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I am passionate about assisting the family/carer workforce to use their lived experience in a way that brings about positive change for the highest good of all concerned.
I am a registered counsellor and supervisor with over 40 years of personal experience in the mental health field, both professionally and as the sibling of my deceased brother. Glen struggled with epilepsy and childhood schizophrenia until his death in 1989, at the age of 24. Throughout those years there was no support or education for me or my parents. This experience had a major impact on my life, hence my desire to help make a difference in the lives of others affected by mental health problems.
In 1997 I created The SMILES Program: A group program for children with mentally ill parents or siblings. In 2004 the program was internationally recognised as best practice by the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. The program is free to download on the COPMI website and has been implemented around the world.
I have had the privilege to be a guest speaker at 80 conferences, 50 TV or radio interviews and developed/facilitated over 170 workshops. I have extensive experience coordinating and managing projects (private & non-government sectors), working alongside mental health services.
1) Senior Education & Training Officer, Family & Carer Mental Health Program, Carers NSW, located in Orange, NSW.
2) Rural & Program Coordinator, Carers Mental Health Project, Carers NSW, located in Orange, NSW.
3) Facilitator Carer Advocacy Course, NSW Institute of Psychiatry, Sydney, NSW.
4) Young Carer Project Officer, Carers NSW, located in Sydney, NSW.
5) Consultant/Counsellor/Trainer, MIE-A (Mental Illness Education-Australia), located in Sydney, NSW.
6) AusEinet Mental Health Worker, Children of Prisoners' Support Group, located in Sydney, NSW.
7) Group Development Officer, Association of Relatives & Friends of the Mentally Ill (ARAFMI), located in Sydney, NSW.
8) Volunteer Branch Liaison Officer, ARAFMI NSW Management Committee.
9) Volunteer Facilitator Young ARAFMI Support Group, Sydney, NSW.
10) Volunteer Counsellor ARAFMI NSW telephone helpline.
11) Volunteer Co-Facilitator Siblink Education Program, NSW Schizophrenia Fellowship, Sydney.
12) Volunteer Co-tutor & Support Worker, Sibling Support & Education Courses, Schizophrenia Fellowship, Wellington, NZ.
My current role/work
- Private Practice - Counsellor, Group Facilitator, Supervisor, Funeral Celebrant - located in Wollongong, NSW (telephone & online).
- Facilitator training for the 'Eight Stage Healing Process' (originally written for carers of people with a mental illness).
- Facilitator training for my own SMILES (Simplifying Mental Illness + Life Enhancement Skills) Program.
- I am passionate about assisting with managing change in an empowering way to improve the quality of life and relationships for people dealing with challenges and change.
1) Graduate Certificate Bereavement Counselling & Intervention.
2) Advanced Diploma of Applied Social Science (Counselling).
3) Cert IV Workplace Training.
4) PACFA (Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia) Registered Clinical Member & Accredited Supervisor.
Supervisor specific training:
1) The Group Supervisor: Tasks, Skills & Style, Centre for Existential Practice, Sydney.
2) Work within a Clinical Supervision Framework, Grad Cert Ber Coun & Int, Australian Centre for Grief & Bereavement, Victoria.
3) Supervision: making the hours count, PACFA.
4) Supervision Essentials: strategies for avoiding vicarious trauma & therapist burnout, Centre for Mental Health Education.
5) Love & Fear in Supervision, Centre for Existential Practice, Sydney.
6) Advances in Clinical Supervision Innovation & Practice, NSW Institute of Psychiatry, Sydney, NSW.
7) Clinical Supervision, Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney, NSW.
My approach to supervision
I work with a reflective practice approach creating a learning situation and ensuring that the learning outcome is a combination of previous experience and specific contexts.
I work with Michael Carroll's Seven Tasks of Supervision.
For group supervision I work with the model where the supervisor is the designated leader but the group process is used as the learning outcome. This incorporates participative group supervision or supervision with a group.