David Leary is a Franciscan Friar, academic and counsellor. He has worked in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, as a counsellor, manager of social service programs, and as an academic. He was a retreat director and counsellor in Auckland during 2015. From 2011 to 2015 he was the manager of the Asylum Seeker Support Program at CatholicCare in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. He was previously the director of the Come In Youth Resource Centre, at St Francis Social Services, a counselling service and youth resource centre located in the inner city of Sydney. He was also the senior counsellor at the Centre. He worked at the Centre in a variety of roles from 1978 until 2010.
David’s primary clinical training and experience is with adolescents and young adults who are experiencing personal and social marginalisation. David also has provided clinical consultation, and individual and group supervision, to counsellors at government and non-government agencies. He has also facilitated pastoral planning days for non-government agencies.
David’s primary degree was in theology and philosophy (BTh). He holds a masters degree in counselling (MCouns, Faculty Medal), and a doctorate (PhD, Counselling) which focused on vulnerability, connectivity and the development of resilience in marginalised adolescent males who engage in street-based sex work.
David has lectured at the Institute of Counselling (1989-2010), in the Masters of Clinical Drug Dependence Studies at Macquarie University (1989-1999), and in the Master of Counselling program at Australian Catholic University in Sydney (2008-2009). He has researched and written on topics such as: homelessness; youth suicide; HIV, confidentiality and ethics; resilience; adolescent counselling, and male sex work. He was an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of New England (2007-2010), an Honorary Fellow at the Australian Catholic University (2007-2014), a member of the HREC of the Sydney College of Divinity (2007-2015), and a Research Associate at the University of Divinity (2011-2015). He returns to lecturing in the pastoral counselling field during 2016.