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Practitioners' Day Event Friday August 26

Friday, August 26 is practitioners' day at the EARA conference. On that date, the conference programme has been specially designed to bring together presentations, papers and posters that are particularly relevant for professionals working with adolescents.  A special discounted registration fee applies to practitioners wishing to attend for the day.  Topics focus on the conference themes – Digital and Diverse.

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The one day registration fee is €110.00

Registration includes access to the full EARA programme on Friday August 26, lunch and refreshments.

Practitioners' Day Keynotes

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Ian Power

Creating digital ecosystems of support informed by the real-time needs of young people

Ian Power is CEO of Community Creations, the not-for-profit company behind 'spunout', Ireland's youth information service and '50808', Ireland's 24/7 text support service. Ian is a member of the Board of the Citizens Information Board (CIB), a member of the Board of Community Foundation for Ireland, and formerly President of the National Youth Council of Ireland.

Talk description
Young people's contexts are changing all the time. As a youth information service by young people, for young people, at Spunout our aim is to adapt as young people's lives do and respond in real-time to their evolving information needs. In addition, our 24/7 text message support service is there for young people when they have no one else to talk to. In this presentation I hope to share some of what we've learned working closely with young people to provide digital ecosystems of support and the issues that face young people in Ireland today.

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Sadhbh Byrne

Maynooth University

Effective practices in education, mental health, and psychosocial support for the integration of refugee adolescents

Dr. Sadhbh Byrne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Maynooth University. Prior to taking up this role in August 2022, Sadhbh was Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the REFUGE-ED project, based at Trinity Centre for Global Health. REFUGE-ED is funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme, and seeks to identify, implement, and evaluate existing evidence-based practices that promote the inclusion, mental health, sense of belonging, and academic achievement of children and young people who are refugees, asylum seekers, or separated minors.  Sadhbh is also co-investigator on a project that is developing and evaluating a Continuing Medical Education tool for GPs on adolescent mental health presentations. Previously, Sadhbh worked on the suicide prevention research team at Orygen/the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Australia. Sadhbh's PhD, from Trinity College Dublin, explored the role that parents and peers play in identifying early signs and symptoms of adolescent depression, and supporting young people in distress.


Talk description
Many young people who have been forcibly displaced have experienced considerable adversity and trauma before and during migration. Schools can play a crucial role in the post-arrival and resettlement stages, by supporting young refugees to acclimatise to a new society. Indeed, schools are often the main societal institution in the receiving country with which refugee adolescents and their families interact. This presentation will discuss the role of schools in supporting adolescent refugees during resettlement.

Programme Highlights for Practitioners

Candace Currie

Understanding the role of puberty in adolescent health – integrating societal, social, and biological processes in an interdisciplinary theory

Ingrid Schoon

Young people’s changing lives in the digital Era


Melanie Zimmer Gembeck

Meta and the mirror: explaining and reducing risks and correlates of appearance preoccupation online


Christina Salmivalli

New insights into long-term consequences of bullying and victimization: what causes variance in outcomes?

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