Academically, I have completed a Masters of Social Work and prior to that, a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts (major in Psychology) all at the University of Queensland.
The focus of my working life has been two fold; clinical practice and teaching systemic family therapy.
1. Clinical Practice
I have been providing counselling and family therapy services at the same rooms in Ballow Chambers since 1990.
Consultancy & Professional Supervision
Some of the agencies where I have provided consultancy, training, facilitation and professional services on more than a casual basis include;
- Child and Youth Mental Health Service (QH)
- Independent Living Program
- Save the Children Fund
- Disability Services Queensland
- Department of Communities
- Child Development Unit (QH)
- Department of Child Safety
- Evolve Therapeutic Services
- Bayside Child Protection Partnership
- Zig Zag
Additionally I provide professional services to individuals seeking to reflect on their work and discuss creative ideas for improving their practice.
Prior to Private Practice
I have had the benefit of working in a wide variety of agencies including:
- Abused Child Trust
- Family Court of Australia
- Stress Management Unit (Queensland Teachers Union Health Society)
- Womens Health Centre
- Winston Noble Psychiatric Unit
- Princess Alexandra Hospital
2. Teaching Family Therapy
Teaching family therapy has been my other passion. My main endeavors in this domain have been:
Queensland Family Therapy Training Group
From 1990 to 1999 I collaborated with my friend and colleague Paul Gibney as co-director of the Queensland Family Therapy Training Group. During this time the Group offered a 3 level training program. As a result of the success of the training program, in 2000, the Queensland Family Therapy Training Group was invited by the University of Queensland to incorporate the training program as a University course. All of 2000 was devoted to formalising courseware and gaining accreditation for the course as the Masters of Counselling.
University of Queensland
From 2001 to 2007 I delivered the Masters of Counselling course in parallel with maintaining my private practice.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Since 2000 I have presented the family therapy component of the Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Also, since 2009 I have presented the basic family therapy component to psychiatry registrars.
From time to time I have delivered subjects at Griffith University and training at agencies such as Queensland Health.