The Tale of Arlene Naughten


Sugru’s Clinical Director- Arlene Naughten

BA, PGCertPBPT, PGDipPsych, PGDipEd, MScPsych, MscFPsychC, mTCI, mPSI, mBPS

Arlene Naughten graduated from National University of Ireland, Galway in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Studies and Philosophy. Following from this, Arlene achieved a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London; a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from National University of Ireland, Galway; a Master of Science in Psychology from The Open University; a Master of Science in Forensic Psychology and Criminology from The Open University; and a Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play from National University of Ireland, Galway as accredited by the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy. From here Arlene’s interest in the existential approach to children’s therapy grew and she joined the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling to pursue Doctoral studies in Existential Counselling Psychology and gain registration with the Health and Care Professions Council in association with the University of Middlesex.

Arlene has completed Continual Professional Development training in Children First (1999, 2011) facilitated by the HSE; AVERT training in “Child Protection and Domestic Violence” and “Vulnerable Adults and Domestic Violence”, both run by Domestic Violence Response (DVR); Missing People Ambiguous Loss with Missing People UK, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training facilitated by Living Works with the National Office of Suicide Prevention; Facilitating Social Support Networks for People with Intellectual Disabilities run by PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network) Institute; Sexual Rights and Intellectual Disability endorsed by the Irish Sex Education Network; a Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL); and a Professional Certificate in the use of Mindfulness as a Therapeutic Intervention awarded and accredited by the Irish Mindfulness Institute.

Arlene is registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland (TCI) (and holds up-to-date Garda Vetting with same) and is a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). Arlene adheres to the strict codes of practices of the above named professional bodies, which includes clinical supervision, continued professional development and clinical governance. Arlene is a member of the Accredited Voluntary Register, Register of Play Therapy and Creative Arts Therapists which is regulated by the UK’s Professional Standards Authority.


Arlene has worked in the field of education in many capacities including as Lecturer of Biological Psychology with the Open University, Co-ordinator of a Child Development and Parenting programme sponsored by the Department of Social Protection, Education Co-ordinator with a FAS community Employment Scheme, Special Educational Needs tutor with the County Dublin VEC and the Midlands School of Childcare, and teacher of resource, special educational needs, primary school main stream, and post-primary school mathematics and social personal and health education (SPHE). Arlene has been the guest lecturer presenting on a series of lectures on child protection in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and GMIT, Castlebar. Arlene is presently a lecturer of Child Care Law, with Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) on the BA in Childcare Supervisory Management and the BA in Early Years Care and Education.

Arlene has worked with children and young people in the areas of child protection, crisis intervention and support. She has worked with the Youth Advocacy Programme and with the Irish Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children as Regional Childline Supervisor for Counties Galway and Mayo and has continued involvement with the society conducting individual client work. Arlene has worked with children, adolescents, and families as referred from a broad range of organisations, dealing with a variety of issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, child neglect, self harm, suicidal ideation, trafficking, issues in foster care, and attachment issues, to include a sample of Arlene’s case work to date.

Arlene has worked extensively in the area of intellectual disability and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD); having worked with the Brothers of Charity and Rehab. She served as a member of the local consultation group with the Centre for Disability Law and Policy in the National University of Ireland, Galway and contributed to the publication Feeling Better: A cognitive behavioural pain management programme for people with an intellectual disability (2010).


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