Seminar: The Legacy of Shame and Addiction in Irish Family Systems

The RISE Foundation is holding a half-day seminar for professionals on the legacy of shame and addiction in the family system and the devastating impact that addiction has on families. We are delighted to have secured a number of top international speakers, Dr. Garrett O'Connor and Prof. Alex Copello, who are recognised as authorities in the field of addiction.

Date: Monday, 14th May from 1:30pm to 5:30pm (Lunch from 12:30pm)

Venue: Croke Park Conference Centre (Hogan Mezzanine Suite)

Registration: Online at

Cost: €50 per attendee (Paid in advance)


Opening Address: Roisin Shortall T.D. - Minister of State for Primary Care.

Chairperson: Rolande Anderson B.S.S. (Hon.), C.Q.S.W., - Addiction Counsellor, lecturer and published author: Living with a Problem Drinker: your survival guide (2010).

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Garrett O'Connor is former Chief Psychiatrist of the Betty Ford Center, one of the USA's leading addiction treatment facilities, and former President of the Betty Ford Institute for Education, Research and Prevention in Addiction. 

Prof. Alex Copello Bsc, Msc, Phd., is Professor of Addiction Research at The School of Psychology, University of Birmingham and Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the Birmingham and Solihull NHS Foundation Trust addiction services. His interests include the study of the impact of addiction upon families and the development and evaluation of family and social network based interventions. 

Stephen Rowen - Senior Addiction Therapist with The RISE Foundation (Former Clinical Director of the Rutland Centre)

Frances Black - Founder and C.E.O. of The RISE Foundation


For further information please call the RISE office on (01) 764 5131 or visit