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Let’s talk about Social Anxiety, Odhran McCarthy Public Talk 10th October 2016


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To celebrate World Mental Health Day, Monday 10 October, the PSI Communications Subgroup is proud to present a public lecture on social anxiety. Registration for this event is required. Please reserve your place by completing the 'Book a place' form to the right of this page.

presented by

Odhran McCarthy

Monday 10 October 2016

Dublin Business School (DBS), Aungier Street, Dublin 2

Over 400,000 of the Irish adult population suffer from social anxiety in Ireland, and yet it is a mental health issue that rarely gets openly addressed. According to some it has become a ‘hidden epidemic’. Sufferers seldom seek and therefore receive mental health care because of a fear of humiliation and/or embarrassment. When they do they often receive inappropriate and/or ineffective treatments or frustrating platitudes. While most of us appreciate a fear of public speaking, the many other forms of social interactions typically are experienced as easy and pleasurable and, therefore, we can struggle to appreciate the potential distress associated with them. Unfortunately, for many with social anxiety this is their lived experience – ‘other don’t get it’. This just adds to their shame and embarrassment. Its association with shyness does not help. This talk will look at social anxiety and its serious ramifications. It will look at the many hidden ways in which it may present itself and outline some of the strategy that sufferers have found helpful.

Odhran McCarthy is a Principal Clinical Psychologist currently working for the HSE Dublin North Adult mental health services and founder of Social Anxiety Ireland. He was been offering a group based intervention programme for social anxiety since 1998 which over 600 hundred individuals have availed of to date. Social Anxiety Ireland has recently become a non-profit company and is currently seeking charity status. Odhran is a clinical supervisor to the doctorial clinical training programmes in TCD, UCD UL and NUGI. He is also a Clinical Supervisor, Lecturer and on the Course Advisory Committee on TCD Diploma & Masters in Cognitive Therapy programme. He is currently undertaking a PhD in TCD that focuses on the clinical factors (moderators) that influence outcome follow participation in Social Anxiety Ireland group programme. He regularly gives talks and workshops on the subject of social anxiety and has appeared on numerous radio programmes.

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