Below are some links and references to articles and books suggested by our trainers. These are separated into topics for your perusal:


Mental Health

Living with a Black Dog, WHO 2014

Amnesty International Ireland (2012) Mental Health Act 2001. A review. 

Department of Health and Children (2005) Reach Out. National Strategy for action on suicide prevention.

Department of Health and Children (2009) Towards 2016 Strategic Document National Disability Strategy Vision, Mission and Strategic Objectives.

Expert Group on Mental Health (2006) A Vision for Change. Report of the Expert group on Mental Health

Health (2007) Mental Health in Ireland: Awareness and

Irish Advocacy Network

Irish College of Psychiatrists

Irish Government

Mental Health Ireland

Mental Health Reform

Addiction & Substance Misuse

Link to addictive podcast around some interesting pieces:

Understanding Drugs and Behaviour Parrott, A. Morinan, A., Moss, M. & Scholey, A. (2004)  John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

High Price, Hart, C. (2013)  Harper Collins

Drug Use & Abuse, Maisto, S., Galizio, M. & Connors, G., (1999)  Harcourt Brace & Company

A Guide to Substance Misuse for Medical Professionals, O’Mahoney, S. (2008) Health Service Executive

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

SFBT was developed by Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg, and the team at the Brief Family Therapy Center of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the mid-1980's. There is a vast evidence base for its applications across a variety of settings. This research can be accessed via the European Brief Therapy Association at just click on evaluation list.

A recent example of the evidence base can be found here

Below is a link to Alasdair Macdonald’s book on SFBT, it provides a good overview of the approach with case examples:

Below is a link to a book on SFBT which looks at the use of SFBT in several different settings

Dr. Seán Foy, Managing Director of The Learning Curve Institute is a published author and has recently completed his book on the subject of SFBT and harm reduction entitled: 'Solution Focused Harm Reduction'.See: 

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change by William R. Miller, Stephen Rollnick, 3rd edition, 2012, Guildford Publications Motivational Interviewing in Schools: Conversations to Improve Behaviour and Learning, Rollnick, S et al 2016 Guildford Publications Motivational Interviewing in Social Work Practice, Melinda Hohman, (2012) Guildford Publications

Managing Professional Boundaries

‘Dual Relationship and boundary crossing: A clinical issue in clinical psychology practice’ by Olusegun Emmanuel Afolabi, University of Botswana 2015.

Irish Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics -

CORU Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics-

President Michael D Higgins- "Towards an Ethical Economy" speech DCU 2013-


Keyworking, Care Planning and Case Management

Link to case management:


Amaro, H., Chernoff, M., Brown, V., Arevalo, S., & Gatz, M. (2007). Does integrated trauma-informed substance abuse treatment increase treatment retention? Journal of Community Psychology, 35(7), 845-862. doi: 10.1002/jcop.20185.

Blakey, J.M. & Bowers, P.H. (2014). Barriers to Integrated Treatment of Substance Abuse and Trauma Among Women. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 14(3), 250-272. Doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2014.933731.

Boden, M.T., Kimerling, R., Jacobs-Lentz, J., Bowman, D., Weaver, C., Carney, D., …. Trafton, J.A..(2011).  Seeking Safety treatment for male veterans with a substance use disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder symptomatology. Addiction Research Report, 107, 578-586. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03658.x

British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (2009). Coalescing on Women and Substance Use Linking Research, Practice and Policy: Trauma- Informed Approaches in Addiction Treatment. Vancouver: BCCEWH

Cocozza, J.J., Jackson, E.W., Hennigan, K., Morrissey, J.P.,Reed, B.G, Fallot, R. & Banks, S. (2005). Outcomes for women with co-occurring disorders and trauma: Program-level effects. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 28, 109-119. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2004.08.010.

Covington, S. S. (2002). ‘Helping women recover: creating gender-responsive treatment’, in Straussner, S.L.A. & Brown, S (eds) The Handbook of Addiction Treatment for Women. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 52-72.

Covington, S. (2007). Working with Substance Abusing Mothers: A Trauma-Informed, Gender-Responsive Approach. The Source (A Publication of the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Centre, Berkeley, California), 16(1), 1-11.

Covington, S. (2008). Women and Addiction: A Trauma-Informed Approach. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, SARC Supplement 5, 377-385. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2008.10400665.

Covington, S. (2013). Understanding and applying gender differences in recovery, in O’Neil, A.L., & Lucas, J. (eds.) Drugs and Alcohol Women Network: Promoting a Gender Responsive Approach to Addiction. Turin: UNICRI, pp.339-361.

Covington, S. & Bloom, B. (2006). Gender responsive treatment and services in correctional settings. Women & Therapy, 29, 9-33.

Covington, S.S. & Surrey, J.L. (1997). The relational model of women’s psychological development: implications for substance abuse, in Wilsnack R.W & Wilsnack, S.C. (eds) Gender and Alcohol: Individual and Social Perspectives. New Jersey: Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, 335-351.

DeCandia, C.J., Guarino, K., & Clervil, R. (2014). Trauma-Informed Care and Trauma-Specific Services: A Comprehensive Approach to Trauma Intervention. Washington, DC: American Institutes for Research

Elliott, D., Bjelajac, P., Fallot, R., Markoff, L.S., & Reed, B.G. (2005). Trauma-Informed or Trauma-Denied: Principles and Implementation of Trauma-Informed Services for Women. Journal of Community Psychology, 33(4), 461-477. doi: 10.1002/jcop.20063.