Dr John Sharry is co-founder and CEO of the Parents Plus charity and co-developer of the five Parents Plus and Working Things Out programmes. He has 25 years experience as a mental health professional and was formerly Principal Social Worker at the Mater CAMHS. He is an adjunct senior lecturer at the school of psychology in UCD and has co-written over 40 research papers. He has a special interest in solution-focused and strengths-based practice and has written several books in this area. For more details see www.solutiontalk.ie.
Dr Eileen Brosnan is a Social Worker with extensive experience in CAMHS and was lead developer of the Working Things Out Programme. She is a senior Parents Plus Trainer and Project leader. Previously, she worked for several years as a Researcher and Project Leader (School of Medicine, UCD) and on various projects developing technology and multimedia programmes to enhance engagement in psychotherapy for children and adolescents.
Grainne Hampson is a Senior Speech and Language Therapist, co-developer of the Parents Plus Early Years Programme andauthor of Parenting Preschoolers and Young Children. She also had a key role in the development of the manuals and parent handouts for all three Parents Plus programmes.
Breda Flood is company secretary of Parents Plus and has been instrumental in the development of the charity since its inception in 2001. Breda has extensive experience in accountancy and administration and advises the Parents Plus Board.
Siobhán Dolphin is Operations and Communications Manager with Parents Plus. Siobhán holds a BA in Media Arts from D.I.T, a QQI level 5 certificate in Web Authoring and a QQI level 5 certificate in Digital Marketing. She has previously worked in the Communications and Public Affairs Department of the Rehab Group and looks after communications in her spare time for Botanic Hockey Club.
Una O’Maonaigh has a degree in English and a masters from UCD. She has extensive experience working in the voluntary sector in the field of administration and information. She is the Parents Plus Administrator with responsibility for training bookings and accounts receivable.
Alex McDonald is a Research Assistant and an Assistant Psychologist here in Parents Plus. She has a H.Dip in Psychology and in 2015, she completed her Masters in Applied Psychology from UCC. Alex has experience working as an Assistant Psychologist in the HSE in Primary Care and in Mental Health and Intellectual Disability settings, as well as volunteering in St. Vincent dePaul and Aware.ie. Her role in Parents Plus is primarily conducting research on the implementation of groups.
Parents Plus Trainers
Dr Adele Keating is Senior Clinical Psychologist working in Our Lady’s Children Hospital Crumlin in Dublin. Adele is co-developer of the Parents Plus – Parenting When Separated programme. She works with Parents Plus providing training and supervision to professionals.
Fiona Hughes is a Social Worker with extensive experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and the Irish Child Protection Services. She is a Parents Plus Programme Trainer and helps to co-ordinate our Accreditation process.
Fred Ehresmann has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Children and Young People’s Mental Health since 1993. He currently teaches at the University of the West of England and is a Parents Plus Senior Trainer responsible for Parents Plus facilitator training, supervision and accreditation in the UK.
Geraldine Buckley is a Senior Speech and Language Therapist currently working in the area of child and adolescent mental health. Geraldine has also worked extensively in education and many local/community settings. She works with Parents Plus providing training and supervision to professionals in the Early Years Programme.
Matt McDermott is a Parents Plus trainer and an accredited child psychotherapist. He has been working for over 15 years as a Senior Social Worker on a multi-disciplinary team in a child and adolescent mental health service, where he works therapeutically with young people and their parents around a broad range of issues affecting them.
Michelle Choudhry is a Senior Social Worker with extensive experience working in the area of child and adolescent mental health. Michelle is co-developer of the Parents Plus – Parenting When Separated programme. She works with Parents Plus providing training and supervision to professionals.