City of Derry Golf Club

Safeguarding Officer

Prof. Gerry Cunningham


I originate from Belfast and was a practitioner in Northern Ireland from the 1970s through to December 2019, when I retired. I was a clinical psychologist and family therapist and worked in a range of contexts and with a range of client populations. I spent many years in the juvenile justice system before moving into the NHS to head up psychology services in the Western Health and Social Care Trust. My main clinical specialism involved working with children, adolescents and their families. I have extensive experience of running and teaching family therapy courses in the Health Trust and both universities in Northern Ireland. In 2010 I was awarded a Visiting Professorship at Ulster University and continue to hold that position. I took early retirement from the NHS in 2011 and set up my own company. Over the next almost nine years my work included delivering psychological therapies to the prison population in Northern Ireland, undertaking contract work for the Western Trust (mainly with adult survivors of childhood trauma), seeing private clients, providing supervision and heading up family therapy teaching at Ulster University. 

April 2022

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