About me

Peter McKenzie (PhD, MA ClinFamTher)

This supervisor has been approved to provide supervision under the ACCESS TO SUPERVISION PROJECT.

I'm an anthropologist, clinical family therapist and academic. I currently hold the Carer Academic (mental health) position at The Bouverie Centre, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, which focuses on families, family inclusion, caring and the carer lived experienced workforce and peer support. I have had significant personal caring and professional experience in the mental health sector, including CMHSS and clinical services. My other currents roles at the Centre include principle research supervisor in the higher degree research program, family practice consultant in the mental health program and clinical family therapist. I have a particular interest in ethnographic, collaborative and experienced based design research methodologies. My therapeutic approach draws from narrative therapy, open dialogue, single session and mindfulness. My ways of working are through reflective and collaborative practices, trialogue . My clinical work focuses on families and relationships with complex needs/trauma, Borderline Personally Disorder and complex PTSD.

This supervisor has been approved to provide supervision under the ACCESS TO SUPERVISION PROJECT. If you are a supervisee who has received an approval email/letter from the CMHL you may contact this supervisor for supervision for this project, then follow the stated processes for supervision payment.

My experience

I have been providing reflective practice supervision and training workshops to a range of sectors (mental and community health practitioners, carer lived experience workforce, welfare and counselling services) for over 15 years; including individual, peer, team and group work.

McKenzie, P. 1990
Swimming in and out of focus: second contact, Vietnamese migrant others and Australian selves. The Australian Journal of Anthropology. 10:3, 271-287.

McKenzie, P. 2006
The Holding of Hope: exploring the relevance of the recovery vision for carer/families. New Paradigm: The Australian Journal on Psychosocial Rehabilitation. September 2006, 22-30.

Summers, M and McKenzie, P. 2006
Report Review. Australian Health Review. 30 (2), 261-2.

Wyman, K., Clarke, S., McKenzie, P. & Gilbert, M. 2008
The impact of participation in a support group for carers of a person with schizophrenia: a quality study. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. 12 (2), 97-109.

Bamberg, J., Perlesz, A., McKenzie, P. & Read, S. 2009
Utilising implementation science in building research and evaluation capacity in community health. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 16 (4), 276-283

McKenzie, P. 2010
Mirroring Our Face in Green-Sun’s Land: ethnography of Vietnamese Australians and antipodean second contact. Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany.

McKenzie, P. 2010.
Fostering Realistic Hope: Group work model for carer families living with Borderline Personality Disorder. Australian Family Therapy Conference 2009

Glover, J., McKenzie. P., Berney, R., Harvey, C., Hayes, L. & Harman, J. 2010
Establishing an evidence-based program for consumers and families in Psychiatric Disability & Rehabilitation Support Services: working in partnership to address unmet family needs. TheMHS 2009 Conference Proceedings.

Glover, J., McKenzie. P., Whatley, E. 2010.
From family work to work: unexpected pathways. New Paradigm, Autumn 2010

McKenzie, P. 2011.
Fostering Realistic Hope: preliminary research and evaluation results from workshop series for carer families supporting someone with Borderline Personality Disorder. TheMHS 2010 conference proceedings.

Glover, J., Bereny, R., McKenzie, P. & Duzen, H. 2011.
Reporting an evaluation of an evidence-based program for consumers and families in a culturally and linguistically diverse population. TheMHS 2010 conference proceedings.

Wilding, H., Ruggiero, L. & McKenzie, P. 2012
The Caring Together Art Journal Project – using art and narratives to enable partnership between carers and clinicians in child and youth mental health services. TheMHS 2011 Conference Proceedings.

Glover, J., McKenzie. P. Hayes, L. Harvey, C., & Harman, J. 2012.
Collaborating to foster resilience in families: a family therapy model implemented in the PDRSS sector. TheMHS 2011 conference proceedings

McKenzie, P. & White, D. 2012.
Carer Consultant/peer support training evaluation. TheMHS 2011 conference proceedings.

McKenzie, P. 2012
Carers Caring for Carers: carer mutual support and education. Mental Health In Australia (3rd edition) Chapter 17. Oxford University Press, Australia and New Zealand.

McKenzie, P. 2013
Single Session Peer Work: a framework for peer support. TheMHS 2012 conference proceedings.

My current role/work

Carer Academic (mental health), The Bouverie Centre, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University

My training

PhD anthropology/social sciences, Clin FamTher - (clinical family therapy) registration with Australian Association of family therapy, RET (Radical Exposure Tapping - level 1, 'Deactivating the Buttons' www.radicalexposure.com), EMDR, Behavioral Family Therapy, Narrative therapy, SST, clinical supervision, cultural awareness and safety (Aboriginal and CALD)

My approach to supervision

Reflective/collaborative practice, drawing from narrative outsider witnessing and reflective and peer principles; with a focus on the needs of the supervisee and the supervision partnership/relationship

Family Carer
Specialty areas:
Peer support,Consumer or family carer consultant,Policy development,Strategic thinking
Mode of delivery:
In person,Phone,Online
Supervision size:

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
Happy to be contacted to negotiate a suitable time.
Inner city suburbs, West/North-West. Also can be negotiated
Geographical area availability for supervision
This rate would be for an individual, but can be negotiated with supervisee if they are personally paying for external supervision. Groups or team supervision would incur a different rate