Keynote Speakers & Addresses

Monica McGoldrick, M.S.W., Ph.D.   IMELDA MCCARTHY,  Ph.D.

Monica McGoldrick, M.S.W., Ph.D. (h.c.)

Plenary  Speaker

Monica McGoldrick, MSW, PhD (h.c.),  Director of the Multicultural Family Institute Teacher, author and family therapist. She has an international reputation as a trainer and author. She is on the Clinical Faculty of the Psychiatry Department of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her books include Ethnicity and Family Therapy (3rd ed), The Expanded Family Life Cycle (5th ed. 2017), Genograms (3rd ed), Living Beyond Loss (2nd ed), Re-Visioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture and Gender in Clinical Practice (2nd ed), Women in Families, and The Genogram Journey: Reconnecting with Your Family (2nd ed of You Can Go Home Again, 2011).  Her newest book the Genogram Casebook was published by W.W. Norton in 2016.  She is also the author of a number of clinical videos available through


Imelda McCarthy, Ph.D.

Closing Friday Plenary Address

Co-Creating Fifth Provinces (islands of support) in these times of social crises

Plenary Speaker

Imelda Colgan McCarthy, PhD. is a systemic/social constructionist therapist, supervisor and consultant.   She has affiliations with School of Applied Social Science at University College Dublin where she was a director of the PhD program in families and systemic therapies and a senior university lecturer. She currently works in private practice while she teaches and consults nationally and internationally (see  Imelda is also affiliated with Kensington Consultation Centre (London, UK), is on the faculty of the TAOS institute PhD programme. She has written and presented both nationally and internationally in over 20 countries on the topics of Women, Child Sexualised Abuse, Poverty and Spirituality and Therapy.

Dr. McCarthy is a co-founder of the Irish Family Therapy Association and Ireland's first professional training programme in family therapy at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin.  Currently she is directing the Spiritually Based, Co-Creative Coaching Counselling and Therapy Training Program at Blue Star Holistic Centre, Trinidad, West Indies.