Behaviour Support

Behaviour Support Team

Zac

Zac

Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner

Zac is a qualified Social Worker, having obtained a Bachelor of Social Work from Deakin University, and is an Accredited Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Zac has nearly 10 years’ experience in community and human services, predominantly in the Out of Home Care and Disability sectors. In his last organisation, Zac worked primarily with children in residential care and foster care, as well as their families, providing direct therapeutic care, complex case management and taking on a number of project roles. Zac has grown up with many family members who have disabilities and has seen the incredible outcomes that can be achieved with the right love, support and networks. Zac’s passion these days is seeing therapists and practitioners growing and developing and supporting their participants to achieve their goals, and hearing all the wonderful stories of success each of them achieve every day. After a busy day, Zac enjoys going home and spending quality time with his wife and son.

Abbey

Abbey

Provisional Psychologist

Abbey is a Provisional Psychologist who holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science and Criminology, and has recently completed her Post Graduate training in Psychology at Deakin University. Abbey has experience working with both adult and child populations who present with complex mental health and/or disability and has experience and interest working with mental illness presentations such as Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder. Abbey is passionate about providing holistic care and identifying all the unique psychological, social and environmental factors that can impact an individual’s mental health. Abbey enjoys weight training, yoga, dancing and being at the beach in her spare time. Abbey receives regular professional supervision from our wonderful Registered Psychologist, Paul. 

Brooke

Brooke

Provisional Psychologist/Behaviour Support Practitioner

Brooke is a provisional psychologist who completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Deakin University in 2020. Brooke is a passionate clinician who has particular interest in child psychology and complex psycho-social presentations and supporting young people to achieve their therapeutic goals early in life. Brooke has a background in youth case work, working in the area of homelessness, mental health, youth justice and family violence. 

Cate

Cate

Behaviour Support Practitioner (TRENTHAM)

Cate holds Diplomas in Community Welfare and Counselling and is registered with the Australian Counselling Association. Her passion lies in supporting individuals of all abilities and backgrounds to overcome challenges, live safe and fulfilling lives. Cate specialises in trauma and therapeutics gained through extensive training and twenty years working in the Out of Home Care, Family Services and Disability sectors along with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Cate utilises a person centred, strength based, collaborative and inclusive approach where all voices are heard, all contributions are acknowledged and the rights of choice and control are upheld. Cate has lived in Trentham for thirteen years and has comprehensive knowledge of local services and the diversity of populations within the Hepburn shire and Macedon Ranges shire regions.

Claudia

Claudia

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Claudia is an AASW Social Worker with dual Bachelor degrees, and a Postgraduate qualification in Developmental Trauma . She has completed additional training in Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and studies in Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs. Claudia has a special interest in psychosocial disability, as well working with participants who have experienced adversity (trauma). She enjoys family based work, adult counselling, and welcomes participants from the GLBTIQ+ community. Since commencing at AYS she has also enjoyed a new area of practice for her, bringing a collaborative approach to working young people with PDA. With a background in the Out of Home Care sector as well as the health system, Claudia offers a breadth of experience working with participants across the lifespan in line with their strengths. Claudia is committed to offering values-based support to participants and their families, strengthening relationships, and celebrating diversity within our community.

Ellie

Ellie

Psychologist

Ellie is a Provisional Psychologist with a keen interest in working with children on the Autism spectrum. She has worked with children as a Peer Mentor and has volunteered as a telephone counsellor with Lifeline Australia whilst completing her Psychology studies. Ellie would like to use her skills to implement strategies and interventions to assist with emotional regulation and understanding, development of social skills, self-esteem, mood and behavioural concerns. She is passionate about empowering individuals and families to reach their goals and achieve positive change.

Emma

Emma

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Emma has recently graduated from Deakin University after completing a bachelor of psychology (honours). Emma has worked in the disability and mental health sector in roles such as support work, youth residential rehabilitation and positive behaviour support. In her spare time Emma enjoys yoga, reading, hiking and rock climbing.

Emil

Emil

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Emil holds a Bachelor in Psychological Science and has experience supporting participants as a peer mentor and support coordinator. In his spare time Emil enjoys creating art, listening to music, soccer, basketball, bike riding and animals. Emil is passionate about seeing change and progress in his participants and enjoys being able to help participants build their capacity and improve their quality of life.

Georgina

Georgina

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Georgina is a Social Worker with over twenty years experience working with families, the mental health sector and in community health.  Georgina has recently gained a Masters of Mental Health (Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Studies).  She enjoys collaborating with families and systems and takes a strength based approach that focuses on the unique situation, hopes and goals of those involved.  She has two children, a menagerie of animals and enjoys reading, the beach, film, music and chocolate.

Jackie

Jackie

Behaviour Support Practitioner (MILDURA)

Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Jackie has experience working with the Aboriginal community in the Out of Home Care space, working with children with disabilities and children in cross cultural placements.  She has worked as a disability support worker and has been an approved foster carer for children with disabilities. Jackie has also worked with Aboriginal, CALD and mainstream communities within the Family Violence sector and has experience with the significant challenges faced by people with disabilities in violent relationships. She has assisted individuals to negotiate systems and environments to improve their futures. Jackie has an interest in the way that society shapes and influences behaviour and societal attitudes toward differently abled people, that sits alongside a passion to see individuals be the driving force in their own lives.

Jaimie

Jaimie

Provisional Psychologist

Jaimie is a Provisional Psychologist who has completed an Honours degree in Psychology at Monash University. Jaimie has keen interests in the fields of mental health and behaviour support. She is passionate about supporting people’s autonomy and dignity through a holistic, person-centered approach to care.  

 

Kalli

Kalli

Behaviour Support Practitioner/Early Childhood Early Intervention Key Worker

Kalli is a qualified Social Worker having completed a Social Work and Social Science (Psychology) double degree at RMIT in 2015. Kalli has more than 10 years’ experience working with children, families and adults and is passionate about the human rights and dignity of people with all abilities.  Kalli works alongside participants and families utilising a client centred and strengths-based approach. Kalli has spent many years providing practical and therapeutic support to adult and children victim survivors of domestic violence and in recent years has changed focus to supporting NDIS participants who use challenging behaviour. Kalli understands that all behaviour is telling a story and is interested in understanding the unique stories that people tell us. Kalli is passionate about advocating for a more inclusive society in which people of all abilities are valued. 

Melinda

Melinda

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Melinda started out with a Bachelor in Journalism, added on a Grad Dip in Environmental Management and later Teaching (Primary), then ‘turned left’ and taught and did one-on-one educational therapy with children in the Steiner school system for a good few years. In the past decade she studied counselling and specialised in children’s counselling and facilitating parenting programs. Her most recent Grad Dip is Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and she’s worked for the past 5 years as a therapeutic mediator for separated families. Melinda’s passion and learning pursuits are around neuroscience-therapeutic approaches plus emotional intelligence/emotional parenting, healthy relationships, attachment theory, circle of security, non-violent communication, conflict resolution. 

Paul

Paul

Psychologist / Behaviour Support Practitioner

Paul has worked in many areas helping people as a psychologist. Paul has extensive experience working with children adolescents and adults.
He is an AHPRA registered psychologist and psychologist supervisor and has worked with both the Australian Psychological Society and Victorian Department of Health and Human Services in determining best practice guidelines for management of clients with complex psychosocial needs. Paul has presented at international, national and regional conferences and is passionate about contributing to the improved mental health outcomes for the community. In his spare time Paul enjoys fishing for flathead on Corio Bay and doing woodwork projects.

Tania

Tania

Behaviour Support Therapist

Tania brings a wealth of knowledge working with families experiencing challenges and trauma for
the past 20 years, specialising as a family separation counsellor for children and parents also working in Disability Service’s as a Behavioural Support Therapist and has work within DHHS Supported Accommodation Services, a Case Management and Team Leader. Working with families, teens and children is a crystallisation of what she’s care about deeply; that even in challenging situations Tania is able work towards a healthy outcome, supported by families, peers and services. It motivates her to come to work each day. Tania is very ‘real’ in her approach to life and families.

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