Ashfield College hosts several Public Talks through the year aimed at guiding parents through the Leaving Cert year and beyond.
Understanding the CAO System & Career Choices
Ashfield College runs a series of CAO talks in the first term of each year. Students and parents are encouraged to attend one of these talks, which are intended to demystify the CAO application process and answer any questions students and parents may have in advance of making the student making their college application in February.
Understanding the Teenage Mind
A Renowned Psychologist and parenting expert hosts public talks through the year aimed at helping parents to understand the teenage mind and how to help your teenager succeed in life.
Mindfulness and Well-being Seminars
Throughout the academic year, Psychotherapist Dr Finian Fallon delivers weekly Mindfulness and Well-being seminars, aimed at providing our students with the tools and resources necessary to deal with the stresses of the Leaving Cert and every day life.
Mindfulness can provide students with the tools they need to help them remain calm, sustain their attention and manage the pressures of student life effectively. Our teaching staff have reported improvements with stress management and improved participation in the classroom since the commencement of our Mindfulness programme.
PASTORAL CARE STAFF
Moya is a highly experienced Guidance Counsellor with over 20 years’ experience guiding students through the CAO process and has extensive knowledge of the all the options available at 3rd level. Moya spends the weekly one-on-one sessions discussing the interests and attributes of the student and guiding them through the application process and onto a fulfilling and suitable career path.
John Sullivan has a passion for guiding and mentoring young adults during their journey to the Leaving Certificate. As well as a BSc Hons & BA Hons in Personal & Professional Development, John holds a qualification in School Counselling & Guidance Services from DCU (Level 7) as well as FETAC QQI Level 6 Awards in Developmental & Child Psychology and Special Needs. He continues to expand his knowledge in the fields of Child Psychology and Special Needs. John has also completed a Postgraduate Course in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise at the Innovation Academy, University College Dublin (UCD) in June 2015. Prior to working in community and personal development John was involved in the fields of aviation, science and engineering in a range of positions.
John O’Keeffe is a Criminologist, Forensic Psychologist and a broadcaster. He is graduate of University College Dublin, UWE Bristol, London Met University and Cambridge University where he is a life member of Homerton College. He also holds a Doctoratus in Gister Studiorum (ad eundem Cantab.) from Trinity College, Dublin.
Dr Finian Fallon
Dr Finian Fallon is an IACP accredited psychotherapist. He holds a first class honours BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Masters in Addiction Studies. Finian is completing a Doctorate in Psychotherapy at Dublin City University. He works in his private clinic on Kildare Street and is also employed on a helpline service.