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About Us

Our People

Aleasha Chatterton
Aleasha Chatterton
Clinical Consultant / Behaviour Support Practitioner (NT)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Counselling
Summary Professional Experience:
  • Experience providing therapeutic services to families and couples.
  • Experience providing Early Intervention and Prevention services to at risk children and their families. These roles include case management, crisis intervention support and therapeutic services to children, their families and foster families.
  • Experience providing generalist counselling services for mental health, family domestic violence, grief & loss, trauma and AOD.
  • Experience providing support to a range of culturally linguistically diverse clients having worked predominantly in Rural NSW and Darwin NT.
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Alison Edwards
Alison Edwards
Executive Manager, Northern Territory (NT)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • BA Sociology
  • Diploma of Writing & Editing
Summary Professional Experience:

Alison has over 20 years not for profit management and has worked the last 7 years as a not-for-profit consultant delivering support to Indigenous organisations across the Northern Territory.

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Ally Ray
Ally Ray
Clinical Consultant / Provisional Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) – The University of Newcastle
Summary Professional Experience:
  • Currently in the final year of Masters in Clinical Psychology at The University of Sydney.
  • Family and group therapy with families in relation to parenting skills, emotion coaching and attachment.
  • Child psychotherapy in the context of OCD, ADHD and anxiety difficulties.
  • Psychotherapy with adolescents and adults in the context of anxiety, depression, relationship trauma, personality disorders, eating disorders and OCD.
  • Psychometric assessment of children and adults with specific learning and attentional difficulties.
  • Prior experience in youth housing and mental health support.
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Amelia Vogel
Amelia Vogel
Senior Clinical Consultant / Psychologist (NT)
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Amie Bakhteari
Amie Bakhteari
Clinical Consultant / Provisional Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Master of Professional Psychology (UNE)
  • Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology (CSU)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (UNE)
  • Registered Provisional Psychologist
Summary Professional Experience:

Amie has experience managing a range of services within the disability sector to create valuable opportunities for participants through skill development, community integration, goal attainment, and personal development.

These include:

  • Individual programs
  • Group (community-based) programs
  • Long and short term outreach programs
  • Group training

In addition, Amie has managed individual funding packages for school leavers with a primary physical disability. She has experience developing individualised plans with the participant, allocating and monitoring expenditure, and collaboratively identifying and sourcing the necessary supports to achieve each individual’s goals.

Amie has also worked with youth and adolescents during her university placement. During this time, she provided assessment and therapeutic intervention to individuals with complex and enduring mental health concerns.

Amie is motivated and passionate about working with the most vulnerable members of the community and being innovative and creative to achieve positive outcomes for each individual.

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Amy Salva
Amy Salva
Clinical Consultant / Behaviour Support Practitioner (NT)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
Summary Professional Experience:

Amy completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) from Charles Darwin University. After her studies she has worked in various fields and has experience conducting investigations and assessments of at-risk children and implementing strategies to improve safety and mitigate risk. Amy has also worked with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and supported them by developing strength based case plans and provided ongoing case management. 

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Anastasia Doulakis
Anastasia Doulakis
Clinical Support Worker (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) – Currently studying
Summary Professional Experience:

Anastasia is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Macquarie University. During this time she has volunteered as a mentor to high school students from refugee backgrounds, empowering and equipping them with the skills and information required to access vocational and educational pathways in Australia. She has also worked with adolescents in residential care during her university placement, where she assessed and addressed their needs through the formulation of individualised LBIS plans. Anastasia’s passions lie in working with vulnerable populations and individuals with complex trauma. She plans to continue her studies with a Masters in Clinical Psychology.

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Andrew Cahill
Andrew Cahill
Clinical Consultant / Provisional Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Master of Science in Foundations of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Summary Professional Experience:

Andrew has spent 4 years working in the adult disability sector in Sydney as an operations coordinator and supervisor for adult day programs, adult camps and in home and community support, pre-dominantly working with complex needs clients. He developed and ran a goals and objectives management system focusing on person centred practice and achieving the clients NDIS goals.

In the UK, Andrew mainly worked in the acquired brain injury space as a rehabilitation coach supporting clients get back to work and overcome barriers in the workplace, and also worked for a couple of years supporting children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and intellectual disability.

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Anja Jesbera-Hoogendijk
Anja Jesbera-Hoogendijk
Senior Clinical Consultant / Occupational Therapist (VIC)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Master of Occupational Therapy Practice (La Trobe University)
  • AHPRA registered
  • Additional training in:
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Working with Individuals with a Dual Diagnosis
  • Working with Individuals with a Dual Disability
  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Working with Individuals with BPD: An Introduction (Spectrum)
  • Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Working with Risk and Recovery
  • Conducting a Mental State Examination (MSE)
  • Positive Practices in Behavioural Support (Institute for Applied Behaviour Analysis)
  • ACT Mindfully: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Training (Russ Harris)
  • Sensory Modulation, Trauma & Attachment Informed Care (Tina Champagne)
Summary Professional Experience:

Anja has over 30 years of experience in working in the health industry, first as a Nurse and then as an Occupational Therapist. After migrating to Australia, Anja completed her Master of Occupational Therapy Practice at La Trobe University. Following on from this, Anja pursued her dream of working with people with severe and enduring mental health conditions which she has done across community and inpatient settings.

Many of Anja’s clients have a trauma history and multiple diagnoses and/or find themselves in complex situations or within difficult-to-navigate systems.

Anja is able to conduct comprehensive Occupational Therapy functional assessments including housing and sensory assessments and provide Occupational Therapy interventions with regard to:

  • Daily activities,
  • Structure and routine,
  • Occupational balance,
  • Identifying and incorporating meaningful activities,
  • Stress management,
  • Sensory modulation and
  • Suitable and therapeutic living environments.

Anja is also available to provide Occupational Therapy input at care team meetings and training for families and carers.

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Barbara Campbell
Barbara Campbell
Team Manager (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Registered Nurse – New Zealand & Australia
  • Diploma of Community Services – Case Management Hornsby TAFE
  • Founding Member of National Disability Practitioners, A Division of NDS
Summary Professional Experience:

Barbara draws on over 35 year’s experience as a registered nurse, senior case manager, team leader and project officer.  She has supported people with disabilities in a variety of settings including residential settings; supported accommodation, respite and across the community, working with individuals, families and their carers.

Barbara has worked with people with disabilities and complex support needs being supported in the out of home care area, aged care, boarding houses and criminal justice areas.  She has extensive experience in leading multidisciplinary teams through change and supporting staff on a day to day basis.  Barbara has a strong collaborative approach when working with people with complex supports.

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Belinda Kinitavaki
Belinda Kinitavaki
Team Manager (NT)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Arts / Fine Art, Griffith University QLD (QLD College of Art)
Summary Professional Experience:

Belinda initially worked in arts administration, gallery management and art consultancy, and moved into the not-for-profit sector 7 years ago across arts, disability, youth and First Nations communities. More recently she has been immersed in remote Aboriginal homeland communities in Arnhem Land NT and Darwin’s Aboriginal town camp communities, building and coordinating Social Enterprise through community engagement and development.

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Ben Sanders
Ben Sanders
Consultant / Organisational Development, Trainer (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Arts (English Literature & Media Studies) University of Sussex
  • Masters (Social and Political Thought) University of Sussex
  • Diploma of Community Services, Ultimo College of TAFE
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Granville TAFE
Summary Professional Experience:

At SAL Consulting Ben works with a range of organisations to help them build their capacity to achieve outstanding outcomes with their clients.

As an Organisational Development Consultant, Ben’s academic background in social and political theory and lifelong passion for social justice has served him well; providing the foundational and advance skills and knowledge needed to connect meaningfully with peers in the sector.

Previously, Ben worked in a number of community and service based roles and has managed large teams of staff delivering services to children and young people.

Ben draws from both his theoretical and practical backgrounds to support organisations to turn innovative thinking into meaningful practice. Like the people they serve, the organisations Ben works with have their own individualised needs, which require individualised responses.

Some of the activities Ben undertakes with organisations to help them build capacity include research; policy review and development; practice framework development; training development and delivery; service review; change management and strategic planning.

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Bethany Tonks
Bethany Tonks
Clinical Support Worker (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science, Honours (Psychology) – University of Sydney
Summary Professional Experience:

Bethany has 5 years experience in Specialist Homelessness Services supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds experiencing or at risk of homelessness, providing in crisis support and developing strength-based case plans and case management.

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Bradley White
Bradley White
Clinical Support Worker / Cultural Consultant (NT)
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Brooklyn Clark
Brooklyn Clark
Clinical Consultant / Speech Pathologist (NT)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology – Curtin University
  • Graduate Certificate in Assessment and Diagnosis of Fetal Spectrum Disorders – currently enrolled
Summary Professional Experience:

Brooklyn has experience working within the fields of early intervention, hospital rehabilitation, transitional care, aged care and disability. She is able to develop individualised assessment and therapy programs for clients with speech, language, literacy, voice, fluency, alternative and augmentative communication and swallowing/eating disorders.

Brooklyn has experience with complex caseload management including clients with Angelman Syndrome, Charge Syndrome, Autism, Huntington’s Disease, Global Development Delay. She is especially passionate about working in partnership with those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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Bruce Newman
Bruce Newman
Training & Administration Officer (NSW)
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Dr Caitlin Robertson
Dr Caitlin Robertson
Clinical Consultant / Psychologist (VIC)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Doctor of Psychology (Forensic) – Deakin University (VIC)
  • Registered Psychologist
Summary Professional Experience:

Caitlin has an interest in working with people who have difficulties with emotional regulation and interpersonal functioning to enhance areas of personal strength and support further skill development. She is committed to working collaboratively with clients to develop a shared understanding of their experiences and goals and uses an integrated approach to empower individuals to affect positive behaviour change.

Caitlin is experienced in providing clinical services for individuals who have been convicted of a serious interpersonal offence, and in the delivery of programs and services that facilitate opportunities to establish and maintain a prosocial life. She is trained in forensic risk assessment and the delivery of group-based and individual intervention to address factors relevant to violent offending (including sexual violence), firesetting and general offending. Caitlin is also experienced in clinical supervision and evaluation for staff from a variety of clinical disciplines to support their professional development and ensure integrity in the delivery of offence-specific services.

Caitlin also has experience in clinical service design and development in complex service systems. She has provided clinical advice and leadership within the public sector to assist in developing systems and cultures that better respond to the unique needs of service users.

Publications:

Robertson, C. E. & McGillivray, J. A. (2015). Autism behind bars: a review of the research literature and discussion of key issues, The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/14789949.2015.1062994

Robertson, C. (2013). The operation of the mental impairment defence in South Australia. Report prepared for the Australian Psychological Society College of Forensic Psychology (SA Section)

Donaldson, P., Tlauka, M. & Robertson, C. (2013). Judgments of relative direction: The effect of task instructions on spatial recall, The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66:6, 1090-1103, DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2012.729599

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Carolyn Bergin
Carolyn Bergin
Clinical Consultant / Speech Pathologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Master of Speech Pathology – Curtin University (2017)
  • Certified Practicing Member of Speech Pathology Australia
Summary Professional Experience:

Carolyn has over 15 years of experience working across both government and private sectors.  She completed her Masters in Speech Pathology through Curtin University in 2017 and has experience working with clients across the lifespan in acute, subacute and outpatient hospital, disability, aged care, and educational settings.  Carolyn believes communication is a fundamental human right and aims to enable individuals to say what they want to say, when they want to say it.  Carolyn also has a passion for swallowing related difficulties and aims to improve individual’s health-related quality of life through effective mealtime management.

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Chloe Dixon
Chloe Dixon
Clinical Consultant / Behaviour Support Practitioner (NT)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons.) at Central Queensland University
  • Master of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Monash University
Summary Professional Experience:
  • I have worked in the field of special needs and behavior for the past 10 years, with a focus on autism.
  • I am a local who has experience providing services across the Northern Territory including Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs.
  • I have worked with a range of individuals from 2 to 25 years of age and across a range of settings including home, daycare, school, employment training and in the community in programs underpinned by Positive Behavior Support strategies and the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis. In this role I have had extensive experience managing teams, conducting behaviour assessments, developing behaviour support plans, providing training, and supervising the implementation and delivery of programs and supports.
  • I have facilitated workshops for families, carers and professionals on topics such as autism, behavior, functional communication and skill-building.
  • I have provided behaviour support services as a sole trader through the NDIS since May 2019.
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Damon Williams
Damon Williams
Partner, Health Services / Psychologist
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) – Macquarie University
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Psychology) – Macquarie University
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Social Health) – Macquarie University
  • Certificate IV Assessment & Workplace Training
  • Registered Psychologist
  • Registered Supervisor
Summary Professional Experience:

Damon Draws on over 20 years experience working with adults and children with disabilities, mental health difficulties, and backgrounds of trauma and abuse and providing clinical support to teams, families and individuals. He has experience in the design and delivery of Behaviour Support and Skills Development programming, and management of programming teams.

Damon also has skills in and is involved with the following:

  • Policy writing, organisational review and organisational systems development
  • Coordination of therapeutic services for a multi-disciplinary team
  • Design and delivery of individual therapeutic services for children and young people, and people with disabilities
  • Design and Delivery of staff training for Human Service Organisations
  • Delivery of psychometric assessments and clinician / practitioner training
  • Supervision and mentoring of intern and registered psychologists, other clinical staff, human services managers and direct support staff
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Denise Best
Denise Best
Finance Officer
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Diploma in Secretarial, Bookkeeping and Accounts, Shorthand and Computer Studies
Summary Professional Experience:

Denise has over 30 years of experience in Administration and Accounts roles across a number of industries, including Construction, Finance and the Automotive industries. Denise has worked with staff, Managers, Partners and Directors in numerous supporting roles. Denise also has experience running her own family business for over 20 years.

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Diana Kazakov
Diana Kazakov
Receptionist / Administration Support (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) – Currently studying
Summary Professional Experience:

Diana is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Macquarie University, and is especially interested in positive, social and health psychology.

She is passionate about connecting with and learning from people of all different walks of life, and has experience as a study skills seminar presenter, debating coach and adjudicator, and as the secretary of one of the largest student groups at her university, DRAMAC (Macquarie University Drama Society).

This year she is excited to be the Publications Director of the Australasian Council for Undergraduate Research (Student Committee), the Vice-President of DRAMAC, a volunteer youth mentor, and of course, being the person to greet you at our Pennant Hills office in Sydney!

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Divesh Prasad
Divesh Prasad
Clinical Support Worker (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Arts  (Psych & Philosophy) – currently study
Summary Professional Experience:

In his spare time, Divesh often volunteers at the Parklea Correctional Centre where he supports, creates hope, and inspires children affected by the criminal justice system. He encourages them to reach their potential, nurtures their growth and empowers them to succeed.

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Doug Payne
Doug Payne
Senior Clinical Consultant / Behaviour Support Practitioner (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Dip. Teaching, B Ed.
  • Dip Special Ed.
  • M Spec Ed., JP
Summary Professional Experience:

Doug has worked with people who have complex behaviour support needs for more than 35 years. He has worked as a Special Ed teacher, a behaviour support practitioner in a Community support team, Manager of a cluster of Group Homes for people with complex behaviour and for 15 years was the Senior Manager Behaviour Support for a Specialist Regional Behaviour Intervention team.

He has extensive experience working with families, staff and agencies to develop shared and agreed ways to support people who have very complex support needs.  Over his working career he has been asked to review many situations where a person’s support has broken down or become homeless due to the complexity of their support and subsequently assisted in the developed of a shared and agreed way forward.

For more than 20 years Doug has also been involved in the Restrictive Practice Process, assisting agencies develop their processes, developing the skills of RPA Convenors and Independent specialists and also providing independent specialist advice for people with very complex support due to mental health and Criminal Justice issues.

Doug also has extensive experience and a keen interest in the recruitment, training, support and supervision of behaviour support practitioners.

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Elisha Vandenborn
Elisha Vandenborn
Team Manager (VIC)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) La Trobe University, 2002
  • Bachelor of Social Work, La Trobe University, 2006
  • Diploma of Management, Victoria University, 2012
  • Certificate IV in Business, Victoria University, 2012
  • Certificate IV in Project Management, Swinburne, 2019
Summary Professional Experience:

For the last 13 years, Elisha has worked in a variety of teams and roles within the Victorian Government. This included Disability Services, Agency Performance, Population Health and most recently in Senior Project roles implementing the transfer of state services to the NDIS. During her time at the Department, she have gained an in-depth knowledge of policy and legislation, whilst working within complex stakeholder environments.

She has gained over 10 years’ experience managing multidisciplinary teams, which has helped develop a strong leadership style and assisted her to support teams through various periods of change. She has a passion for providing high-quality services, especially for people with disability.

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Emma Rudman
Emma Rudman
Partner, Clinical Practice / Psychologist
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Master of Arts (Psychology) – University Of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) – Macquarie University
  • Cert IV – Workplace Training and Assessment
Summary Professional Experience:
  • 20 years experience working with people with disabilities, children and young people in out-of-home care, complex and vulnerable people, their carers and the agencies that support them;
  • Consultation in complex case management and delivery of clinical services for individuals with trauma backgrounds and mental health issues, and for individuals who have contact with the criminal justice systems;
  • Provision of complex assessments in disability, foster care, mental health and forensic settings;
  • Design and delivery of therapeutic intervention / treatment programs for individuals with personality disorders, emotional disturbances, attachment disorders and complex post traumatic presentations; and training programs for practitioners working with this client group;
  • Design and delivery of individual therapeutic intervention for children and young people, and people with disabilities;
  • Provision of clinical supervision, and other clinician capacity building, to psychologists and clinicians in the disability and youth (out of home care) sectors;
  • A strong focus on developing reflective and critical thinking, and developing the skills and practice approaches in practitioners on the human services sector;
  • Organisational policy and practice review for government and nongovernment
  • agencies
  • Assessment of children and young people and foster carers in the out of home care sector;
  • Development & delivery of a range of professional development / training resources for both government and nongovernment sectors.
  • NMT practitioner and practice leader as part of SAL Consulting’s Phase 2 Accreditation in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics with the Child Trauma Academy.
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Frances Attard
Frances Attard
Portfolio Manager, Formal Assessment and Early Intervention / Educational & Developmental Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) Macquarie University
  • Postgraduate Diploma (Psychology) Macquarie University
  • Master of Psychology (Educational & Developmental) University of Western Sydney
  • Registered Psychologist: Authority to Practice Registration Number: PSY0001309914
  • Endorsement – Educational & Developmental Psychology
  • AHPRA Board Approved Supervisor
Summary Professional Experience:

Frances has over 10 years experience working with children, young people, adults and their families. She has worked within the government sector, in education, and in the private sector focussing on the needs and supports of families at risk, children and adults with disabilities, and those with complex trauma experiences.

Frances has extensive knowledge regarding emotional wellbeing, educational and developmental assessments utilising standardised and dynamic assessments, as well as qualitative measures, parenting capacity assessments, and psycho-social assessments.

Frances is focused on developing, delivering and reviewing supports for children, young people and families within human services. This has included developing and facilitating parenting groups, trauma informed behavioural and educational supports, and applying therapeutic models within the Out of Home Care, Disability, and Early Intervention sectors.

Frances has facilitated Life Story work with young people, and applies a range of trauma informed therapeutic models, including narrative therapy, and the neuroscience-sequential model of therapeutics.

Frances’ work also includes the provision of supervision to Psychologists, Case Workers, and Youth Work teams.

Frances is interested in research, and determining what works, and for whom. Frances is an NMT Practitioner, included in SAL Consulting’s Phase 1 Accreditation in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics with the Child Trauma Academy.

Associations:

  •  Member, Australian Psychological Society
  • Member, College of Educational and Developmental Psychology

Conferences:

  • 2nd International Neurosequential Model Symposium: Are you ready? Nothing’s Impossible: Two Unique approaches utilising Six Core Strengths, the 6 r’s for Healing Trauma and NMT. June, 2016.
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Gerhard Raftl
Gerhard Raftl
Director / Principal Psychologist
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Master of Arts (Psychology) – University Of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) – University of New South Wales
  • Certificate IV Assessment & Workplace Training
  • Registered Psychologist – AHPRA Number PSY000114047
Summary Professional Experience:

Gary is a practitioner with more than 35  years experience with a long-standing record of providing tailored quality behaviour and service development support design and delivery for children and adults in the disability and youth / intensive services (out-of-home care) sectors; client/family support; training, and systems development and monitoring services to non-government service provider organisations, in the disability and youth (out-of-home care) sectors.

He has previously developed and managed a statewide tertiary clinical support team, and currently provides professional supervision of clinical practitioners. He has led numerous reviews for government and non-government agencies, and has developed and delivered a range of professional development training resources, practice guides, policy frameworks, and service review and monitoring tools to both government and non-government sector programs.

Publications

Gardiner, L. and Raftl, G. and Summers, E. 2016. By Invitation Only. In: Stevens, R. and Whittle, S.R. ed. Changing Organisations from Within: Roles, Risks and Consultancy Relationships. Routledge: New York, pp. 195

Conference Presentations

  • Child Trauma Academy NMT Conference, Banff (2014) NMT & Six Core Strengths in Regional Australia: Re-shaping neurodevelopmentally-informed practice development in residential care settings with Marie Pinter
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Holly Suen
Holly Suen
Clinical Consultant / Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (with Honours), University of New South Wales
  • Master of Education and Developmental Psychology, Western Sydney University
  • Certificate IV Training & Assessment, Hunter TAFE
Summary Professional Experience:

Holly is a dedicated practitioner who has 10 years of experience working with individuals with complex needs and challenging behaviours, utilising person-centred, evidence-based clinical practice. She is competent in conducting clinical assessments, intervention planning, design and delivery. Holly also provides training and care coordination with local services to facilitate clients’ rehabilitation in the community.

Holly has a strong interest in neuroscience and is currently studying the Master of Brain and Mind Sciences at The University of Sydney.

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James Blomeley
James Blomeley
Clinical Support Worker (VIC)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Summary Professional Experience:

James has experience as a youth mentor working with adolescents with disability and working with children as a behavioural therapist in applied behavioural analysis (ABA). His experience consists of developing and implementing behaviour support/intervention plans, whilst working collaboratively in a interdisciplinary environment to ensure the greatest health and social outcomes for the client and their families.

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Jamie Lewis
Jamie Lewis
Clinical Support Worker / Cultural Consultant (NT)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Certificate III in Business Administration
  • Certificate III in Governance
  • De-escalation of Behaviour, Drugs and Alcohol and Suicide Intervention Training
Summary Professional Experience:

Jamie has previously worked in the Public sector with the Department of Human Services and Australian Electoral Commission. She has also worked for not-for-profit organisations such as Larrakia Nation, Darwin Regional CDEP, Foundation of Rehabilitation with Aboriginal Alcohol Related Difficulties (FORWAARD) and The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Jamie is a Larrakia woman, in which the Larrakia People are the Traditional Custodians of Darwin and surrounding areas.

Jamie has worked with a range of people, staff, clients and stakeholders of many diverse backgrounds and has a passion to help Indigenous people.

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Jessica Tame
Jessica Tame
Clinical Consultant / Behaviour Support Practitioner (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • BSc Psychology, Keele University, UK
  • MSc Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, University of Kent, UK
  • Member of the British Psychological Society
Summary Professional Experience:
  • Prior to working at SAL Consulting, Jessica worked as a Skills Development Practitioner at a London based service provider. She worked within the Intensive Support Team (including Behaviour Support Practitioners and Communication practitioners) to embed Person-Centred Active Support (PCAS) across disability services. Jessica worked within teams to monitor PCAS and skills teaching through developing measurement tools, training, as well as role modeling and coaching good practice
  • Previous experience in training teams in PCAS and Autism
  • Her MSc covered Positive Behaviour Support, Person Centred Active Support, behavioural analysis, functional assessments and understanding the impact of organisational change in disability services
  • Within this MSc, Jessica undertook two placements. The first involved evaluating the quality of a supported living service (using observational and interview measures). The second placement involved working within the NHS as a Student Behaviour Support Practitioner; using various assessment measures, training and creating support plans
  • Previous experience working directly with families as a Family Support Intern; providing emotional support and information on caring for individuals with severe intellectual disabilities

Conference Presentations

Presented ‘Sensory profiles of adults with autism: A comparison with the general population and adults with dyspraxia’ at the following conferences:

  • The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSID; Melbourne, August 2016) and
  • The Seattle Club Conference on Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Glasgow, December 2016)
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Jo Woolley
Jo Woolley
Executive Manager, Finance
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Diploma of Accounting
  • Currently studying with UNE -Diploma of Business
  • Develop and use complex spreadsheets
  • Prepare financial reports
  • Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
  • Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry

 

Summary Professional Experience:

Jo is a Senior Finance and Accounts professional with over 25 years experience in a number of accounts and finance support roles across industry sectors. Her key strengths include detailed analytical and reporting skills with excellent customer service ability. She supports the Executive and Leadership teams to meet financial targets. Jo assist’s in the management of Client administration matters, including resolving issues as they arise. She has developed and assisted with continuous improvement projects. Ensuring the smooth running of the office support function, including the fortnightly payroll and invoicing, and all relevant documentation.

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Justin Ilano
Justin Ilano
Training Administration Assistant (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:Summary Professional Experience:

Justin has worked in administrative roles for the past ten years. He has extensive experience in supporting systems and for the training team including both the professional development and Registered Training Organisation. He has a keen interest in music and photography in his spare time.

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Kaishia Husenovic
Kaishia Husenovic
Clinical Support Worker (VIC)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) – Currently studying
Summary Professional Experience:

Kaishia is currently studying her fourth year of a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at La Trobe University. She has a keen interest in Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Data Science. Kaishia has a strong desire to help people, particularly those in vulnerable populations, and is determined to complete a Masters in Psychological Science.

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Katherine Newton
Katherine Newton
Executive Manager, Training & Applied Learning
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Masters of Education (Adult Education) – UTS
  • Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management – Harris Bromley
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment – Response Training & Employment
  • Masters of Early Childhood – Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) – Macquarie University
Summary Professional Experience:

Katherine is an experienced education and workforce development professional with 20 years’ experience leading successful programs in a range of organisations with in-depth involvement and understanding of working in community services and health sectors.  She engages organisations with a strong participatory and people-centred approach providing innovation and a passionate focus on building skills, knowledge and experience in the classroom and the workplace.

She believes in life-long learning, creating opportunities for people to step outside their comfort zone and the power of education to change lives.

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Katrina Halpin
Katrina Halpin
Portfolio Manager, Therapy & NMT Services / Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology), 1992, University of Newcastle
  • Registered Psychologist – Authority to Practiced Registration Number PSY0001232248
  • AHRPA Board Approved Supervisor
  • NDIS Practitioner ID 00374, NDIS Behaviour Support Practitioner (approved to provide Specialist Behaviour Support Services).
  • Independent Specialist for Restrictive Practice Authorisation in NSW.
Summary Professional Experience:

Katrina is a passionate practitioner with over 20 years of experience delivering complex assessment and intervention for children and adults with disabilities and/or a history of complex trauma. She has experience with Mental Health, Parenting Capacity and other complex assessments.

Katrina is a therapist working with children and adults with a history of complex developmental trauma and/or disabilities utilising modalities including DBT, neurosequential and somatosensory approaches. As part of the Therapy Portfolio, she provides supervision to therapists and support to Marie Pinter, Partner in the further development of this important part of work provided by SAL Consulting.

She has a strong interest and commitment to developing and delivering training across both Out of Home Care and Disability Service Sectors to aid understanding and practical application of intervention with people with a history of complex developmental trauma and or disability.

She also has a passion for educating others in the neurodevelopmental impacts of trauma as well as the development of interventions based on a sequential understanding of the brain.  Further Katrina is committed to the application of Attachment Theory and Polyvagal Theory to understanding the impacts of trauma and in intervention design.

SAL Consulting is trained in the use of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), and Katrina is an NMT practitioner and practice leader as part of SAL Consulting’s Phase 2 Accreditation in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics with the Child Trauma Academy. She provides supervision, support and training to SAL Consulting clinicians undergoing Phase 1 Training. She also provides education and training to a range of service providers across a number of sectors to increase awareness of the benefit of intervention design based on a thorough understanding of sequential brain functioning.

 

Conference Presentations

2nd International Neurosequential Model Symposium: Are you ready? Nothing’s Impossible: Two Unique approaches utilising Six Core Strengths, the 6Rr’s for Healing Trauma and NMT. June, 2016.

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Kelly Warrener
Kelly Warrener
Clinical Consultant / Provisional Psychologist (VIC)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Masters of Science in Investigative (Forensic) Psychology – University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) – University of Stirling, UK
Summary Professional Experience:

Kelly has experience working in forensic psychiatric hospitals providing individual and group therapy sessions focusing on risk and recovery including rehabilitation and changing behaviour. Experienced in administering psychometric tests and conducting risk assessments for developing individual plans whilst in hospital, and also post-release when transitioning into probation services.

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Kieren Samuel
Kieren Samuel
Executive Assistant
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Cert IV Business Administration
Summary Professional Experience:

With over 20 years working in the administration field across a number of sectors, including over 10 years in the Financial Services sector, her key strengths include excellent time management skills, a strong eye for detail and first-class organisational skills.

Extensive experience dealing with high-level clients and managing key relationships, priding herself on being approachable and accessible for both staff members and clients alike.

Extremely passionate about her role and everything that SAL Consulting represents.

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Kristina Paliokaite
Kristina Paliokaite
Clinical Consultant / Provisional Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • BSc Psychology
  • MSc Play Therapy
Summary Professional Experience:

My first encounter with therapeutic support began in my teens, when I completed extensive training and volunteered as a peer counsellor at a youth telephone helpline. After qualifying as a psychologist from Goldsmiths, University of London and while completing my MSc in Play Therapy in University of South Wales in UK I worked with adults transitioning from acute mental health setting into the community, adults with intellectual disability, domestic abuse victim support and young people at risk, special needs advocacy in education, out of home care, therapeutic services for children and in a community justice program for young high risk reoffenders with intellectual disability.

I am experienced in NGO, statutory and private sectors, providing developmentally appropriate and tailored individual, family and group therapeutic intervention as well as clinical supervision to staff.

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Leigh Macklan
Leigh Macklan
Executive Manager, Business Services
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor Business Marketing
  • Diploma HR Management
  • Diploma Leadership & Management
  • Diploma Venues/Events Management
  • Cert IV Business Administration & Management
  • Cert IV Project Management
  • Cert IV Frontline Management
  • Cert III Finance
  • Cert II Computer Applications for the Office
Summary Professional Experience:

Leigh Macklan has recently taken the leap from EA to Senior Manager, Operations & Projects.  With over 17 years’ experience as an Executive Assistant, Leigh brings knowledge and skills from industries including manufacturing, health insurance, finance, education, legal, construction, not for profit and social services.  Also with a background in marketing/graphic design and photography, Leigh’s passion for presentation (and perfection!) follow her into every role.

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Lesley Whatson
Lesley Whatson
Portfolio Manager, Clinical Practice / Behaviour Support Practitioner (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts (Special Education)
Summary Professional Experience:

Lesley has been working in the disability sector since 1987 and has a special interest in the mental health of children and young people with intellectual disability. She has been actively involved in the development of practice relating to interdisciplinary collaboration, family and systemic practice and trauma-informed frameworks for supporting people with intellectual disability; she has been providing training, supervision and mentoring in these areas for many years.  Lesley has also worked at an organisational level, across government and non-government agencies, contributing to the development of policy and practice guidelines, and building the capacity of the sector to deliver Positive Behaviour Support.

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Liz Summers
Liz Summers
Director, Operations & Business Development, Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) – Charles Sturt University
  • Masters in Counselling (Mental Health) – University of New England (current)
  • Certificate IV Assessment & Workplace Training
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors – Member Number: 2204161
  • Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors – Company Director’s Course (2017)
Summary Professional Experience:

Liz is a Director of SAL Consulting, a trans-disciplinary consulting firm that works with vulnerability and complexity across health, education, and human services. As a human services consultant and Behaviour Support Specialist, she has more than 20-years of experience delivering practice improvement and training, clinical support, organisational development, and program review / design services to government and non-government organisations. She is passionate about utilising current research in neuroscience, applying that to improved outcomes in leadership, program design and delivery of services, and assisting people to implement evidence based theory into day-to-day practice.

Publications

Gardiner, L. and Raftl, G. and Summers, E. 2016. By Invitation Only. In: Stevens, R. and Whittle, S.R. ed. Changing Organisations from Within: Roles, Risks and Consultancy Relationships. Routledge: New York, pp. 195

Conference Presentations

  • Lower North Shore Child & Family Interagency Forum (2018) Understanding the impact of Trauma on Children and Families
  • Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools Deputy Principals Conference (2017) Transforming Schools for our Most Vulnerable Students with Annelies Hoogland and Bern Nicholls
  • Child Trauma Academy NMT Symposium, Banff (2014)  Youth Hope – A Developmentally Informed Approach to Program Design and Evaluation with Lisa Gardiner & Louise Limoges
  • Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat Conference, Coffs Harbour (2014) Understanding Trauma
  • Australian Childhood Foundation Conference, Melbourne (2014) Innovative Program Design – Youth Hope and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics with Lisa Gardiner & Louise Limoges
  • Australian Children’s Welfare Association Conference (2014) Care South Brighter Futures – Changing Lives Every Day with Claire Behi.
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Marcus Cheng
Marcus Cheng
Clinical Consultant / Provisional Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • AHPRA registration – Provisional Psychologist PSY0002407083 
Summary Professional Experience:
  • After his undergraduate studies, Marcus started his career with Boys Town Singapore as a youth worker. Providing support, counselling and assisting youths with solving social and emotional problems.  
  • Previous experience as a disability support worker and therapy assistant for individuals with dementia  
  • His first placement as a provisional psychologist exposed him to the NDIS framework, where he worked in a multidisciplinary setting and assisted with assessments, interventions, report writing and development of behaviour support plans.  
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Margie Summers
Margie Summers
Team Manager (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:Summary Professional Experience:

Margie has many years of experience in team management across a number of industry sectors and prior to this role managed our bustling Allied Health clinic.

She is dedicated to promoting rewarding outcomes for clients through operational support of her clinicians and building solid foundations in consultancy skills in new team members.

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Marie Pinter
Marie Pinter
Partner, Therapy & NMT Services / Senior Psychologist
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • BSocSc(Psych)
  • PGDip(Psych)
  • MPsych (Forensic)
Summary Professional Experience:

Marie Pinter is a Senior Psychologist. She has extensive experience working with high needs children and young people with complex trauma living in foster care and residential out of home care, and also those living with their birth families. She also has significant experience with inpatient and outpatient settings, community treatment programs and also with young people in detention and on parole.

Marie and her team provide intensive and specialised therapeutic interventions that are empirically sound, evidence-based and culturally appropriate to children, young people and adults including those with disabilities.

She also has experience in mental health assessments, psychosocial assessments and parenting capacity assessments (including expert reports) that involve multiple and complex issues.

Marie has a strong interest and commitment to improving the quality of services delivered by youth workers, foster carers and government and non-government agencies, as well as direct therapeutic work to young people and their families.  She provides supervision to psychologists and other clinical practitioners.

Her professional experience includes the role of complex case clinician at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Marie is an NMT practitioner and practice leader as part of SAL Consulting’s Phase 2 Accreditation in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics with the Child Trauma Academy.

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Martin Gomes
Martin Gomes
Clinical Consultant / Psychologist (VIC)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Diploma of Professional Counselling
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
Summary Professional Experience:
  • Over 10 years experience working with people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Development of behaviour support plans and support to support staff, care teams and organisations in the implementation of support strategies.
  • Development of risk assessments and treatment plans for individuals subject to compulsory treatment
  • Experience providing clinical advice to government agencies supporting complex clients with intellectual disabilities.
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Matthew Kelly
Matthew Kelly
Clinical Consultant / Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from The University of Sydney
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology from Western Sydney University
  • AHPRA Registered Psychologist
Summary Professional Experience:
  • 9 years of direct experience working in disability services including accommodation support, respite services, and post school programs supporting individuals with complex needs.
  • Proficient in the design and implementation of evidence based person-centred therapeutic interventions for adults and children with disabilities and mental health concerns
  • Experience assessing and identifying the support requirements of individuals with complex needs
  • Provision of clinical support and training to families, carers, teachers and support teams in both the Disability and Out of Home Care sectors
  • Experience undertaking comprehensive service model assessments for individual with complex needs
  • Provision of direct therapy to vulnerable children and adolescents with complex trauma; and adults with disabilities
  • Proficient in the delivery of psychometric assessment
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Megan Lions
Megan Lions
Clinical Consultant / Behaviour Support Practitioner (NT)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Tough Conversations in Child Protection Training
Summary Professional Experience:

In 2015, Megan volunteered as a Crisis Call Taker at Head Space. In 2016, she continued volunteering at the Calvary Mater Hospital where she supported individuals as inpatients and within the community settings. During this time, Megan formed part of the Clozapine research team, that investigated the effects treatment plays on one’s physiological health, and helped implement physical rehabilitation to aid positive mental health recovery. She commenced work at James Fletcher Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre in 2017, to conduct Cognitive Remediation Therapy for people identified to have acute brain injuries. While in 2018, Megan joined Hunter Disability Service to support those with disability.

In 2019, Megan completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science from Newcastle University and began working as a Case Worker at Family Preservation. She implemented Early Intervention to assist at-risk children and their families, to overall increase safety in the home and promote positive mental health for people experiencing domestic violence, trauma or addiction.

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Melissa McDonald
Melissa McDonald
Clinical Consultant / Behaviour Support Practitioner (NT)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Certificate IV in Disability Studies – Swinburne Tafe (2004)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability) – RMIT (2012)
  • IABA: Positive Practices in Behaviour Support through Nonlinear Applied Behaviour Analysis (2016)
  • Currently completing: Masters in Disability Policy and Practice – Flinders University
Summary Professional Experience:

Melissa has been working in the disability sector for 18 years with Government and NGOs. Her experience ranges from working as a support worker, service manager, case manager and a clinical and quality practice leader; as well as working as a Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner in Melbourne.

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Michael Astolfi
Michael Astolfi
Partner, Operations & Client Services / Psychologist
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Canterbury University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Macquarie University
  • Certificate IV Assessment & Workplace Training, Macquarie Community College
  • Registered Psychologist – Authority to Practice Registration Number: PSY0001259842
Summary Professional Experience:

Michael has over 20 years experience working with people with disabilities, children and young people in Out of Home Care, their carers, and agencies that support them.

Michael’s work portfolio includes:

  • design and implementation of behaviour intervention and support plans for individuals with complex support needs;
  • Psychometric and Psychological assessment;
  • Service system development and review, including operationalising of policy, and developing quality assurance mechanisms;
  • Organisational policy and practice review for government and non-government organisations;
  • Project management, and service, program and agency review;
  • Supervision and management of multi-disciplinary clinical support teams providing Case Management, psychological, behaviour intervention support and allied health therapies;
  • Management of a range of support services for people with disabilities, including respite. accommodation and day programs;
  • Development and delivery of training programs for the Disability and Out of Home Care sectors.
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Michelle Henwood
Michelle Henwood
Portfolio Manager, Integrated Pathways and Perspectives / Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Psychology)
  • Registered Psychologist – PSY0001117129
  • Committee member PsychDD – The Association of Psychologists in Developmental Disability Services
Summary Professional Experience:

Michelle has worked with people with complex support needs for 24 years in the disability and out of home care sectors, primarily in the delivery of behaviour support services. She has been a registered psychologist since 2001. Michelle has worked in a variety of settings including non-government, private, state and federal government in the delivery of supports including direct behaviour support and psychology services, staff training, systems and practice development, policy and service design. She enjoys working directly with the person and those in their support network. She also has extensive experience in leading teams to establish and deliver high quality behaviour support services. Michelle is passionate about supporting organisations and teams to ensure they have strong clinical governance, quality assurance, and staff support systems in place to facilitate effective service delivery. She has been involved in numerous partnerships and collaborative endeavours at a systems level to support positive outcomes for people with disabilities.

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Michelle Langworthy
Michelle Langworthy
Clinical Consultant / Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Psychology – University of Newcastle
  • Currently enrolled in Masters of Business Administration- University of Newcastle
  • Registered Psychologist (General Registration)
Summary Professional Experience:
  • Application of psychological and holistic assessments for a range of people with complex needs, including children, young people and adults with a disability and/or complex trauma.
  • Therapeutic and Behavioural Interventions for children or adults with a disability and/or mental health concerns, including complex trauma.
  • Provision of Clinical Support (including psycho-education) for carers and residential staff teams, in both the Disability and Out of Home Care sectors.
  • Identification and assessment of support needs of individuals with a disability, metal health issues and a variety of other complex needs.
  • Development and delivering of comprehensive individualised Behaviour Intervention and Support plans.
  • Over 4 years experience working as a Direct Support Professional, including key work for people with a disability and/or mental health concerns as well as individuals with complex trauma.
  • Over 10 years experience working with vulnerable children and adolescents, including those with complex trauma in recreational respite environments
  • Professional experience and training.
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Milka Tilahun
Milka Tilahun
Clinical Consultant / Behaviour Support Practitioner (VIC)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelors of Science (Psychology) 
  • Masters of Early Childhood Education 
  • Graduate Certificate: ABA Advanced certificate
Summary Professional Experience:

Milka has worked in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis for over 6 years now. She began her career in 2014 working as a therapist for clients with developmental disorders such as ASD and various conduct disorders. 

Milka gained most of her experience working as a behaviour therapist for a number of early intervention clinics. Her experience includes providing 1:1 direct care services, natural environment training, program development, designing behaviour support plans and staff training. Milka has vast experience in working with clients between the ages of 2-14 who present a range of challenging behaviours.

In 2015 Milka completed her Bachelors of Science (Psychology) at Monash University and continued on to complete her Masters in Early Childhood Education in 2018. Milka has also completed the ABA advanced certificate course sequence through the Florida Institute of Technology. She hopes to complete her supervision hours to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

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Monica Gonzalez
Monica Gonzalez
Systems Support Officer
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Cert IV Team Leadership
  • Cert II & III Business Administration
  • Accidental Counsellor Training
  • OH&S Training
Summary Professional Experience:

Monica has a background as an administrator and team manager with 20+ years of experience in customer service, support and customer care across multiple industries.

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Natalie Larter
Natalie Larter
Team Manager (VIC)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • 2001-2004:   Bachelor of Social Science, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
Summary Professional Experience:

Natalie has worked in the disability sector for over 20 years in a variety of roles including direct care, day programs, case management, behaviour support, in both not-for-profit and State Government environments. She has gained experience working in multidisciplinary environments and has over 10 years’ experience working in supervisory and operational roles, managing and supporting staff in various settings. She has a passion for working with vulnerable individuals and their families to improve their quality of life.

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Nathan Olsen
Nathan Olsen
Senior Clinical Consultant / Provisional Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Education (Special Education).
  • Vocational Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma
  • Bachelor of Behaviour Studies (Psychology)
Summary Professional Experience:
  • Experienced Behaviour Support Practitioner working with complex individuals and support systems
  • Strong evidenced history in behaviour assessment and support plan design.
  • Experience in working with both government and non-government services and their unique organisational challenges.
  • Service system review and assessment, to support service improvement and evidence outcomes.
  • Supervision, coaching and mentoring of staff providing and receiving behaviour support services.
  • Management of Restricted Practice Authorisation processes.
  • Extensive experience in providing training in a variety of topics to deliver service improvement.
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Nicola Roberts
Nicola Roberts
Portfolio Manger, Clinical Practice / Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons)
  • Registered Psychologist
  • Registered Supervisor
Summary Professional Experience:

Nicola is an experienced Clinical Services Manager with Development and implementation of policies and practice review. She has Experience in assessment and behaviour support services for children and adults with disabilities and / or a history of complex trauma. She has worked on Assessment of children, young people and adults with mental health and drug and alcohol issues within the health system. Nicola has experience in Design and delivery of therapeutic intervention / treatment programs for individuals with mental illness, disability and emotional disturbance. Nicola has also designed and delivered individual therapeutic intervention for children and young people, and people with disabilities.

Nicola has experience in consultation and supervision for clinicians and senior management regarding service provision and modelling for clients with complex needs and professional supervision of clinical practitioners in the in the disability sector

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Nicole Jacobson
Nicole Jacobson
Therapist / Clinical Consultant (NT)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Mental Health Social Worker (AASW)
  • Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy
Summary Professional Experience:

Nicole is an accredited mental health social worker, and has extensive experience working with children and adolescents as a school counsellor, providing therapy for children in out of home care and support for their carers, and as a child and adolescent counsellor at Aboriginal Health Service.

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Nicole Scholz
Nicole Scholz
Clinical Consultant / Speech Pathologist (NT)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology – Flinders University
  • Certified Practicing Member of Speech Pathology Australia
Summary Professional Experience:

Nicole has experience working with clients across inpatient / outpatient hospital settings, disability, early intervention, brain injury (TBI/ABI), educational settings, remote communities and within the youth justice system. She is hugely passionate about supporting and inspiring Young People. Nicole’s career allows her to make a positive difference in people’s lives using attributes that she values such as empowerment, empathy, and collaboration. Nicole is dedicated to assisting individuals to achieve speech, language, literacy, voice and feeding goals. Working in the Northern Territory has allowed her to develop the knowledge and skills to deliver culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families living in rural and remote areas. Specific interests include: Early Intervention and Youth Work.

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Olivia Boxwell
Olivia Boxwell
Allied Health Assistant / Speech Pathology (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:

Currently studying a Bachelor of Applied Science: Speech Pathology at the University of Sydney

Summary Professional Experience:

Olivia has been working as a disability support worker for 3 years and during this time has supported individuals with a variety of complex needs.

Olivia also has experience providing Speech Pathology services as a student in a variety of contexts and services.

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Romana Garajova
Romana Garajova
Executive Manager, People & Culture
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Management of Human Resources
Summary Professional Experience:

After finishing her studies, Romana started her career as a Delivery Consultant specialising in implementing finance solutions via cloud-based planning and reporting tool. With the ability to effectively handle multiple priorities and solid reasoning and analytical skills she managed the efficient implementation and delivery for clients from many different industries.

Romana’s hardworking and focused approach; and certain aspects of her Human Resources studies gave her an advantage in building strong relationships with clients and she moved to a Client Success Coordinator role in the same industry.

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Sabina Fainveits
Sabina Fainveits
Clinical Consultant / Provisional Psychologist (VIC)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • AHPRA Registration – Provisional Psychologist PSY0002172254
  • Master of Professional Psychology – Deakin University
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology – Deakin University
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies – Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) – Deakin University
Summary Professional Experience:
  • Experience in the administration of psychological tests and risk assessments as well as the provision of support and delivery of therapeutic group programs to forensic clients in a residential treatment facility.
  • Development and implementation of behaviour support plans and provision of clinical support to children and young people with complex needs.
  • Experience working as an ABA therapist across home, school, and youth residential service settings.

Conference Presentations:

  • Fainveits, S., Thiele, B., Harris, K., & Lee, J. (2017). Attachment, stress and caregiving styles in older families. Poster presentation given at the 4th year conference, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.
  • Fainveits, S., & Lee, J. (2017). The associations between parent and child attachment style and carer responsiveness in later life. Talk presented in a symposium entitled “Adult attachment in the later stages of life: The context of familial caregiving,” chaired by Gery C. Karantzas, Juwon Lee & Emma Marshall, at the 16th Annual Psychology of Relationships Interest Group Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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Samara Smith
Samara Smith
Clinical Consultant / Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons)
  • Master of Professional Psychology
  • Registered Psychologist
Summary Professional Experience:

Samara has experience providing support to people with a disability and mental health concerns as well as those caring for them. Samara has also spent time in Sri Lanka working within the community to bring support to those with complex needs, in aid to increase wellbeing. During this time Samara also worked within the community to provide psychoeducation and increase understanding of those with complex needs.

Samara is proficient in the assessment and development of person-centred evidence-based interventions for those with complex needs, along with providing support for those caring for them.

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Sarah Lloyd
Sarah Lloyd
Clinical Consultant / Provisional Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons)
  • Member of the British Psychology Society
Summary Professional Experience:

Sarah has experience working as an intensive family support practitioner at a non-government organisation in Sydney. This role included providing therapeutic casework to families and children, with a trauma-informed and strengths based approach. Sarah has also worked as a lead practitioner conducting psychosocial assessments at a joint community paediatric clinic in the Sydney Local Health District. Sarah has previously worked in schools in the UK, delivering individualised support to students with additional learning needs and running small intervention groups focused on emotional literacy support and social skills.

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Sinead McVeigh
Sinead McVeigh
Clinical Consultant / Provisional Psychologist (VIC)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Bachelor Honours in Applied Psychology
  • Registration with BABCP and APHRA
Summary Professional Experience:
  • 5 year’s experience working as a coordinator with complex clients in youth residential service’s and family courts in Ireland
  • 2 year’s experience working as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in Schools and clinics throughout Ireland

Publications

  • Masters Dissertation selected to be published

Conference Presentations

  • Dissertation presentations for my Masters
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Sue Tobar
Sue Tobar
Training Officer (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Cert IV Business Administration
Summary Professional Experience:
Over 11 years experience working for a non-for-profit organisation with the last 7 as the Student Liaison Officer for the RTO.  In this role I was responsible for supporting the team to meet their statutory and legislative compliance requirements, including providing administration support for all aspects of the training for accredited and non-accredited for students and trainers.  
Previously over 30 years of experience in Secretarial / Administration supporting roles across a number of industry sectors that included working for one of the big 6 accounting firms – providing support to both partners and managers.
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Vera Yeo
Vera Yeo
Clinical Consultant / Psychologist (NSW)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) – James Cook University
  • Master of Clinical Psychology – University of Sydney
  • Registered Psychologist – AHPRA Number PSY0002172897
Summary Professional Experience:
  • Psychotherapy with young to older adults in challenges such as anxiety, depression, OCD, personality disorders, interpersonal difficulties, grief, and coping with major illnesses.
  • Parenting skills training with parents of young children with emotional and behavioural challenges.
  • Psychosocial assessments and family therapy with older children and adolescents with complex mental health needs.
  • Psychometric assessments for adults and children with specific learning and neurocognitive disabilities.
  • Previous experience in forensic mental health case management and research positions in youth mental health, delinquency and children in out of home care in Singapore.
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Dr Yvonne Maxwell
Dr Yvonne Maxwell
Senior Clinical Consultant - Forensic Practice / Psychologist (Forensic Psychology Registrar) (VIC)
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Qualifications / Professional Associations:
  • Doctor of Psychology (Forensic) – Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Psych) – Deakin University
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Thesis entitled The ARMIDILO: Risk Assessment of Sex Offenders with an Intellectual Disability, and Impact on Employment, Recreation and Leisure) – Deakin University
  • Graduate Certificate of Domestic and Family Violence Practice – Central Queensland University
  • Member of the Australian Psychology Society (APS)
  • Registered as Psychologist with AHPRA (Reg Number: PSY0001617444)
Summary Professional Experience:
  • Over eight years of experience in working with individuals who have a disability, including as a disability support worker, ABA therapist and clinician (psychologist). This includes 1:1 disability support in community and disability accommodation services (both government and non-government agencies), 1:1 ABA therapy support, in vivo training of disability support workers, review of behaviours of concern to understand functions of behaviour, the provision of behaviour support plans and in vivo support to disability support workers to enhance proactive strategies.
  • Seven years of experience working with individuals who are involved in the criminal justice system, in both welfare and clinical roles. This includes welfare support in relation to adjustment to prison, engagement with child protection/legal services/banking services and provision of recreational activities to prisoners. In clinical roles this has included the provision of assessment for treatment needs and individual intervention to individuals with offending behaviour. Provision of group based sexual and violent offending behaviour programs (CBT and DBT based) for intellectual disabled and non-intellectual disabled offenders. Provision group based drug and alcohol programs for offenders and development/provision of mindfulness programs for offenders. Administration of psychometrics to determine risk, motivation for intervention, and personality assessments.
  • Experiencing in providing complex assessment reports for court for individuals with a disability, offending behaviour and have legal mandates. Extensive experience in providing treatment plans, risk assessments and treatment progress reports for individuals who are mandated under Section 8 (Compulsory Treatment) of the Disability Act 2006 (Victoria). Provision of reports for other legal panels (e.g. Forensic Leave Panel and Multi Agency Panel) for individuals mandated by legal orders under Serious Sex Offender (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009 (Victoria) and Crimes Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried Act 1997 (Victoria). Significant engagement in multi-disciplinary teams to provide client centred and best practice intervention for individuals with a disability to aid in behaviour of concern reduction and increase quality of life for those individuals.
  • Specific interest in research related to quality of life and domestic and family violence in relation to individuals with a disability.
Publications
  • Maxwell, Y., Day, A., & Casey, S. (2013)Understanding the needs of vulnerable prisoners: the role of social and emotional well-being. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 9(2), 57 – 67.
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