Kia ora! I am a warm, approachable senior social worker who understands the pitfalls and dynamics of the social work field. My focus is on supervision being about you as the practitioner, creating balance in your life and self care. We can explore any issue that you would like to bring to supervision to unpack and reflect and develop your social work practice. I am a Maori supervisor and position myself strongly within a bicultural approach when working with you. Nga maanaaki.» Read more
Mana Enhancement and Te Whare Tapa Wha models of practices.Bicultural, reflective supervision practice.I utilize Te Ao Turoa, Te Ao Mārama and Te Ao Wairua in my practice and approach.
Importance of being Māori and working in a multi-cultural society has led to enhancing and effective interactions with Whānaungatanga being the key to positive interactions and outcomes.
Self care and burn out
Managing work/personal life balance.
Working with team dynamics and managing complex situations.
Reflective practice and empowering social workers, support worker, mental health workers and care professionals to ensure they provide best practice for their clients while keeping safe and healthy. Working with team dynamics and managing complex situations – mainly ethical issues. Risk management and safe practice – what to do in risky situations and guide people to keep themselves safe. Managing work/personal life balance. Disability and Rights focused practice.» Read more
At my business; Solution Talk Counselling I provide professional supervision for social workers, practitioners and students. I use Strengths based and reflective processes and strongly stand behind safe and ethical practice for clients, the professional and their organisation. I am passionate about assisting with growth and goal setting in professionals both personally and professionally. I have 20 years experience in the Family Violence area so I am highly skilled in the area of power and control issues and how they affect relationships.» Read more
Bernice is inspired by this karaka:
Discussion brings forth understanding
Understanding brings forth light
Light brings forth wisdom
Wisdom brings forth wellness.
Her sessions aim to empower through collaboration. Bernice is able to assist supervisees who practice in a wide range of professional settings: She is a reflective practitioner with experience supporting clients with emotional difficulties including trauma, grief, depression, PTSD, anxiety, panic, woman’s wellness and personal sensitive issues, anger, family violence, employment issues, career change, relationship stress, separation, disability, diversity and issues affecting LGBT community, immigration and other life transition difficulties including gender crisis and living with the effects of HIV, and palliative care. Bernice relates well to people across a range of cultures, ages, beliefs and is committed to promoting safer communities for our family/whanau to live and flourish. She enjoys connecting with individual supervisees and invites them to talk freely as a way of understanding and making sense of challenging work situations. She promotes supervision as a pathway to safe practice and professionalism. She adheres to client confidentiality and the values promoted by the Social Workers, Code of Ethics.» Read more
My interests are the development of practice competence, issues of social justice, recognising potentially unsafe practice and facilitating the learning potential in all of us. I bring a Maaori worldview and a lived experience of most social issues affecting NZ society, with a focus on critical reflection in supervision as the catalyst for transformative learning.» Read more
My passion is in working with Managers, assisting them to navigate the challenge of combining their Social work Ethics and Values, with the often contrary demands of Budgets, volumes, reports, KPI’s, Organisational Needs and Funder requirements. Most of my supervision has fitted into either reflective practice or a more mentoring arrangement and i am happy to negotiate with individuals what works best for them. I do find that for managers, both approaches require longer sessions – and prefer to offer 90 min sessions if possible as this ensures supervision is different from the normal time pressured daily environment.» Read more
Looking for a supervisor that you can trust? Looking for a supervisor with whom you can feel relaxed and safe? I am a solutions-focussed, strengths-based practitioner with experience working in schools, the community and crisis and trauma. I am passionate about making change in the areas of family harm and parenting. I have lived and worked in South Auckland for the past 15 years (many years community work prior to Uni) and love engaging with diversity and difference. I am interested in reflexive practice, empowering clients, social work practices and processes, managing personal and professional boundaries and building resilient, efficient, confident practitioners» Read more