I was conferred with a Master of Science by Research in November 2017 and my thesis was based on my own research proposal pertaining to the “Demand and provision of school counselling in primary schools in Ireland”. This unique, nationwide research study was a joint DCU and St. Patrick’s Hospital venture. DCU Research team members included Dr. Rosaleen McElvaney, Dr. Evelyn Gordon and myself, Deirdre Judge. The resulting report, the Primary School Counselling Study, was launched by the Office of the Ombudsman for Children in St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin on 20th June 2018. It was a privilege to present this research in Oxford University on 22nd Sept. 2017 during the Society for Psychotherapy Research UK and European Conference.
Dr. Rosaleen McElvaney, DCU & Deirdre Judge, DCU, co-authors of the Primary School Counselling Study, with Mr Paul Gilligan CEO, St. Patrick’s Hospital. The study was launched on 20th June 2018 by the Ombudsman for Children during a Mental Health and Wellbeing Day for Primary Teachers hosted by St. Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin.
Links to media interest in this research study:
- Primary School Counselling Study
- Dublin City University: “Primary school principals report significant numbers of children presenting with serious mental health difficulties”
- Michael Cogley, The Times: “Schools are struggling to ease pupils’ mental stress”
- An appraisal of our study – Stella O’Malley, psychotherapist:
- Katherine Donnelly, Irish Independent: Primary schools struggle to help suicidal children ‘as young as four’
Link to my thesis: “Demand and Provision of School Counselling in Primary Schools in Ireland”
Research Presentation in Oxford University
Deirdre Judge presenting her research study at the Society for Psychotherapy Research Conference in Oxford University, UK on 22nd September 2017