Tara Kelly

Tara has been working with children and families for twenty five years with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency (formerly HSE). Having received a Diploma in Applied Social Studies from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in 1993, she began her career working with adolescents in residential care before moving to work as a Social Care Worker. For seven years, this role involved providing a range of supports to parents and children in foster care settings and in the wider community. Tara returned to Trinity College, Dublin and completed a Masters in Child Protection and Welfare in 2001. She later tutored on the Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare in TCD for several years. She is currently a Doctoral Researcher in NUI Galway, where she is researching parental experiences of child to parent violence.

In 2001, Tara moved within Tusla to set up a Family Support Service in South County Dublin where she continues to work on a part-time basis, managing a busy team of Social Workers and Social Care Workers in providing comprehensive supports to families experiencing a range of difficulties. Tara trained with Dr. Declan Coogan (NUIG) in the Non Violent Resistance (NVR) programme and uses this programme extensively in her work with the Child and Family Agency - as a practitioner, supervisor and trainer. She is an accredited NVR trainer and has trained Social Workers, Psychologists and Family Therapists in this approach.

Tara is a founding member of Child Protection and Welfare Ireland (CPWI) -the first multi-disciplinary child protection and welfare association in Ireland.

Catrina Scanlan

Catrina Scanlan is a registered Systemic Psychotherapist and Family Therapist. Catrina began her career in nursing, specialising in paediatric oncology where she developed - over her twenty year career - a keen interest and expertise in supporting parents, children and families who were experiencing trauma and stress.
In order to develop her skills and expertise, Catrina undertook training and qualified as a Systemic Psychotherapist from the Clanwilliam Institute in Dublin. In addition, she engaged in further training and is a registered Systemic Supervisor. Catrina worked with the Child and Family Agency, Tusla for twelve years where she developed and managed the Family Welfare Conference Service. This is a service that aims to identify and build on the strengths of families under stress. The goal is to enable families to overcome their difficulties and ultimately to prevent their children from being admitted to care.

Catrina has been working as a Family Therapist in a private capacity for five years with individuals, couples and families. She has trained in the Non Violent Resistance programme with Dr. Declan Coogan (NUIG) and uses this programme and its approach extensively in her work with individual families, foster carers and with groups. In addition, she is an accredited trainer and has trained a range of professionals including Family Therapists, Social Workers, Education and Welfare Officers and Social Care Workers to name a few.