Advance Notice – Non Violent Resistance in Practice (five-day course for practitioners) starting 1st November 2021

The Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) and Social Care Ireland (SCI) have joined with the MA in Social Work Programme at the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway to offer a module in Non Violent Resistance in Practice.

The application form will be available on the event page the week starting on 16 August.  

As this course receives funding from the Health Service Executive, it is open to practitioners who are working in HSE funded services only. More information is available if you scroll down the page at

IASW members/non-members who are employed in HSE funded services – free with €100 refundable deposit

Every Monday in November 2021 from 10am – 4.00pm & independent study

Book now for June 18th Webinar ‘From Despair to Hope – A Clear Vision of Neurodiversity in a Confusing World Using NVR’

Hosted by NVR Ireland and the East Coast NVR Practitioner’s Network, this webinar was jointly organised in memory of our colleague and dear friend, Catrina Scanlan, RIP.

The webinar takes place on Friday 18th June from 9.30am to 12pm

Relevant to both parents and NVR practitioners, the webinar features the experiences of a (now adult) child with ADHD raised in a family where NVR was employed, in addition to the experiences of a parent, from learning and practising NVR, to becoming a qualified NVR practitioner.

See flyer below to book your place

Upcoming NVR training for Practitioners

Next Practitioner training takes place in April. See our Trainings page for more details.

New leaflet published about NVR in Cork

This leaflet outlines where families and practitioners can go to for support with child to parent violence and abuse. It’s available for a free download. Click here to access pdf.

Webinar Materials Available

From Athlone to Australia, Ballyhaunis to Brighton and Gorey to Greece, NVR practitioners from across Ireland and beyond joined the inaugural NVR Ireland Webinar on November 25th 2020 with more than 350 people in attendance and six presentations with Q & A.

Please find a Summary of the Webinar and Slides available for download on our Practitioner Resources Page.

Speakers Announced for Webinar

The time table for the Webinar has been finalised. We thanks all of those that will be presenting on the day. Be sure to register and then join us for the Meet and Greet at 9:30am on the 25th.

NVR Ireland Network Webinar and AGM

Theme: Ending Shame and Silence- NVR Ireland responding to family fear and violence
25th of November 2020 via Zoom
from 9:30am to 11:50am Webinar and
12:00pm to 1:00pm AGM of NVR Ireland Network Members

9:30-10:00 Meet and Greet-Attendees will be in Break Out rooms with one NVR Ireland Steering Group member and other attendees to allow for online networking.

Each webinar topic will be followed by Q&A session via Chat function in Zoom with the Moderator collating and proposing questions to the speaker(s).

10:00-10:05 Welcome by Rosemary Fox, Steering Group Member and Senior Probation Officer, Irish Probation Service and Moderator for First Half of Webinar.

10:05-10:20 Stop Start Stop with Non Violent Resistance by Dr. Declan Coogan, NVR Ireland Steering Group Chairperson and Lecturer, MA in Social Work Programme, School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway.

10:20-10:35 Parentline- Helpline for Parents and their NVR Service by Aileen Hicke, CEO of Parentline.

10:35-10:50 NVR Ireland Local Practitioner Networks by Grace Bermingham, Family Support Coordinator, Tusla-Child and Family Agency.

10:50-11:00 Break (Dr. Declan Coogan will be Moderator for Second Half of Webinar.)

11:00-11:15 A Parent’s Experience with NVR

11:15-11:30 Getting the NVR Intervention Up and Running by Niamh Murphy, Youth Justice Team Leader and Lorraine Shortt, Youth Counsellor MIACP both with Kildare Youth Services.

11:30-11:45 Mindfulness and NVR by John Peelo, Project Leader NYP1 and Niall Nolan, Senior Social Work Practitioner both with Tusla-Child and Family Agency.

11:45-11:50 Webinar Wrap Up by Dr. Declan Coogan.

11:50-12:00 Break

12:00-1:00 NVR Ireland Network AGM for NVR Ireland Network Members that have joined by 20th of November 2020.

Registration Now Open

Registration for the free webinar, Ending Shame and Silence-NVR responding to family fear and violence is now open. Practitioners, researcher/academics and policy makers are welcome to register through this eventbrite link: and-silence-nvr-responding-to- family-fear-and-violence-tickets- 125887862987

The Webinar and NVR Ireland AGM will take place on 25th November 2020 from 9:30am till 1pm. Although free, attendees must register before the 20th of November.

NVR Ireland Webinar and AGM-25th Nov. 2020

NVR Ireland Steering Group is pleased to announce our upcoming Webinar and AGM:

Ending Shame and Silence- NVR responding to family fear and violence 

Both events will take place on Wednesday 25th of November 2020

The Webinar will take place between 10am-12pm via Zoom.

The AGM involving members of NVR Ireland only will take place via Zoom between 12.10-1pm.

Details on webinar presentations and registration via eventbrite to follow.

The Goals of the Webinar are to Raise Awareness of practitioners, researchers and policy makers and to Support Practitioners in ending the silence and shame through using skills and strategies of NVR.

Sad News

Our friend, colleague and NVR advocate, Catrina Scanlan, has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully. We are shocked and saddened by this news. Our sympathies go out to the people with whom Catrina worked and especially to her partner, her family and her close friends who are suffering a bereavement and mourning the loss of Catrina. Funeral by webcam arrangements and a link to leave messages for the family are here:
Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam uasal.

Resource for Parents and Carers

If you are a parent or carer that is concerned about violence or abuse in your home and would like to speak with someone, please contact Parentline who has volunteers trained in NVR. This is a link to their website for more information.

You may also wish to contact other family support services in your area as they may have practitioners trained in NVR or can refer you to other supports.

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