Hiria Ratahi (Shanks)
|SWRB Registration Number||2904|
|Address:||WHAKATANE, BAY OF PLENTY 3120
|Mobile Phone Number:||021 838 172|
|Qualifications:||Post Graduate Diploma in Social Service Supervision (Massey University) 2003|
|Prior to becoming a social worker, I worked for Telecom NZ for 20 years covering a range of positions ending with Manager of 123 in Auckland whilst my children were growing up.
I have 25 years’ experience as a social worker, including 3 years Community Probation Services, co-founder /part-time co-coordinator for Eastbay Adult Literacy Trust, Disability Resource Centre Trust as Home Care Co-coordinator, 3 years working in an Iwi Agency managing & supervising Family Start Kaiawhina, 11 years social work at Whakatane Hospital. Whilst at Whakatane Hospital I spent 8 years as the Maternal Health Social Worker and the remaining years in the Medical Unit which sometimes covered Intensive Care and the Rehabilitation Unit. I have also worked alongside serious injury and sexual abuse ACC clients who require social work.
For the past 8 years I was working part-time for Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance as a practitioner for mild to moderate primary mental health counseling and I have my private practice which involves professional supervision.
My 18 years as a Supervisor covers supervisees in different disciplines from Kaiawhina workers, Public Health Nurses, Physiotherapist Team Leaders, Social Work students on Placement, Occupational Therapists, School Nurses, Counsellors, Podiatrist, Family Violence, and Financial Advisory workers. Social workers in the health and community arena, SWIS (social workers in schools) and those working in residential and community with children. These workers are centred in NGO, Government, Business and District Health Boards.
|I have supervised social work students on placements in Whakatane and Rotorua. This is due to agencies not having qualified clinical supervisors. This has been very refreshing because of their enthusiasm to learn. My passion to ensure practitioners have an opportunity to have a safe place to question processes, procedures and reflect on their practice.
I use an eclectic range of supervision approaches (reflective, strength-based, task-centred, person-based, interactive drawing therapy) to empower supervisees to learn and become effective workers within the boundaries of their agency/organisation they work for. For some starting with karakia or prayer before a session is up to the supervisee.
I am also passionate about self-care and work/life balance.
I am a self-taught artist, love art journals, making recycled cards, collecting shells, whakatauki and motivational/strength-based quotes, worm farm and gardening.