Anna Maxwell B.A. (Psychology) | B. Soc. Wk (Hons) | MAASW

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker | Churchill Fellow

Director of Anna, Louise & Assoicates: Integrated Paediatric Services Pty Ltd

Orange, New South Wales, Australia.

Anna Maxwell has been working with children, families and professionals impacted by trauma and abuse since 1995. Anna’s passion for working with children led to her being awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship which allowed her to successfully complete study and training with some of the most well-known child and family therapists in America and England including Dr Gary Landreth, Dr Violet Oaklander, Dr Bruce Perry and Dr Janina Fisher. Anna has completed training with The ChildTrauma Academy (USA) and is certified in using the NMT© practice clinical tool. Read More

Anna has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) from the University of Queensland. She has also completed a 2-year post-graduate qualification in Paediatric Social Work from the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Sydney.  Anna is an accredited mental health specialist with the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Anna’s interest in working with trauma grew and extended across to the child protection field with a particular interest in sexual abuse and its trauma related problems for children. This work led Anna into the forensic field of child protection, having written many social assessment reports and has provided expert evidence for Family Court, Children’s Court and the Children’s tribunal both in New South Wales and Queensland.

This interest also led Anna into a unique opportunity working with the Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland including the Atherton Tablelands and Cape Tribulation in co-developing, with the elders of the communities, domestic violence and sexual abuse programs for children and adolescent.  This program focused on providing clinical support and training to the Mothers, Aunties and Grandmothers about the impact of their own abuse history, so they are able to identify indicators of abuse, the impact of abuse on children, safety planning and healing through their unique culture and storytelling.

Anna’s interests now extends to organisational consultancy, particularly focusing on the relationship between individual experiences of trauma, traumatised organisational trauma and decision making at the highest levels of government, law, corporations, organisations and communities.

Beyond therapy, Anna has written and delivered training packages; developed child protection policy and procedures; provided professional supervision for professionals working with children and families who experience complex trauma and written numerous papers on the impact of trauma on the neurodevelopment of the human species.


Emily Smith B. Soc. Wk. | Grad. Dip. (Family Therapy) | MAASW

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Orange, New South Wales, Australia.

Since completing a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of NSW in 2004 Emily’s working life has spanned a number of positions, all of which have contributed to a strong passion for working with children, young people, families and communities to overcome adversity and enhance mental health and well-being.  Emily’s role as Paediatric Social Worker with the Centre for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick incorporated intensive, long term practical support and therapeutic services to children and adolescents diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Read More

Having grown up herself in the country, Emily’s role as Team Leader for Mental Health Services for Centacare Wilcannia-Forbes took her back to her hometown to support a team to deliver individual, group and community programs for families experiencing mental health issues across rural and remote NSW including the communities of Forbes, Parkes, Cowra, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Murrin Bridge, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill and Wilcannia. During this period Emily undertook further study in the Strengths Based Approach, Solution Focussed Therapy and Narrative Therapy and had the privilege of supporting families affected by drought and isolation in rural and remote communities as well as working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community workers to provide culturally sensitive programs to Aboriginal children, young people and families many of whom had experienced intergenerational trauma.

Emily’s growing interest in mental health led her to take on a role as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinician and later Clinical Leader for Infant, Child, Youth and Family Mental Health for the Western NSW LHD. These roles incorporated assessment and treatment for children and adolescents experiencing moderate to severe Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Suicidal Ideation, Non-Suicidal Self Injury, Eating Disorders, Early Psychosis, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder and Complex Developmental Trauma.

Working within this role had Emily refining skills in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to provide evidence based individual and group therapy programs that match the presenting needs of the children and young people presenting with difficulties as well as providing clinical supervision and strategic support for clinicians working at the front line of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Emily continues to have a strong commitment to supporting young people with mental illness and embarked on a new role as part time Clinical Lead at headspace Orange in 2018.

With a growing awareness of the connection between mental health and family environment and attachment relationships, Emily undertook further study and completed a Graduate Diploma of Family Therapy through the NSW Institute of Psychiatry in 2015 and trained in the Tuning into Kids and Tuning into Teens Emotionally Intelligent Parenting Program in 2016, strengthening her capacity to join with children, young people, families and carers coping with mental health issues and complex trauma to work collaboratively with them to develop new understanding, change patterns of interaction and strengthen relationships.


Lisa Ryan B.A | Grad. Dip Psych | B. Soc Wk (Hons) | MAASW

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker 

For much of the past 30 years Lisa has worked in rural and remote NSW in various roles with NSW Health including violence and abuse programs, mental health, aged care, community and hospital social work, in addition to roles in Non-Government disability services, Department of Communities & Justice and Centrelink.

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Lisa’s interest areas include working with families, clinical supervision and training. Lisa is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers and has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Social Welfare), Graduate Diploma of Psychology and Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) at Charles Sturt University. Ongoing professional development has focused on evidence based therapeutic approaches such as Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and sensory motor interventions.

Lisa’s experience sits within a range of fields including:

  • parenting and relationship issues, grief and loss counselling, parenting group work
  • domestic violence; sexual assault counselling and support
  • children’s sexualised behaviours, harmful sexual behaviours, and childhood trauma counselling and supervision in NSW Health Prevention of Abuse, Responses to Violence Abuse and Neglect (PARVAN) services
  • Infant, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Senior Social Worker
  • supervision, education and staff training (vicarious trauma, mental health, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, workplace child protection training, student supervision) with government and non-government agencies
  • adjustment to illness or disability, grief and loss, trauma services, working in aged care assessment and generalist hospital Social Work
  • living skills and social skills development for adolescents and adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities in non-government agencies

A core component of Lisa’s practice is that the resolution of difficulties sits within relationships, socio-cultural contexts and developmental experiences. Whether providing group work, counselling, supervision or training Lisa’s practice is strongly informed by relevant cultural knowledges, systems theory, attachment theory, developmental and neurobiology of trauma research & theory.

This work has reflected Lisa’s interest in working with rural communities and families particularly regarding developmental trauma, parenting, mental health and disability. In addition to direct practice Lisa has presented on her work at national and international conferences.


Paula Browne B. A. (Social Welfare) | B. Soc. Wk. | MAASW

Senior Social Worker 

Forbes, New South Wales, Australia.

Paula Browne is a Social Worker with over 24 years’ experience working with children, young people, families and communities impacted by trauma and abuse, working in a variety of government and non-government settings including Family and Community Services, NSW Health, a non-government school and Manager of Services with Centacare Wilcannia-Forbes. Read More

Paula has a Bachelor of Arts (Social Welfare) and a Bachelor of Social Work from Charles Sturt University and, is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. She has undertaken additional training in evidence based individual and group therapy programs including the Narrative Therapy, Circle of Security Parenting Program, Combined Parent Child Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Tuning into Kids and Tuning into Teens.

Paula’s direct experience in the statutory child protection field where she worked for over 10 years, firstly as a Child Protection Caseworker and later as Child Protection Specialist included the completion of complex assessments for the Children’s Court, ongoing psychosocial assessment and case management for children and families in the context of risk and safety as well as permanency planning and addressing the needs of children and young people placed in Out of Home Care. Paula also gained extensive experience in training and assessment of prospective foster carers and completing frequent reviews of foster and kinship placements. Furthermore, Paula has over six years of experience as an independent Contracted Adoption Assessor for Family & Community Services Adoptions Branch undertaking many intercountry, local and step parent adoptions assessments and placement reviews including the preparation of comprehensive reports for the Supreme Court.

During her employment with Centacare Wilcannia–Forbes and later at Red Bend Catholic College, Paula undertook the role of Child Protection Officer including responsibility for the writing, implementation and monitoring of policies and procedures related to Child Protection as well as professional development for staff in Child Protection. Paula received extensive training and held responsibility for completing reportable conduct investigations on behalf of these organisations in accordance with the requirements of NSW Ombudsman and Office of Children’s Guardian.

Paula is currently works as a Child Protection Counsellor for the Western NSW Local Health District and is passionate about providing long term therapeutic intervention, support and advocacy for children and young people, families and carers who are affected by complex trauma as well as working with families at risk due to abuse with the aim of preventing future disruption, creating safety and stability, processing traumatic experiences and repairing relationships.


Katrina Sweetapple B.Sc. | B.E. Chem (Hons) | GAICD

Practise Manager | Organisational Consultant

Orange, New South Wales, Australia.

Katrina Sweetapple has broad management experience across a range of business and industry types including not-for-profit, charity, listed, and the public sector. While studying for a double degree in Science and Engineering at university Katrina held a 4year traineeship with an industrial gas production company, working in the field at gas production plants, air separation installations as well as head office in Sydney. After graduating Katrina’s first job was with an international business consulting firm which set her on the path from technical expertise in STEM industries towards experience in strategy, planning, risk management, governance and management skills. Read More

Katrina is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) after completing the Company Director Course in 2017. This provided real insight into different board, management, governance structures and issues, the role and responsibilities of directors, board audit & risk committees as well as management’s role reporting and communicating to their board.

Some highlights of Katrina’s work life include:

  • the establishment and/or maintenance of risk management frameworks, using risk assessment risk registers and reporting to the audit & risk committees for a statutory government agency, a private not-for-profit and an Australia wide children’s charity
  • the successful introduction of quality management including ISO quality certification and a new continuous improvement culture
  • the coordination of National Board Strategy discussion facilitating presentations and brainstorming sessions and facilitating people managers workshops with topics such as leadership, setting KPIs, managing people and understanding change
  • the construction of contingency planning activities for the Sydney Organizing Committee in the lead up to the Sydney Olympic Games to develop procedures, scenarios, desktop exercises and real-time simulations for 40 Olympic venue teams.

There are key areas of service delivery that every business needs to address, and this is where Katrina’s experience, skills and interest lies. This includes areas such as strategic and operational planning, developing and reviewing policy and procedures, risk management and understanding the role of governance and responsibilities. Katrina has experience working with boards, management and operational teams on areas such as culture change, team building, and change management which are central to the operation of healthy workplaces.


Annarelle Channing | B. Soc. Sc. (Psychology) | Masters Soc. Wk. | MAASW

Senior Social Worker

Orange, New South Wales, Australia.

Annarelle Channing is a Senior Social Worker who has over 15 years’ experience in the field of infant, child, and adolescent mental health. Annarelle specialises in working with vulnerable families experiencing disadvantage, family violence and complex trauma. This work led her to embark on community and social activism in the field of family violence, raising awareness in campaigns such as White Ribbon, 16 Days of activism and International Women’s Day.

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Annarelle’s commitment to addressing social disadvantage brings a focus on providing exceptional clinical work to rural and remote communities, in particular working with our first nations people in a culturally appropriate way. Annarelle has consulted with elders and indigenous communities with regards to adapting clinical programs to meet the unique needs of Aboriginal children, family and extended community.

Annarelle’s previous experience includes working as a Practice Specialist in a clinical team who specialised in providing services to children and young people in foster care. Within this role Annarelle provided consultation on complex cases, clinical supervision for frontline staff, group work, psychoeducation and training, individual counselling with children and young people, family therapy, psychoeducation and support to birth families and foster carers.

Annarelle is an accredited Parent Child Interaction Therapist (PCIT) and enjoys assisting birth parents and carers to understand children through play, a neurodevelopmental appropriate therapeutic modality, to improve relationships, process trauma and understand and manage challenging behaviour.

Annarelle’s passion for working with children and their families has led her to train in a number of parenting and therapeutic programs building a wealth of experience and understanding for clinical practice, including:

  • Parenting Under Pressure (PuP)- Psychological principles and assessment tools are used relating to parenting, child behaviour and parental emotion regulation to improve parenting and caring outcomes for children and adolescents.
  • Bringing up Great Kids (the early years) and Bringing up Great Kids (6yo and up) – trauma informed parenting programs by the Australian Childhood Foundation.
  • Parenting Children with ADHD – exploring ADHD symptoms and how they affect individual children and families and builds strategies to support families on their journey with ADHD.
  • Protective Behaviour Programs – building parents/carers skills in understanding and talking with children about personal safety including concepts of ‘Rights and Responsibilities’, ‘Safety’ and ‘Early Warning Signs’ and ‘Networks of Support’.
  • Keeping Children Safe – empowering parents by increasing their knowledge and understanding how abuse and neglect affects children and what they can do to prevent it.
  • Recipe for Success, ASPECT – Uses positive behaviour support principles to address individual behaviour and develop an Individual Autism Profile and steps to teaching new behaviour and skills.
  • ProACTive for Children and ProACTive for Young People, Westmead Children’s Hospital – an acceptance and commitment therapy program for children experiencing anxiety.
  • Westmead Feelings Program – a 15-month intervention programs teaching autistic children about emotional understanding and social awareness, in close collaboration with parents, teachers and facilitators.

Maya Goldman | B. Sc. (Hons) | Masters Occupational Therapy | Member OTA

Senior Occupational Therapist

Orange and Forbes, New South Wales, Australia.

Maya Goldman completed her Bachelor of Science with Honors in Human Kinetics in Canada. She then moved to Australia where she completed her Master of Occupational Therapy Studies at the University of Queensland.

Maya has worked in the community and rehabilitation settings with clients that have a range of disabilities within the paediatric and adult populations. She understands the importance of developing a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients and their families to achieve their goals so they can become more independent within their daily lives.

Maya is passionate about using best practice interventions and current research-based evidence to create client success. As an enthusiastic occupational therapist, Maya enjoys learning new techniques and gaining new skill sets to assist and support her clients participate in their meaningful activities

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