Resilience - The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Posted by ifcamedia on February 27, 2018

Resilience - The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Feb 27th 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Irish Attachment in Action ( in association with IFCA are proud to announce:

Resilience - The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

The Dublin Premiere followed by a Q&A discussion with a selected panel


Tuesday 27th February (7-9.30pm) at the CLD Lecture Theatre, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin.

Tickets: (€7.50) can be booked on Eventbrite here


"Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in paediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose." [KPJR Films]

This event will be of interest to foster carers, social workers, medical professional, educators, mental health practitioners and anyone with an interest in learning more about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as well as the encouraging and exciting progress being made in tackling the issue.

Please note that bookings can only be made through Eventbrite at

Panelist Bios:

Tom Casey is a Psychotherapist/Social Worker who has  a particular interest in Attachment and the application of the theory of Mentalization to address / support the relational difficulties children in care struggle with. He has worked in Crosscare Teen Counselling for the past 20 years delivering generic counselling  to parents and teenagers across Dublin. He is co-author of ‘Positive Systemic Practice’ an Evidence based therapeutic intervention for teenagers and their parents. Tom is an accredited Mentalization Based Practitioner. Under the auspices of Crosscare he has founded and is Clinical Lead for a new service, ‘The Attachment & Mentalization Service’:- which is a specialist service to support the ‘Care Team’ around children in care i.e. Social Workers/ Foster Parents / Residential Care workers. The service aims to provide an enhanced level of psychotherapeutic knowledge to the decision making process around a child in care and to support the ‘Care Teams’ ability to highly attune/co-regulate and psychologically  contain to the young person in care. The service provides direct psychotherapeutic support to Foster Carers, clinical consultations to Tulsa Social Workers & residential care workers, Psycho-educational inputs with a view to improving practice and orientating practice within the context of Mentalization based thinking. In addition, Tom is running the first Mentalization Based Parenting programs specifically for Foster Parents in Ireland.  Tom is also a member of the IFCA Board and has recently joint the board of IAIA.

Marian Connell currently lectures on the social care program in the Institute of Technology, Tallaght. She has worked extensively in Social Care for twenty-four years in residential care services, management of residential services and in therapeutic family support services. In recent years Marian worked with Daughter of Charity Child and Family services, offering therapeutic family support. Marian trained in Social Care in 1993, and then trained as a visual art psychotherapist (UCD 2005), a play therapist (Canterbury University 2010) and has an MSc in Child Art Psychotherapy (2017). Marian has a keen interest in relational trauma and has worked extensively with children in foster placement and residential care.

Christina Enright is a psychologist and psychotherapist with specialisations in Family Therapy and Child Psychotherapy. She has worked with children, adolescents and their families in a variety of settings, including schools and alternative education provision. Her experience is varied including direct work with severely traumatised children, adolescents and parents, parenting capacity assessments, consultation to staff teams as well as training and service development. She has developed and delivered extensive training programmes within health services, social care and education sectors, as well as support programmes for staff in working safely and effectively with the most challenged and challenging children, adolescents and their parents.

Mary Fanning, a board member of The Irish Association for Infant Mental Health, is an experienced infant mental health practitioner and trainer working with Young Ballymun, an Area Based Childhood initiative with a pioneering record in infant mental health practice and capacity building. She provides attachment and relationship-based interventions to children aged 0-3 years and their carers, and delivers training and reflective supervision to a wide range of practitioners.