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Aisling McMahon

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Biography

I am an Assistant Professor in Psychotherapy in the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health at DCU and Chair of the MSc in Psychotherapy professional training programme.

I trained initially as a clinical psychologist (B.A., M.A., M.Psych.Sc., UCD) and then also as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist (Dip.Psych, Dunlaoghaire Institute of Creative Counselling and Psychotherapy), followed later by a Doctorate in Psychotherapy (London Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University). I am an Associate Fellow of the Psychological Society of Ireland, and an accredited member and supervisor with the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. With a longstanding belief in the benefits of group therapy, I am also currently training as a Group Analyst with St.Vincent's University Hospital/UCD (contact hlc@dcu.ie for details about group analytic psychotherapy being conducted by Aisling in DCU's Healthy Living Centre).  

I have worked in various settings over the last 25 years, including the Irish prison service, community-based and inpatient adult psychiatric services, a community care HSE service for children and adolescents, and private practice. Having engaged in sessional teaching through most of my career, I took up this full-time academic post in DCU in 2015, which has facilitated development of my specialist teaching and research interests in clinical supervision and practitioner development. 

Books

  Year Publication
2020 Supervision in the Helping Professions.
Hawkins, P. & McMahon, A. (2020) Supervision in the Helping Professions. London: McGraw-Hill Open University Press. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2019 'Recording client sessions during psychotherapy training: From "an absurd idea" to "potent learning"'
McMahon, A;Ledden, K (2019) 'Recording client sessions during psychotherapy training: From "an absurd idea" to "potent learning"'. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 19 :241-251 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Planning and implementing group supervision: a case study from homeless social care practice'
McLaughlin Á.;Casey B.;McMahon A. (2018) 'Planning and implementing group supervision: a case study from homeless social care practice'. Journal of Social Work Practice, [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Personal development groups during psychotherapy training: Irish students’ expectations and experiences of vulnerability, safety and growth'
McMahon A.;Rodillas R. (2018) 'Personal development groups during psychotherapy training: Irish students’ expectations and experiences of vulnerability, safety and growth'. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, [DOI] [Details]
2018 '‘Part of me feels like there must be something missing’: A phenomenological exploration of practising psychotherapy as a clinical psychologist'
McMahon, A. (2018) '‘Part of me feels like there must be something missing’: A phenomenological exploration of practising psychotherapy as a clinical psychologist'. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 46 (2):217-228 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Irish clinical and counselling psychologists’ experiences and views of mandatory personal therapy during training: A polarisation of ethical concerns'
McMahon, A. (2018) 'Irish clinical and counselling psychologists’ experiences and views of mandatory personal therapy during training: A polarisation of ethical concerns'. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, [DOI] [Details]
2017 ''It has taken me a long time to get to this point of quiet confidence': Factors related to clinical psychologists' confidence in practising psychotherapy'
McMahon, A. & Hevey,D (2017) ''It has taken me a long time to get to this point of quiet confidence': Factors related to clinical psychologists' confidence in practising psychotherapy'. Clinical Psychologist, 21 :195-205 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Four guiding principles for the supervisory relationship'
McMahon, A (2014) 'Four guiding principles for the supervisory relationship'. REFLECTIVE PRACTIVE, 15 (3) :333-346 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'From new vistas to lifelines: Psychologists' satisfaction with supervision and confidence in supervising'
McMahon, A. & Errity,D (2014) 'From new vistas to lifelines: Psychologists' satisfaction with supervision and confidence in supervising'. CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY, 21 :264-275 [DOI] [Details]
2012 ''It's hard to feel on the ball': Practising psychotherapy as a clinical psychologist'
McMahon, A (2012) ''It's hard to feel on the ball': Practising psychotherapy as a clinical psychologist'. IRISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 33 :1-16 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2014 'Being a group supervisor: Dynamics, challenges and rewards'
McMahon, A (2014) 'Being a group supervisor: Dynamics, challenges and rewards' Inside Out, 72 :21-32. [Details]
2014 'Sorca McGrath in conversation with Aisling McMahon'
McMahon, A. (2014) 'Sorca McGrath in conversation with Aisling McMahon' Inside Out, 74 :3-14. [Details]
2014 'Reflections on the dynamics of being a group supervisor'
McMahon, A (2014) 'Reflections on the dynamics of being a group supervisor' The Irish Psychologist, 40 :280-285. [Details]
2010 'The value of allowing space to receive and work with the client's idiom'
McMahon, A (2010) 'The value of allowing space to receive and work with the client's idiom' Inside Out, 60 :16-20. [Details]
2009 'Understanding resistance in psychotherapy: The paradox of both wanting and fearing change'
McMahon,A (2009) 'Understanding resistance in psychotherapy: The paradox of both wanting and fearing change' Eisteach, 9 :9-13. [Details]
2009 'The fear of change: Understanding and working with client resistance in psychotherapy'
McMahon,A (2009) 'The fear of change: Understanding and working with client resistance in psychotherapy' The Irish Psychologist, 35 :352-356. [Details]
1997 'The role of therapy in prison'
McMahon, A (1997) 'The role of therapy in prison' Inside Out, 28 :25-28. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 2019 Annual Society for Psychotherapy Research Conference,
McMahon, A., Jennings, C., & Seery, C. (2019) What happens in post-qualification supervisory practice? A longitudinal observational study of supervisory dyads in an Irish mental health service. [Oral Presentation], 2019 Annual Society for Psychotherapy Research Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina [Details]
2018 Annual Society for Psychotherapy Research conference,
McMahon, A. (2018) Irish clinical and counselling psychologists’ experiences and views of mandatory personal therapy during training: A polarisation of ethical concerns. [Oral Presentation], Annual Society for Psychotherapy Research conference, Amsterdam, Holland [Details]
2018 2018 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland conference,
McMahon, A., Gray, S., & McDonnell Murray, R. (2018) Transitioning from practitioner to supervisor. [Oral Presentation], 2018 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland conference, Wexford, Ireland [Details]
2018 Dublin City University 2nd International Interdisciplinary Supervision Conference,
McMahon, A. (2018) Group supervision: Balancing creativity and containment. [Oral Presentation], Dublin City University 2nd International Interdisciplinary Supervision Conference, Dublin, Ireland [Details]
2018 Dublin City University 2nd International Interdisciplinary Supervision Conference,
Glover, R. & McMahon. A. (2018) Co-organiser and host of conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Dublin City University 2nd International Interdisciplinary Supervision Conference, Dublin, Ireland [Details]
2017 2017 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland conference, Limerick, Ireland,
McMahon, A. (2017) Invited presenter, pre-conference workshop day: Providing career-long supervision: Engaging with structure and process. [Other], 2017 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland conference, Limerick, Ireland, Limerick, Ireland [Details]
2017 Annual Society for Psychotherapy Research conference,
Glover, R., McMahon, A., Moore, G., (2017) An exploration of Irish post graduate students’ views and experiences of integrative psychotherapy supervision. [Oral Presentation], Annual Society for Psychotherapy Research conference, Toronto Canada [Details]
2017 2017 Annual British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy conference,
McMahon, A. (2017) From ‘an absurd idea’ to ‘exceptional learning’: Attitudes regarding recording client sessions during psychotherapy training. [Oral Presentation], 2017 Annual British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy conference, Chester, England [Details]
2017 1st Conference on Supervised Practice of Psychologists,
McMahon, A. (2017) Invited keynote speech: Four guiding principles for the supervisory relationship. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], 1st Conference on Supervised Practice of Psychologists, Ljubljana, Slovenia [Details]
2017 2017 Annual Society for Psychotherapy Research conference,
McMahon, A. (2017) An exploration of personal awareness groups during psychotherapy training. [Oral Presentation], 2017 Annual Society for Psychotherapy Research conference, Toronto, Canada [Details]
2016 2016 Dublin City University International Interdisciplinary Supervision Conference,
Glover, R., McMahon, A (2016) Co-organiser of supervision conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 2016 Dublin City University International Interdisciplinary Supervision Conference, Dublin Ireland [Details]
2016 2016 Dublin City University International Interdisciplinary Supervision Conference,
McMahon, A. (2016) Practitioner research in supervision: Exploring opportunities. [Oral Presentation], 2016 Dublin City University International Interdisciplinary Supervision Conference, Dublin Ireland [Details]
2016 2016 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference,
Aisling McMahon & Kathryn Ledden (2016) From ‘an absurd idea’ to ‘exceptional learning’: Attitudes regarding recording psychotherapy sessions with clients during professional training. [Poster Presentation ], 2016 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Athlone, Ireland [Details]
2016 2016 Dublin City University public lecture series,
McMahon, A. (2016) The meaning of maturity. [Oral Presentation], 2016 Dublin City University public lecture series, Dublin, Ireland [Details]
2014 2014 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference,
McMahon, A. (2014) Creative supervision workshop. [Other], 2014 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Kilkenny, Ireland [Details]
2014 2014 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland conference,
McMahon, A. (2014) Chair of PSI supervision policy discussion forum. [Chaired Session], 2014 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland conference, Kilkenny, Ireland [Details]
2013 2013 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference,
McMahon, A. (2013) Process supervision workshop: Intricacies, challenges and rewards for supervisors. [], 2013 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Sligo, Ireland [Details]
2012 2012 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference,
McMahon, A. (2012) The vulnerable underbelly, strength or weakness? Irish psychologists' experiences of engaging in personal therapy. [Oral Presentation], 2012 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Cork, Ireland [Details]
2012 2012 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland conference,
Nolan, M., Cronin, H., Rushe, H. & McMahon, A. (2012) Clinicians using IPA as a qualitative methodology: Results, reflections and experiences: Symposium. [Oral Presentation], 2012 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland conference, Cork, Ireland [Details]
2011 2011 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference,
McMahon, A. (2011) Psychologists practising psychotherapy: What makes a confident therapist?. [Oral Presentation], 2011 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Galway, Ireland [Details]
2011 2011 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference,
McMahon, A. (2011) Psychologists and supervision: Are our needs being met?. [Oral Presentation], 2011 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Galway, Ireland [Details]
2010 2010 AGM of the Clinical Division of the Psychological Society of Ireland,
McMahon, A. (2010) Invited AGM talk: Resilience and vulnerability in practising psychotherapy: Challenges, needs and opportunities. [Invited Oral Presentation], 2010 AGM of the Clinical Division of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland [Details]
2010 2010 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference,
McMahon, A. (2010) Psychodynamic psychotherapy workshop: Engaging with insight, emotional immediacy and authentic relationship. [Other], 2010 Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Athlone, Ireland [Details]
1988 11th Annual Congress of Psychology Students of Ireland,
McMahon, A. (1988) The relationship between internal self-schemas and external self-representation. [Oral Presentation], 11th Annual Congress of Psychology Students of Ireland, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2017 Book review, Better late than never: The reparative therapeutic relationship in regression to dependence, by L. Price.
McMahon, A. (2017) Book review, Better late than never: The reparative therapeutic relationship in regression to dependence, by L. Price. Book Review [Details]

Review Articles

  Year Publication
2014 Book review: Beyond the frustrated self: Overcoming avoidant patterns and opening to life, by Barbara Dowds.
McMahon, A (2014) Book review: Beyond the frustrated self: Overcoming avoidant patterns and opening to life, by Barbara Dowds. Review Articles [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Psychological Society of Ireland Associate Fellow 01-SEP-88 /
Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration Member 01-JUN-16 /
Society for Psychotherapy Research Member 01-JUN-16 /
Irish Group Analytic Society Member 01-JAN-20 /
Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy Accredited Member and Supervisor 01-SEP-07 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Inside Out Journal of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy Editor 2013 / Ongoing

Reviews

  Journal Role
Clinical Psychology And Psychotherapy Reviewer
British Journal Of Guidance And Counselling Reviewer
Reflective Practice Reviewer
The Clinical Supervisor Reviewer
Psychotherapy Research Reviewer
European Journal Of Psychotherapy And Counselling Reviewer
Frontiers In Psychology Reviewer
Australian Psychologist Reviewer
Journal Of Clinical Psychology Reviewer

Other Activities

  Description

External examiner for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, Trinity College Dublin; 2018-current

External examiner for the Doctorate in Psychotherapy by Professional Studies, London Metanoia Inst/Middlesex University, 2019-

External examiner for the MSc in Clinical Supervision, Trinity College Dublin, 2020-current

Enterprise Engagement

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

Ongoing
Consultancy Provision of bespoke training workshops in clinical supervision for organisations and services nationally and internationally

Research Interests

My research work explores the field of practitioner competence, aiming to contribute to our understanding of  what facilitates and enables best practice from training to retirement.

My main research agenda involves exploring and developing our understanding of post-qualification clinical supervision, its intricacies and challenges, and how it may facilitate continued professional development and resilience for practitioners throughout their careers.

I also engage in research in relation to mental health practitioner training, exploring key issues such as mandatory personal therapy, personal development groups and supervision during training. 

I also supervise Doctorate and Master's students in relation to various aspects of psychotherapy and supervision practice, including qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods methodologies.

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
March 2020 NEPS supervision training Department for Education and Skills 02-MAR-20 - 23-MAR-20 DCU PI 2,757.62
EFPA Supervision Training Workshop European Federation of Psychologists Associations 10-JAN-20 - 10-JAN-20 DCU PI 850.20
Vocational Training (supervision workshops) with National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) Department for Education and Skills 27-SEP-19 - 21-OCT-19 DCU PI 1,700.40
Supervision workshop: Vocational training JIGSAW: The National Centre for Youth Mental Health 30-MAY-19 - 30-MAY-19 DCU PI 850.00
Supervisory Dyads Study JIGSAW: The National Centre for Youth Mental Health 19-NOV-18 - 30-NOV-19 DCU PI 17,718.04
EFPA Clinical Supervision Training European Federation of Psychologists Associations 25-MAY-18 - 24-JUN-18 DCU PI 959.50
Workshop on clinical supervision - 2018 JIGSAW: The National Centre for Youth Mental Health 26-APR-18 - 25-MAY-18 DCU PI 760.00
Workshops on clinical supervision - 2017 JIGSAW: The National Centre for Youth Mental Health 14-SEP-17 - 25-JAN-18 DCU PI 1,495.88
Willow Grove - Supervision Training 25th Nov 2016 St Patricks University Hospital - Willow Grove 25-NOV-16 - 25-NOV-16 DCU PI 1,230.50

Contract Researchers

  Researcher Name Project Role Funding Body
Dr Ciaran Jennings Supervisory Dyads study Research Assistant

Current Postgraduate Students

  Student Degree Type Supervision Type
Doyle , Anne PhD-track Co-supervisor
Doody , Linda Doctor of Psychotherapy Co-supervisor
Wienand , Liezl Doctor of Psychotherapy Co-supervisor
Finan , Stephanie Doctor of Psychotherapy Supervisor

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Dr. Gillian O'Brien Jigsaw Youth Mental Health Services IRELAND

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2020 Humanistic Approaches:Theory & Practice NS5025Humanistic Approaches:Theory & Practice
2020 Professional Supervision Practice NS622Professional Supervision Practice
2020 Integrative Psychotherapy 1 NS582Integrative Psychotherapy 1
2020 Professional Practice Portfolio 4 NS5034Professional Practice Portfolio 4
2020 Research Approaches NS5032Research Approaches