Helen McGroder B. Soc. Science. | Grad. Dip. Psychology | Grad. Dip. Adult Education | Dip. Adolescent Psychiatry | MAASW
Senior Social Worker
Forbes, New South Wales, Australia.
Helen McGroder has a Bachelor of Social Studies from Sydney University; a Graduate Diploma of Psychology from Charles Sturt University; A Graduate Diploma of Adult Education from the University of Southern Queensland and a Diploma of Adolescent Psychiatry from the Institute of Psychiatry under the Supervision of Dr Susan Blinkhorn.
Her interests and orientation toward work that is influenced and informed by Attachment and Bonding began early in life with her aunt who was a child psychiatrist who worked at the Tavistock clinic in London with John Bowlby and Anna Freud. This was reinforced by her university field work of two days a week over two years, being at the Department of Child and Family Psychiatry at the Camperdown Royal Alexandria Hospital for Children where she was introduced to Family Therapy and Play Therapy. Another early hero was Carl Rogers.
Over the next twenty years these theories were undervalued by many in favour of Behaviourism and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. During these years her work was influenced by Narrative approaches, Strength based therapies, Solution focussed therapies and later Mindfulness and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She is delighted that the more recent developments in Trauma based approaches have provided medical and scientific evidence to underpin the attachment and bonding early work.
Her work has included early hospital social work, TAFE teaching Personal Development and Communication, designing and training in labour market programmes. The last 20 years have seen her as the Counsellor at Red Bend Catholic College Forbes and 10 years in private practice providing counselling services via Medicare or ATAPS and being a contracted adoption assessor. She completed Local, Overseas and Step-Parent adoptions as well as out of Home Care Adoption applications.
In the Private Practice years of work her business was called GRACE, standing for Grow, Respect, Accept, Chose, Evolve. The ambition to facilitate another’s growth has always underpinned her work and in these years the knowledge of the brain and the influence of early trauma on the incidence of depression and anxiety in combination with the power of the relationship guided her work with clients. The last four years she has explored retirement but has be tempted back to her passion by KidsHQ.
While working recent courses included becoming a registered Circle of Security Parenting educator and also becoming a Certified Gottman educator after completing the Bringing baby Home Certification Training Programme.