Dr Declan Coogan

B.A.,Dip.,M.Sc.,MSW., Ph.D

Contact Details

LECTURER ABOVE THE BAR
SCHOOL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE &
SOCIOLOGY
COLLEGE OF ARTS, SOCIAL SCIENCES
& CELTIC STUDIES, NUI GALWAY
E: declanp.coogan@nuigalway.ie
Lecturer
T: ++353 91 495373
E: declanp.coogan@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher
 

Biography

Declan is a full time lecturer with the MA in Social Work Programme at the School of Political Science & Sociology. He has particular interests in children, families, child to parent abuse and prevention of abuse and violence. He is a personal tutor and research supervisor for students with the MA in Social Work Programme. He is also a Research Fellow with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway and the NUI Galway lead for the EU funded Responding to Child to Parent Violence Project (see www.rcpv.eu & www.cpvireland.ie). He also teaches at undergraduate level in the School of Political Science and Sociology at NUI Galway.

Prior to joining NUI Galway, Declan worked for over nine years as a senior social worker as part of the community based multi-disciplinary Mater Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Dublin. He was also seconded to the multi-disciplinary Northside Inter-Agency Project (NIAP), continuing his commitment to the prevention of sexual abuse and intervention in response to young people who have sexually abused. He is a member of the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) and a Systemic / Family Therapist registered with the Family Therapy Association of Ireland (FTAI).

Following qualification in social work, Declan worked for almost four years as a social worker in community care child protection and family welfare teams. He has been a practice teacher for social work students on child protection/ family welfare and on CAMHS placements. He has worked closely with colleagues, families and young people in group work programmes. He has also collaborated with colleagues on undergraduate and post graduate training programmes for courses designed for social workers, social care workers, nurses, doctors and others.

Declan is also Chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network at NUI Galway. In May 2020, he and Kylie Kinsella, with the support of the LGBT+ Staff Network and the Equality Diversity & Inclusion Office at NUI Galway, completed a pilot research project called Mapping LGBTQ+ Lives at NUI Galway. The report of the project will be launched in the academic year 2020-21. 


Research Interests

Child-to-parent violence and abuse ( also known as parent abuse) and the Non Violent Resistance model; participatory and action research; youth mental health, abuse prevention and intervention. LGBTQ+ and minority rights and empowerment

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
RESPONDING TO CHILD TO PARENT VIOLENCE DECLAN P COOGAN 01-FEB-13 31-JAN-15
MILLENIUM FUND DECLAN COOGAN 01-DEC-12 01-JAN-16

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2018) 'Constructivist Grounded Theory: Recognising and Raising the Voice of Young People with Experience of Care Systems'
Roisin Farragher & Declan Coogan (2018) 'Constructivist Grounded Theory: Recognising and Raising the Voice of Young People with Experience of Care Systems'. Child Care In Practice, [Details]
(2014) 'Responding to child-to-parent violence: Innovative practices in child and adolescent mental health'
Declan Coogan (2014) 'Responding to child-to-parent violence: Innovative practices in child and adolescent mental health'. Health & Social Work, 39 (2):e1-e9 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'Marking the Boundaries – When Troublesome becomes Abusive and Children Cross a Line in Family Violence'
Declan Coogan (2012) 'Marking the Boundaries – When Troublesome becomes Abusive and Children Cross a Line in Family Violence'. Journal Of The Family Therapy Association Of Ireland, Summer (2012):74-86 [Details]
(2011) 'Child to Parent Violence - Challenging Perspectives on Family Violence'
Declan Coogan (2011) 'Child to Parent Violence - Challenging Perspectives on Family Violence'. Child Care In Practice Special Issue On Domestic Violence. Vol 17, No 4, 17 (4):347-358 [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'Protection Responsibilities and Hope: Dilemmas when working with families when children assault their parents/carers'
Coogan, D. (2009) 'Protection Responsibilities and Hope: Dilemmas when working with families when children assault their parents/carers'. The Irish Social Worker Journal, [Details]
(2005) 'Responding to Domestic Abuse - Stepping Outside the Therapist's Zones of Confidence and Competence'
Coogan, D. (2005) 'Responding to Domestic Abuse - Stepping Outside the Therapist's Zones of Confidence and Competence'. Journal of the Family Therapy Association of Ireland, 10 (3):8-14 [Details]
(2002) 'Side Stepping the Seductive - How to Look for the Newness that Makes a Difference. Eisteach'
Coogan, D. (2002) 'Side Stepping the Seductive - How to Look for the Newness that Makes a Difference. Eisteach'. Journal of Counselling and Therapy, [Details]
(2001) 'Taking the Next Step - Towards a Proposal for Working with Men Who are Violent in their Intimate Relationships'
Coogan, D., Ryan, M. (2001) 'Taking the Next Step - Towards a Proposal for Working with Men Who are Violent in their Intimate Relationships'. The Irish Social Worker Journal, 19 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2018) Child to Parent Violence and Abuse - Family Interventions with Non Violent Resistance.
Declan Coogan (2018) Child to Parent Violence and Abuse - Family Interventions with Non Violent Resistance. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2018) 'Strength through Solidarity: Practitioners and Parents Resisting Child to Parent Violence and Abuse in Ireland'
Declan Coogan (2018) 'Strength through Solidarity: Practitioners and Parents Resisting Child to Parent Violence and Abuse in Ireland' In: Responding to Domestic Violence - Engaging Challenges for Policy Practice & Research in Europe. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. [Details]
(2015) 'Responding to Family Violence - New Challenges and Perspectives'
Declan Coogan, Stephanie Holt (2015) 'Responding to Family Violence - New Challenges and Perspectives' In: Social Work in Ireland - Changes and Continuities. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2004) 'Working with Child Abuse and Neglect'
Coogan, D., Sharry, J. (2004) 'Working with Child Abuse and Neglect' In: Counselling Children, Adolescents and Families. London: London: Sage. [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2015) Country Report – Republic of Ireland: Responding to Child to Parent Violence - European Perspectives.
Declan Coogan, Eileen Lauster (2015) Country Report – Republic of Ireland: Responding to Child to Parent Violence - European Perspectives. Responding to Child to Parent Violence Project, Brighton, England. [Details]
(2015) Responding to Child to Parent Violence & Abuse in Europe – Development of Self-Efficacy Tools (Workstream 3). Brighton. Responding to Child to Parent Violence Project.
Wilcox, P, Pooley, Ferrando, M, Coogan, D, Lauster, E Assenova, A, Mortensen, U & Christoffersson, I (2015) Responding to Child to Parent Violence & Abuse in Europe – Development of Self-Efficacy Tools (Workstream 3). Brighton. Responding to Child to Parent Violence Project. RCPV Project Brighton, Brighton. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2020) 'Challenging behaviour, Non Violent Resistance (NVR) and Parents/ Carers in a time of COVID 19'
Declan Coogan & Eileen Lauster (2020) 'Challenging behaviour, Non Violent Resistance (NVR) and Parents/ Carers in a time of COVID 19' Social Work 2020 Under COVID 19, 1 (4) . [Details]
(2016) 'Listening to Practitioners talking about Child to Parent Violence and Abuse - Some findings from an action research project'
Declan Coogan (2016) 'Listening to Practitioners talking about Child to Parent Violence and Abuse - Some findings from an action research project' The Irish Social Worker, Winter 2016 (Winter 2016) :41-48. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Restoring competence and confidence- non-violent resistance as a response to child-to-parent violence in Ireland'
Coogan, Declan; Lauster, Eileen (2014) 'Restoring competence and confidence- non-violent resistance as a response to child-to-parent violence in Ireland' Context- magazine for family therapy and systemic practice in the UK, 132 (April 2014) :29-31. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Practical Strategies for Coping with Child to Parent Violence - the NVR Programme in Practice'
Eileen Lauster, Alan Quinn, John Brosnahan, Declan Coogan (2014) 'Practical Strategies for Coping with Child to Parent Violence - the NVR Programme in Practice' Irish Probation Journal, 11 (October 2014) :208-221. [Details]
(2014) 'Non Violent Resistance Handbook for Practitioners- Responding to Child to Parent Violence in Practice'
Declan Coogan; Eileen Lauster (2014) 'Non Violent Resistance Handbook for Practitioners- Responding to Child to Parent Violence in Practice' Non Violent Resistance Handbook for Practitioners, 1 (1) . [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Responding to Child to Parent Violence - Innovative practices in child and adolescent mental health'
Declan Coogan (2014) 'Responding to Child to Parent Violence - Innovative practices in child and adolescent mental health' Health and Social Work, 39 (2) . [Details]
(2012) 'Marking the Boundaries - When Troublesome becomes Abusive and Children Cross A Line in Family Violence'
Declan Coogan (2012) 'Marking the Boundaries - When Troublesome becomes Abusive and Children Cross A Line in Family Violence' Feedback - the Journal of the Family Therapy Association of Ireland, July (2012) :74-86. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2019) Scottish Association of Social Work Conference,
Declan Coogan (2019) Standing Up and Standing Strong – Social Workers & Non Violent Resistance - Keynote presentation. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Scottish Association of Social Work Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University , 21-MAY-19. [Details]
(2018) Global Social Work, Education and Social Development Conference,
Declan Coogan (2018) Making Visible the Invisible & Supporting Resistance to Violence – Making a Positive Difference in Responding to Child to Parent Violence & Abuse in Ireland. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Global Social Work, Education and Social Development Conference, RDS Dublin , 04-JUL-18. [Details]
(2018) Global Social Work, Education and Social Development Conference,
Declan Coogan (2018) International social work & social development conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Global Social Work, Education and Social Development Conference, RDS Dublin , 04-JUL-18 - 07-JUL-18. [Details]
(2020) Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions – NVR and the SPACE Programme,
Declan Coogan (2020) NVR seminar - Tusla & CYPSI. [Invited Oral Presentation], Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions – NVR and the SPACE Programme, Stillorgan, Dublin , 24-JAN-20. [Details]
(2019) NVR England Conference 28 June 2019,
Declan Coogan (2019) Keynote presentation on NVR and self-harm. [Keynote Address], NVR England Conference 28 June 2019, Southampton, England , 28-JUN-19 - 28-JUL-19. [Details]
(2017) 2nd European Conference on Domestic Violence,
Declan Coogan (2017) ‘She felt so held’ – Support, strength and solidarity: Practitioners’ perceptions of Non Violent Resistance (NVR) with child to parent violence and abuse in Ireland. [Conference Paper], 2nd European Conference on Domestic Violence, Porto, Portugal , 06-SEP-17 - 09-SEP-17. [Details]
(2016) Translating Practice Wisdom to Research - Building Social Work Research Capacity Conference,
Declan Coogan (2016) 1st IASW Practitioner/ Researcher Special Interest Group National Conference. [Oral Presentation], Translating Practice Wisdom to Research - Building Social Work Research Capacity Conference, University College Cork , 22-APR-16 - 22-APR-16. [Details]
(2016) 4th International Conference on Non Violent Resistance,
Declan Coogan (2016) Supporting Parents and Practitioners with the Non Violent Resistance Programme– Practitioners Responses to an NVR training programme in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], 4th International Conference on Non Violent Resistance, Malmo, Sweden , 26-MAY-16 - 27-MAY-16. [Details]
(2015) European Conference on Domestic Violence,
Declan Coogan (2015) Listening & Supporting Practitioners: Encounters with Child to Parent Violence. [Oral Presentation], European Conference on Domestic Violence, Queens University Belfast , 06-SEP-15 - 09-SEP-15. [Details]
(2015) Tackling Child to Parent Violence: the Non-Violence Resistance Programme,
Declan Coogan (2015) This event is for workers supporting families who may be experiencing child to parent violence. Speakers will discuss issues faced by parents in this situation, look at current supports and a new programme coming on stream for Cork. [Invited Lecture], Tackling Child to Parent Violence: the Non-Violence Resistance Programme, City Hall Cork , 22-OCT-15 - 22-OCT-15. [Details]
(2015) Child to Parent Violence: European Perspctives,
Eileen Lauster & Declan Coogan (2015) International Conference on Child to Parent Violence as part of the RCPV Project. [Oral Presentation], Child to Parent Violence: European Perspctives, Brighton, England , 29-JAN-15 - 29-JAN-15. [Details]
(2015) Child to Parent Violence - European Perspectives,
Declan Coogan (2015) International conference on child to parent violence. [Invited Paper], Child to Parent Violence - European Perspectives, Univeristy of Brighton, Brighton, England , 28-JAN-15 - 29-JAN-15. [Details]
(2014) Child to Parent Violence: Innovations in Practice, Policy and Reserach,
Lauster, Eileen; Coogan, Declan (2014) International conference on child to parent violence with paper presentations and workshops. [Program co-chair], Child to Parent Violence: Innovations in Practice, Policy and Reserach, Aras Moyola, NUI Galway Ireland , 12-JUN-14 - 13-JUN-14. [Details]
(2013) CAMHS North East Family Therapy Special Interest Group Conference 2013,
Declan Coogan (2013) Annual conference of the multi-disciplinary special interest group in the HSE. [Keynote Address], CAMHS North East Family Therapy Special Interest Group Conference 2013, HSE training centre, Ardee, Co. Louth , 11-NOV-13 - 11-NOV-13. [Details]
(2013) ISPSCAN European Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect,
Declan Coogan (2013) Practitioners Perceptions of Child to Parent Violence and the NVR Programme: First Impressions. [Invited Oral Presentation], ISPSCAN European Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect, Dublin , 17-SEP-13. [Details]
(2013) Practitioners Perceptions of Child to Parent Violence and the NVR Programme: First Impressions,
Declan Coogan (2013) Theme: Interventions and programmes for children and families experiencing adversity. [Conference Paper], Practitioners Perceptions of Child to Parent Violence and the NVR Programme: First Impressions, Doubletree by Hilton Ballsbridge, Dublin , 15-SEP-13 - 18-SEP-13. [Details]
(2012) Child to Parent Violence- Challenging Perspectives and New Approaches to Family Violence,
Declan Coogan (2012) Workshop at the 8th International Congress of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. [Workshop chair], Child to Parent Violence- Challenging Perspectives and New Approaches to Family Violence, Queens University Belfast , 17-APR-12 - 18-APR-12. [Details]

ANET/COS

  Year Publication
(2020) Facilitating Remote Non Violent Resistance Support for Parents/ Carers during the COVID 19 Crisis - Some Guidelines;.
Coogan, D, Connolly, M, Dahms, I, Fox, R, Kelly, T, Lauster, E, Magee, M, Scanlan, C & Quinn, A (2020) Facilitating Remote Non Violent Resistance Support for Parents/ Carers during the COVID 19 Crisis - Some Guidelines;. Dublin: ANET/COS [Details]
(2015) Non Violent Resistance Handbook for Practitioners - Responding to Child to Parent Violence in Practice.
Declan Coogan, Eileen Lauster (2015) Non Violent Resistance Handbook for Practitioners - Responding to Child to Parent Violence in Practice. Galway, Ireland; Brighton, England: ANET/COS [Details]

Community Engagement Publications

  Year Publication
(2019) Five NVR tips for parents on responding to challenging behaviour.
Declan Coogan (2019) Five NVR tips for parents on responding to challenging behaviour. Dublin: Community Engagement Publications [DOI] [Details]
(2017) Our 15 year old son has us living in fear – ‘Ask the Expert’ column.
Declan Coogan (2017) Our 15 year old son has us living in fear – ‘Ask the Expert’ column. Dublin: Community Engagement Publications [Details]
(2017) I’m afraid of my child – what can I do?.
Declan Coogan (2017) I’m afraid of my child – what can I do?. Dublin: Community Engagement Publications [Details]
(2014) Non Violent Resistance Handbook for Practictioners: Responding to Child to Parent Violence in Practice Declan Coogan & Eileen Lauster.
Coogan, Declan; Lauster, Eileen (2014) Non Violent Resistance Handbook for Practictioners: Responding to Child to Parent Violence in Practice Declan Coogan & Eileen Lauster. Galway: Community Engagement Publications [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2011) An Introduction to Non Violent Resistance. Seminar facilitated for multi-disciplinary team at the HSE Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Galway.
Coogan, D. (2011) An Introduction to Non Violent Resistance. Seminar facilitated for multi-disciplinary team at the HSE Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Galway. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Effective Interventions with Child to Parent Violence. Seminar facilitated for staff with the HSE in Galway city.
Coogan, D. (2011) Effective Interventions with Child to Parent Violence. Seminar facilitated for staff with the HSE in Galway city. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Introduction to Non Violent Resistance. Seminar facilitated for a team members of social work department, HSE, Galway.
Coogan, D (2011) Introduction to Non Violent Resistance. Seminar facilitated for a team members of social work department, HSE, Galway. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Challenging perspectives & new approaches to family violence.. Paper presented at the 4th Inter-Disciplinary Gender & Child Welfare Conference, NUI Galway.
Coogan, D. (2011) Challenging perspectives & new approaches to family violence.. Paper presented at the 4th Inter-Disciplinary Gender & Child Welfare Conference, NUI Galway. Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) Re-building hope and competence: community based interventions where children assault their parents/carers. Changing Health - the 6th International Social Work in Health and Mental Health.
Coogan, D. (2010) Re-building hope and competence: community based interventions where children assault their parents/carers. Changing Health - the 6th International Social Work in Health and Mental Health. University College Dublin: Conference Paper [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) An introduction to Non Violent Resistance - Working with families where children assault their parents/carers. Seminar facilitated for a multi-disciplinary group of practitioners and managers at Clare Care, Ennis, Co. Clare.
Coogan, D. (2010) An introduction to Non Violent Resistance - Working with families where children assault their parents/carers. Seminar facilitated for a multi-disciplinary group of practitioners and managers at Clare Care, Ennis, Co. Clare. Clare Care, Ennis, Co. Clare: Conference Paper [Details]

Conference Poster

  Year Publication
(2014) Supporting Families with Child to Parent Violence- the Non Violent Resistance (NVR) Programme.
Lauster, Eileen; Coogan, Declan (2014) Supporting Families with Child to Parent Violence- the Non Violent Resistance (NVR) Programme. What's Working for Young People Conference, Dublin: Conference Poster [Details]

Manual

  Year Publication
(2015) Non Violent Resistance Handbook for Practitioners - Responding to Child to Parent Violence in Practice.
Declan Coogan and Eileen Lauster (2015) Non Violent Resistance Handbook for Practitioners - Responding to Child to Parent Violence in Practice. Galway; Brighton: Manual [Details]

Other Item

  Year Publication
(2019) Standing Strong with NVR.
Declan Coogan (2019) Standing Strong with NVR. Galway: Other Item [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
CORU Registered Social Worker with the Social Work Registration Board at CORU /
NVR Ireland Chairperson & Founding Member 30-JUN-19 /
Family Therapy Association of Ireland (FTAI) Registered Family Therapist/ Systemic Pyschotherapist /
UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre, NUI Galway Research Fellow /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
NVR Ireland Chairperson & Founding Member 16-MAY-19 /
RCPV International Conference on Child to Parent Violence 12-13 June 2014 NUI Galway Committee Chair 04-MAR-13 / 30-JUL-14

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
National University of Ireland Galway Lecturer in Social Work, School of Political Science & Sociology /

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Teaching (e.g. Service learning / comunity based learning) Non Violent Resistance Intervention for Practitioners 01-JAN-13 /

Teaching Interests

Masters of Arts in Social Work programme: Declan co-ordinates and is involved in teaching in the following post graduate modules:
SP 601 – Social Work Practice;
SP 609 – Contemporary Social Issues;
SP 722 - Criminal Justice System, Probation & Social Work;
SP 608- Fieldwork; SP6118 Mental Health & Applied Law(Child and Adolescent Mental Health).
SP6110 Non Violent Resistance In Practice
 Undergraduate courses: 
SP 3129 Sexualities, Genders and Diversities
SP 705 - Revisiting Violence: Aggression and Abuse in Contemporary Irish Family and Institutional Life.
SP235 – Social Issues and Policy Responses (Young People and Sexual Behaviour Problems: Contexts and Correlates).

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2012 Denise O'Shea. N
2019 Oluwatoyin Awoponle MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2012 Clive Greally. Masters N
2012 Roisin Grimes. Masters N
2011 Michelle Haverty. Masters N
2011 Maire Hoban. Masters N
2011 David O¿Reilly. Masters N
2011 Elaine Quinn. Masters N
2011 Laura Casserly. Masters N
2011 Jonathan O¿Rourke. Masters N
2020 Derek Walsh MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2020 Omosalewa Odukoya MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2019 Sandie Murphy MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9)
2019 Shauna McGrath MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2011 Mary Barry Masters N

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Róisín Farragher Doctorate - Ph.D. (Child and Youth Research) Supervisor
Tara Kelly Doctorate - Ph.D. (Child and Youth Research) Supervisor

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
1/2019 Year 2 MA in Social Work Programme 2SK1 Module Co-ordinator
2/2019-20 Contemporary Social Issues SP609
1/2019-20 Mental Health & Applied Law SP6118
1/2019-20 Social Work Practice SP601
2/2019-20 Criminal Justice Probation & Social Work SP722

Internal Collaborators

  Name Description of Collaboration
Internal Collaborators
Eileen Lauster, Research Assistant, joined Declan Coogan on the EU funded Responding to Child to Parent Violence project in August 2013.

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
External Collaborators
Together with Dr. Paula Wilcox, University of Brighton, England, Michelle Pooley, Brighton and Hove City Council, England and colleagues from Spain, Sweden and Bulgaria, Declan is the Ireland Lead for the EU funded Responding to Child to Parent Violence Project (DAPHNE programme of the EU).