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Psychology (Children and Families)

Psychology Department
Temple Street Children’s University Hospital
Temple Street
Dublin 1
Tel.: (01) 878 4293
Psychology is the study of mental functions and behaviours. The goal of psychology is to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases. In this field, the practitioner is called a psychologist.

Psychologists are scientist practitioners who apply psychological theories, models and research to a range of psychological, mental health and developmental problems. They provide a variety of services including assessment, therapy, and consultancy services. Their work also involves research, service development, evaluation, supervision, teaching and training.

The Psychology Department in Temple Street provides a service to children, and young people with a medical condition /or physical symptoms and their families and carers. The aim of the service is to reduce distress, promote optimal development, and improve psychological well-being and health outcomes for children and families.

Our work with children and young people can help them in the following areas:

  • Children adjusting to medical illness, e.g. coping with necessary treatment/care or understanding their condition
  • Supporting the young person in social and peer relationships
  • Children with emotional difficulties affecting their day to day functioning, e.g. anxiety, low mood, excessive worries
  • Difficulties in coping with procedures such as giving bloods or injections
  • School difficulties- specific learning difficulties, school refusal
  • Cognitive, behavioural or emotional difficulties following acquired brain injury
  • Developmental difficulties, e.g. Learning Disability, Autism
  • Supporting children during hospitalisation
  • Trauma work and bereavement support including work with siblings.

The Psychology Team includes the following:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Trainee Psychologist
  • Research Psychologist
  • Assistant Psychologist
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