Supervision

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

I am an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor. You can find my upcoming course dates and locations here to directly arrange a course for yourself, an organisation or group.

Standard Mental Health First Aid training is two full days (12hrs total) and covers depression, anxiety, psychosis, self-harm, suicide, trauma and substance use.

 

A comprehensive hard copy manual is supplied.

​​Blended Mental Health First Aid for Tertiary Students training is in two steps: Step 1 is 6hrs online content where you pay MHFA Australia directly. Step 2 is 4hrs face to face training where I am paid directly. The Blended MHFA training covers depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, suicide, trauma and substance use.

 

A comprehensive hard copy manual is supplied.

I am an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor. You can find my upcoming course dates and locations here to directly arrange a course for yourself, an organisation or group.

Understanding Trauma Program

 

Trauma - neurophysiology and treatment 

  1. What is trauma?

  2. The evidence-base

  3. Neuroendocrinology and trauma

  4. Stress, attachment and coping

  5. Mental health and trauma

  6. Diagnostic considerations 

  7. Treatment modalities and considerations 

 

Trauma informed care - principles and skills

  1. What is trauma informed care?

  2. The evidence base

  3. TIC Framework: Six principles

  4. Parent/Caregiver issues

  5. Support options

  6. Best practice

  7. Self-care and reflection

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Men's Violence Program

 

Unpacking Men's Violence

  1. Defining domestic and family violence

  2. Types of violence

  3. Neurobiology of violence and trauma 

  4. Impacts on partners and children

  5. Unhealthy relationships

  6. Safety, risk and legal issues

  7. Support services

 

Changing Men's Violence

  1. Defining toxic masculinity

  2. Gender-based violence

  3. Coercion and control

  4. Healthy relationships

  5. Accountability and responsibility

  6. Educating boys and young men

  7. Sustaining change plan

Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing (IFSW, 2014).

Professional supervision in social work is defined as: "a forum for reflection and learning and an interactive dialogue between at least two people, one of whom is a supervisor. This dialogue shapes a process of review, reflection, critique and replenishment for professional practitioners. Supervision is a professional activity in which practitioners are engaged throughout the duration of their careers regardless of experience or qualification. The participants are accountable to professional standards and defined competencies and to organisational policy and procedures". (Davys & Beddoe, 2010).

Clinical Supervision

We provide professional supervision to professionals such as social workers (students, new graduates, accredited mental health social workers), human services workers, counsellors, case managers, youth workers and NDIS workers. Often the main reasons for seeking supervision include:

  • Advancing your professional skills and abilities

  • Maintaining CPD requirements

  • Career progression and mobility

  • A safe space to debrief, reflect and learn

  • Receive constructive feedback and support to navigate identified issues

  • Maintaining professional boundaries and ethical decision-making

  • Stress management, well being and self-care

  • Increase self-reflection and self-awareness

  • Develop practice wisdom

  • Devise professional training plans and connect to new training courses

  • Unpack and resolve workplace or organisational issues and line management

 

Social Work Supervision

Active participation in professional supervision is a core practice standard for social workers, as outlined in the AASW Practice Standards (2013) and the AASW Code of Ethics (2020). Professional supervision makes a pivotal contribution toward enhancing professional skills, engaging in professional learning and ensuring quality, ethical and accountable services as per AASW Practice Standards. Accredited Social Workers require a minimum of 10 hours professional supervision per financial year. Clinical social work supervision aims to refine professional practice frameworks, understand macro and practice theories, address ethical dilemmas and support professional integrity and development. Our staff are accredited social workers with the AASW and maintain continuing professional development, adherence to the AASW Supervision Standards (2014), membership and accreditation annually. Our current AASW supervision accreditation can be found here.

 

Common areas of discussion in clinical supervision

  1. Professional Practice: AASW Practice Standards 2013, AASW Code of Ethics 2020, Professional Practice Framework, social work values (respect for persons, social justice, professional integrity), values and ethics, professionalism, culturally responsive and inclusive practice, knowledge for practice, applying knowledge to practice, communication and interpersonal skills, Information recording and sharing, professional development and supervision, conflict of interest, privacy and confidentiality, client self-determination, informed consent

  2. Administration: record storage, line management, operational needs, performance appraisal, quality, risk, compliance, satisfaction, feedback, KPIs, business and staff planning, workflow, leave, budget, strategy

  3. Continuing Professional Development: training needs and gaps, qualifications, competencies, application of knowledge, evidence base, career planning, observations

  4. Support & Accountability: culture, team functioning, morale, debriefing, self-care, well-being, stress, personal responsibility, resourcing, validation, work with individuals, work with families, work with groups, work with communities, social policy practice, management, leadership and administration, education and training, research and evaluation

Areas of experience

  • Child, Adolescent and Adult Mental health

  • Child & Youth – child protection, juvenile justice and disability

  • Complex and developmental trauma

  • Statutory environments (child protection, violence, mental health, juvenile justice, family court)

  • Crisis interventions, debriefing and safeguarding

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

  • Victims of Crime

  • Housing and homelessness

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Neurofeedback Training

  • Leadership and Change

  • Neurodiversity (ASD, ADHD, FASD, FND)

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