Founder's Day Conference

30 November, 2018

at St Patrick's University Hospital

Founder’s Day Conference 2018 - Eating disorders in a modern society

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services’ annual Founder’s Day conference, in collaboration with Bodywhys, will explore eating disorders in a modern society.  The conference will focus on research, online and societal factors, diet and treatments.

The conference has been approved with 6 CPD credits from the ICGP and 1 GMS study leave.
PSI members attending this event will earn 4 Credits.

Bringing together top experts and practitioners, Prof Janet Treasure, Director of Psychiatry at King’s College London will deliver the plenary lecture. Other conference speakers include:

  • Dr Clare O’Toole, Consultant Psychiatrist at SPMHS, Adult Eating Disorder Service
  • Dr Clodagh Dowling, Principal Clinical Psychologist at SPMHS
  • Dr Toni O’Connor, Advanced Nurse Practitioner at SPMHS, Eating Disorder Service
  • Prof Fiona McNicholas, Professor Of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, UCD
  • Harriet Parsons Training & Development Manager at Bodywhys
  • Dr Colman Noctor, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist at SPMHS
  • Eleanor Sutton Mental Health Registered Dietitian at SPMHS
  • Gerard Butcher, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist at The Cognitive Solutions Clinic 

Founder’s day celebrates excellence in clinical practice in mental health. Each year the conference brings together academics, clinicians, members of the multidisciplinary team and service users and is a major event in the Irish CPD calendar with accreditation from both the Irish College of General Practitioners and the Psychological Society of Ireland.

The conference takes place on November 30th at St Patrick’s University Hospital and is being held in collaboration with Bodywhys, the national voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders. Registration is from 8.15am.

The ticket price includes lunch and refreshments, as well as access to conference materials.


9.00am – 9.30am         Registration
9.30am - 9.40am         Welcome – Paul Gilligan, CEO St Patrick’s Mental Health Services
9.40am – 9.50am        Welcome – Harriet Parsons, Training and Development Manager, Bodywhys

PRESENTATIONS  - Moderated by Jan Ní Fhlanagáin 

09.50am -  10.30am: Dr Clare O’Toole, Consultant Psychiatrist SPMHS, Dr Toni O’Connor Advanced Nurse Practitioner SPMHS, Eleanor Sutton, Mental Health Dietitian, SPMHS
Integrating MANTRA into an adult eating disorder service

10:30am – 11:10am: Gerry Butcher, Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist, Cognitive Solutions
“Don’t my Feelings Matter?” – The Development of Integrative Cognitive-Affective Therapy (ICAT) as a Viable Treatment for Bulimia Nervosa’

Break 11.10am – 11.30am 

RESEARCH SESSION - Moderated by Jan Ní Fhlanagáin 

11.30am – 12.10:  Harriet Parsons, Training and Development Manager, Bodywhys, Fiona MacNicholas (UCD), Dr Ingrid Holme, Research Fellow UCD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
“Combining evidence, education, and experience to support families: the PiLaR Programme”

12.10 – 12.50pm: Dr Clodagh Dowling, Principal Clinical Psychologist, SPMHS
An overview of Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders (CFT-E) with a focus on both qualitative and quantitative changes in participants’ relationship with themselves, others and their eating disorder’

12.50pm   – 1.30pm: Dr Colman Noctor, Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist, SPMHS
Vulnerability Hacking….Social Media and Eating Disorders’

Lunch 1.30pm – 2.30pm

2.30pm – 3.30pm Plenary Lecture Introduction Prof Jim Lucey

Plenary Lecture, Professor of Psychiatry Janet Treasure OBE, Kings College London and Maudsley Hospital
“The legacy of Gerald Russell for eating disorders in 2020 and beyond”

Panel Discussion - Moderated by Jan Ní Fhlanagáin 

3.30pm – 4.30pm: Panel Discussion:

  • Prof Janet Treasure OBE (Kings College London),
  • Harriet Parsons (Bodywhys)
  • Dr Colman Noctor (SPMHS)
  • Dr Clare O’Toole (SPMHS)


Limited paid parking is available on campus on a first come first served basis at €2.20 per hour. There is also paid parking available at Heuston Railway Station, which is a 5 minute walk from St Patrick’s and the daily parking rate is €8.50 (if purchased through APCOA connect, standard rate SMS charges apply) & €9.50 (machine charge).

The campus is easily accessible by public transportation:
We are located on Steeven’s Lane off James’ Street, along the Luas line into Heuston.
We are 2 minutes from Heuston Railway Station/Heuston Luas stop
Buses 747,145, 123, 90, 40, 13


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