Vol. 6

The Ikon Journal

Welcome to your Ikon Journal, Volume 6 (October 2022)
The Journal will be published once every trimester into your student portal.
Please remember, this journal is for you and we would love you to share your ideas, inspiring stories, events, pictures, tips and more.

Get in contact now with Prisca at experience@ikon.edu.au

Company News and Key Dates

2023 – 2026 Key DatesDownload

2023 Schedule of FeesDownload

We have rebranded!

Over the last month we have introduced a fresh new look, new logo and new colours. Ikon as you know it will still be Ikon, we’ve just had a little makeover. Scroll through our website to check out our new look and head to our About Us page to see our brand values and beliefs.

Welcome to our new Ikon staff.

Dr Ehsan Ahmed
Executive Dean

I am a highly experienced, passionate, and knowledgeable academic professional with various expertise in senior-level positions within the education industry. As a highly experienced Academic Administrator, Course Coordinator, and Lecturer, I have comprehensive work experience in course development, course delivery, TEQSA registration, and compliance. I have worked in universities and various tertiary education institutes, where the overall academic governance has been a critical focus of my role.

I have also spent much time developing and implementing strategies and institutional policies to assist with business growth, for instance, developing and implementing strategic plans, teaching and learning plans, and workforce plans to achieve high rates of student retention and institutional success. I have chaired and actively contributed to a wide range of academic governance committees. As an experienced lecturer, I have first-hand experience in delivering a broad array of face-to-face and online courses.

Dr Judith Ayre
Head of Counselling

Judith has been a psychotherapist and a Jungian Sandplay specialist since 1990 and still maintains a solo therapeutic practice. She did her post graduate counselling training at La Trobe University and went on to complete a Clinical Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy focusing on learning therapeutic process from a transformative and consciousness raising perspective. Having studied breathwork with Stan Grof, kinesiology, Chinese medicine, energy work and numerous healing modalities in the 1980’s, Judith began teaching as a transpersonal and holistic counsellor educator in 2006.

Judith has led teams of academics in the field of counselling for 10 years and has taught many hundreds of students. Over the last few years, she has been teaching post graduate courses to practicing registered counsellors, social workers, and psychologists, in the specialist practice of Emotion Focused Therapy in which field she has been a specialist for 19 years.

Svetlana Bykovec
Placement Advisor

With over 12 years in the field working as an Arts Therapist and Holistic Psychotherapist, I come to Ikon with much lived experience and bounds of enthusiasm. I have researched, developed and facilitated Creative Arts Therapy programs for diverse communities, including youth at risk, aged care, schools, refugees, limb different, disability, end of life to name a few. I have even supervised placement students while working for an NFP.I am excited to be involved in connecting and supporting Ikon students with host organisations for their placement. Looking forward to being of assistance to you. I love the outdoors and time out for me is bike riding, walking my dogs or just sitting in the nurturing arms of nature. A slow cooker & gourmet food junkie, family feasts are a regular activity on the weekends. My latest joy is being a Babushka (grandmother) – just the best thing ever!

Industry News and Trends.

Upcoming PACFA conference (online)

Safety through Diversity conference 14-18 November and which includes: Indegenous Healing Practices, Diversity in Gender, Body, kinship & sexuality, The politics of Mental Health and Reseach and the future of the profession.

Job Opportunities.

Therapeutic Practitioner

This client is a specialist family violence service located in Melbourne’s Southern Region. They provide crisis accommodation, temporary housing services and outreach services to women and women with children experiencing family/domestic violence. This position would suit a motivated and passionate individual excited to work in a client-centred environment supporting women and children in need.


Upcoming Events.

Halloween Fright Night

Ghosts and Witches and Creatures of Fright, come along for a Halloscream Treat! Get your costumes on, fun and frights for all! Movie, spooky sounds and prizes!

PS: Wear a Costume or be ridiculed and vanished into the night mwahahahah

Adelaide: Tue, 1st Nov
Brisbane: Mon, 31st Oct & Tue, 1st Nov
Melbourne: Thu, 27th & Mon 31st Oct
Sydney: Mon 31st Oct

Time: All Day
Where: On-Campus
Cost: Free

Ikon Community Market and Exchange Day

Come and join us for our first ever Ikon Market! Give a second life to your books, clothes or knick-knacks. If you are a “Creative-minded Individual”, this is the chance to show off and share your work with our community. You will have the opportunity to sell and buy things as well as engaging with a non-capitalistic exchanging system.

When: Tue 22nd & Thu 24th Nov
Where: On-Campus
Time: 9am – 4:30pm

Please get in touch with us if you would like to participate in this unique event!

Adelaide: Abby – abby.stephens@ikon.edu.au
Brisbane: Skyye – skyye.corie@ikon.edu.au
Melbourne & Distance: Prisca – Prisca.dijou@ikon.edu.au
Sydney: Tracey – tracey.phan@ikon.edu.au


End of Year Celebration

As always we want to celebrate the end of a wonderful year at Ikon and prepare for 2023! Our team is organising an exciting end of year/christmas party for our students and we would love to see you there!

When: Fri, 1st Dec 2022
Where: Location TBA

Awareness Weeks

This trimester we recognise a number of awareness weeks:

  1. Children’s week – 22 Oct – 31 Oct 2022
  2. World Teacher’s Appreciation Day – 28 Oct 2022
  3. Early Learning Matters Week – 17 Oct – 21 Oct 2022
To celebrate ALL 3 on Monday 24 Oct 2022
  • We ask students to bring in their favourite hat (for the theme “Hats off to Teachers”)
  • Morning tea for students and teachers; (tea, coffee, cupcakes, fruits….)

What’s happening around you.


Creating Wellbeing

Finding life’s balance – WellFest Adelaide

A creative art therapy process to help you to reflect on your workload, responsibilities and lifestyle. You will be guided through a creative reflection where you will take note of ‘what is on your plate’ while exploring ways to get through the week, what nourishes you and how best to maintain your wellbeing. Filled with timely reminders for boosting wellbeing, health and self-care, this is the perfect workshop for those who feel that they need more balance.

Please note: there is no art skill required to participate in this workshop, it’s simply using art as a medium for self-reflection. 

When: Tue, Oct 25, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (your local time)
Where: Studio Safari, 80 Ifould Street, Adelaide, SA, AU, 5000

Buy tickets.


Art of the Classical

Art of the Classical is an immersive classical experience for all ages, performed by Elder Conservatorium students.

When: Mon., 24 October 2022, 1:10 pm – 2:00 pm ACDT
Where: Elder Hall University of Adelaide North Terrace Adelaide, SA 5000

Register now.



Professor Brian Cox

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Having set two Guinness world records with his previous sell-out world tour, Professor Brian Cox is back with a brand new, live on stage  Horizons – a 21st Century Space Odyssey, coming to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on October 21 and 22, 2022.

Click here to check it out!


The Inaugural Bernie Neville Lecture

By Dr Stephen Andrew

Join us for this exclusive talk on “Dr Bernie Neville’s life” presented by Stephen Andrew! Bring a friend along, sit back and immerse yourself into this inspirational story from a beautiful mind!

When: Wed, 9 November 2022, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm AEDT
Where: Wheeler Centre 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne, VIC 3000

Buy tickets here!



Strong Social & Emotional Wellbeing

This online workshop provides students with the cultural understanding required to deliver mental health services within a social and emotional wellbeing framework. This course is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

This workshop has been revised and updated to support the need for physical distancing during the pandemic. This workshop was previously delivered as Working Together. 

When: October 19 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: FREE

Find out more.

Tune IN Yoga | Mental health Month

Tune in this Mental Health Month with our fitness programs. Keeping active improves concentration and confidence, boosts your mood, releases stress and lowers anxiety.

The 4-week program will focus on using the senses to tune in, combining breath and movement, tuning into thoughts and feelings and into the world around us.

When: October 21 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: FREE

Find out more.


Clubs and Groups

Online National Journaling Club.

We are very excited to finally launch our Online National Journaling Club run by one of our student Eloise Nouvelle. Please check out “My Community” page.

Open to all campuses; Adelaide, Brisbane, Distance, Melbourne and Sydney!

As students, we all know it can be pretty hard to find the time (or energy) for writing that isn’t assignment related… So this club has been put together as a weekly writing retreat! Come to a space dedicated to deep reflection and self-knowledge, and cultivate your journaling practices in a supportive community. Each week, the group will be guided through reflective activities such as writing prompts and contemplative listening. Attendees are then encouraged to spend time writing, creating, and reflecting for as long as needed.

There will be two weekly meetings, held on Zoom, to ensure that this club is accessible to as many of us as possible! If you are interested in joining, please email/message Eloise or simply drop in for a session!

0407 135 156
Monday and Friday evenings between 6pm – 8pm (AEDT)

Micro-Skills, Mammoth – Abilities Group.

We are a peer based practice group who will be focusing on building our therapist micro-skills learnt in class.

This will be through a series of working in pairs, speed-round triads, fun group games and interactive learning.All years and levels are welcome, everyone’s input is an encouraged and valid tool.Please note, we will be focusing on the therapist role in our group, these are not therapy sessions.Our goal is to learn how to turn a therapist’s micro-skills into our own mammoth-ABILITIES.

Where: Melbourne Campus
When: Thursdays AM between 10.00am and 12.00pm
Who to contact: Becky Moon and Jess Newell.

Accomplishments and celebrations.

Over the last few months we have celebrated a number of accomplishments, achievements and social events.

Orientation Day
We welcomed our brand new students at the beginning of this trimester. We are very excited to have this wonderful bunch of like-minded students join our Ikon community and  can’t wait to guide you through this journey.

Katankin Performance
We had the privilege to listen to Katankin. Katankin is the solo moniker of singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer Helen Catanchin. Helen’s unique and compelling voice, along with her poetic, cuts-to-the-bone songwriting, put their unmistakable stamp on Katankin’s songs. She writes and sings unflinchingly from the darkest recesses, and the soft, often icky underbelly of the human experience – wading through love, despair, loathing, tenderness, fear, rage, lust, and then up, up, up into the light.

R U OK? Day
We celebrated R U OK? Day on campus last month, encouraging students to reach out and connect with people who are having a difficult time and ask them R U OK? It’s important to understad that it may not always be easy to keep the conversation going if someone say’s they’re not okay, but it may just save a life.

Early Childhood Classes
Our early childhood lecturers love taking their classes out on excursions and facilitating a variety of activities to suit lesson plan for the day.

Open Day
We ran a very successful Open Day this month! We had a number of staff members, lecturers and current students attend this event and chat with our prospetive students. We hope to see more of our current students at our future Open Days to share their experience with the future of Ikon

Recommended viewing and reading.

Thoughtful & Inspiring Writing

The Poetic Imagination of David Whyte

Human beings are creatures of belonging, though they may come to that sense of belonging only through long periods of exile and loneliness. We belong to life as much through our sense that it is all impossible as we do through the sense that we will accomplish everything we have set out to do.

David Whyte is a poet first and foremost. This is as evident in his thoughtful and inspiring essays and prose as it is in his poetry – even when writing of the corporate world, long considered the provenance of soulless bullet points, his language awakens the poetic imagination, taking readers below the surface to view the world through a broader, often surprising lens. His writing traverses genres and demographics, always illuminating the fierce, radical beauty of human experience.

Click on the link below to find out more about the different books he wrote.

Mary Conover in conversation with Nancy Furlotti

Nancy Swift Furlotti, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst and author in Aspen, Colorado.

She received a doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University and trained as a Jungian analyst at the Research & Training Centre for Depth Psychology According to C.G. Jung & Marie-Louise von Franz in Zürich, Switzerland, and at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles where she later served as president.

Dr. Swift Furlotti is a founding member and past president of the Philemon Foundation and was actively involved in the publication of Jung’s Red Book. She now serves on the board of the Kairos Film Foundation, which created the movies, Matter of Heart, The World Within, and the Remembering Jung video series.

In the know.

“Have you ever tried Open Floor Movement Practice with Jake Potter, our Ikon Associate Lecturer?”

Open Floor movement practice offers a dynamic, creative toolkit of resources to move through life, fully embodied.

We use universal language of dance and mindfulness for self-discovery, connection, and healing. In a challenging world, “Open Floor” supports resilience, compassion, and joyous connection with others.

Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Walking Outside: 3 practices That Enhance Your Wellbeing. Tuning in to sounds, seeing, and sensations have a positive impact on your life.

Now go outside and take a walk!

Copyright 2022 Douglas LaBier

Meet Fifi

Don’s adopted cat has given birth to 6 kittens- who are looking for their forever earthly guardians. The kittens are currently 4 weeks old, have completely black coats with a couple of unique markings in white and grey on each individual kitten, Their coat is medium length. They will be $100 each and available to take home at 6 weeks of age. The kittens are located in Coburg, Naarm, Victoria.

Please contact donika.fazliu@ikon.edu.au for more details!