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Patricia Wilson Honoured with Prestigious Southeast Regional Award [05/06/24]

For Immediate Release:

5th June 2024

Patricia Wilson Honoured with Prestigious Southeast Regional Award

Award Celebrates Outstanding Contributions to the Counselling/Psychotherapy Profession

Patricia Wilson of Kilkenny has been honoured with the Southeast Regional Award by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy at its 9th Annual Conference held recently.

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.

Ms. Wilson has dedicated her career to helping children and their families as a long-time bereavement counsellor at St Luke’s hospital, Kilkenny and a former senior lecturer for the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Professional Certificate in Children and Loss postgraduate programme. She was an energetic and devoted volunteer working with the Kilkenny Bereavement Support group for 30 years and delivered bereavement information talks nationwide including in including facilitation of memorial days for Crumlin Children’s hospital and the Jack and Jill foundation. In retirement, she continues to serve as a clinical advisor to Anam Cara – the Bereaved Parents’ Association. 

IACP Cathaoirleach, Seamus Sheedy commented:

“I would like to congratulate Patricia Wilson, our 2024 Southeast Regional Award Recipient for her commitment to the local community through her outstanding work with the Kilkenny Bereavement Support group and Anam Cara

Patricia has been an active IACP accredited member and supervisor making long-lasting contributions through her decades of supervising counsellors/psychotherapists, teaching, and her advocacy for the importance of accreditation while we await statutory regulation of the profession in Ireland.”

Speaking about her award, Patricia Wilson remarked:

“I am truly blown away to be honoured with the Southeast Regional Award, most especially as it is my colleagues in the Southeast region that nominated me. I deeply appreciate and value it. I would like to give a special thanks to Willie Egan and the Southeast Regional Committee team for the nomination. They work very hard on our behalf to provide networking and CPD locally. I have recently retired after over 30 years, but still retain an active retirement membership. I remember how isolating the work was, back in the day, with little supervision or support. This is why I so deeply appreciate the IACP, which provides an ethical and safe practice framework as well as a constant support.”

The Southeast Regional Award was announced 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.


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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