Heather is a Trainer, Published Author and Supervisor of Relationship Educators and Counsellors, and a Couples and Family Therapist in private practice, Kiama. She is also a Consultant in Team Building, Conflict and Stress Management and Personality Style for Government, NGO’s and private organisations.
Heather was Clinical Co-ordinator for Relationships Australia, Illawarra for 8 years, where she led the Counselling and Relationship Education teams and was involved with training, supervision, groupwork, creative seminars and the media.
In 2001 Heather was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study Marriage and Family Education Programmes in the USA and UK.
Heather has spoken at numerous National and State Conferences and is a popular guest speaker in the Community. She has presented in Uganda, Sth Africa, India, and has been keynote speaker at the International Better Marriages Conference in the USA, and National Conferences in Australia.
Heather and her husband, John have been married for 36 years and have 3 adult children. John is a General Practitioner in Gerringong, NSW. Heather and John are Christians and have a passion to see marriages vibrant and growing. They are also passionate about helping people in vulnerable communities. They have jointly run Marriage Enrichment events for over 30 years. Heather and John are the Chaircouple and Trainer Couple for Better Marriages Australia.
The McAlpines facilitate Couple Getaways in their Kiama home for up to 7 couples and run Couple seminars for groups of up to 100 that are organised by churches and other organisations. Heather is available for Public Speaking and Counsellor Supervision, and conducts Couples and Family counselling in her Kiama private practice. In her ‘spare’ time Heather loves to spend time with her family in the outdoors and enjoys long distance cycling, sustained by dark chocolate!
Clinical Member of PACFA (Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia).
Master Clinician of AARC (Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors).
Trainer and Assessor of Leader Couples for Better Marriages Australia
Chairwoman of Better Marriages Australia.
Couple of the Year Award – Better Marriages Australia 1995
Winston Churchill Fellowship (Rewarding Australians striving for Excellence). 2001.
‘Making a Difference’ – Relationships Australia 2009.
Nominee for ‘Citizen of the Year’ – Australia Day Awards, Kiama 2011
Topics have included:
- Creating Great Relationships
- Do You Wanna Make Up?
- Strength Through Adversity
- The Adventure of Marriage
- Stress Less for Christmas
- In Faith, Women Shape the Future
- Treasures in the Darkness
- Finding your Paddle when you’re up the Creek
- Rescue the Romance
- Stop, Revive, Survive: Crashproofing your Family