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The Hidden Virtue: Towards a New Understanding of Humility in Counselling and Psychotherapy – Heather Dale

September 29, 2017 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm BST

Heather Dale

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Changes to tonight’s Programme

I regret to inform you that we have had to make a change to tonight’s programme. Heather Dale was due to present - “The hidden virtue: Towards a new understanding of humility in counselling and psychotherapy”, but is unfortunately unable to make it due to a bereavement. Dr David Carey has kindly stepped in at the last minute to take over the 5.15pm slot and will deliver a presentation on:


Remember Alfred Adler: Psychology, Purpose and Meaning

Alfred Adler, a contemporary of Freud and his chosen successor, is now no more than a small chapter in a book or a brief lecture in university courses. Yet Adler was the first of the great psychologists to put meaning and purpose, belonging and striving for unity, in the forefront of his theory. It's time to remember Adler and ask an important question. Has psychology lost it's soul?



Dr. David Carey


David Carey

David Carey has been a psychologist for 40 years. He started his career working in a psychiatric hospital in the United States. Following that he worked in a large urban school system while lecturing at the local community college (third level) and entering a private practice with a forensic psychiatrist. He relocated to Ireland in 1996, taking a position as Senior Lecturer in special education at one of the primary teacher training colleges.

He entered full time private practice with Owen Connolly ten years ago and currently maintains an active part time schedule and appears regularly on the Moncrief show on Newstalk radio.  He is the author of the book "The Essential Guide to Special Education in Ireland."  and his book, "Common Sense for Parents" will be published by Mercier Press next spring.

David is Director of Psychology, City Colleges and Dean, College of Progressive Education, both located in Dublin.

There is a pivotal point where the therapist can become convinced that they know what is ‘best’ for their client, albeit at an unconscious level. This may lead to a rupture in the therapeutic relationship. Through the use of vignettes this paper will explore the signs (red flags) that allow practitioners to become aware that they have lost sight of the virtue of humility necessary for safe and ethical practice.

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About Heather Dale


Heather Dale

Heather Dale originally trained in London, in both counselling and Transactional Analysis psychotherapy, she works 2 days in private practice and three as a Senior Lecturer in Counselling Studies at the University of Huddersfield. She is a Senior Registered and Accredited Counsellor with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy), and a Fellow of BACP.

Her interest in ethical conduct stems from her work as a Snr. Registered and Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor, and more particularly from her longstanding work as a Chair of BACP Professional Conduct procedures. These encompass both membership declarations (deciding whether a declared misdemeanor is so serious as to be a bar to membership) as well as hearing complaints against members of the organization.

She is currently working toward a Phd looking at the importance of Personal Moral Qualities in the practice of counselling and Psychotherapy.

Event Format


This event will be an interview conducted using a Skype video link that will be streamed to our live video page. You will be able to see and hear the conversation, as it is happening, and use the chat room to offer your own comments and questions.

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September 29, 2017
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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