Martha McGinn

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Martha McGinnMartha completed her Higher Diploma in Learning Disability studies at UCD and is a Registered Nurse for people with Intellectual Disabilities (RNID). She has a B.Sc.Hons Degree in Professional Social Work specialising in working with People with Intellectual Disabilities. Martha also studied under Valarie Sinason (World renowned psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in the field of Intellectual Disability study) completing a specialised course in Psychodynamic Therapy at the Tavistock Centre London. Martha’s practical experience includes working with both children and adults with complex needs such as those who have or who live with:


Martha also specialises in working with families and is a winner of a BILD International Award for Research and Innovation for the direct impact her work has on their family lives. She also has a Degree in the Professional Management of Violence and Aggression from Dundalk Institute of Technology. This is the only HSE endorsed training in Ireland. This training has provided her with the skills to undertake intense Expert Training Need Analysis of organisations to review every aspect of why service users may become aggressive. As a result of this analysis Martha develops unique bespoke training relevant to the needs of the service users and the staff and organisations who give support. This style of training has had a direct impact on staff safety but also on the reduction of service users levels of distress which leads to aggression.

Since 1984 Martha has worked in both secure and community settings. Martha led a successful inter-disciplinary team, closing a long term hospital setting in the UK providing a smooth transition and offering individualised community based services, one of which was an award winning service, due to the creative and resourceful response to the service users needs.  These services were innovative and success was accomplished using intensive person centred approaches, positive behaviour support, interdisciplinary and inter-agency working, staff training and care planning.

Martha McGinn Training and Consultancy commenced trading on 27-6-07. Prior to this Martha had been involved in the provision of training in both public and private healthcare settings since 1994. She is an excellent facilitator with a talent for accomplishing real change when providing training. Martha McGinn, Training & Consultancy has been set up to design and deliver high quality evidence based, bespoke and accredited training, using flexible arrangements through a variety of techniques, for those working in services for adults and children with intellectual, physical and or sensory disabilities. The training programmes aim to prepare staff for their role in enabling and facilitating service users and to comply with the relevant HIQA standards, legislation and organisation policy.

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