Dr. Eoin Coughlan

Keywords:Therapeutic Community, Case Management, Care planning, Care Pathways, Action Research, Motivational Interviewing
Methods:Face-to-Face or online


Currently Coolmine Regional Manager for the South West of Ireland, Dr Eoin Coughlan also holds an Adjunct position at the School of Public Health in University College Cork (UCC). Eoin graduated with a PhD from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in December 2014. His thesis was entitled “The Implementation of the Community Reinforcement Approach into Coolmine Therapeutic Community”. This was a mixed method study looking at the implementation of an evidence-based treatment for substance addiction into a long-standing, traditional residential drug treatment organisation. In addition to this he graduated from TCD in 2011 with an M.Sc in Drug and Alcohol Policy (1st Class Hns) and from the University of Limerick in 2009 with an MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance (1st Class Hns). Since 2010 Eoin has lectured for the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin, the Department of Psychology, University of Limerick, and the Department of Applied Social Science at Stirling University. He completed a post-doctoral study in 2015 with the school of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC that looked at implementing post-triage monitoring systems in the Emergency Department at Cork University Hospital where outputs included publication in several high-ranking peer-reviewed journals. He is a module lead for the Diploma in Substance Misuse and Addiction Studies (HSE/UCC).

As Rehabilitation and Training Manager with the Health Service Executive (HSE) from 2017-2021, he was responsible for the design and implementation of the National Initial and Comprehensive Assessment, Care Planning, and Consent/Confidentiality documentation for Homeless and Drug and Alcohol Services. He was also responsible for case-management framework implementation across Cork and Kerry homeless and drug and alcohol services. In recent years, Eoin has designed and implemented referral and care pathways for drug and alcohol services with acute hospital emergency services including Emergency Medicine and Liaison Psychiatry. He designed the Housing First clinical programme for Cork City, Cork County, and Kerry as well as the proposed Inpatient Stabilisation Unit (IPSU) for the South. Since 2018, Eoin has been part of the National Screening and Brief Intervention Advisory Group and is the Subject Matter Expert for National Drugs Rehabilitation Framework implementation. In March 2020 he authored and implemented the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for self-isolation for the Social Inclusion Care Group, Cork/Kerry in response to COVID-19.

Teaching methods

Interactive trainings where trainees are encouraged to routinely reflect on their strengths, experience, beliefs, values and their organisational dynamics and consider how the training content can be situated in this real context.


  • Case Management
  • Care planning
  • Action Research
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Community Reinforcement Approach
  • Brief Intervention
  • Group Facilitation
  • Implementation.

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