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PACFA President elected to IAC Board

PACFA President, Dr Di Stow, has been elected to the Board of the International Association for Counselling (IAC).

The IAC is an International Non-Governmental Association (NGO) with United Nations consultative status (ECOSOC, WHO, UNESCO, and ILO). Since 1966, the IAC has worked to advance the development of counselling through practice, education, research, and advocacy initiatives. IAC advances the development of counselling in order to improve people’s lives and well-being. The IAC’s vision is a world where counselling is available to all.

From the IAC Website

Dr Di Stow is a counsellor and supervisor specialising in grief and loss. Di works in private practice in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Di has qualifications in education and counselling, including a Masters in Education, a Masters in Counselling, and a PhD titled ‘Looking Up and Out: Transcending Techniques in Counselling for Grief and Loss with Philosophy’. Di is the President of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

Di works with clients presenting with grief and loss, anxiety and depression, and quite a range of other concerns, such as drug and alcohol, and domestic violence matters. She is a trauma informed practitioner.

Di has also had a successful career working for many years in government in Education, and Justice: Teaching (primary and secondary), curriculum development, training standards, and in human resources — managing performance, grievances, and change.

Di is a member of Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Di lives in Hobart with her husband Nick, and their three girls and five grandchildren.

Personal Statement from Di Stow

I’m delighted to have been elected to the IAC Executive Council as the Regional Representative (Oceania).

I believe counselling should hold a place on the international stage for the greater good of the world’s people — their health and well-being. As a private practitioner, a counsellor working particularly with grief and loss, I can make a big contribution; make a big difference.

As national President of PACFA — the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, I am especially well-placed to contribute to IAC. I am working in the profession privately, and professionally through my national association, and I am across a wide range of counselling matters.

I have been on the PACFA Board for over eight years now, serving as a general Board member with the specific responsibility of Conference Convenor, and also serving as Secretary, Vice President, and now President.

I believe the work of IAC can be best progressed through ongoing attention to research, training standards, accreditation, continuing professional development, and ethics; and specifically progressed by connecting groups and associations in areas of the world where counselling is more developed, with those in areas of the world where they are starting.

Indeed, the work of IAC offers considerable opportunities to be relational and connect with colleagues across so many countries, to listen and support each other, to work together to develop creative ideas for advancing the organisation.