Queensland Branch Leadership Group

Maree Armansin has worked in the industry for 35 years and has provided education, organizational development and counselling services. Her career began as a teacher, then youth worker, private practitioner, organizational development consultant and professional development specialist in Queensland Government. She trained at Wellington Teachers College (Dip Tchg.) QUT (Graduate Dip. Counselling, B.Ed., Master of Social Science (Counselling), and at UNE (Master of Education).

She is a clinical member of PACFA and past President of QCA. She is a registered Family Constellations Master practitioner, MBTI practitioner and uses tools and models from theory to offer clients practical, down to earth, professional guidance that assists organizations and individuals to achieve high level potentiality and significant change in their lives as well as improving commercial outcomes, sustainability and effectiveness in the workplace. She is a supportive senior colleague who brings challenge and practical solution-focused approaches to organizations and individuals. As a new member of the PACFA QLD leadership team she is passionate about launching PACFA QLD to all members and bringing professional development and awareness of PACFA QLD to the State.

Glaucia Barbosa worked for 17 years as a psychologist in private practice in Brazil providing psycho-diagnostic testing for children, career guidance and counselling to adolescents, individual and group psychotherapy to adult clients experiencing chronic mental illness. Glaucia holds a BPsych(Hons), Spec HR, Spec Analytical Group Therapy and MCouns. She also worked at a school, at a rehabilitation centre, participated as a speaker in conferences and seminars, developed workshops for mental health professionals and projects for communities addressing issues of disadvantaged families. (Glaucia is not registered as a Psychologist in Australia).

Glaucia came to Australia in 2006 and after completing her Master of Counselling at The University of Queensland she has been working as a Psychotherapist and Holistic Clinical Counsellor in private practice and in community organisations in Brisbane, QLD. In Brisbane, Glaucia held positions such as: Family and Domestic Violence Counsellor, Counsellor Advocate for refugees and asylum seekers, Counsellor for people with drug and alcohol misuse and as a Program Area Coordinator for a Community Connection Program at RBWH. She is also passionate about group work and was a Group Facilitator of a Women’s Migrant Support Group for many years and a Counsellor Group Facilitator for parents of children with threatening illnesses who were living at a hospice. In addition, she presented workshops about psychological subjects in private clinics and about the challenges of immigration to international students at schools. After experiencing the process of immigration herself and work with clients from CALD background, she also developed multicultural competence to provide counselling and information to immigrants who are experiencing challenges related to the immigration and settlement process, such as homesickness, culture shock, language and working barriers. Glaucia advocates for counsellors’ recognition and rights.

Florence Ee is an experienced counsellor, drawing therapist and is currently lecturing at the University of Southern Queensland. Florence holds a Bachelor in Info. Technology, a BSc (Psychology) and a Master of Counselling. She is also a qualified Interactive Drawing Therapy (IDT) trainer, running regular workshops throughout Australia and New Zealand.

She was the ICT Officer for the QCA and her goal is to transfer this knowledge to assist PACFA QLD to create an online community for its members so regional and other state members can participate in online professional development.

Brett Jones holds a Bachelor of Human Services, Counselling (Honours). He is a life experienced counsellor and is passionate about helping people to find their strengths to make the changes they need to grow. He has been a member of the Queensland Counsellors Association (QCA) for 3 years and joined the Professional Development (PD) subcommittee in February 2019. During Brett’s involvement with the PD subcommittee, he organised and facilitated some fantastic topics to the QCA members. Brett worked in Quitline for a couple of years providing addiction counselling. He is currently working at Lifeline, providing online chat service and is a practitioner at Relationships Australia (RA). Brett is committed to providing relationship counselling and support for those people dealing with addictions and suicidal ideation.

Roger Vallance has an extensive background in education both secondary and tertiary levels. As a secondary school counsellor, he is a clinical registrant of PACFA, an accredited supervisor and mental health practitioner. Along with school counselling, Roger supervises other school counsellors. Roger practises in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland since 2016. Roger holds counselling relevant degrees of Grad. Dip Counselling, M. Clinical Counselling and B. Psych Science, as well as education degrees of BA (Hons), Med and PhD.

Roger is deeply committed to improving counselling services to adolescents and advancing the skill sets of those clinicians who work with adolescents.

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