2017 – 18 QCA Committee
I have been a member of QCA for many years and would like to see the profile of Qualified Counsellors raised in the community and among other professional groups. The professionalism and dedication of QCA members is evident to our members but not always widely recognised. Over my working life I have worked in Government, “Not for Profits”, Education and my own businesses. I have found Counselling work provides me with rewarding challenges. I have particularly enjoyed Rehabilitation Counselling with injured workers, tutoring at QUT, and working with people with a disability. My clients and students have been an inspiration to me on my life’s journey and now I would like to inspire others to achieve the most they can as professional Counsellors. I look forward to working with the Board to bring recognition and benefits to the members of QCA.
Kevin has many years of practical experience in the field of counselling. For over twenty years he has worked as a school guidance counsellor within the education sector. Prior to moving into the counselling role, Kevin was a teacher and school administrator. His interest in exploring alternative ways of delivering counselling to young people in schools has led him to conduct research in this area with a focus on online counselling and integrating technology into service delivery. Kevin currently teaches post graduate students at university in preparation for working as school guidance counsellors. His counselling work is predominately a supervisory role for counsellors and practitioners in schools. He has been a member of QCA since completing his counselling studies in the early nineties. Kevin is looking forward to contributing further to the counselling profession by working towards the goals of the association.
Nathan is a clinical member of QCA and a PACFA registrant. He is a full-time counselling lecturer at USQ and operates a part-time counselling/supervision practice. He has previously manages counselling services delivering general counselling; drug, alcohol and gambling counselling; financial counselling; and telephone counselling. He has published on topics including online counselling, domestic violence, male-friendly counselling and counsellor effectiveness.
Hi my name is Julie Evans I am a provisional member of QCA and am looking forward to learning a lot from the rest of the committee, being the baby in experience. I have been a QCA member for 7 years and attended and enjoyed so many of the PD events I am really thankful to have the opportunity to be part of the committee and give back some of the efforts that others have put in over the years making QCA what it is today.
I have my own practise in Elimbah and also work with Glasshouse Mountains Neighbourhood Centre offering counselling to local people. Clients come to me from various referrals so I tend to class myself as a generalist counsellor practicing and integrating Gestalt, play therapies, person centred and strength based theories, mindfulness and some CBT. Like most counsellors it’s what works well for the clients that matters.
Having worked as a drama teacher for 30 years, with a Post Grad Cert, I consider my drama knowledge helps me with therapy decisions as working with all ages and situations it gives me confidence to try creative solutions. My belief is that drama definitely has a therapeutic element and if I combine that with counselling therapies it could be a great combination. I still have to develop those ideas more intensely.
I finished my bachelor degree in Applied Social Sciences (counselling) with ACAP in 2012, which started me onto a new journey to finding where I now belong. It’s a continuing story……..
My name is Miriam Pius, I am a Rehabilitation / Clinical Counsellor, Coach and Mindfulness Practitioner. I have worked in the field of disability, counselling, human resources, and occupational / vocational rehabilitation in Australia and overseas for the last twenty years.
I commenced my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1990 and then went on my finishing my Master’s in 1995. I joined the Australian Public Services and worked for Centrelink and Commonwealth Rehabilitation Services in various positions over a span of 10 years. During this time, I also finished my Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology to further my training and enhance my skills. In 2011, I joined the Department of Defence, where I currently work as Rehabilitation Counsellor. As part of my private practice M-Power Counselling and Consultancy; I contract as a Rehabilitation / EAP Counsellor to FEI Behavioural Health, Work Rehab and LifeWorks Health Services. I am also a Board Member for East Coast Apprenticeships.
I have been a Member of QCA over that last 10 years and it is my privilege to be part of the Management Committee. I look forward to working with the board to achieve the goals of the association and its Member’s.
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Hello, I am Ros Turner and I am the frontline of QCA being the first contact when you phone or email us. With an extensive background in administration and finance I am responsible for the smooth running and bottomline of QCA. I am currently acquiring skills in website adminstration. I also apply my financial expertise at a forward thinking Community Centre where I also work part time.
My name is Paul Neumann and I am your QCA Registrar. This title means that I look after all membership matters pertaining to the Association. I am a Fellow of QCA and have been a member since the early 1980’s. I have also had many years’ experience on the QCA management committee in previous years and have previously held the positions of President, Treasurer and Membership Secretary.This position is now a paid part-time position to allow more attention to be given to this important area. I am a registered Psychologist but have devoted my career to counselling and the supervision of counsellors for the past 34 years. I hope that I can bring all this experience to bear in answering all your membership enquiries to your satisfaction.
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