Fields of activities:
|» Psychology |
» Other social sciences
|» Law |
» Social work
Brief description of your activity focus
Research interests include parent abuse/ child to parent violence, family violence and responding to and preventing child sexual abuse.
Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Prior to joining NUIG in December 2010, Declan gained extensive practice experience in assessment & intervention as a social worker with the community based multi-disciplinary Mater Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Dublin. He was also seconded to the multi-disciplinary Northside Inter-Agency Project (NIAP), continuing his commitment to the prevention of sexual abuse and intervention in response to young people who have sexually abused. He has also worked as a child protection and family welfare social worker and has been has been a practice teacher for social work students on child protection/ family welfare and on CAMHS placements. He has worked closely with colleagues, families and young people in group work programmes.
As a lecturer in social work, he is responsible for the delivery and co-ordination of the Year 2 Programme for the Masters of Arts in Social Work and lectures in social work skills, contemporary social issues and mental health (children & families). He supervises Masters of Arts in Social Work students during their practice placements and supervises students in their research activities and dissertations as part of the requirements for the completion of their programme of studies in social work. Declan also delivers lectures to second year and their year undergraduate students at the School of Political Science at NUI Galway, specialising in violence in the family and in institutional care.
He is a member of the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) and a Systemic / Family Therapist registered with the Family Therapy Association of Ireland (FTAI).