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Gus Murray wins Carl Berkeley Award [25/10/17]

Outstanding contribution to the development of the counselling profession honoured

Gus Murray, Programme Director and Lecturer in CIT Cork, was presented with the Carl Berkeley Award at the IACP annual Conference in Kilkenny on October 20. Gus is an Integerative Psychotherapist accredited with the IACP. The Carl Berkeley Memorial 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.
Gus is an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Europe Accredited Practitioner, Consultant and Trainer. He is coordinating the development of EMDR in Ireland. EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR therapy can facilitate the effective processing of traumatic or disturbing life experiences to an adaptive resolution.
“I was delighted that our own IACP Southern region has just recently completed an introductory phase on the use of EMDR therapy in practice,” Gus said on receiving the award. He added he was delighted with the approach. He acknowledged the influence in more recent times of Dr. Richard Schwartz and the Evolution of The Internal Family Systems Model.
He included the IACP supervisory team and all co-ordinators who helped with placements, as key personnel. External examiners were also acknowledged. In particular, Gus included in his thanks Colm O’Doherty and previous (2009) Carl Berkeley Award winner Margaret Watchorn.
He thanked the IACP staff for helping to “uphold professional standards of excellence for practitioners and for providers of training programmes.” He acknowledged the support of his “greatest supporter and advocate”, his wife Kay – who accompanied him on “the journey since IACP accreditation in 1991 and put up with very unsocial hours.”

Carl Berkeley Awardees should meet, establish and promote the highest professional and
ethical standards and may be recognized as leaders in their field. Eligible nominees will be “knowledgeable, demonstrate creativity and succeed in
stretching the boundaries defining the parameters of good practice.” Building awareness of IACP and its operations within the Region is one of the criteria for winning the Award. A winner will have given significant voluntary time to IACP Committee work and / or general Counselling and Psychotherapy advocacy.


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