Rosemary Nash

For 45 years I have enjoyed using my knowledge of human and community development to support individual and family well being and to promote thriving communities. I live and work in Papakura, South Auckland where I appreciate the warmth and generosity of my community. I have worked as a social worker in Family Support agencies and for the South Auckland Family Violence Prevention Network. since 206 I have been self employed offering supervision and mentoring, consultancy and training to social workers and social services. Non work interests include being in the outdoors- gardening or fishing; crafts, writing, and sustainability projects as well as being involved with my own family.

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Vicki Hirst

Vicki has been in private practice, primarily as a professional supervisor, since 1996. She has been a trainer, lecturer, researcher, publisher and conference presenter in this field. Other work includes training, facilitation, consultation, investigating complaints, project work – reviewing and developing social services, selection panel member and mediation. Her qualifications and experience include social work, supervision, human resource management, leadership, management and organisational change and development. Vicki is also a past chair of the SWRB Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal and has held local branch leadership roles with ANZASW.

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Verity Armstrong

Profile:  Verity Armstrong is a Ngāi Tahu woman from Takutai o te Titi marae of the Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka. She has been a social worker in Tāmaki Makaurau for the past fifteen years and more recently she has been working as a psychotherapist. Verity feels strongly about the need for social and environmental justice in Aotearoa. She enjoys working with […]

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Serafin Dillon

Serafin’s wonderfully insightful, down-to-earth nature makes her good company when you have an issue. A provocative therapist, Serafin uses reverse psychology and comedy to help you identify the cause of stress or anxiety- whether it’s a result of previous trauma, lack of motivation, or just nerves. She’s an excellent detective and insists that light conversation and kind humour are useful at deflecting the embarrassment associated with any subject. Serafin claims that feeling good about yourself, being present in your body, and being able to ‘let go’ are crucial to your confidence.

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Colleen Synott

I am opening a clinic in Gulf Harbour and will be working closely with families who may have lost temporary custody of their children as a result of drug & alcohol related issues providing them with the necessary support and tools to get their lives back on track and work towards getting their children home to a safe nurturing environment. I work from a Narrative, Strengths based prospective.

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Ellice Rains

Director of her company Total Practice Solutions Ltd, Ellice currently works as a Professional Supervisor and Leadership Coach. She also provides social work and Vocational Consultancy services to ACC. Ellice has over 20 years’ experience of change management, social work service delivery, audits and practice management in the health and disability field. In a Professional Leadership role at a large DHB, Ellice focused on developing the strategic direction of the social work profession across all DHB services. She completed a GROWTH coach development programme and was the portfolio lead for Allied Health Supervision. More recently Ellice implemented change processes in a company providing services to young people with high and complex physical disabilities.
She is former Trust Board Member of Helensville Women and Family Centre.

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