On Friday 17th October 2014 The Psychologists Protection Society Trust invited Mr Eoin Stephens to speak on the topic "Falling Between Two Stools - Dual Diagnosis: The need for multidisciplinary awareness and cooperation". The session was part of the Psychologists Protection Society's 2014 Annual General Meeting held in Dublin.
“Dual Diagnosis” is the term used when a person suffers from both an addiction problem and another mental health issue such as depression or an anxiety disorder. The causal pathways may run in either direction (or both). A person may self-medicate with alcohol or other drugs/behaviours in order to cope with a mental health problem. They may then become addicted and the addiction becomes the most visible problem. Equally, an ongoing addiction may lead to the development of other serious emotional/psychiatric problems.
Based in Dublin, Eoin is President of PCI College and founder of the Centre for Sexual Addictions and Dual Diagnosis Ireland.
He has been working as a practitioner and educator in the field of counselling and psychotherapy for more than 20 years, and has made numerous contributions to the media, especially in the areas of addictive behaviours and anxiety problems.
Eoin has served as Vice-Chairman of both the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and Addiction Counsellors of Ireland. He was the 2010 recipient of the IACP Carl Berkeley Memorial Award for contributions to the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Ireland.
The event proved very popular, with over 300 therapists watching the event live online and in person at the Ashling Hotel in Dublin. The video has now been edited and is available to watch online for those who could manage to attend the event online or in person.
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