has been working with children
and families for twenty five years with Tusla, the Child and
(formerly HSE). Having received a Diploma in Applied Social Studies from
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in 1993, she began her career
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
community. Tara returned to Trinity College, Dublin and completed a
Child Protection and Welfare in 2001. She later tutored on the
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 ScanlanCatrina 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.
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.