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Sarah Jane Hennelly: AACPI National Coordinator


Sarah Jane is the former Communications and Campaigns coordinator with international aid charity ActionAid Ireland. She began her career as a mental health researcher with the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick. She is the former manager of MyMind Limerick and Director of Limerick Mental Health Association. Sarah Jane worked for several years with PAUL Partnership, Limerick City's local development company, delivering several large-scale community-based programmes including Limerick's first UNHCR Refugee Resettlement programme. She is trained in Reflective Practice facilitation, ASIST, Understanding Self-harm and she holds certificates from Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and the HSE for working with survivors of trauma and sexual violence in social care settings. Sarah Jane is the former National Chairperson of the Social Democrats political party and in 2016 she stood as a candidate in the General Election for Limerick City. Sarah Jane is a former Governor of the University of Limerick, from where she has a degree in Politics and Public Administration and a Masters in EU politics and Law.

Michelle McCafferty: IT Database & Finance Consultant


Michelle joined the AACPI Board of Directors in January 2013. Her role on the board was Treasurer & IT Database Management. She stepped down from the Board of Directors in July 2015. Since then Michelle has been working with the AACPI in the capacity of IT Database Support/Development and Finance consultant. She has a great interest in the area of mental health, charities and the not- for- profit sector, she is a director of the Environmental Foundation for Africa, Ireland. Prior to 2006 Michelle was working in the Financial services sector in both London and Dublin. She has a degree in Accounting and Human Resource Management, Majoring in Accounting from the National College of Ireland and is a part qualified accountant, from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA )

Joseph Enright (AACPI Treasurer)


Joseph Enright is a graduate of the Cork Counselling Centre and Training Institute. He is a member of the team in the Cork Counselling Centre and Training Institute and works there as a Counsellor and Trainer. Joseph is also Head of the Foundation course in Counselling skills in the centre. He is also very actively involved in the Fundraising committee in the centre and has successfully headed many fundraising events.

Joseph joined the board of AACPI in May 2013 and he is enjoying being part of the board and the important work it is trying to achieve. He was elected as Treasurer of the AACPI board in July 2015. Joseph looks forward to the continued growth of AACPI and to supporting the agencies it represents in the crucial work they are providing to communities in Ireland. Joseph has a particular interest in attachment studies and relational development. He believes very strongly and is committed to continued personal development within the counselling profession. Joseph believes strongly in social justice and equality for all.

Marian Keigher Chairperson of AACPI


Marian Keigher, Director of Services Vita House Family centre, Roscommon. Marian has worked in Vita House since 2011. She is a Registered Family Therapist from the Clanwilliam Institute and a professionally qualified Social Worker. She worked previously in the HSE West and Brothers of Charity, Roscommon.

Maura Callaghan( AACPI Board Member)


Maura Callaghan, Director of Counselling & Psychotherapy at the Boyle Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre, Family Life Centre, Boyle. Maura is an IACP  accredited psychotherapist. She trained at Turning Point/DCU and PCI College for post graduate studies.  She has a wide range of experience having worked in nursing, administration, domestic violence service, counselling and psychotherapy since 2004. She took over her present role in her organisation in January 2014. She is a member of the Board of AACPI since 2013.

Geoffrey McCarthy (AACPI Board Member)


Geoffrey is the current general manager of the Beacon of Light Counselling Centre, he has been in this position since 2015, he is an accredited (IACP) psychotherapist since 2010. Geoffrey has worked in Beacon since 2007, starting his student placement hours there. Geoffrey is a published author on men’s metal health, and has a particular interest in this area. He has designed an award-winning social prescribing programme that uses psychotherapy and group physical activity for young at-risk men. Geoffrey joined the AACPI board in December 2020, and is keen to promote the agency-based sector and psychotherapy as a profession to a wider audience. Geoffrey has well established networks with statutory, corporate agencies and philanthropists through his current role.

Máire Ní Dhomhnaill (AACPI Board Member)


Máire Ní Dhomhnaill is a Gestalt Therapist, a member of IACP and has worked as a counsellor in the Family Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo since 2002. In that time she has gained a wealth of experience working with all issues presented by clients. She always had an interest in supporting the suicide bereaved through therapy individually, within families or in a group. Since 2011 Máire coordinated and was the Liaison person for The Mayo Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service. This is a post-vention service which supports those who are bereaved by suicide. Máire took the lead role in developing a protocol for Mayo agencies “Responding to a Suicide”. The Mayo Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service Model was evaluated by Dublin City University in 2015 and shown to be an effective model of working. She works closely with many agencies in the county and at National Level in suicide prevention, post-vention and positive mental health. Máire began her career in teaching and gained 20 years’ experience in disability services at every level including senior management. She was appointed Director of the Family Centre in July 2017 and appointed to AACPI board in September 2017.

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