Marie Blaney and Deirdre McLaughlin

Connected for Life

Connected for Life was established in 2016 by Marie Blaney and Deirdre McLaughlin, psychology graduates, qualified social workers, and systemic practitioners with decades of experience in a range of settings, including Youth Justice, in both practice and management roles. Marie is a practice assessor and part-time systemic practitioner in ASCERT, supporting children and families impacted by substance misuse. Deirdre has completed a research master’s, is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, and a part-time lecturer in social work at Belfast Metropolitan College

Connected for Life aims to raise awareness of the far-reaching impact of trauma and adversity on individuals, families, organisations, and communities and to support those impacted, by delivering presentations, organisational training, and consultation and developing and delivering a range of interventions. They are currently supporting Early Intervention Lisburn’s Connected Minds project, which aims to support children’s mental health and develop a trauma-informed community in the Lisburn area by providing support for organisations, parents, and young people.


20th / 21st October 2021 Young Hearts & Minds

Panel Discussion - Impact of COVID on Children and Young People

The panel will look at and discuss the impact the pandemic has had on children and young people. They will discuss methods to address the long term impact of this and what changes can be put in place across all areas to offer support and pave a road to recovery.