Focus on Emotional Well-being of Children and Family

Dr. Fergus Heffernan.
Dr. Fergus Heffernan.

The management of Castleisland Family Resource Centre is delighted to announce that Dr. Fergus Heffernan will attend the River Island Hotel in Castleisland on the coming Wednesday night, March 11th at 7.30pm, There,  Dr. Heffernan will give a talk on Understanding the Emotional Well Being of Teenagers and Children and the Family. Dr. Heffernan is a leading educator in the area of stress management and how it connects to our wellbeing.

High Anxiety Disorders

He has worked in a variety of conflict zones in the world and is a psychologist and a psychotherapist. The presentation will look at why our teenagers and our children do not have appeared to have developed resilience.

Research shows us that a quarter of second level students in this country  present with self-harm and high anxiety disorders and this is now beginning to manifest in the primary school setting.

Virtual Relationships 

Recent surveys show that many young children are not learning relationship skills or empathy as they are only learning virtual relationships via screens. The presentation is particularly suited to parents, guardians and people who play a key role in supporting the emotional well-being of teenagers, and young children. It will take in how people can look after themselves in these challenging roles.

Ongoing Reflection

“Dr Heffernan employs a wonderfully honest, heartfelt, practical and often times humorous approach to the subject of mental health and family issues.  His listeners will be provided with plenty of material for ongoing reflection,” said centre spokesperson, Liz Galwey.

Dr Heffernan holds a Primary Degree in Clinical Psychology, a Masters in Family Therapy, and a PhD in Neuro Psychology. He is a visiting Professor at many Universities in the USA including Columbia University New York where he completes a residency every year.

Free Admission


He has lived and worked in the most distressed areas of the world in delivering programmes in critical incident de-briefing to soldiers in highly volatile battleground situations, and resilience programmes in areas of the world devastated by natural disasters. Everyone is welcome to attend, there is no charge. Refreshments will be provided. For further details contact  087 75 53 066