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Frank Coughlan

Frank Coughlan

I studied social work as a young mature student aged 26. I worked for a year in residential care of 10 to 18 year old boys. Then 6 years of Child Protection Social work in Dublin before emigrating to Australia with my wife and family. Here, I spent a year as home carer for my daughter before joining Kids Help Line as a Supervisor of Telphone Counsellors (30 hours per week). At that time, I began counselling as a private practitioner (part-time) specialising in Deep Imagery, a process I had trained in in Ireland and in New Mexico, USA. I began running therapeutic groups and continue with both private counselling and groupwork to the present. Having a daughter with down syndrome and a daughter who died meant that a large part of my life energy was focused on dealing with these events. My family experience has helped to shape my practice in many ways.
From 1996 to 2011, I took on the role of caretaker at the Brisbane Quaker Meeting House and so, for many years I combined it with supervising at KHL and some private counselling.
Some time after Maeve’s death, the primary school she attended approached me to ask if I would consider a role as School Chaplain. This has been my most recent organisational role, at the same time continuing with some private work and caretaking the Quaker Meeting House.
In 2011, my family and I moved to Ballina and I have spent the year mainly on major house renovations.
I began my current position in February 2011 at Youth Connections North Coast where I work four days a wek.

Specialties: Deep Imagery as a way to positively engage unconscious processes, Group processes, Organisational change and innovation, Working with children adolescents men and women, Teamwork, Technology supporting social work, Innovative and practical ways to engage clients.