Gerry McCluskey

Gerry McCluskey is British Infertility Counselling Association’s (BICA) representative on PROGAR.

Gerry  originally  trained  as  a  social  worker  and  since  1983  has  held  a  variety  of  practitioner  and  management  posts  in  Family  and  Child  Care/Child  Protection Fieldwork  and  Family  Placement  (Fostering  and  Adoption).  She  has  worked  within  both the statutory sector (Social Services) and the voluntary sector (Barnardos and Adoption Routes) in Northern Ireland.

Gerry’s  role  at  Adoption  Routes  is  to  provide  counselling  for  NHS  and  private  patients who are experiencing issues with infertility as well as to birth parents whose children have been placed for adoption and adopted adults searching for their birth family. She continues to work with the full range of adoption social work tasks and provides training on the impact of infertility in adoption and the emotional impact of infertility.

Gerry has been a member of BICA since 2003 and a member of the BICA Executive since February 2010.  She has also been a member of the Irish Fertility Counsellors’ Association, since its inception in 2009.

Gerry  has  a  Masters  in  Social  Work,  an  Advanced  Diploma  in  Person  Centred  Counselling and is Relate trained.