Mary Ellen Ni Cheidigh presents Ríona Browne with her award.

CRUSHEEN’S Ríona Browne was honoured with the Western Regional Award by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) at its eighth annual conference

Accedited IACP members who make a notable contribution to the profession of counselling and psychotherapy in their local community and region are recognised in the annual IACP regional awards.

Ríona’s commitment to the counselling and psychotherapy profession was commended when she received the nod for the Western Regional Award.

Cathaoirleach Séamus Sheedy stated, “I would like to congratulate Ríona Browne our Western Regional Award Recipient who I believe was an excellent choice for the Award. I commend her clear vision for this part of Ireland, and I am aware of the activities Ríona has been involved in across the entire region”.

Acknowledging the need for an IACP voice on the ground in the West of Ireland, Ríona volunteered as Secretary of the Western Regional Committee and worked diligently to facilitate the members throughout the region as they became involved with the IACP and the Western Regional Committee. This included bringing continuous professional development events to the West and several networking opportunities for counsellors and psychotherapists.

She said, “I am honoured to accept the award from IACP, and I am grateful to the Western Regional Committee for their nomination. The Committee is comprised of a committed group of people who bring support to counsellors and psychotherapists and who work on raising the profile of the IACP in the region. It has been a privilege to have contributed to this work”.

The annual awards ceremony was held at the IACP’s 8th annual conference on the 21st October 2023 at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

Carl Berkeley Memorial Award: Christine May
Public Inspiration Award: Dr Tony Bates

IACP Research Excellence Award: Ashley Morgan
Research Bursary Award: Karen Doyle

Regional Award Recipients:
Dublin Regional Award: Aoife Smith
Midlands Regional Award: Christine Early Moran
Northern Ireland Regional Award: Dr Breda Friel
Southeast Regional Award: Pauline Macey
Southern Regional Award: Marie O’Mahony
West North West Regional Award: Brian Conlon
Western Regional Award: Ríona Browne

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