Professionalism & Experience
I currently serve as a Board member in a charitable organisation that supports & empowers vulnerable single-parent families to achieve positive change.
I have Diplomas in both Case Management & Community Services as well as my Bachelor of Social Science/Welfare. I am a qualified Meditation Teacher, Holistic counsellor, and Life coach as well as Chair Yoga instructor with memberships to The International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT),
The Complementary Medical Association (CMA) &
The International Meditation Teacher and Therapists Association (IMTTA).
I have completed and am accredited to deliver PEERS® a manualized, social skills training intervention for youth with social challenges. It has a strong evidence-base for use with adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum but is also appropriate for preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems.
As well as these formal qualifications I have also completed a Professional Training Course for Integrating Mindfulness into Clinical Practice, Meditation and Psychotherapy by Tara Brach PhD.
I recently completed a certificate in Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics by Emory University and am qualified to deliver their SEE Learning™ program which builds upon the best practices in social-emotional learning (SEL) programs, but also expands on them by drawing in new developments based on the latest knowledge in educational practice and scientific research. It includes important new topics such as attention training, the cultivation of compassion for self and others, resiliency skills based on trauma-informed care, systems thinking, and ethical discernment.
The framework and curriculum are the result of an international team of curriculum writers, teachers, and experts in education, developmental psychology and neuroscience working collaboratively.
I am a certified Relax Kids coach and Mindful Mentor. I hold a current Police check, Working with Children Check, First aid and Anaphylaxis certifications and hold full public liability and indemnity insurance.
Professional development conferences and short courses include:
The Neuroscience of Attachment‑Focused Therapy for traumatised children and young people by the Australian Childhood Foundation.
Moving and Soothing – Body based Somatic programs for children. Revision of the neurobiology of trauma reviewing the theory underpinning how the body achieves states of safety and transformation, using the work of Steve Porges and Polyvagal theory. In particular, focusing on his concept of neuroception of safety. Fundamentals of Sequencing of activities for body-based programs to work with children and young people who have experienced trauma by the Australian Childhood Foundation
Trauma Informed Practice - delivered by Mary Jo McVeigh
Engaging Disengaged Young People – delivered by Peter Slattery
Engaging Men’s responses to Family Violence - delivered by Andrew King
Social Impact Measurement, Outcome Measurement Training – delivered by Fran Kendrick
Accidental Counsellor Training and the Lifeline telephone Counseling course.
I have extensive experience in the Community Services sector across a range of fields including, Social work, Case management, Family - Youth & Children Project work, Homelessness and Domestic and Family Violence.
I have delivered parenting programs including surviving adolescents to both year 6 & 7 parents in a School setting, and transition to school programs across numerous primary schools within the Northern Sydney region.
I Co-designed and delivered with my team a program for boys to focus on healthy relationships and what this looks like, including elements of cyberbullying and sexting and a program for girls to focus on self-esteem and self-image, How to deal with peer pressure and how to say no to year 9 students within a high school setting.
In my capacity as Locum Senior Welfare/Domestic Violence Liaison Officer, my duties included Crisis intervention and counselling and both facilitating & co-facilitated workshops for women leaving unhealthy relationships and those who have experienced domestic violence and trauma.
I am especially passionate about providing options based on the latest research in Neuroscience and Interpersonal Neurobiology and am always up-skilling in this area.
I love connecting with individuals and believe in the power of connection and community.
I value authenticity, honesty, and integrity and am resolute on delivering trauma-informed care and adhering to best practice standards.