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Dr. Sean Foy

Seán is the Founder and Managing Director of The Learning Curve Institute and is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the caring profession for over 30 years. Throughout his career Seán has worked in a variety of settings, mainly with people who may be experiencing addiction and/or mental health challenges.  Seán holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (NUI, Galway), a Masters in Addiction Studies (Middlesex University), an Honours degree in Social Work (Metropolitan University, London) and an Honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Middlesex University), a Diploma in Drug Dependence (The Maudsley Hospital London), and a Higher Diploma in Education (Bristol University of the West of England).

Seán is a lecturer in Psychology and Mental Health studies in The Atlantic Technological University (ATU) and an adjunct lecturer at NUI Galway on the Masters in Social Work and the Clinical Doctorate in Psychology.

He has delivered presentations to a variety of international conferences and continues to be involved in research.  Most recently he presented at the UKASFP Conference Oxford 2023 on the topic of his book ‘Solution Focused Harm Reduction’ which is available on Amazon. The presentation explained the many synergies between solution focused brief therapy and harm reduction and how these two approaches are complementary and when used in conjunction, create a novel way of approaching addiction work. Seán was honoured to present at the Citizens Assembly on Drug Use (June 2023) on the Bio-Psycho-Social model and participated on the panel of experts in relation to treatment.

Seán works from an evidence-based approach and strongly believes in working in a way that is considered, compassionate, and creates a meaningful relationship with people.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-sean-foy-306a6729/  

Seán in conversation with Mags Dillon of Mayo Drug and Alcohol Family Support in Lunchtime Winter Wellness Sessions for Alcohol Awareness Week November 2020
Irish Life Health interview with Seán on Dealing with Addiction during Lockdown

Repsychl interview with Seán on How Ireland’s mental health and addiction crisis is evolving