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Liam Neville Honoured with Prestigious West North-West Regional Award [25/04/24]

For Immediate Release:

25th April 2024

Liam Neville Honoured with Prestigious West North-West Regional Award

IACP Award Celebrates Outstanding Contributions to the Counselling/Psychotherapy Profession

Liam Neville of the HSE Bereavement Service Sligo – Leitrim was honoured with the West North-West Regional Award by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy at the 9th Annual Conference.

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

Speaking today regarding this year’s awards IACP Cathaoirleach Séamus Sheedy stated: 

“I would like sincerely congratulate Liam Neville, the West North-West Regional Award honouree for his tremendous contributions to West North-West region and beyond. Liam served with dedication and esteem for six-plus years as chairperson of the WNW Regional Committee. I admire his commitment to the welfare of student therapists and supervisors and applaud his contribution to this area at local and national levels.”

Mr Neville is a mental health professional with more than 30 years of experience, and has worked in a range of mental health areas, from addictions, complex mental health, and specialising in bereavement, and developmental trauma.

“I am accepting this award on behalf of the many students, pre accredited therapists and therapists who have worked alongside me  for many years in providing  counselling – psychotherapy  for  the HSE Bereavement Service to the people of Sligo – Leitrim.

He holds a foundation training in Psychiatric Nursing and a four-year degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy. He furthered his knowledge by training in - Advanced Diploma in Trauma Management, Diploma in Supervision, Diploma in Spirituality, and becoming an accredited IACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Supervisor in 2005.

Currently, Mr Neville coordinates the HSE Sligo-Leitrim Traumatic Bereavement Service, and is Interim co-coordinator of the HSE  National Counselling Service Childhood Trauma Service, coordinating a team of accredited, pre-accredited, and student therapists. He manages  the waiting lists, client screening - assessment, and allocations.  Additionally, he facilitates a range of reflective practice groups and has specialised in psychological Critical Incident Response across the region.   

In the early 1990s, he was instrumental in establishing two charities, Advocates for the Victims of Homicide (AdVic),  and Support after Homicide (SAH) providing outreach support to bereaved families by homicide nationwide.

Mr Neville has been a member of  the IACP West North-West Committee, for a number of years was the previous chairperson, and has severed on the IACP Board of Directors since 2021. His contributions include presenting motions at the IACP National AGM’s positively impacting the welfare of students, counsellors, and supervisors, and ultimately enhancing client welfare.

The West North-West 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

Wayne Tobin, Communications Officer: 089 214 2276.


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