I have been a member of QCA since the mid 80’s when we used to meet at the Kelvin Grove Campus and have been a clinical member of PACFA since its inception. I have been on the Committee as a Member and Vice-President at different times during those years. I have worked in the Qld Govt. for the past 27 years as a leader in the organizational development, education and training and run a small private practice in Counselling. I hold two Masters degrees in both Education and Social Science Counselling, as well as degrees in Education, registration as a teacher and counsellor.
I am passionate about humanising organisations and have delivered papers at the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) on Authentic Leadership in Prague, Birmingham and Rome. I have undertaken extensive counselling and workplace coaching delivery at all levels.
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 practising 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 the 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……..
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 postgraduate students at the 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.
Clair enjoys having time to stop and pause! This is harder than it sounds to gain that quality mindful time. Being on a hobby farm with 8 beautiful horses, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a bird allows me to be in the moment and slow down to enjoy them. Clair is currently a part-time relationship counsellor, with a counselling service in Maryborough. Clair completed BASocSc 1999 and for the last 19 yrs worked with several not for profit organisations delivering counselling and case management work. Clair has worked across a range of settings in her career including work with children, young people and adults with trauma backgrounds and complex blended families. Clair applies a person-centred strength and mindfulness-based approach. In the past 5 years, Clair has been following EAGALA framework with equine assisted psychotherapy. Clair is anticipating to start private practice delivering EAP in the Wide Bay Area from October 2018.
Karol has been a member of QCA since 1988 and has held the positions of President, Vice President and Membership Secretary.
He preceded Paul Neumann as Assessor of Membership Applications: was present at the Inaugural Meeting of PACFA and was the second person to qualify for entry to the PACFA Register. He is currently Chair of the QCA Ethics Committee. Over the years he has contributed significantly to the various revisions of the Constitution, to the formulation of Membership Criteria, Supervision Guidelines and other documentation. Karol returns to the Management Committee after 18 years.
I am a Clinical Member of QCA since moving to Australia in 2017. Before that I began my work in mental health in 2001 during my Psychology and psychoanalysis degree in Dublin, Ireland. I then acquired my integrative counselling Diploma, and began my private practice in 2008. I then completed my post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Queens University, Belfast. Since 2008 I have also created and facilitated Healthy Mind workshops that have an eclectic mix of psycho-education and therapeutic mindfulness.
After moving to Brisbane, I founded the Sunlight Centre that provides free crisis counselling for teenagers and adults in suicidal distress and/or self-harm. I hope I can bring my experience working with the counselling accrediting body in Ireland to the QCA Committee.
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 bottom line of QCA. I am currently acquiring skills in website administration. 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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I have over ten years of information technology experience, having graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Information Technology, and worked as a database developer and IT helpdesk. In 2001, I pursued my psychology and counselling degrees. I am eager to get things done in a smarter and more innovative solution. My aim is to assist QCA with its strategic planning towards an online presence. Please email me if you are keen to write a blog or have a digital idea for members. firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthony Smith is studying a Bachelor of Counselling at the Brisbane ACAP campus. He hope’s his studies will take him through to a Masters in Sexology, and is looking to work with the LGBTQI+ community as a counsellor. He has previously sat as a volunteer on various committees in both LGBTQI+ community and community health orgs.