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Cop On

Cop on is the ability to be rational, resilient and sensible.

It’s about having the grit and good judgement to cope with life’s challenges.

It incorporates emotional intelligence, self-awareness and adaptive decision-making.

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist Colman Noctor believes that it is essential that we foster cop on in our children.

Why? Because we are now trying to navigate rapid technological and societal changes in our world. Cop on bolsters our children’s ability to cope with whatever challenges come their way, no matter what the future holds.

Colman Noctor has spent his professional life treating young people with emotional difficulties. In Cop On, he explains that the keys to negotiating the challenges of parenting are better communication and learning to see your child’s world through their eyes. His honest, direct and practical insights offer a roadmap for equipping you to guide your child to survive and thrive in today’s world.

“Want to help your kids survive in today’s world? Teach them to cop on.” - The

"[This] new book aims to help parents and children foster better relationships as they navigate the age of new technology." - Sharon Ní Chonchúir, Irish Examiner

"In Cop On, a new book for parents, leading child and adolescent psychotherapist and father of three Colman Noctor says we need to teach our children cop on if they are to survive and thrive in today’s world." -

“I was pleasantly surprised when I read Cop On by psychotherapist Colman Noctor. It is full of insight and practical advice, but for some reason it didn’t make me feel like a failure. There is something in Colman’s tone that is compassionate but ultimately sensible.” - Beth Tyrrell, Sunday World Magazine


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Publication Date

February 2015




Paperback, 256 pages

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Gill Books


215 x 134 mm


By Colman Noctor

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Colman Noctor is a child and adolescent psychotherapist with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services. He specialises in the treatment of emotional disorders. As a self-confessed technology addict himself he has a keen interest in the effects of contemporary media on child development and mental health.

Colman is a frequent contributor to national media, including The Irish Times, The Irish Independent and Newstalk’s ‘Moncrief ’, ‘Talking Point’ and ‘The Right Hook’.
He was recently interviewed at Dublin’s web summit where he discussed how the internet is changing our world and how we prepare our children for a future that we can’t even
imagine. He also contributed to the RTE documentary ‘We Need to Talk About Porn’.

He lives in County Wicklow with his wife and three children.

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