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PACFA Board

 

President
Di Stow
B.A., Dip.Ed., MA Ed., MA Couns., PhD
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Di has served PACFA for a number of years —
President PCA TAS 2008-2014
PACFA Delegate 2005-current
PACFA Ethics Committee 2010-2016
PACFA Board
+ Board member responsible for Member Associations 2010-2012
+ Convenor PACFA Conference 2012. What Works: Effectiveness in Counselling and Psychotherapy
+ Secretary 2012-2014
+ Vice President 2014-2016
+ Chair Restructure Working Party
Di is passionate about what PACFA stands for and the great good the counselling and psychotherapy profession does for the mental health and wellbeing of the nation. She is delighted to be PACFA President: To lead the organisation: To represent counselling and psychotherapy to communities and government, and gain further recognition for the profession. Di is a PACFA clinical member, supervisor, and mental health practitioner. She works in a thriving private practice in Hobart — Di Stow Counsellor: Dr Di. Her specialist area is grief and loss; her thesis bears witness to her heart for this work. Di is a volunteer counsellor for SIDS and KIDS, and Cancer Council. Di has also had a successful career working for many years in government in Education, and Justice: Teaching (primary and senior secondary), curriculum development, training standards, human resources managing performance, grievances, and change. She also worked as an elected union representative and Vice President of the Australian Education Union. Di is a member of Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Vice – President
Zoë Krupka
MCounsHumServ
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Secretary 
Don Secomb
MCouns, BA, Dip Holistic Coun, Grad Cert Art Therapies
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Don has been privileged to work for ten years in various counselling roles with young people, adults and families dealing with a range of life’s challenges from domestic violence to substance misuse, grief and loss, sexuality, trauma and relationship difficulties. Currently he is working with people struggling with gambling as a central concern. For Don, counselling is about relationship. It seems obvious to him that human beings are relationship beings and we usually achieve our best within relationship. In counselling, our need or desire for connection with others is utilised to create a relationship that increases well-being. Don has extensive experience in the roles of secretary and treasurer in the community sector and with body corporates. He recently served two years on the management committee of the Queensland Counsellors Association and he currently chairs the QCA Professional Development Subcommittee.

george-gintalis-2016Treasurer 
George Gintilas
Cert Radix Body PsychTh, Dip Somatic Integration, Dip P.S.H Th, Cert Sensorimotor (Trauma) Th.
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George is a fully qualified Radix Body Psychotherapist, Somatic Integration Therapist, a Registered P.S.H Therapist and a graduate of the Sensorimotor (Trauma) Psychotherapy Institute (USA.) He has been in private practice for 25 years and works as a Body Psychotherapist in Melbourne Australia. He specialises in trauma and PTSD. He is a past treasurer (3 years) and a past president (6 years) of the Aust Radix Body Psychotherapy Association (ARBPA). He is also a past president (4 years) of the Aust Subconscious Mind Therapists Association (ASTA) and is currently the Chair of the Ethics Committee for ARBPA (8 years.) George was co-founding director of The Elwood Centre for Wellbeing which he ran and managed successfully for over 16 years. In that time 127 different practitioners came through its doors helping thousands of people. George also has a Bachelor Degree (Honours) in Economics and has a previous career in IT Accounting (12 years). He is a past qualified Accountant and past member of the Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA Australia) (9 years.) He specialised in IT accounting, developing, programming and maintaining financial IT systems. In that time he was also a member of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and also worked for the chartered accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Co.

Committee Chair
Paul McQuillan  (PPC Chair)
PhD, Psy D
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Paul McQuillan is a Counsellor and Therapist with Anglicare South Queensland, Coordinator of Research with  Catholic Education and Director of Lifechange Therapies where he teaches the Advanced Diploma of Logotherapy. Dr McQuillan is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Catholic University and a Faculty member of the Victor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy. He is on the editorial board of various international journals. He currently chairs PACFA’s Education Programme Accreditation Committee.

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Simone Falvey-Behr (Ethics Committee Chair)
Diplomee en Ethnologie (France), MA Psych (Australia), AdvCert Sup
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Simone Falvey-Behr is a Psychotherapist in private practice, a member of the Centre of Ethics and a Board Member of the Australasian Association of Supervision. Previously President of CAPAV, she successfully led it to merger with PACFA as a member of the Restructure Working Party. She was a member of PACFA Ethics Complaint panels. Over the recent three years, she has served on the PACFA Ethics Committee and as a Panel member for EPAC accreditation of master’s degree courses. Her international experience related to conflict includes some 50 missions on behalf of the Council of Europe and the UN. She currently chairs the PACFA Committee of Ethics.

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Denis O’Hara (Professional Standards Committee)
PhD, MA Ed, Grad Dip Couns Stud, BA Ed, Dip Teaching
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Denis O’Hara has taught in the higher education sector since 1993 in the fields of education, counselling, and psychology. He has extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate course development in Australia and overseas. In addition his academic work, Denis has maintained a private counselling and psychotherapy practice for many years.

Committee Chair
Kim Dunphy  (Research Committee Chair)
PhD
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Kim is a Mackenzie Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Creative Arts Therapy Research Unit. In this role, she is researching dance movement therapy assessment, particularly the establishment of a framework of outcomes for dance movement therapy. She is also involved in establishing post-graduate training programs in dance movement therapy. Kim is currently President of the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA) and Convenor of the International Network for Dance Movement Therapy.

Kim has a long-standing involvement in PACFA as a PACFA Council Delegate representing the DTAA. Kim is Convenor of PACFA’s Research Committee. She has recently published articles in journals including Arts in Psychotherapy, American Journal of Dance Therapy, Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia and the International Journal of Creativity and Human Development. Kim has also contributed chapters to books including The Oxford Handbook of Community Music, Contemporary Perspectives in Art and International Development, and Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice (produced by PACFA). Kim has also been involved in developing on-line products for evaluation and assessment, including MARA, the world’s first iPad app for dance movement therapy assessment. Kim’s research interests are informed by earlier career stages as a performing arts educator, dance movement therapist, community artist and local government cultural development professional. Kim is also Director of Many Hands International, an Australian-based NGO that works in Timor-Leste to promote culture in development, and development of culture.

Psychotherapy Representative
Tara Green
GradDip Couns, GradDip Psych, PGradDip Transpersonal Psych & Emotional Release Couns (ATERC), BA, Dip Performing Arts (WAAPA)
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Following an earlier career in theatre as a director and actor, Tara has spent over 25 years engaged in the field of psychotherapy, counselling, and transpersonal psychology. She is currently in private practice as a Psychotherapist and Supervisor, specialising in complex trauma and couples counselling. Earlier in her psychotherapy career Tara co-designed and facilitated a Transpersonal Counsellor and Therapist training programme. She also developed and facilitated many diverse workshops and Individual Retreat programmes. Tara is a committee member of ATERC and MA council delegate.

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Pat Bradley
M.Sc. Thr Coun, PG Dip Coun, Dip Primary Care Coun, Dip Sup., Cert CBT, Clinical Member CASA & PACFA,  BACP Snr. Accred. Counsellor, Supervisor Individuals &Groups
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Pat runs a private practice in Adelaide offering counselling and supervision to individuals and EAPs. Pat originated from the UK where she was employed as a Senior Specialist Counsellor and Supervisor by the National Health Service (NHS) as well as running a busy private practice. She began her career in the NHS as a Primary Care Counsellor working in a GP surgery taking referrals from the 5 practice Doctors and the Nurse Practitioner for 9 years. She then joined a mixed team of Counsellors, Psychologists, CBT therapists and Wellbeing Practitioners in a stepped care program for the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust, delivering time-limited interventions in a deprived inner London Borough. Pat is currently serving her 2nd year as President of CASA and prior to that she was Secretary for 18th Months.

Chief Executive Officer (ex-officio)
Maria Brett BA (politics) and BA (Laws), PG Dip Couns & Psychotherapy

Maria Brett brings to PACFA a wide range of skills, developed through a rich and varied career. After being admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor, Maria worked as a Solicitor and then left the law to campaign for the environment and human rights. Maria was Executive Director of the East Timor Human Rights Centre.  While living in the UK, Maria gained expertise in human resources and organisational management and worked as a trainer in the voluntary sector. While in the UK, Maria re-trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist and went on to manage mental health and family services. Since returning to Australia Maria has been Executive Director of the International Social Service Australia and Manager of the Melbourne Counselling Service for The Salvation Army.