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New South Wales Leadership Group

Francis Kim (Convenor) runs a private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist in Strathfield and Campsie NSW and lectures in counselling and psychology courses in Sydney. He obtained a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Australian College of Applied Psychotherapy and has been a member of PACFA since 2014. Prior to the PACFA restructure Francis Kim served as the treasurer and a member of the Ethics Committee for CAPA NSW.  Francis is passionate to see qualified counsellors and psychotherapists recognised in Australia at a government level, as well as in the minds of hearts of Australians.

Malibu Bert (Deputy Convenor)

completed a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy after finishing the Bachelor of Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology.  Malibu is passionate about supporting older populations both in their own homes and in a clinical setting.  Malibu is particularly interested in Existential psychotherapy as one of the most appropriate modalities for a demographic most likely to suffer multiple existential crises concurrently such a physical, psychological, and social declination. Malibu studied Understanding Dementia and Dementia Prevention at the University of Tasmania. Malibu is a regular guest speaker at seniors’ events, hosting power point presentations on psychological well-being and dementia prevention strategies. Malibu runs her own mobile counselling service on the northern beaches of Sydney, receiving referrals from Uniting Care (North Sydney region).  She also counsels at Lifeline Northern Beaches.

Diana Sands, PhD, Director, Bereaved by Suicide Centre for Intense Grief, is a postvention and prevention clinician, researcher and educator. Diana provides counselling following sudden, violent and traumatic death, and in particular individual, couple and family counseling and group programs, for those who have lost a loved one through suicide. Her counseling and group programs draw on a range of theoretical perspectives including narrative and family systems theory and incorporate expressive artwork. She is a Clinical member of PACFA, and the Deputy Chair of Postvention Australia, and the Honorary Advisor to the Wings of Hope Charity. Diana has served on the NSW Executive Committee, National Association Loss and Grief, and as the NSW representative with Suicide Prevention Australia. Diana is a Member of the International Work Group Death, Dying and Bereavement, and a recipient of the Vice Chancellor Post Graduate Research Grant, Australian Government Research Scholarship. Diana has presented seminars and workshops in Australia and Internationally drawing on her clinical experience and research. She has published a number of peer reviewed academic articles and book chapters and is the author of a book and DVD resource, “Red Chocolate Elephants: For Children Bereaved by Suicide.

Marlene Formosa has been involved in Aged Care which earned her acceptance by the Department of Health’s My Aged Care Review to advocate for Aged Care providers and the elderly. Marlene is an Employee Assistance Counsellor for staff working in Aged Care. Marlene’s maturity and expertise attract the over 50s to seek her out and she does home visits for elderly clients. Her areas of specialisation are cultural issues, and gambling, alcohol, and sex addictions. Marlene also works with families transitioning into parenthood or caring for parents, especially those with dementia. She supports clients to cope with their palliative care journeys or that of a loved one.

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