Declan has worked in the field of chemical dependency, addiction & rehabilitation for over 30 years. An accredited Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor with the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI). He is also a fully licensed Homeopath (Irish Society of Homeopaths), a registered member of the The Teaching Council (Ireland) and a registered member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland.
He has worked as a Childcare Worker, Addiction Counsellor, Outreach Worker, Residential Manager, Programme Co-ordinator and Clinical Director s well as occupying Senior Management positions in the Health Service Executive Mental Health & Addiction Service.
Declan has lectured on drug dependency, rehabilitation, ethics, community development and mindfulness at a variety of institutions including University College Dublin (UCD), National University of Ireland (NUI Maynooth), Sligo Institute of Technology, Limerick University, Urrus Ballymun and in a number of voluntary and statutory agencies. He has also been involved with numerous Management Boards and Advisory Committees and has delivered training and development courses, strategic interventions and policy development processes for the management, staff and service users across various agencies and disciplines.
Declan received the Dean’s List Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement (UCD) for his research thesis and was also awarded the Irish Security Industries Association ‘Caring Person Award’ in recognition of his work with rehabilitating children involved in prostitution in Dublin. He has been credited as an expert advisor in the media, including two recognised ground-breaking and award-winning RTÉ documentaries, ‘Boys for Rent’ (1993) and ‘Male Rape’ (1996), and also as an addiction specialist on the Irish award-winning movie production of ‘Adam & Paul’ (2004).