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writing and conferences

I speak frequently at international conferences, on a variety of therapy, university, mental health, diversity, leadership, research and wellbeing topics.


I have extensive experience of chairing conferences, panels, and delivering talks and keynote sessions to a variety of professionals groups and audiences both in the UK and internationally.


My practice and expertise are underpinned by a strong commitment to using theory and practice that are evidence-based. As a result, I have made my own contributions to research in my field by being a founding member of two national research groups in student mental health: Mindfulness Skills for Students 

SELECTED CONFERENCES (full list on request)


  • Keynote: Clinical Perspective on Factors Impacting Student Mental Health in HE, Westminster Insight

  • Keynote: Models and experiences of psychological crisis prevention and intervention in British Universities, Shanghai Jiaotong University


National Conference on Universities and Colleges Mental Health

  • Keynote: Strategies for Promoting Student Wellbeing / TechnologyOne London Showcase

  • Chairing panels on oral presentation and research in student mental health / Speaker: cost of living impact on student mental wellbeing MHWBHE conference – Advance HE

  • Speaker Building resilience for international staff and students in a climate of permacrisis – Feature session, EAIE Conference Rotterdam

  • Student Minds Webinars: Dealing with conflict, Transitioning into Graduate life, Coping with Academic Stress


  • Keynote The future of the mental health, counselling and wellbeing workforce in HE, MHWBHE conference – Advance HE and national meeting Heads of University Counselling Service Group (HUCS)

  • Panel member spotlight session : Equity, diversity and inclusion & presenter: Is it just stigma? Why students do not seek mental health support and what to do about it – EAIE Conference (Barcelona)

  • Boosting your resilience workshop (Antonine University, Lebanon)

  •  Keynote Student Mental Wellbeing: Challenges and Guidance Open Forum Events



  • Chairing online panel for MHWBHE – Advance HE Nailing Jelly to a Wall: Providing Wellbeing Support in a Time of Uncertainty


  • Counselling in the Shadow of Coronavirus / AUCCCD (USA – online) with R. Millar

  • Providing Culturally Competent Support Services / Westminster in Higher Education Forum


  • Keynote – Models and Experiences of Psychological Crisis Prevention and Intervention      Conferences at Tongji, Xian, and Jilin Universities and Chinese Association for Mental Health (Bejing)

  • Counselling in UK Universities and Colleges: Gathering Outcome Measures for the Sector:

      Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR)


  • Chairing BACP UC – Working with Research, Universities and Colleges Conference

  • Chairing BACP UC – Working with Suicide, Universities and Colleges Conference

  • Special Keynote –   Exploring the Role and Importance of Counselling in Effectively Supporting Students' Wellbeing New Gov


  • Next steps for Improving Mental Health Provision at University

      Westminster Higher Education Forum Seminar

  • Combatting Violence Against Women & Harassment on Campus

      Westminster Briefing

  • Effectiveness of Providing a Mindfulness-Based Intervention to Increase Resilience to Stress in University Students: Results from a Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial 

      BACP research conference with J Galante


  • Reviewer for BACP Coaching competencies (2023)

  • Dufour, G. & Saliari, S. (2023) ‘Inclusive services and safe spaces’,

       EAIE Forum Summer

  • Two heads are better than one? With Dr Val Watson, Coaching Today (2023)

  • Editor of the Best Practice Guidelines for University Counselling Services - BACP UC 2017 Contributor and reviewer for BACP The Competences Required To Deliver Effective Counselling In Further And Higher Education (2016).

  • Assessment in Short-term Counselling in Higher Education (2016)

  • You can follow this link to a list of some of my publications (full list on request):

On application


“Geraldine is a font of knowledge within the Higher Education counselling environment. Her significant experience and expertise means she can identify solutions and appropriate strategies to advance and improve the delivery of student counselling. Having recently worked with her on several writing projects, I can testify to her sound writing skills, ability to meet deadlines and capacity to meet the brief, and more”.

Rick Hughes 

Editor: University & College Counselling Journal
Recent Head of Service - University of Aberdeen Counselling Service
A former Lead Advisor to the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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