Mary Egan

I am an Irish Trainee Clinical Psychologist. I am particularly interested in the area of attachment and different approaches to formulation. I am also a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. Throughout my clinical experience a key role has been teaching and developing others, both within and outside of the profession. I believe that through this process we can create systemic and lasting change. In my blog entries I hope to continue to demonstrate how fascinating and broad the realm of psychology is. I love reading, and will also be looking at various books from a psychological perspective.

How to Reinforce Positive Behaviour in Children and Adults with Challenging Behaviour Part 3

This is the third and last blog in our series on how to deal with challenging behaviour. In this post I will discuss antecedent-based interventions. In my previous post of this series I discussed differential reinforcement strategies. You can read the second post of this series by clicking here. Antecedent-based strategies are used to reduce …

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How to Reinforce Positive Behaviour in Children and Adults with Challenging Behaviour Part 2

This is the second blog in our series on how to deal with challenging behaviour. In my previous post I discussed the principles of reinforcement, extinction and punishment. You can read the first post of this series by clicking here. All techniques in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) are based on these three principles. One of …

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How to Reinforce Positive Behaviour in Children and Adults with Challenging Behaviour Part 1

This is the first blog in our series on how to deal with challenging behaviour. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) has become a well-known system of supporting individuals, particularly those with diagnoses of learning disabilities, autism, or dementia. This system was developed from Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), which uses behavioural principles to increase or decrease behaviours. …

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5 Tips for Managing Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder

conduct disorder

A diagnosis of Conduct disorder is given when the following characteristics are exhibited frequently: Aggression towards people and animals Property destruction Deceitfulness Antisocial behaviour, e.g. theft and rule violations. A diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder is characterized by: Problems with anger Frequent non-compliance with rules Argumentativeness Misattribution of blame towards others. Of course, many of …

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Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

What is Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)? Compassion focused therapy (CFT) is a psychological intervention that increases compassion towards self and others, while reducing experiences of shame and self-criticism. This approach has been used with individuals who have a history of abuse, neglect or a lack of affection, those who have recently received various diagnoses or …

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5 Tips to Improve Your Sleep

Sleeping difficulties are a common problem, from struggling to fall asleep to waking in the middle of the night multiple times or for hours on end. This can be a frustrating experience and can create a never-ending cycle as the more frustrated we get, the harder it is to fall asleep! Poor sleep quality is …

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5 Tips to Manage ADHD

ADHD

Procrastination is a common experience for most of us; whether it’s binge watching Netflix or scrolling through every social media app on your phone before even considering buckling down to work. This is even more difficult and frequent for individuals diagnosed with ADHD, who struggle to maintain concentration, switch off from distractions, plan ahead and …

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