Australian College of Counselling & Psychotherapy Educators Leadership Group

Roman Iglauskas (Convenor) is currently a Lecturer at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, where he specialises in postmodern counselling approaches, family therapy, cross-cultural approaches in a diverse Australian society, and supervising students in the final year of their placement. Roman’s numerous qualifications include Sandplay Therapy and Couples Therapy. He holds a Masters of Counselling from LaTrobe University and a Graduate Diploma in Guided Imagery and Music Therapy from the University of Melbourne. Roman has been a Clinical Member of PACFA since 2009, is a PACFA Clinical Supervisor and has previously served on the ACCAPE Leadership Group from 2012-18.

Dr Kate Briggs (Deputy 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.

Gina O’Neill GradDipCouns; BAppSocSc; MTG. First and foremost, Gina is a part Ngati Kahungungu Maori woman and part European woman from Aotearoa, a partner and mother living in Sydney, Australia.Gina is an educator at the Relational Institute of Australia (TRIA); the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP); and the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW. A consultant supervisor to Sydney-based NGOs and NSW Health and a psychotherapist in private practice. Having foundations in working with individuals affected by childhood trauma, PTSD, addictions, eating disorders and dual diagnosis using Gestalt and Narrative psychotherapy alongside cognitive, Motivational Interviewing and person-centred models. Gina is a PACFA Accredited Supervisor and Clinical Registrant, member of the PACFA research and ACCAPE committees, past president of CAPA (NSW); past board member of the women in prison advocacy network (WIPAN) and numerous management committees, government working parties and expert reference groups.

Dr Andrea Breen is a creative arts therapist, counsellor and educator. In recent years, she has specialised in working with former refugees recovering from trauma and working with children using non-directive play therapy. She is also a musician and composer and believes that listening is fundamental to therapeutic relationships.

Dr Tristan Snell BSocSci(Psych), BAppSci(Psych)(Hons), MPsych(Couns)/PhD, MAPS. Tristan has been a lecturer in counselling for the past six years at Monash University, and course leader of the Monash Master of Counselling for the last 12 months. He is an experienced Counselling Psychologist with practical experience working in private practice, employment services, psychiatric rehabilitation, university counselling, and school settings. He has published a number of articles on course design and counsellor education, and is currently undertaking a long-term research study on counsellor pathways to employment.

Dr Judith Ayre has been a counsellor educator since 2003 and has taught counselling at postgraduate and undergraduate levels and in the Vocational Education and Training sector, written curriculum for all levels, and maintained a clinical practice that includes the clinical supervision of counsellors and psychotherapists. In 2005, Judith introduced Emotion Focused Therapy as an 80 hour counselling specialisation into the Masters of Counselling at La Trobe. There are now more than 200 hundred graduates practicing EFT, and a specialised centre for emotion focused practice and practitioner training has been established in Victoria. Judith has been active on the leadership group of ACCAPE since 2017.