Cyndy Smith

Mobile: 021 158 3661
Female, Pakeha
Qualifications RSW:5710

Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work, University of Canterbury, 1991, CIT Certificate in Clinical Supervision, 1998.

Experience Tēnā koutou katoa. Ko Ngāti Pakehā tōku iwi. Ko Cottam Ingoa Whānau.  No Ōtautahi ahau. Kei Whakatu tōku kainga. Ko Cyndy Smith ahau.  I have worked as a qualified social worker in Whakatu Nelson since 1991, in a range of health/community settings including Alcohol & Drug Counsellor; family support agency Manager / Supervisors; High and Complex Needs Service Coordinator; Assessor for youth benefit and unsupported child benefit applicants; NGO support coordinator; private Social work Supervisor.  I was self-employed for 11 years undertaking a range of contract work. Currently I  combine a front-line role as Support Coordinator for Nelson/Tasman Cancer Society with ongoing private 1:1 supervision and NMIT (Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology) student supervision.
Supervision Interests I draw on a range of approaches,  including reflective supervision,  Te Whare Tapa Whā, strengths,  systems,  ecological,  solutions-focussed   and task centred social work.   Particular interests I have are around ethics, managing boundaries/role; safe practice; awareness of power and control dynamics, managing organisational challenges.   My supervision approach is one of partnership with my supervisees, bringing each/all of our knowledge, experience and strengths to the table to explore issues and identify solutions.  I also view external professional supervision as a haven where the focus is on the well-being, needs and professional development  of the supervisee.
On-going Training I have continued  ongoing professional development throughout my career, including  modules  in the Unitec Diploma for Not for Profit Management; and ongoing training  covering the core social work competencies, across a rage of areas (incl. mental health/assessment tools/youth & family/family violence/cultural perspectives/ psychosocial models and interventions). As part of my commitment  to meet the SWRB Competence to Practice Social Work with Māori; in recent years I have attended Compass Seminars in  Working with Māori,  & Working with Rangatiri Māori; as well as seminars on Māori Historical Intergenerational Trauma; Cancer Inequities for Māori; Māori models of Palliative Care; and Ngā Uri O Uenuku: Whakatū Takatapuhi Hui (Māori young people who identify as LGTBQI).
Additional Comments I have been a full member of ANZASW since 1991 and view membership as critical to social work having an  independent professional voice in Aotearoa.  I have been registered with SWRB since 2013.