As a Registered Social Worker, and a member of ANZASW, I am committed to the Ethics and Practice Standards of those bodies. As a Private Practitioner, it is these that I refer as Practice Guides. They are very present in my work with others, and in my own reflections on process and ethical dilemmas.
I completed my B.A. extramurally in 1990, and then a Masters in Social Work (Applied) in 2000, continuing my early interest in human development.
With Playcentre I had trained and worked in Early Childhood as a Supervisor, Parent Educator, Administrator, and Programme Developer.
I then worked in Community Based Child and Family Services as a Caseworker, Supervisor, Team Leader, and Senior Service Co-ordinator, and as Co-ordinator of the South Auckland Family Violence Prevention Network. During this time I continued to deliver personal & professional development programmes using Adult Education models .
In 2010 I completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Social Services Supervision, a programme which complemented and extended the knowledge and philosophy of practice I had developed over the years.
Since 2006 I have been in Private Practice as a Social Services Consultant, providing Supervision,Training and Consultantancy to social services and related sectors. I recently certified as a Circle of Courage Trainer. I have contributed voluntarily to the South Auckland Family Violence Prevention Network (SAFVPN) as a manifestation of my commitment to promoting the development of community well being and human potential. I value this opportunity to work alongside others who share the common vision of violence-free relationships for our mokopuna. My work with SAFVPN has also given me a valuable opportunity to work with Tangata Whenua in growing bi-cultural understandings and practice, for myself, in my practice, and with others.
I have developed expertise in the Family Violence Prevention field seeing Family Violence as a major symptom of, and contributor to, social & personal ills.
Primarily I bring a developmental and strength based perspective to my work, and I am mindful of the role which the abuse of power plays in the presenting problems of individuals, families, institutions and communities as well as in the analysis of social ills. The Narrative Therapy Approach has reinforced this perspective in my practice.