Australian College of Counselling & Psychotherapy Educators Leadership Group


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.