In 1993, following four years as a postgraduate neuropsychology student in TCD, funded by the Health Research Board, I took a personal course in Autogenic Training. The potential of Autogenic Training, (AT), a powerful relaxation technique and autonomic self regulation therapy, has been the driver for all my subsequent work.
In the latter half of the 1990s, concurrent with, and separate from, my PhD research studies in psycho-oncology, I undertook a Postgraduate Certificate in Autogenic Training by research supervised by Dorothy Crowther, F.R.C.N. CEO, Wirral Autogenic Training Centre, in conjunction with ARC Cancer Support Centre, Dublin.
Since the mid 1990s, on a volunteer basis, I have facilitated many AT courses for people with cancer in conjunction with ARC Cancer Support Centre and for people with chronic pain in conjunction with Chronic Pain Ireland. For Continuing Professional Development purposes I recently retrained for a Postgraduate Certificate in Autogenic Training with the British Autogenic Society. I am establishing a new business: Autogenic Training Ireland.
I trained as a State Registered Nurse (St. George’s Hospital, London,1970) and Registered Midwife (Rotunda Hospital, Dublin,1973). I studied Single Honours Psychology, Trinity College Dublin (1988) as a mature student,undertook a PhD by research (Psycho-oncology)(NUI-Galway, 1999), supported by a grant from An Bord Altranais, an MA in Healthcare Management (IPA/UCD 2004), funded by the EHSS, and took a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics (TCD, 2010). I was Senior Health Promotion Officer for Older Persons (2002-2007), HSE, Dublin, and Lecturer in Psycho-oncology (2004-2011), School of Nursing and Human Sciences, DCU. A Chartered Psychologist, retired lecturer and nurse, I am the author of ‘Pain Management in Nursing Practice’, published by SAGE with IASP, and I serve as a Committee member of the Irish Pain Society (Chapter of IASP).
Memberships: British Autogenic Society (BAS), Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) and European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC)