Community Based Psychological Services

Community Based Psychological Services

Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The centre is innovative as it is based on a community based social model of psychological support, open access to psychological services and support in different languages.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

- Wellbeing - Positive image of psychology - promotion - Positive mental health - promotion - development of community based psychological/mental health services
About You
PPD - The Psychological Centre
Section 1: About You
First Name


Last Name


Section 2: About Your Organization
Organization Name

PPD - The Psychological Centre

Organization Phone


Organization Address

Chelmsford Road 1, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Organization Country
Your idea
Country your work focuses on
What makes your idea unique?

Community based psychological services / support:
- self referral system (online self registration system)
- psychological support in different languages
- low costs for psychological support and consultations
- low costs for psychotherapy: CBT, EMDR, CAT
- free of charge online support system: ePsychologist
- free of charge online self-support (CBT modules and exercises)
- quick and efficient in crisis intervention (session within 24 hours)
- skype sessions for clients outside operational area

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What impact have you had?

Every person who decides to use our services potentially benefits from it. Alone from January to August 2009, PPD has served approx. 630 adults and children and additionally about 500 people who have used PPD services online. Our service is an open service, easy to access, totally different from the medical model currently in operation in Ireland. It is very innovative especially in relation to work with immigrant communities. Clients who have used PPD services generally report improvement of: psychological and social functioning, relationships with other people, family functioning, personal empowerment, school/employment skills, emotional stability, and integration and adaptation process to new life circumstances.


1. Active cooperation and exchange experiences with government and non-governmental organizations in relation to improving the wellbeing of mainstream society and immigrant communities in Ireland – ongoing aim.
2. Establish effective forms of communication with Irish local health institutions in relation to clients requiring a specialized pharmacological treatment or hospitalization – ongoing aim.
3. Establish psycho-educative and prevention programmes to deal with the most difficult problems of communities which for reasons of insufficient resources the public services offer cannot cope with. – December 2010.
4. Promote mental health among children, teenagers and adults population – December 2010.
5. Provide fast and efficient crisis intervention and suicide prevention – December 2010.
6. Provide active support and development for the core staff, improving practical
and professional qualifications. Focus on ethical standards, assessment and supervision of staff / working environment - March 2010.


1. Public Policy changes
2. Positive image of mental health
3. Effective communication along mental health sectors
4. Prevention programmes along all age span groups
5. Better crisis intervention

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

- Secure funding
- A strong partnership with other mental health organizations. (for example HeadStrong) – 2010
- A cooperation agreement with the HSE – 2010
- A service provision agreement with the HSE – 2010
- New services opened along all counties in Ireland - 2010-11
- International cooperation - 2010-11

What would prevent your project from being a success?

- Lack of funding
- No impact on the governmental body
- No changes in public policies

How many people will your project serve annually?


What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$1000 - 4000

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?


What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

In what country?
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?


If yes, provide organization name.

PPD - The Psychological Centre

How long has this organization been operating?

1‐5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?


Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

1. Development of action plan
2. Feedback from society, service needs
3. Development of strategy plan
4. Impact on legislations

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

1. Secure core funding, 40% of expenditure, in 60% organization is self funded.
2. Positive agreement between the organization and public health body.
3. International cooperation with mental health organizations

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

The idea was initiated by me, when I arrived to Dublin in 2004. I had impression that Public body provides mental health services based on a medical model. Access to these services is very difficult, and waiting lists are very long. I have decided to explore it further. I have discovered that there was a vast need for community based service in Dublin and other counties across Ireland.
PPD - The Psychological Centre began operating in June 2006 mainly for the Polish community in Ireland. In 2007 services have been extended to other immigrant communities and mainstream society.
PPD provides its services delivered by licensed psychologists with a clinical background in English, Polish, Italian, Slovakian, Russian and Nigerian. It means that as well as mainstream society using our services, immigrants can count on psychological support in mother tongue.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

I have been a licensed psychologist since 2004. The area of my specialisation is clinical psychology. I have been a member of the Polish Psychological Society, the British Psychological Society since 2006 and the Irish Psychological Society since 2007. In my professional work I deal with adults and adolescents and their daily life problems. I am conducting a couple of research projects: well-being and quality of life of individuals, addiction types in modern society (especially in the area of Internet and alcohol addiction). In my professional work I am using cognitive behavioural approach, I engage with my clients in a solution focused manner, rephrase of negative thoughts to facilitate change and development and to enhance overall balance. The approach is individualized, solution focused. I am very passionate into new approaches in mental health, psychotherapy and community well-being. Usually I am trying to use combination of few scientific disciplines when I am looking for answer or solution. My second passion is computer science so usually I am up to date with all new features and also trying to put them into right place. That is why I have created very efficient website for PPD – the Psychological Centre with elaborated knowledge database and some useful modules.
My vision is to positively impact social/emotional development in community through the provision of mental health services that build resiliency, life competencies and good citizenship. All the time when I see gap between people needs and services provided to them I am trying to find solution how to fill the gap and that is make me passionate and energised.

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