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Carl Berkeley Memorial Award 

This national award honours a fully paid up member of IACP who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the counselling profession by creating or influencing counselling projects or counselling development work at local and national level.

Award Criteria Information

The person’s contributions may be through some or all of the following criteria:

  • Program development
  • Community counselling service
  • Organising, writing, research
  • Professional activities

Awardees should meet, establish and promote the highest professional and ethical standards and may be recognised as leaders in their field

Eligible nominees will be knowledgeable, demonstrate creativity and succeed in stretching the boundaries defining the parameters of good practice


Fulfils or exceeds the criteria (below) for some or all of the criteria for the IACP

  • A fully paid up member who makes a notable contribution to the profession of Counselling and Psychotherapy, or to the Counselling and Psychotherapy Community in their Region.
  • Service contributions can include development of creative educational or training programs (does not include personal business initiatives), or other novel activities in the advancement of the profession
  • A member who has made outstanding practice contributions to the profession locally (i.e. setting up local charitable agencies, etc.)
  • Practice contributions can include breadth and / or depth of practice activities, innovations in service delivery locally and contributes to diversity, and / or other notable contributions (does not include personal business initiatives)
  • Building awareness of IACP and its operations within the Region
  • A member who has given significant voluntary time to IACP Committee work and / or general Counselling and Psychotherapy advocacy
  • A member who makes contributions to increasing awareness of standards of Counselling and Psychotherapy within the Region

Nominations for this award are assessed by a selected panel and approved by the IACP Board of Directors whose decision will be confidential and final.

The successful nominee will receive a crystal Carl Berkeley Memorial award in perpetuity.

Nominations can be put forward in all cases by a member, a Regional Committee or by the Board of Directors. No self-nominations will be accepted.

An awards panel (Five IACP members nominated by the Board of Directors) will be selected to review the nominations submitted within 6 weeks of a final submission date which will be published in the IACP Journal or by e-news. This panel’s decision will be confidential and final.

Memorial Award Recipients

  • 2024 - Audrey Flanagan
  • 2023 - Christine May
  • 2022 - Liam Cannon
  • 2021 - Úna Coakley
  • 2020 - Adrian O'Grady (posthumous)
  • 2019 - Chris Murphy
  • 2018 - Joe Heffernan
  • 2017 - Gus Murray
  • 2016 - Christine Moran
  • 2014 - Marcella Finnerty
  • 2012 - Marina Sweeney
  • 2011 - Ursula O'Farrell
  • 2010 - Eoin Stephens
  • 2009 - Margaret Watchorn
  • 2008 - Vincent Humphreys
  • 2007 - Denise O' Dowd
  • 2006 - Liam Mc Carthy 


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