.

Dr Liam MacGabhann

Biographical Details:

In 1988 I qualified as a mental health nurse and headed off from Ireland with my new found insights to change the world. Spending most of my early career in England with some brief sojourns in Australia and the Middle East, I have pretty consistently worked with people whom some would classify as having a serious psychotic illness, and more specifically concentrating on acute mental health care. Roles have varied with the common grounding of practice at the centre of each one. As a nurse, researcher/practitioner and in practice/service development.

In 2001 I returned to Ireland with my family and now find myself somewhere between an ivory tower and lived experiences, as a lecturer in practice. I practice on an acute psychiatric admission ward and co-ordinate the Taught postgraduate framework in Health Care Practice/ Nursing Practice plus some interesting professional development courses at Dublin City University. My clinical research generally focuses on the relationships and understandings of mental health professionals and service users in relation to mental health, illness and health care. I am the lead for our research programme 'service user involvement in research' with our aim to replace service users as purely objects of research, to orchestrators, partners and leaders in mental health research.

I recognised earlier on that one way to push the boundaries of health care practice was to seek academic pursuits in other areas. Beginning with a grounding in Health Studies for my first degree and then going on to complete a Masters in Sociology of Health and Health Care. For my sins, returning to nursing and completing my Doctorate in Nursing Science. Thankfully I have found new insights, lost some along the way and am still trying to change the world.

...Find out more on Liam's Research Interests and Publications from his
staff page at Dublin City University.
Find latest information on the Trialogue symposiums that Liam is promoting.

Speaker Biographies - 2011 conference

Dr Caroline Logan

Caroline Logan is a Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist in Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Community Based Medicine at the University of Manchester and a co-director of the University’s Masters degree course in forensic mental health.

Presently, Dr Logan is based at the Edenfield Centre, her NHS Trust’s medium secure facility, working mainly with service users who are women. She also consults widely across mental health services within this Trust and nationally on issues to do with clinical risk assessment and management and personality disorder. She is a co-author of the recent Department of Health Best Practice in Managing Risk guidance and of the British Psychological Society position paper Understanding Personality Disorder.

She maintains long-standing research and clinical interests in risk and personality disorder more generally and in gender issues in offending more specifically. Dr Logan is registered with the HPC as both a clinical and a forensic psychologist, and she has a D.Phil in experimental psychology.

Dr Paul Stankard

Dr Paul Stankard is a consultant forensic psychiatrist at Alpha Hospital Sheffield, UK. He currently leads a multidisciplinary team in the organisation and development of a comprehensive inpatient secure service for women with a primary diagnosis of personality disorder.

He graduated in 1995 from University of Birmingham, undertook postgraduate training in general adult psychiatry before working as a consultant psychiatrist providing community and prison addiction services. As part of higher specialist training in forensic psychiatry, he worked alongside well recognised experts in the field of personality disorder research and within specialised personality disorder units/prisons. He developed a keen interest in addressing the clinical needs of patients presenting with personality disorder, significant risk issues, complex treatment needs as well as a potentially stigmatised population. He has researched in the fields of addiction and forensic psychiatry and presented and published in several areas including dangerous offender provisions, medicolegal aspects of psychiatry, forensic telepsychiatry and personality disorder treatment provision.

Brigid Arkins

Brigid is currently a lecturer in Nursing at University College Cork. She has published and presented peer reviewed papers nationally and internationally on issues relating to gender and mental health. Prior to commencing her post as lecturer at UCC, Brigid was a service manager for female services in East London and the City Mental Health NHS trust. This involved developing acute, forensic and peri-natal mental health services for women in East London. This service for women was cited at the time as an example of best practice by the Department of Health in the UK. Brigid was also the first to implement in a mental health inpatient setting, a national policy (Essence of Care) a benchmark tool to promote evidence based practice in the health care setting at East London and the City Mental Health NHS Trust. As a result of this the Trust was awarded extra funding for its evidenced based practice. Brigid’s research interests include gender and mental health, risk assessment and management and domestic violence.

North Lee Mental Health Services

Morning workshop will comprise 3 consecutive presentations of these newly developed services:
Crisis Nurses (Working in Mercy A&E)
Assessment Nurse Team (Working with those referred to the acute admission at St Michael’s Unit)
Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Nurses(Working alongside G.P. teams in North Cork)

Afternoon workshop will be by the multidisciplinary Endeavour Team (Working with outpatients in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy)

Speaker Biographies - 2010 conference

Kevin Heffernan

Kevin is an RMN by professional background. He worked for 10 years as a clinician in North Birmingham Mental Health Trust. During this period Kevin worked in a Crisis Resolution setting supporting the development and implementation of Home Treatment teams across the organisation. In his role as Lead Clinician of the Small Heath Home Treatment team, he was an integral member of the Beacon award-winning locality in Birmingham. Kevin went on to work as the Clinical Services Manager having responsibility for Home Treatment, Inpatients and acute day services within the Small Heath locality.

His experience and expertise have been utilised by the World Health Organisation, Kevin worked as a mental health consultant from 1999 - 2004, Kevin has supported and joint coordinated a programme to support the development and implementation of community based Mental Health Services in Kosovo and Albania.

In October 2003 Kevin became the Assertive Outreach and Crisis Resolution lead for NIMHE West Midlands and his role included the effective Implementation and development of Assertive Outreach and Crisis Resolution services across the West Midlands in line with Department of Health guidelines. In October 2005 Kevin added the Dual Diagnosis and Service Improvement lead to his NIMHE/CSIP portfolio

In April 2009 when the development centre joined the West Midland Strategic Health Authority, Kevin’s role became a Programme Specialist in service development for the West Midland Regional Development Centre

Kevin is currently an honorary research fellow with Birmingham City University and has supported a number of International collaboration initiatives within the
Centre for Community Mental Health.

Sinead O' Brien

Dr Sinead O' Brien is a consultant psychiatrist with the Home Based Crisis Team in North Lee Mental Health Services in Cork. She has completed her MD on the Psychoneuroimmunology of Mood Disorders. Current Research interests include Physical comorbidity associated with Mental Illness and Intensive Case Management as a model of care in the community. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals including British Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Bulletin, Journal of Affective disorders and Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Chris Fieldhouse

M.A (Solution Focused Brief Therapy) BN (hons) Bsc (hons) DipN, RMN

Currently a Consultant Nurse within the field of Acute Psychiatric Care, which is inclusive of Inpatient Wards, Psychiatric Intensive Care, Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment; serving the mixed inner city and isolated rural communities of North Staffordshire.

A practicing nurse in the field of acute psychiatry since the 1980’s working in a range of environments including an inner city Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Acute Inpatient Wards, Community Mental Health Teams along with Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment.

Alongside a career that is characterised by a strong clinical focus Chris has some notable experience in achieving organisational and cultural change; such as the successful introduction of a single incident reporting mechanism across a large multi-faceted organisation. In addition Chris has had the experiences and challenges of securing a way forward to implement the requirements for Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment services within North Staffordshire, arriving at a workable model and securing investment from commissioners followed by the successful implementation of that service.

Chris has a role in training, teaching and consultation. This has been offered across a wide range of settings, delivered to individuals, small groups, specific service teams, both medical and nursing students, and within environments ranging from one to one session to presentations at international conferences. With some particular service development / consultancy work in the Shetland Isles

Alan Rowland

Alan has 25 years experience in Visual Communications and Marketing; 18 years were spent as Managing Director of his own company, providing advice and guidance on many aspects of visual communications to business and industry, primarily in graphic design & photography. Having accessed mental health services Alan has personal insight into the journey of recovery, which he put to good use when he gave advice to a Department of Health committee for the establishment of the National Service Framework.

Alan has been involved in training over many years, the last eight years in many settings: business, University of Central England, Birmingham University, mental health trusts across the West Midlands region, National Institute Mental Health England (NIMHE), World Health Organisation.

Alan is passionate about implementing evidence based 24-hour services. In 2002 he jointly organised a conference at the University of Central England that brought together a wide-ranging group of stakeholders to explore issues related to implementing Crisis Resolution Services. The University values Alan’s creative approach to mental health issues and he is a regular visiting lecturer on the Recovery Module

His university role led to involvement on a Leonardo Di’Vinci project. The project was aimed at harmonising mental health nurse training across Europe. Alan currently has a part time role with a Crisis Resolution team in the West Midlands where he is a Support, Time and Recovery worker.

Marion Nulty

Qualified as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in St Lomans Hospital , Mullingar, in the 1980's, Marion has worked in a wide range of Mental Health Services, both in the UK and Australia over the years.

In Bolton, England, for the past 11 years, Marion has worked in the community, the Out of Hours and the Crisis Resolution Services and is currently undertaking an MSc in Advance Practice at the University of Bolton.

As the Physical Health & Well Being Practitioner for Bolton Mental Health & Social Care Directorate, Marion incorporates physical health and well being in her practice, to support the recovery process in all aspects of care delivery and provision.

Beverley Norman

Beverley worked as a Community Psychiatric Nurse for 15 years in Bolton, England, and then worked for several years on the Out of Hours and Crisis Resolution Home Based Treatment Services.

3 years ago Beverley relocated to South West Yorkshire and now is working as an Occupational Health Nurse across two large partnership Mental Health NHS Foundation trusts, providing occupational health for over 5,000 staff.

Speaker Biographies - 2009 conference

Malcolm Rae


Malcolm Rae is the Joint Strategic Lead for the Acute Care Programme of The National Mental Health Development Unit.

Since 2002 he has been an independent member of the parole board.

He was formally the Nursing Officer for Mental Health and Forensic Psychiatry at the Department of Health from 1997-2002.

Prior to this he was the Executive Director of Nursing at the Mental Health Services of Salford NHS Trust.

He is a former chair of RCN Mental Health Society.

He is the author of “Freedom to Care “, and numerous articles.

He was awarded the OBE in 1996 for services to health care.

In 2001 he was awarded a fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing for his contribution to nursing leadership.

He is a Fellow of the University Of Central Lancashire and an Honorary Fellow of Staffordshire University.

His other interests include Preston North End Football Club and Wigan RLFC he also collects naďve art and nursing badges.

John Saunders

John Saunders has been the Director of Shine since 2001. As Director he is specifically responsible for the development of accurate public awareness of mental ill health and highlighting the issues and concerns of people and their caring families.

He was a member of the National Expert Group to review and update the mental health services, which was established by the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children as well as the NESF Working group on Mental Health and Social Inclusion.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of EUFAMI (A European organisation of Voluntary mental health associations representing Families).

He currently serves on the Mental Health Commission. He is a member of the National Disability Authority Mental Health Advisory Group, and is the current Chair of the Irish Mental Health Coalition.

Martin Lawlor

Martin Lawlor studied Medicine in UCD, and completed his postgraduate psychiatric training in Cork and Dublin. He worked in the area of Suicide Research for two years following which he undertook his Specialist Registrar training at the University of Manchester.

Martin Lawlor currently works as a Consultant in Intensive Care Psychiatry, at Carraig Mor PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit), Cork which is a specialist unit for the treatment of individuals who present with severe mental illness and challenging behaviour. His research interests include risk assessment, team leadership and the promotion of user involvement in healthcare delivery.

Ron Coleman

Ron is a Mental Health Trainer and Consultant specialising in Recovery and Psychosis and is Co-director of ‘Working to Recovery’. Following his role as national co-ordinator of the ‘Hearing Voices Network’ he used his experiences of recovery to design workbooks and training packages, to enable voice hearers to gain ascendancy over the negative aspects of the voice hearing experience.

Ron’s own route to recovery after spending 13 years in and out of the psychiatric system has given him many insights into the numerous difficult issues facing today’s mental health services. He is now back in his homeland of Scotland after 20 years of self imposed exile!

There are few people training in the specific way that Ron and his partner, Karen, work. Ron has an international reputation as a consultant and speaker and is a renowned writer. ‘Working to Recovery’ has a cutting edge approach to Mental Health provision and since many services across the world are looking for a different recovery based way to work with people, they are able offer the expertise to deliver recovery-based services for consumers and professionals alike.


Susan Lawlor

Dr Susan Lawlor is an Education Development Consultant with Steljes Limited, an international company that specialises in providing educational support solutions to Primary, Secondary and Third Level Institutions. Susan is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, with a PhD is Sociology. Her research has focussed on identifying issues of stigma, inequality and social exclusion in single teenage families and more recently in the area of the Sociology of Health, exploring adolescent experiences of facial difference in adolescents with cleft palate. She has presented widely and has been supported by the Irish Research Council’s Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship. She is a Member of the Sociological Association of Ireland.

Helena O’Connor

Helena O’Connor has been Acting Clinical Nurse Specialist in Forensic Risk Assessment for the last two years within North Lee Mental Health Services, based at Carraig Mór PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit). She is a qualified trainer in HCR-20 violence risk assessment, and provides this training to multidisciplinary teams across HSE South. She has presented posters on developing collaborative risk assessment tools, both in Ireland and the UK. Her masters thesis for UCC was in risk assessment of patient self harm and prior to this she has eight years experience as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. She is currently a nominated guest lecturer at UCC.