Behaviour Support Team
Ash has recently completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Deakin University, and is a registered Psychologist with AHPRA. She has experience delivering evidence based psychological treatments and interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy across a range of mental illnesses including eating disorders, substance use disorders, depression and anxiety. She has a background working in Out of Home Care and volunteering as a Lifeline telephone counsellor whilst completing her studies. Ash is passionate about assisting adolescents and adults to achieve their goals, improve their mental health and lead meaningful lives. She is passionate about empowering individuals and uses a strengths-based, person centred approach.
Behaviour Support Practitioner
Claudia is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, with Bachelor degrees in Health Science and Social Work. She has completed additional training in Acceptance Commitment Therapy for trauma related disorders, and has recently completed studies in Mental Health and AOD. Claudia worked in the Out of Home Care sector for seven years, delivering trauma-informed support to children and young people, and training their carers in therapeutic/ repair parenting responses. Claudia has also worked across the health sector, including as a Women’s and Children’s social worker, AOD clinician, policy project officer, and in community and rehabilitation settings. Claudia is committed to offering values-oriented support to participants and their families, strengthening relationships, and celebrating diversity within our community.
Behaviour Support Practitioner (MILDURA)
Elissa is a qualified Social Worker, having obtained a Bachelor of Human Services and Masters of Social Work from Latrobe University in Mildura, Elissa is an Accredited Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Elissa has extensive experience working within the local Indigenous community across a range of Family Service and Out of Home Care roles working with often disadvantaged and traumatised children and families. Additional roles have focused on the adolescent cohort, trauma experiences, the leaving care arena and reconnection of positive relationships with family, this was achieved by considering all biopsychosocial domains to ensure a holistic and through approach at all times to support successful and maintainable outcomes. The importance of learning and professional development is a passion of Elissa’s to ensure that the most appropriate and practical service and support can be offered.
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.
Behaviour Support Practitioner / Support Coordinator
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Provisional Behaviour Support Practitioner
Sarah is a provisional Behaviour Support Practitioner with 6 years of experience working with individuals with complex needs and their families. Sarah has studied a Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education which is a disability specific degree covering multiple areas including behaviour support, early intervention, communication, mental health, counselling, case management, rehabilitation, transition to adult life and employment. Sarah has experience providing therapeutic support to children individually, in the education setting and in groups and providing employment support to young adults making the transition from high school. Sarah is passionate about collaborating with individuals and their families to help them reach their goals and improve their quality of life.