Australian College of Counselling & Psychotherapy Educators Leadership Group

Dr Kate Briggs (Convenor) is a Lacanian psychoanalyst who has worked as a clinical specialist in publicly funded counselling services and consulted widely in the field of social welfare. Kate has been a lecturer in psychology, womens’ studies, and counselling & psychotherapy since 2003 and was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award by ACAP in 2010. Her research interests include complex care teams, contemporary critical practice, psychoanalytic feminism and how the work of invention informs clinical work. She has published on sublimation and symptom formation and contributed to Notes on the Child, A collection of essays on contemporary Lacanian child and adolescent clinical practice. Kate is a PACFA Accredited Supervisor, Mental Health Practitioner and Clinical Registrant, and a member of the Lacan Circle of Melbourne.

Jon Dachs has been involved in telephone counsellor training since 1998. In 2002, Jon was instrumental in the development of the Certificate III and Certificate IV in Telephone Counselling Skills qualifications for the VET sector. In addition to training hundreds of Lifeline telephone counsellors, Jon has conducted counselling skills training for trauma rehabilitation workers and community support workers in Uganda. He has conducted a similar course for student pastors in Bangkok, and International aid agency workers and village elders in the Kyangwali Refugee Camp, in Uganda. Currently, Jon trains and supervises students and staff as service manager with Uniting Care in Queensland. Jon is passionate about the primacy of the therapeutic relationship in counselling and psychotherapy and the core stance of ‘being with’ clients, and has developed the concept of the “spiral of empathy” technique to enable a way of ‘being with’ that is deeply client-centred.

Dr Jaklin Eliott (Ass. Professor from January 2018) has extensive experience designing and conducting qualitative research, and in analysing text, media, and speech via discursive analytical techniques. As Program Coordinator for the Counselling and Psychotherapy Graduate Suite of Programs in the School of Public Health, University of Adelaide, Jacklin has overseen significant growth in student numbers, increased staff levels, and industry engagement, whilst teaching professional ethics and providing supervision for research students at post-graduate level. She currently acts as Secretary for ACCAPE (continuing her role with SCAPE) and is a committee member for the Human Research Ethics Committee of SA Health and GriefLink.

Roman Ilgauskas has worked as a counsellor and educator since 2006. Registered as a clinical member of PACFA and as a registered supervisor on the ARCAP register, Roman practices at the Kinross Art and Spirituality Center and teaches at the Australian College of Applied Psychology masters program. His certifications and registrations include Jungian Sandplay, Guided Imagery & Music Therapy, Art and Expressive Therapies, and Couple Counselling. As a member of the Australian College of Counselling And Psychotherapy Educators (ACCAPE) Leadership Group and also the Society for Counselling And Psychotherapy Educators (SCAPE) since 2011 he is passionate about the professionalization and standards for training and education in the counselling and psychotherapy field.