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COUNSELLING: Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre Manager Vera O'Leary says remote trauma counselling is here to stay. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

A new training programme for Kerry based counsellors has been launched to help provide specialist supports for rape survivors in a pandemic world.

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI), including its member service, Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre, has devised the new training and research programme to ensure there is standardised and specialist counselling for victims of sexual violence, both on and off-line, following the impact of COVID-19.

Tomorrow (Monday), a Government supported, free Zoom Q&A training opportunity will take place from 10.30am to 12 noon for counsellors and therapists.

Co-created with Dr Jessica Taylor, a UK based forensic psychologist, survivor and author of the best-selling book 'Why Women Are Blamed for Everything', it is specifically designed to address issues which have emerged during the lockdowns, after rape crisis centres, including the Kerry centre, had to be vacated and trauma counselling services had to move online.

Counsellors throughout Kerry are invited to register on www.rcni.ie, which is CPD accredited and completely free to participants.

Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre Manager Vera O'Leary, who lives in Killarney, said that the change in the provision of counselling services had a profound impact on the quality and impact of the deep intervention needed for survivors.

There was a 23 percent increase in contacts made to rape crisis centre helplines and while almost all of those already in counselling in the centres could switch to remote counselling, some could not and so hybrid counselling is critical, Ms O’Leary said.

“While there is some optimism that a vaccine for COVID-19 may mean a return to some normality in 2021, the impact of COVID and dealing with the trauma of sexual violence within a global shared trauma of a pandemic is not going to disappear,” she said.

“Remote trauma counselling is here to stay as part of a new hybrid model of on and off clinical counselling, but it’s vital that we know that what we are doing in this new era is working, is of the highest possible standard, and is completely survivor centred.”

The training will be recognised as best practice by key stakeholders including Government and a register will be created for all those working with survivors who have completed the training.

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Fat dissolving injections target stubborn areas

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests. They are […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests.

They are administered by our in-house Dr. Micheal Flynn who has been attending our salon for the past 10 years. It is the double chin and neck area that is treated and is suitable for both men and women. If you haven’t heard of fat dissolving, it is a very popular and relatively new treatment that is used to target stubborn pockets of fat on the jaw line and chin area. The injection dissolves and eliminates fat cells in a safe and effective way, making it perfect for dealing with stubborn fat that simply won’t budge with exercise.

The main ingredient is a fat dissolving substance sodium deoxycholate, which is found naturally in the body. This is injected into the treatment area which over time will destroy the fat cells. These are then removed from the body by its own lymphatic system, a complex network that rids the body of unwanted toxins and waste.

It is important to understand that fat dissolving injections are not a weight loss treatment. The injections should only be used on people who are a healthy size or carrying a little extra weight. It’s most effective on the pockets of fat stored under the jawline, known as the double chin, a migration of fat cells from the cheeks to the jaw line.

The injections work at a slow pace. It can take serval weeks for full results, but once it’s gone, it’s gone. The results are permanent, once you don’t gain a massive amount of weight.

The next clinic is Monday August 22. To book an appointment or more information, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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Classic tractor drivers to embark on 400km drive to Killarney

By Sean Moriarty Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors. They are participating in the annual […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors.

They are participating in the annual Eastern Vintage Club’s Ring of Kerry Tractor Run which is raising funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Over 50 vintage tractors, including the six Killarney examples, will leave Nobber in County Meath at lunchtime on Wednesday.

After an overnight stop in the midlands on Wednesday night and Newcastle West on Thursday night, the tractors are expected in Killarney town centre just after lunchtime on Friday.

The ‘spectacular show’, now a regular feature of the Killarney summer, will bring the town to a standstill for around one hour.

On Saturday morning the group will depart Tony Wharton’s farm in Fossa before a nine-hour drive around the Ring of Kerry.

The run will finish with a spectacular drive through the Gap of Dunloe.

“We hope to pass through town around 3.30pm on Friday,” said local organiser, Tom Wharton, who is one of the six Killarney-based drivers who will undertake the 400km journey from County Meath to Killarney. “It is always a spectacular show.”

On arrival in Killarney, tractors will be joined by a group of classic cars that will depart Nobber at 9am that morning.

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