Our Experts

Dr. Seán Foy

Seán Foy - Head of Addiction & Counselling Studies
Seán is the Founder and Managing Director of The Learning Curve Insitute and is a Clinical Psychology who has worked in the caring profession for over 25 years.  He holds a Docorate in Clinical Psychology (NUI, Galway), a Masters in...

Liam O'’Loughlin

Liam O’Loughlin – Senior Lecturer in Addiction & In-house training
Liam began working in services for people affected by addiction as a volunteer in a direct access hostel for single men in central London in the early 1990’s. He then went on to become a Substance Misuse Worker in 1994 in a low threshold detox unit...

Gerard Grehan

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Gerard has worked as a registered nurse for 20 years. He initially graduated as a Registered General Nurse in Berkshire, UK, where he worked as a General Staff Nurse, on an acute medical unit. He then undertook specialist training in Mental Health...

Siobhan Lynch

Siobhan has worked in both nursing and social care environments for over 22 years and has extensive knowledge in mental health and psychiatric nurse education. She is a registered general nurse and psychiatric nurse and has experience of psychiatric...

Katja Keane

Katja Keane - Lecturer in Mental Health
Katja has worked in the health sector in the last 7 years having trained as a psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist. She has worked in private practice and in secondary education as a school counsellor and has extensive professional...

Rebecca O’Shaughnessy

Rebecca has a background in Psychology and Social Work. She has gained experience in a variety of voluntary and statutory settings including: community youth work, family support, substance misuse, mental health, homeless, minority ethnic groups,...

Padraic Hanley

Padraic Hanley, Head of Responsible Service of Alcohol Training with The Learning Curve Institute and Senior Lecturer in Addiction Studies is an experienced trainer in the field of Drug & Alcohol Addiction and Community Responses to Addiction...

Dr. Eoin Coughlan

Eoin has been working in the addiction field for the last six years and has been delivering training on addiction and group facilitation with The Learning Curve Institute since 2010. He holds a 1st Class Honours Masters in Drug and Alcohol Policy...

Dr. Damian Davy

Dr. Damain Davy
Dr. Damian Davy has been delivering training on behalf of The Learning Curve Institute sine 2014.  Damian is a Chartered (Senior) Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, EAP Consultant and Academic with 32 years experience in the...

David McPhillips

David McPhillips has worked with adolescent substance misusers for the last 3 years heading up a team for delivery of evidence based supports (ACRA, 5 Step) to young people and parents. Previously David had worked with long term unemployed and also...

Olive Bane

Olive Bane – Trainer in Addiction & Anger Management
Olive commenced her career in the field of counselling, psychology and theory in 1997. She trained as a group facilitator and worked as one for 14 years. Olive qualified as an addiction counsellor in 2002 and commenced her work in a residential...

Colin O’Driscoll

Colin is one of The Learning Curve Institute’s most senior Addiction Lecturers and lectures on the QQI Level 5 Addiction courses for the Institute. In addition Colin was a lead trainer on the Keyworking, Case Management and Care Planning modules...

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