Jennifer Fitzgerald

PhD (Clin), Co-Director of the Australian Centre for EFT

Jennifer Fitzgerald, PhD (Clin), is a Clinical Psychologist in Brisbane, and Co-Director of the Australian Centre for EFT (www.aceft.com.au)  She is also an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland, coordinating courses in communication skills for medical students and sex and couples’ therapy for post grad psychology and counselling students….

Neil Roberts (Keynote)

BA Hons, PostGrad Cert. Edu., Dip PC, Dip Couns & Supv. PostGrad Couns Psyc.. MCouns.

Spirituality and Worldview Issues in Counselling: Implications for Christian Counsellors
Ethical practice demands that counsellors bracket their own values, and while Christian counsellors can know this explicitly, the practical experience of being confronted with clients who hold very different values and beliefs can create dilemmas for some developing and experienced counsellors. This presentation will introduce some observations on potential difficulties created in trying to integrate a Christian worldview, with the many historical and philosophical influences that have travelled alongside it. Discussion around some of the common dilemmas faced by Christian counsellors regarding spirituality and worldview issues will be invited throughout the presentations with direct questions being presented to the participants ( so come ready to participate!).

Karen Robinson (Keynote)

Business Consultant at JourneyOne

Karen Robinson. Before joining JourneyOne as a Business Consultant in 2018, Karen was the Managing Director of Mango Group for over 10 years and so combines extensive consulting experience with her practical understanding of business leadership. She has consulted with clients in the areas of strategy development, culture transformation, and organisational agility. Karen has worked…

Alan Richardson

BA Hons (Religious Studies/History), PGCert in Education, Dip. of Pastoral Care, Dip. of Humanistic Counselling and Supervision, PGDip of Counselling Psychology, Master of Counselling.

Ethical practice demands that counsellors bracket their own values, and while Christian counsellors can know this explicitly, the practical experience of being confronted with clients who hold very different values and beliefs can create dilemmas for some developing and experienced counsellors. This presentation will introduce some observations on potential difficulties created in trying to integrate a Christian worldview, with the many historical and philosophical influences that have travelled alongside it. Discussion around some of the common dilemmas faced by Christian counsellors regarding spirituality and worldview issues will be invited throughout the presentations with direct questions being presented to the participants ( so come ready to participate!).

Allan & Helen Meyer (Keynote)

H: M.Ed., M. Couns., M. Sc. Med (Sexual Health) A: B.Ec., Dip.Ed., D.Min

Helen Meyer is a Clinical Counsellor, currently leading the team at Stairway Counselling in Melbourne. She is a trained primary and high school teacher, co-founder of Careforce Lifekeys and author of many of the 15 Careforce Lifekeys courses used around Australia and in 23 other countries. She has three Masters Degrees:  Adult Education, Counselling, and…

Helen Meyer (Keynote)

M.Ed., M. Couns., M. Sc. Med (Sexual Health)

Helen Meyer is a Clinical Counsellor, currently leading the team at Stairway Counselling in Melbourne. She is a trained primary and high school teacher, co-founder of Careforce Lifekeys and author of many of the 15 Careforce Lifekeys courses used around Australia and in 23 other countries. She has three Masters Degrees:  Adult Education, Counselling, and…

Allan Meyer (Keynote)

B.Ec., Dip.Ed., D.Min

Allan Meyer is an educator and international speaker to both secular and Christian audiences. He initially taught High School economics and legal studies before answering the call to full-time ministry. Throughout his 40 years of pastoral service Allan has focused particularly on coaching and encouraging men. His doctoral project created the Valiant Man course designed…

Dr Irene Alexander (Keynote)

BSc (Psychology), MPhil (Counselling), PhD

Irene Alexander is a spiritual director and lecturer. She was dean of Social Sciences at Christian Heritage College in Brisbane for ten years. She also teaches at the Australian Catholic University and Asian Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines, and is a spiritual direction formator. She has written several books, the latest being Awakening Desire: Encountering…

Owen Robinson

MAASW (Adv. Accr), MACSW Clinical Div, BSW (Curtin), BEd (Science), Grad Dip Management, MA (Counselling)

Owen Robinson is a clinical social worker in private practice (providing counselling since 1999).  Counselling is his second profession after previously working as a secondary teacher for two decades although he admits that counselling is the more rewarding of the two; as a counselling student last century he simply found himself enjoying study for the…