Parenting the Hurt Child with Christina Enright

IFCA is pleased to announce that we will be providing ‘Parenting the Hurt Child’ with Christina Enright, to members in the East region in January 2020.

                                       Parenting the hurt child     

A space for foster carers to explore parenting

and relationships with children and young people

 IFCA members who are foster carers will be given the opportunity to work with Christina Enright, a psychotherapist with expertise in parenting guidance. Over the course of four sessions, foster carers will be facilitated to develop their understanding and explore some of the complex challenges that children carry. The sessions will also help foster carers to reflect and connect with their own challenges in parenting the child. The sessions will provide a dedicated space to explore parenting and relationships with children and young people.

Commencing:                              25th January 2020

Target Group participants:   Foster carers and relative foster carers who are IFCA members.

Location:                                        Tallaght, Dublin

Venue:                                             Dublin, TU Tallaght, room 054

Duration:                                        The programme will run for 4 sessions, one a month, 9.30a.m -1 p.m.

Final session:                                25th April 2020

How much will the sessions cost?

Tickets will cost €40 per person for the series of four three-hour sessions. The sessions are heavily subsidised by IFCA. Please note: the ticket is for the set of four sessions.

Taking part in ‘Parenting the Hurt Child’ offers you an opportunity to:

  • Get support and encouragement from other foster carers
  • Share your struggles within the group
  • Bring your own specific learning needs and have a space to have these met
  • Through reflection gain greater insight and empathy for the child or young person which will help to build stronger relationships and enhance the child’s sense of security.
  • Experience the value of a reflective space to explore issues and draw on your own capacity and resources to solve challenges arising within the placement going forward.

This is an open space for foster carers to bring specific issues they may be struggling with in relation to a child or young person in their care. These sessions can be beneficial to all foster carers, irrespective of how much experience they may have.

Practical details

When will the sessions take place?                                    What time will the sessions take place?

Will I receive a certificate for attending?

Participants will receive a certificate from IFCA for the number of hours completed at these sessions.

How can I book a place?

You can book your ticket on the IFCA website here. You will then be redirected to Eventbrite to complete your booking.  If you can’t book online, please email us on or phone the national office on 01 459 9474.

About the facilitator Christina Enright.

(RN, BSc Psychology, Dip in Family Therapy, MA Child Psychotherapy)

Christina grew up in Co. Laois, qualified as a nurse and worked for 15 years in the NHS in London. She retrained as a family and child psychotherapist and has over 14 years’ experience treating complex trauma and attachment disruption. Christina’s experience includes developing a clinical service for children, adolescents and parents experiencing extreme trauma. She supported a team of psychotherapists, teachers and keyworkers to engage therapeutically with children, adolescents and parents who struggled to engage in mainstream mental health services.  After living in London for 29 years, Christina returned to Dublin and currently works as a psychotherapist, consultant and trainer. She is in the process of publishing a book on attachment and neuroscience. Christina has a special interest in the brain, trauma and attachment − in particular, how complex or developmental trauma impacts on the global development and mental health of the child, adolescent, and adult, as well as its manifestations through presenting functioning and behaviour. Christina is passionate about disseminating research evidence on the impact of trauma to wider arenas, particularly within the social care and education systems, so that through better understanding staff can work more effectively with the most challenged and challenging children, young people and parents.

For further information: Talks by Google with Christina Enright


Creating a safe confidential space for participants to share their experiences is paramount. However, such confidentiality may be breached in the unlikely event of a concern arising that meets the threshold for reporting under the Children’s First Legislation.

We will be asking participants to complete an evaluation form at the end of the program which will be shared with IFCA assuming your permission.

What if ‘Parenting the Hurt Child’ isn’t running in my area?

Please email us at or phone the national office on 01 459 9474. if you would like these sessions to take place in your area and we will try to meet your needs when planning further ones.