Keith

Keith is currently doing his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. As part of his Master’s, he is also a psychotherapist intern at Spirasi, primarily focusing on 12-month check-ins and group therapies for asylum seekers and refugees that are survivors of torture. Alongside his Master’s, he is currently finishing his research thesis on the differences in  stress and resilience levels among LGBTQI+ communities and people of colour. Before his Master’s, he graduated from his Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Arts, Design and Technology, where his final year thesis won an award for the Best Education Project from Blackrock Education Centre. His Bachelor thesis investigated differences in self-efficacy and job satisfaction levels in teachers from mainstream and DEIS Irish secondary schools. Apart from his academic life, Keith is an active volunteer too.

Currently, Keith volunteers as a National Youth Advocate within Jigsaw’s Research and Evaluation department, attending ethics review panels and is currently the chairperson of the Youth Research Council. Keith also volunteers as a local, national and international advocate within the National Youth Council of Ireland, as he was selected to be one of Ireland EU Youth Delegates for an EU Youth Conference in Finland during the Finnish presidency in 2019. He has attended other conferences in Geneva and Brussels regarding topics on LGBTQI+ rights, quality youth work, climate change, climate justice, quality education and quality mental health services. Alongside his role within the National Youth Council, Keith is also a member of the Young Persons Committee who successfully drafted and published a spoken word piece about a ‘Just Transition’, that was presented at The European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) 28th Annual Conference. In his downtime, Keith loves to read, journal and go for long walks when the sun is just right.

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