Gender Identity Ireland


Event type Day Conference

St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin

This topical conference will explore the links between mental health and gender diversity. You can book online using the button above or simply download our booking form and email or post it back to us. Alternatively, call +44 (0)20 7403 7458.  If you prefer, for security purposes, not to fill in your card details, please complete all other details on the form and we can then we can contact you by phone for these.

6 CPD credits from the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland
This event has been approved for Learning Credits for the members of the PSI. 4 Learning Credits.
Delegates will also receive an official ACAMH CPD certificate equivalent 6 learning hours.

Additionally, we are awaiting confirmation of CPD approval from the Irish Association of Social Workers.

About the Day

The day is aimed at professionals working in mental health or pastoral roles who are supporting gender diverse young people. It will provide attendees with an overview of the presentation of gender identity issues in adolescents along with possible treatment pathways where mental health is impacted. It will give the opportunity for delegates to expand knowledge of specialist services with discussions in relation to dilemmas of working in the area.




Dr Aileen Murtagh, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
‘Gender Diversity in Young People; The Irish Context’

Dr Aileen Murtagh is a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services. She has a Special Interest in gender identity development. She currently works with gender variant youth in outpatient and inpatient CAMHS settings. She has consulted with the HSE on national transgender service development in Ireland. She had a pivotal role in developing GIST (Gender Identity Skills Training), a 3 day training programme involving collaboration between clinicians from Ireland, UK and Holland.

Dr Ruth Bevan, Consultant in Gender Dysphoria
‘Gender dysphoria, Autism and Intellectual disability- Overlaps & Impacts’

Ruth is trained as a Psychiatrist in intellectual disabilities and has previously worked in children and young people’s services. She has a special interest in gender dysphoria in those with an intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorder, and is particularly interested in the complex interplay between autism, identity, and gender. Ruth currently researches, teaches, and presents on this issue and is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s Autism Interest Group.

Dr Aidan Kelly, Clinical Psychologist
‘Specialist gender assessment of young people in Ireland, the current context’

Aidan Kelly is a clinical psychologist at the Gender Identity Development Service at the Tavistock Centre in London. He is the lead clinician for the GIDS outreach clinic in Ireland. As well as doing this gender work Aidan works in a local CAMH service in East London.

Vannessa Lacey, TENI
Gender-Identity in Ireland; Viewing the experiences of young-people and their families through a holistic lens’

Vanessa has worked with TENI since 2010, currently she is the Health and Education Manager. In her role she designs and delivers transgender related training for health care professionals throughout Ireland. She was directly responsible for creating the family support group TransParenCI in 2011, which currently support over 280 families. She has a BA (Hon) in Psychology and undergraduate dissertation was a quantitative study exploring perceived stress and coping between both mature and traditional students. Vanessa is currently in the process of transferring her MA research to PhD level.

Dr Anne Keogh
Clinical Psychologist CAMHS – ‘Working with gender variant young people, practical considerations’

Dr Anne Kehoe is a Clinical Psychologist working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the Community for the HSE. She has a special interest in working with young people who may be gender variant. She has had a key role in the design and delivery of the Gender Identity Skills Training (GIST) programme for professionals working with gender variant youth in the HSE. Her interests include anxiety, low mood, and family well-being. She is a member of the Board of The Psychological Society Special Interest Group in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health.

Rachel Moore
Speech and Language Therapist
‘The role of the Speech Language Therapist’

Rachel Moore is a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) specialising in Transgender Voice & Communication. Since 2011 she has worked to fill the gap in Irish SLT services for transgender people, providing direct voice and communication therapy to the community, while promoting the essential role of SLT in transgender health care among her profession, the wider healthcare community, and in the developing HSE care pathways. Rachel is the founder of an award winning social enterprise, Express YOUR Gender, and completed an M.A. in Gender Studies in 2017.

9.ooam – Registration

9.30am – Gender diversity in Young People – The Irish Context – Dr Aileen Murtagh

10.30am – Working with gender variant young people, practical considerations – Dr Anne Keogh

11.15am – 11.35am Coffee break

11.35am – Gender Dysphoria, Autism & I.D. – Dr Ruth Bevan

12.35pm-1.20pm Lunch

1.20pm –  The Role of SLT – Rachel Moore

2.10pm – Specialist Gender Assessment of Young People in Ireland: the Current Context – Dr Aidan Kelly

3.10pm – 3.30pm – Coffee Break

3.30pm Gender Identity in Ireland – Viewing the Experiences of Young People and their Families through a Holistic Lens – Vanessa Lacey

4.15pm – 4.30pm Questions and Discussion


Amongst our aims is the dissemination of information to bridge the gap between rigorous research and best practice in relation to child and adolescent mental health. One of the ways in which we do this is through our events, and we try to make these as accessible and affordable as is reasonably possible. The events we organise are not profit-making, many are subsidised through our other commercial activities, without which they would not be able to run. As a charity, any surplus that we make is invested back into the business to benefit our Members and the sector. Members get a discounted rate and we hope you consider joining.

Publications/Digital – £52.50*
Platinum Member – £110.00
Gold Member – £126.00
Silver/Bronze Member – £142.00

Non Member – £158.00

*NB there are no tickets left for Publications/Digital Members using a discount voucher