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.

Dr Debra Bath is an experienced academic, counsellor, and registered psychologist. She has expertise in a range of settings including crisis counselling, pregnancy-related counselling, grief and loss, and particularly loves working with adolescents and young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship and personal development issues. She has over 15 years’ experience in university teaching, in psychology and counselling. In 2006, Debra was awarded an Early Career Teaching Excellence Award by Griffith University, and a National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2008 by the Australian Learning & Teaching Council. Her expertise in teaching spans large-class and small-group teaching, blended learning, training and PD.
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Jon D achs 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 UnitingCare 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.

Fiona O’Hara was part of the leadership team of SCAPE, and is now the Deputy Convenor of ACCAPE. Fiona divides her work time between practising as a therapist, lecturing/tutoring in Counselling at the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Australian College of Applied Psychology, and developing and presenting professional development programs at Hope Research and Practice Institute. She is passionate about quality training for Counsellors and Psychotherapists, and the professionalisation of counselling in Australia. Fiona is currently undertaking PhD research which supports these passions.