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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.|