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
I am passionate about new graduates being supported to be successful in their new profession. Supporting supervisees to reflect on their practice in a safe environment. A space that allows you to incorporate theory into practice and build your own practice framework. Incorporating ethical decision making and risk management, safe practice and self care.
Advocating for the rights of those in our communities who are marginalised and often not heard. Developing skills enabling social workers to be able to communicate with people who may not be able to communicate verbally.
I work from a strengths based model of practice and believe that most people have their own answers, however they may need some guidance at times to become clear. I believe in empowering both clients and supervisees to make the best decision they can. I have a particular interest in homelessness and the many factors that may contribute to a person becoming homeless. I enjoy the opportunity to positively impact supervisees working lives, growth and development and to model good supervision relationships. I work from a reflective model of practice.» Read more
Reflective practice, mentoring, health social work – casework, groupwork, education – and self care and resilience.
Older Persons’ Health; dementia; individuals’ and families’ response and adjustment to a neurodegenerative and/or terminal diagnosis; support of the primary carer; life transitions – how we navigate change, loss and grief with our clients and for ourselves; resilience building.
– To support practitioners wanting to further their career whether it is leaderships roles or professional development such as further tertiary qualifications.
– Have experience in providing External Supervision for students studying social work.
– Working with team dynamics and managing complex situations.
– Risk management and safe practice.
– Group and peer supervision. Working with difference.
– Leadership and management development.
– Managing work/personal life balance.
– Integrating theory and practice.
– Culturally safe practice.
– Fun, humourous and informative
I am Pasifika social work practice and am competent in Bicultural social work practice. Proud to be from South Auckland and have practiced in the area for many years.- To support social practitioners in what can be a challenging but a rewarding field.
I am a passionate supervisor with 20 years of experience in the counselling and social work fields specialising in practice that is reflective and social justice focused. I have a particular interest and have worked with social workers who experience drug/alcohol and process addictions and work in statutory social work. I have many years experience working in the NGO sector in mental health, addictions, abuse and trauma, care and protection and SWiS.» Read more