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Friday 25 July 2014

First forensic and psychological services centre opens in Wexford

Maria Pepper

Published 11/03/2014|05:30

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At the opening of Aistear were Killian Mullarney, Geraldine Harken, Chartered Psychologist Cornelia Sakali and John Murphy.

WEXFORD'S first Forensic and Psychological Services Centre has opened at Carrig House in Roche's Road, Wexford.

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The new centre called Aistear was officially opened last Wednesday.

The director is Cornelia Sakali from Murrintown, who holds a Masters Degree in Applied Forensic Psychology from the University of Leicester and a B.A. in Psychology from the Dublin Business School.

Aistear will provide assessment, treatment, support and consultation services for children, adolescents and adults who have engaged in a broad range of anti-social or criminal behaviours as well as clinical services to clients with special needs, intellectual disabilities or mental health difficulties.

Clients can be referred by GPs, solicitors, the Probation Service and the HSE, or alternatively, they may self-refer.

Cornelia spent four years with Forensic Psychological Services in Dublin where she gained experience working with forensic and non-forensic clients.

She provides therapeutic services to individuals and groups, conducts personality risk, cognitive, parenting capacity and psychosexual assessments.

She has worked on a wide variety of cases involving sexual offences (including child abuse) and drug and non-accidental injury offences.

She is trained in Theraplay, which helps parents understand children's behaviour and guides them in repairing the relationship with their children, in a playful but adult-led way.

For more information on the services provided by Aistear go to www.afps.ie or contact Cornelia on 087 6333033 or emailcornelia@afps.ie

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