Waterford Directory of Services - Children & Young People's Services Committee

Waterford Directory of Services

Children & Young People's Services Committee

Events & Courses

This space can be used to highlight events which promote the wellbeing of children, young people and families. Training open to parents, grandparents, carers and frontline workers in their role in supporting children and young people can also be displayed here. If you would like to submit an event or course for display here, please use the Contact Form at the bottom of the page.

A Parents Plus Programme for parents/guardians of primary school going children.

This parenting programme is for parents who want to:

  • Promote positive communication and encouragement with your child.
  • Help your children learn and reach their full potential.
  • Set rules and establish positive routines in the home.
  • Manage difficult behaviour and discipline issues.
  • Solve childhood problems in a positive way that helps your child learn.

This course does not propose to find all the answers but hopes to help parents to gain support of other parents and to find down-to-earth solutions for difficult situations. The focus of the course is positive and aims to build on your strengths as a parent and what you are already doing right.

When: Wednesdays starting 12th September – 14th November 2018

Where: St Brigids FCC, 37 Lower Yellow Rd., Waterford

Time: 10am – 12.30pm

Cost: €10 (includes Parenting Course Booklet)

Places are limited, for more info or to book your place please contact:

Carmel or Mags on 051 – 375261


Free training for professionals working with young people and interested in delivering in Adolescent Sexual Health Programmes

The training is run over two days and explores the ethos behind the programme, legal issues in relation to adolescent sexual health and factual information on contraception and sexually transmitted infections. Participants are offered an opportunity to participate in the programme and explore the difficulties and obstacles they may encounter when delivering to adolescents. (Training packs included.)

Waterford dates available; Sept 27 & 28th  2018, Oct 25th & 26th 2018,

Nov 22nd & 23rd 2018, Dec 13th & 14th 2018.

To book a place, secure a training event for your staff team or for any additional information contact me

on 051-859002/susan.oneill@tusla.ie

Celebrating Parenting – Free Talks and Workshops for Parents, Guardians and Carers.

Talks and workshops are taking place in Tramore, Kilmacthomas and Portlaw from April – November 2018, for full details click on the link here:

Celebrating Parenting – Talks and Workshops

Talks have been organised by the Tramore Child and Family Support Network

and the Tramore Community  Network with the support of Tusla funding.




Squashy Couch

Squashy Couch Parenting Programme

Squashy Couch deliver the Parents Plus Adolescent Programme (11+) the programme is strengths based and nurtures the relationship between parents and their teenagers, through practical, solution focusd ideas.

  • connecting
  • communicating positively
  • negotiating rules
  • teaching responsibility
  • managing conflict
  • solving problems

How do i  book parenting?

“text parent to 086-1415600”


   Squashy Couch

Creativity, Relaxation & Expression Sessions for 14-18 year olds.



Express your creative side through music, writing, art & a bit of drama !

First session starting Thursday July 12th from 3 – 5pm in Squashy Couch

Contact Claire or Sandra to book a place 051 859002








Summer Sing Out

is an exciting three-day singing camp for children ages 7 to 12 years presented by Music Generation Waterford in partnership with SprÓg Festival.

For further information click on the link:







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Video Information on CAMHS    –    HSE in partnership with SpunOut  

The HSE has launched a suite of videos that will help provide clarity on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) services in Ireland. Produced in partnership with national youth organisation – SpunOut, a total of 16 videos were created including an animated video designed to give a clear overview of Who’s Who in a CAMHS Team. The other videos were put together with people working within the CAMHS services to give introductory information on how it fits within wider mental health services, information on waiting lists and the routes and pathways for referrals.

CAMHS is a specialist service for people under 18 with mental health difficulties that affect their thoughts, feelings and behaviours every day. Some conditions treated in CAMHS include moderate to severe depression, anxiety, eating disorders and self-harm. For young people using the service the videos also explain more about attendance at CAMHS, and what happens when you leave.

Speaking at the launch HSE Assistant National Director of Mental Health Operations Jim Ryan said “ We know that  accessing any Mental Health services can be daunting for both young people and their parents or guardians. While CAMHS is a specialised service for a small percentage of the population we wanted to provide clarity on what young people can expect if and when they use the service. Youth Mental Health is very much a priority for the HSE and this is one of a few initiatives we are working on this year in line with recommendations from the Youth Mental Health Task Force.”

MC at the launch of the videos in the Lighthouse Cinema, Executive Director for SpunOut, Ian Power said “ We were delighted to partner with the HSE to produce these videos. We know it can be confusing for young people around the different Mental Health services available and how to go about accessing the right ones. Producing these videos with people that actually work directly in CAMHS means we were able to provide answers to the real questions that young people have. And having the videos viewed by young people currently using the CAMHS services, during the process, was invaluable in making sure the information we were providing was clear and to the point.”


The videos can be found on a dedicated information page on

yourmentalhealth.ie http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie/camhs.


 ‘Talking to Your Young Child about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing Up’

HSE launches new resource

 Research finds that parents are asking for support with how to communicate with younger children about relationships, sexuality and growing up

This resource has been developed in response to research with parents of young children, which finds that they want additional support to help them to have more open conversations with their children about relationships, sexuality and growing up from a young age. This resource will support parents to talk to their younger children about relationships and sexuality in a gradual, age-appropriate way.

The HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme (SHCPP) has launched a new resource for parents,

Talking to Your Young Child about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing Up’.


The HSE SHCPP has also released the research report that informed the development of this resource

Supporting Parents Communicating with Children Aged 4–9 Years about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing Up’.

The resource ‘Talking to Your Young Child about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing Up’ is available to order from www.healthpromotion.ie. It consists of two booklets; a parents’ guide, ‘Talking to Your Young Child about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing up’ and a story booklet, ‘Tom’s Power Flower, a gentle explanation of how babies are made’.

The research report ‘Supporting Parents Communicating with Children Aged 4–9 Years about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing Up’ and associated research summary are also available to order from healthpromotion.ie and for download from sexualwellbeing.ie.


  • A list of helpful resources and training courses is available at sexualwellbeing.ie
  • A key recommendation in the National Sexual Health Strategy 2015 – 2020 is the need to develop and promote accessible and appropriate information, resources and supports for parents to enable them to communicate effectively about relationships and sexuality.


Public Libraries

Our Public Libraries 2022 – Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring, TD launched the new 5 year Strategy for public libraries Our Public Libraries 2022 – Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities on Thursday, 14 June 2018.

While Public libraries remain very popular and valued among local communities, just 16% of the population are active library members.

There is clear potential to encourage significantly greater use of libraries and bring membership levels closer to those in other similar EU countries. The overall aim of the Strategy is to increase active membership from 16% of the population to 30% by end-2022.

If you and your family members would like to join this wonderful free service just click on the following link https://lgma.iii.com/selfreg

Libraries Development Unit


Training Opportunities

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

Continuing Professional Development

Issues of Sexual Violence: the Counselling Process

This in-depth 12 day programme is provided for counsellors and psychotherapists or those offering in-depth support who wish to enhance their understanding and skills in working with adolescent and adult clients who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. It is run in six two day modules on Wednesdays and Thursdays.


The programme is designed to validate, enhance and develop the existing knowledge, understanding and skills of participants when working with these issues, and to allow those working in specialised areas, such as addiction, to feel equipped to deal with issues of sexual violence appropriately as they arise with their clients.  The learning is relevant also to working with clients who have experienced other trauma.

The training programme is informed by trauma therapy, attachment theory, neurobiology, mindful self awareness, sensorimotor psychotherapy, body centred psychotherapy and other theories and methodologies. It is intended and taught as a practical in-service training focussed very much on the work with the client.

There is a strong emphasis throughout the training on vicarious traumatisation and strategies for maintaining the counsellor/psychotherapist’s own well being.

This course will run for twelve days in six two day modules on Wednesdays and Thursdays from November 2018 to February 2019 from 9.30 to 4.30 each day.


Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th November 2018

Wednesday 28th November and Thursday 29th November 2018

Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th December 2018

Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th January 2019

Wednesday 30th January and Thursday 31st January 2019

Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th February 2019

Venue: Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, 70 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

Comprehensive written handouts are provided with this training programme to support the learning and to act as an ongoing resource

Issues explored will include:

  • Societal beliefs and attitudes concerning sexual violence and how these compound the impact on people who have experienced sexual violence
  • The impact of core limiting beliefs internalised by the child
  • The impact of sexual abuse on the child, and the longer term impact into adolescence and adulthood
  • An opportunity to develop an awareness of the internalised beliefs and attitudes of the counsellor/psychotherapist and their potential impact in the therapeutic process
  • An overview of the therapeutic process in working with sexual abuse
  • Understanding the impact of traumatic experiences
  • Guidelines for facilitating a disclosure of sexual abuse
  • Working with trauma and preventing re-traumatisation
  • Issues related to attachment and early development
  • Working with sexual abuse: the impact on the counsellor/psychotherapist
  • Creating safety: Trauma symptoms and useful strategies and self-help skills for the client
  • Identifying and developing the resources of the client including the resources which have been undermined by traumatic experiences
  • Mindful self awareness in trauma recovery
  • Working with boundaries
  • Deepening the process: working experientially
  • Integration as part of the therapeutic process
  • The immediate and long-term impact of rape and sexual assault
  • Crisis intervention in the aftermath of rape and sexual assault
  • Medical and legal issues in the aftermath of rape and sexual assault
  • Counselling issues when working with rape
  • Sexual Harassment: Definition, Impact, Law, Procedures, Counselling Issues
  • Sensuality and sexuality
  • The dynamics of abuse: issues for the counselling relationship
  • Finishing therapy
  • Vicarious traumatisation and self care strategies for the counsellor

Methods include creative and experiential elements, DVDs of client experiences, theoretical inputs, mindful self study and resourcing, case studies, role play and group interaction.

Comprehensive written handouts are provided with all DRCC training programmes to support the learning and to act as an ongoing resource

The sensitive nature of the issues being addressed and their capacity to resonate with participants is taken into account in the approach. The training methods include the use of video and audio materials, lectures, role-plays, experiential exercises, case studies and small group work.

This training is offered in the expectation that participants will have access to their own personal therapy should issues arise for them during the course.

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to participants who complete the training programme.

This training programme is recognised for CPD purposes by the Irish Council for Psychotherapy

The fee for the course is €1,195.

 Staged payment of fees can be arranged

Application: If you would like to participate in this training course, please complete the attached application form and return with €195 non-refundable deposit.

Please note that this course is intended for those with prior counselling or psychotherapy training or who are working in a counselling role, and focuses on the therapeutic process.  DRCC also holds workshops and training programmes on issues of sexual violence for those in other roles.  Please contact us to enquire.

For further information and to book a place on the course, please contact Leonie O’Dowd, Head of Education and Training, at 01 6614911 or email leonie@rcc.ie

To facilitate group participation, places on the course are limited, so early booking is advisable.


Meitheal Training dates for 2018

For staff employed in the community, voluntary and statutory sectors.


March   –  13th Meitheal Refresher training ½ Day

April   –  24th & 25th Meitheal 2 day training

September   –  12th Meitheal Chair training

October   –  23rd & 24th Meitheal 2 day training

November  –  28th & 29th Meitheal training

For further information on Meitheal Training please contact

Sinéad Cronin-Daly

Acting Senior Coordinator Child and Family Support Networks

Mob: 086 0081092



Waterford Restorative Practice Network Training Schedule 2018

WRPN Traininig Schedule 2018

Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion

18th & 19th September, 16th & 17th October 6th & 7th November

27th & 28th November 11th & 12th December 2018

Dungarvan Co Waterford

Course Aim; To enhance participants’ capacity to incorporate sexual health promotion into their work through the development of their comfort levels, confidence, knowledge and skills in relation to sexual health

This program will look at sexual health promotion holistically throughout the human life-stages.

  • Sexual Health Promotion in the Irish Context
  • Sexual Health A Life Course Approach
  • Physical Sexual Health (e.g, Contraception, STIs. Sexual function/dysfunction))
  • Self Esteem & Sexual Health
  • Sexuality and Diversity
  • Law, Power and Sexual Health
  • Working Safely around Sexual Health
  • Facilitating Workshops in Sexual Health

 Target Group Target participants are those working in the health, education, youth and community sectors, whose work currently or potentially involves aspects of sexual health promotion. Some previous experience of facilitation and /or one to one skills is desirable as this is not general skills training.

 Methodology   The course is participatory and experiential in approach. It requires participants to have an openness to personal development as they explore knowledge, attitudes and values in relation to sexual health, through individual, paired and group work.

 Benefit to the Participants and their Organisations

-Participants have the opportunity to improve their knowledge, skills and confidence in relation to sexual health work.

-Some of the materials and methodologies may be adapted for use with client groups.

-Support will be available to assist participants in the implementation of Sexual Health Promotion within their own organisation on completion of training.

-A sexual health resource library is available to participants to support their work

-The course is accredited for the purpose of CPD by the IASW, the NMBI and the IACP


Participants are required to attend all ten days, to submit a learning journal throughout the program and to co-facilitate a sample experiential exercise.

Application Process Step 1: Application Form                     Step 2: Telephone interview

Closing date for applications is Friday 18th May 2018

Application forms are available from Tracey Tobin tracy.tobin@hse.ie / 0879028590