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.