The Australian College of Applied Psychology community was saddened by the passing of Dr John Meteyard, Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Counselling, in May.
John joined ACAP in 2014 as both a practicing counsellor and educational psychologist. John enjoyed working with clients from a range of backgrounds especially indigenous young people and families living in remote communities.
Cross-cultural settings were a special interest, and John developed and delivered Diploma and Bachelor level courses in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, over a ten-year span of his career.
At home in Brisbane, he also worked with refugee and immigrant youth and their families in an English language immersion school. John further served his beloved profession by serving as the Chair of the Research Committee and Board Member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).
ACAP students’ tributes to John remembered him fondly for his open-minded discussions, encouragement, personal warmth, charisma and humour, and for inspiring their confidence in pursuing careers as counsellors and psychotherapists. Students studying via blended delivery noted his ability to bridge the ‘face-to-face’ and ‘online divide’ as an educator and mentor.
John was a valued member of staff who always met others with a cheery and warm smile. He was a talented academic contributing much to course development, research, research supervision and teaching. He will be greatly missed.