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I am a mature woman with Italian heritage and extensive mental health family/carer lived experience. To better understand mental ill health and how to support recovery
I trained as a professional counsellor and have eight years’ experience, in various fields of the counselling industry. These include child and adolescent counselling in schools, diversion programs in family violence and road trauma, as well as crisis sexual assault advocacy, and have participated in a range of professional development over the years. I am passionate about improving mental health outcomes for both the consumer and family/carer and advocate for a partnership in care between consumers, family/carers and clinicians and relational recovery.
It's exciting to be at the beginning of a cultural and paradigm shift in mental health and I am really keen to share my experience and learnings as a Carer Consultant in clinical mental health services to both support and mentor carer lived experience workers to ensure that they are empowered, informed and supported in their important role.
2002 - One of the first 2 Carer peer support workers for the NWMH Aged Persons' Mental Health Program and worked for 2 years in this program.
2008 - Carer Peer Support worker Northern Area Mental Health Service as providing both individual and group peer support.
2008 - Carer Consultant Northern Area Mental Health Service
2014 - Current- Carer Consultant Inner West Area Mental Health Service
Areas of carer LE experience include but are not limited to:
- Development and provision of professional development sessions for clinicians on carer/families
- Systemic advocacy carer/family perspective
- Development of a model of carer peer support within an inpatient unit and community mental health services.
- Support/co-reflection with carer peer support workers/consultants
- Experience-based co-design
- Carer Advisory Group development/support
I also engage in broader carer LE advocacy throughout the sector
My current role/work
Carer Consultant Inner West Area Mental Health Service
Carer Consultant Training
Intentional Peer Support
Single Session Peer Work
Single Session Family Consultation
Group Supervision Training - Bouverie Centre
Diploma in Professional Counselling
Graduate Diploma in Professional Counselling
My approach to supervision
My approach to supervision is still under development but currently includes a combination of co-reflection of both CLEW and IPS principles along with aspects of reflective practice. I am currently involved in the development of the Carer Lived Experience Supervision Framework and will incorporate its elements into my supervision/co-reflection practice.
My approach is to work collaboratively with the supervisee to support their well-being and provide them with mentoring/support/information to enable them to feel confident, empowered, educated and informed about key components of working in a carer LE role while supporting their well-being.