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Michelle Caulfield Honoured with Prestigious IACP Western Regional Award [17/05/24]

Michelle Caulfield Honoured with Prestigious IACP Western Regional Award
Award Celebrates Outstanding Contributions to the Counselling/Psychotherapy Profession

Michelle Caulfield of Ardrahan, County Galway has been honoured with the Western Regional Award by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy at its 9th Annual Conference held recently.

The IACP Regional Awards recognise an accredited member who makes a notable contribution to the profession of counselling and psychotherapy in their local community and region.

Ms Caulfield is the Lead Trainer and Facilitator in the Education and Training Department in the Galway Rape Crisis Centre. Michelle played a key role in the development of the Manuela Schools Programme in the aftermath of the death of teenager Manuela Riedo and continues to advocate for students through education.

Lisa Molloy, IACP Chief Executive Officer, praised Michelle’s commitment to community:

“I would like to congratulate Michelle Caulfield, our Western Regional Award Recipient and pay tribute to her work with Galway Rape Crisis Centre and in developing the Manuela Schools programme. Michelle has had a lasting influence on the lives of so many people across the Western region and beyond.”

Ms Caulfield passionately advocates for sexual violence prevention and developed the hugely successful ‘First Point of Contact Training’ in collaboration with Active Consent* in the University of Galway which in turn has paved the way for GRCC collaborations with higher education institutes nationwide.

Michelle Caulfield stated:

“I am very grateful to IACP and the Western regional committee for this award. It highlights the importance and value of disclosure training. I work as the lead trainer and facilitator in the Galway Rape Crisis Centre. Sexual violence disclosure training is an integral key in creating authentic, trauma informed spaces for all victims of sexual violence & harassment. In the last four years, it's been an absolute honour to bring RCC skills, knowledge and practice into our communities, third level institutions and frontline services. We endeavour to continue this vital work and ease the long-term effects of sexual violence for all.”

The Western Regional Award was presented at the IACP’s 9th Annual Conference on Saturday 20th April 2024 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo.

IACP 2024 Award Recipients:
Carl Berkeley Memorial Award: Audrey Flanagan
Public Inspiration Award: Blezzing Dada
Research Excellence Award: Jayne Leonard
Research Bursary Award: Gerard Meehan

Regional Award Recipients:
Dublin Regional Award: Breda Farrell
Midlands Regional Award: Anita Lynch
Northeast Regional Award: Kathleen Byrne
Southeast Regional Award: Patricia Wilson
Southern Regional Award: Celine O'Callaghan
West North West Regional Award: Liam Neville
Western Regional Award: Michelle Caulfield


For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Nicole Mac Dermott, MPII -  Communications Supervisor: 087 720 6033 or Wayne Tobin, FEIPR MEIC Communications Officer: 089 214 2276


The IACP was established in 1981 to identify, develop and maintain professional standards of excellence in counselling and psychotherapy. Our work promotes best practice and the development of the profession. The IACP represents 6,000 members based in communities all over the country and is the largest counselling and psychotherapy association in Ireland. For more information, please visit



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