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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.

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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.

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Di Healey B. Soc. Science. | Masters Soc. Wk. | MAASW

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Orange, New South Wales, Australia.

Di Healey has a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Social Science degree from Charlies Sturt University along with an Associate Degree in Residential Care from the Australian Catholic University.  Di is an accredited mental health specialist with the Australian Association of Social Workers.  Her education and career have always focused on her passion for working with children and young people. Read More

Working with children and young people for over 14 years in a variety of settings, including both long term and brief interventions across Western NSW, Di has consolidated her skills. Her work has included residential care, education, homelessness, juvenile justice and Out of Home Care, both in the non-for-profit and education sectors. Working with rural and remote environments, Di has developed her skills working with children and young people using a variety of programs and interventions, undergoing further training and refining her skills in Solutions Focussed Brief Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Trauma Focussed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Life Coaching and Play Therapy.

Di’s role as Youth Worker and later Program Manager for Youth Services for Centacare Wilcannia-Forbes developed keys skills working in the rural and remote communities of Forbes, Parkes, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Bourke, Brewarrina, Trundle, Yeoval, and Tullamore. During this period Di worked closely with schools and education systems to develop programs and support students disengaging from school and further education. This work included working with Aboriginal young people and their families, acknowledging and respecting young people in the context of their kinship networks, community and connection to country, along with the ongoing impact of dispossession and significant disadvantage that exists in some communities. Di focuses on health and welfare, viewed in a holistic context that encompasses mental, physical, cultural and spiritual health as central to wellbeing.

Continuing her work with disadvantaged children and young people, Di took the role as Senior Manager Western for Out of Home Care Agency – Lifestyle Solutions, establishing and developing a presence in Western and Far Western NSW in the Out of Home Care Sector. It was during this time that Di, developed a further interest in working in a trauma informed capacity using a strength-based framework, grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma, that emphasises physical, psychological and emotional safety.

Over the last few years Di has been a school counsellor as well as working in private practice. This has continued to develop Di’s passion working with children and young people who have experienced interpersonal trauma and abuse, using evidence-based practice to inform her treatment framework.

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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.