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    There has been a lot of discussion of an article on autism by Tony Humphreys in the Examiner.

    I'm not going to go into the details of the article - I have not read it. I understand from comments that it largely blames parents for autism in children.

    I've started this thread, because I notice from other writings and activities of Humphreys, he adopts a populist self-help tone, and does not seem to have produced any academic peer reviewed work.

    He describes himself as a clinical psychologist who started his career in the English and Irish State psychiatric services, but does not put letters after his name.

    http://www.google.ie/url?sa=t&rct=j&...vvwdsjVfjatTQw

    Having regard to Tony Humphreys right to his good name, I would like to keep this thread to any factual information that he, or others, can provide, as to exactly what his qualifications and experience are.

    Also discussed on this blog.

    http://thefamilyvoyage.blogspot.com/...m-article.html

    And also by Bock the Robber, - the whole article is dissected line by line.

    http://bocktherobber.com/2012/02/aut...s-the-parents/

    Keynote Speaker
    Dr. Tony Humphreys, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Author and National and International Speaker. Dr. Humphreys has become Ireland’s most influential psychologist,working with individuals, couples, families,schools, local communities and the business community. He is a specialist lecturer on education, communication and self-realisation in University Colleges, Cork and Limerick, and Senior Fellow at National College of Ireland, Dublin and is a regular guest lecturer in other third level colleges both in Ireland and internationally, including several European countries and South Africa
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    http://www.jmb.ie/home/342

    National College of Ireland.

    Run by the Jesuits ?

    http://www.ncirl.ie/About_NCI

    A limited company

    http://www.ncirl.ie/About_NCI/Contac...ration_Details
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    It seems he's no daw when it comes to economics either:

    In Leadership With Consciousness Tony Humphreys posits that economic factors alone are not sufficient to explain the worldwide recession that started in 2008; indeed, he graphically points out that those economic processes are always enmeshed with powerful, often unconscious defensive emotional processes.
    http://corkuniversitypress.com/Leade...ciousness/352/

    The book argues strongly that it is the mature process of consciousness of the need to resolve their unconscious defences that lies at the heart of leadership effectiveness and development. The more leaders become conscious of this, the better they will be as leaders.
    So leaders need to be conscious that 'the mature process of cosciousness of the need to resolve their unconscious defences' is the nub? I'm glad we got that clear.

    Dr. Tony Humphreys is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Author and National and International Speaker. He is the author of twelve best-selling books including The Power of ‘Negative’ Thinking.

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    Good response on Suzy Byrne's blog also.

    http://www.mamanpoulet.com/guest-clu...ony-humphreys/

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIVE View Post
    Good response on Suzy Byrne's blog also.

    http://www.mamanpoulet.com/guest-clu...ony-humphreys/
    And Bock the Robber has it on his blog also, including:

    Tony has a PhD in something or other, which is quite a hard thing to achieve. It involves a lot of drudgery, but once obtained, it can have a very damaging effect on the psyche, creating delusions of omniscience. And while I'm no psychologist, I fear this is what has happened to Tony Humphreys as he pontificates about the causes of autism. The sorry bit is that someone who was given a PhD by an Irish institution seems so detached from the basic principles of clear thinking, and even sorrier is the fact that this man has written many self-help books relied on by vulnerable people to try and fix their lives.
    http://bocktherobber.com/2012/02/aut...s-the-parents/

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    Senior Fellow at National College of Ireland, Dublin
    Taught parenting classes there a few years back. Not particularly known as a "Senior Fellow"
    The NCI is a private college, not itself a degree awarding body.

    Tony Humphreys Ph. d. doesn't produce any results, so does that mean he is a medical doctor?

    Tony, if you are reading this, please help us out here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    Tony Humphreys Ph. d. doesn't produce any results, so does that mean he is a medical doctor?
    He is a clinical psychologist and so presumable holds a doctoral degreee in pschology which would be the norm for those in practice.
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    I am not familar with the world of autism but i have came across many kids with autism. They were sent to a deaf school in Dublin to help their slow learning and they were segregated from us in a educational setting. It was then called 'remedial learning'.

    Many psychologist/Psych came to our school to form their reports/opinion. From my experience, they have no experience of what is like to be deaf or Autism. They are quite dangerous at times re their views.

    When a deaf pupil ended up with black shiner or a shivering wreck like others or i was. The psychologist haven't the foggiest idea as how to arrive at their conclusion. We don't trust them because he was an outsider, also our instinct and also he sided with the establishment, haven't learned requesite skills such as sign language et al. How could he glean from us re info without any of the pre quiste skills mentioned, which could be applied in the same way as to autism.

    Secondly, he has no innate experience of what's like being an autism, that is critical in rebutting his own views. The only expert person is the person with autism themselves not Humphreys.

    I can only guess that he have had little experience with autism nor ever worked with them for ages.

    Thirdly, any psychologist is be treated as a pinch of salt. Once you don't give them opinions/your experiences at all by means of surveys/questionaire et al. It would expose their flaws & their standing etc. How would it enable them to reach their understanding solely on textbooks? It doesn't work that way.

    Lot of deaf adults have refused their requests in various schools for questionaire/surveys on their children. That would be the basis for drawing up their report then they would eventually try and apply for funding (to boost their egos)
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    The Psychological Society of Ireland maintains a public-online register of psychologists in Ireland. There are criteria to be met for academic qualifications and experience to be included as a registered psychologist.

    “Since 1st June 2009, an entrant to the register must be a Graduate Member of the Society, and must hold an accredited postgraduate professional qualification in psychology or equivalent and four years experience inclusive of any time spent undertaking the postgraduate qualification; or a research doctoral degree in psychology in which the thesis was clearly on a psychological topic and both a research supervisor and an examiner were identifiable as psychologists.”

    A search of the register did not turn up an entry for Dr Tony Humphreys.
    http://www.psychologicalsociety.ie/f...chologist.html
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    I saw an interesting program on TV recently that was exploring the possibility that there may be a link between changes in the diet over recent decades and autism.

    It is all speculation at this stage but science is being applied in this direction:

    For the first time, researchers at McMaster University have conclusive evidence that bacteria residing in the gut influence brain chemistry and behavior. The findings are important because several common types of gastrointestinal disease, including irritable bowel syndrome, are frequently associated with anxiety or depression. In addition, there has been speculation that some psychiatric disorders, such as late onset autism, may be associated with an abnormal bacterial content in the gut. The research appears in the online edition of the journal Gastroenterology.

    http://www.bmedreport.com/archives/28032
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Lord View Post
    He is a clinical psychologist and so presumable holds a doctoral degreee in pschology which would be the norm for those in practice.
    What would the letters be??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectabilis View Post
    The Psychological Association of Ireland maintains a public-online register of psychologists in Ireland. There are criteria to be met for academic qualifications and experience to be included as a registered psychologist.

    “Since 1st June 2009, an entrant to the register must be a Graduate Member of the Society, and must hold an accredited postgraduate professional qualification in psychology or equivalent and four years experience inclusive of any time spent undertaking the postgraduate qualification; or a research doctoral degree in psychology in which the thesis was clearly on a psychological topic and both a research supervisor and an examiner were identifiable as psychologists.”

    A search of the register did not turn up an entry for Dr Tony Humphreys.

    http://www.psychologicalsociety.ie/f...chologist.html
    Is there any obligation on clinical psychologists to register with any body in Ireland ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectabilis View Post
    A search of the register did not turn up an entry for Dr Tony Humphreys.
    http://www.psychologicalsociety.ie/f...chologist.html
    Hmmm ...
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    BTW, a postscript re the PSI register:

    "This Online Register is voluntary and therefore not all psychologists who are registered members of the PSI will appear on this ‘find a psychologist’. There are Registered Psychologists who do not wish their details to be disclosed publicly."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectabilis View Post
    BTW, a postscript re the PSI register:

    "This Online Register is voluntary and therefore not all psychologists who are registered members of the PSI will appear on this ‘find a psychologist’. There are Registered Psychologists who do not wish their details to be disclosed publicly."
    Indeed. It is hard to see why Tony Humphreys, who has a high public profile as a practising clinical psychologist, would not want to be registered.

    But, as in my previous post, would you know if there is an obligation on practising clinical psychologists to register with any body?

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    What would the letters be??
    A Doctorate in Clinical Psychology , (D.Ciin.Psych) is available at UL and traditionally a PhD would be the doctoral level qualification.

    http://www2.ul.ie/web/WWW/Faculties/...l%20Psychology

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