The Executive Council and its working groups focus on: Administration & Finance, Statutory Recognition, Accreditation & Professional Standards, Membership, the IACAT Journal and PR & Media Relations. The council ensures that the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics is maintained and adheres to legislation, protocols and guidelines, ensuring safe practice for both clients and members. The Executive Council also liaises with regional groups.
Carmel O’ Doherty, Council Chairperson
Carmel O' Doherty holds an MA in Dramatherapy from NUI Maynooth, a BBs (UCD), Dip. Theatre Studies (TCD) & a Certificate in Life Coaching. Carmel works therapeutically with children, teenagers and adults presenting with a broad range of mental health issues. Focus areas include: intellectual disability, attachment disorder, socialisation, self-esteem, grief and challenging behaviour due to difficult socio-economic backgrounds. Carmel has also worked therapeutically within the Irish Penal system. Carmel's practice is based in Dublin. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Aimee O’Neill - Council Administration & Finance
Aimee qualified with a MA in Art Therapy from the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork in 2011 and has a background in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Aimee holds the position of Art Therapist for the National Children’s Hospital (NCH), Dublin, where she has established a medical art therapy service and coordinates the children's arts and health programme. She has experience working with both children and adults in a variety of settings. In addition to her work at the NCH she works within education, the social services and private practice. Contact email@example.com
Alison Sweeney - Council
Alison Sweeney qualified with a Masters in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick and also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University College Cork. Alison specialises in paediatric rehabilitation and care of older adults. She set up and runs the music therapy service in The Children's University Hospital, Temple Street where she works as part of the neurosurgery and neurology teams. More recently she has taken up the position of Music Therapist at the National Children's Hospital in Tallaght. Alison's research interests lie in the areas of stress and coping, interdisciplinary team work and augmentative and alternative communication systems. Alison can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Marianne Marcote - Council Journal/Secretary
Marianne qualified as a Dramatherapist with a MA [Hons 1.1] from Maynooth University, where she works as an occasional lecturer. She facilitates individual dramatherapy in Oscailt Integrative Health Centre and group workshops for women struggling with postnatal depression stress and anxiety. She has clinical experience working with adults suffering from depression, people with dementia and Alzheimer’s and children with special needs.
Marianne founded Dramatherapy Company in 2015 to introduce and make dramatherapy accessible to a wider population.
Esther Twoomey - Council Statutory Recognition
Pilar Landaluce - Council Standards & Accreditation
Pilar obtained her MA in Art Psychotherapy from Crawford (CIT) and since then has worked as an art psychotherapist in Chile and Ireland. Her experience covers a variety of client groups supporting clients experiencing mental health challenges, people with intellectual and physical disabilities and with children and adolescents. Currently she works with children on the Autistic Spectrum, in education and community health settings. Pilar is particularly interested in the therapeutic use of Nature and it’s restorative powers integrated with the healing benefits of creativity.
Anna Mulvihill - Council PR & Marketing
Anna Mulvihill received her MA in Art Therapy from Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, and holds a BA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT, Dublin. Anna has clinical experience in the areas of adult mental heath, acquired brain injury and spinal injury. Currently she works with children experiencing behavioural issues, bereavement and separation, and has recently initiated an Art Therapy pilot project at the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Contact email@example.com
Eoin Nash - Council
Rosemary McGarry, Administrator
Contact 087 992 1746 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Maggie O'Neill, Journal Co-editor