Liz Langham

Gender: Female
Nationality/Ethnicity/Culture: Pākeha
Address:  Tawa
New Zealand
Contact Phone Number:  04 232 9534
Mobile Phone Number:  027 737 0340
Qualifications:  Masters in Social Work (Applied) – (Massey University, First Class Hons).
Post Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (Auckland University)
Graduate Diploma in Social Policy
Bachelor of Arts (English and Music)
Certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori (Te Wananga ō Aotearoa) Poupou Huia Te Reo  (Level 4) & Poupou Huia te Reo Te Hokairangi (Level 5) – Te Wananga o Aotearoa,   Supervision Skills for Health and Social Service Professionals (Unitec Certificate, Level 5
Current Training:  I am studying towards a Masters in Music Therapy to enhance my Social Work practice. This includes a research component and particular focus on cross-cultural approaches to therapy.
Professional Experience: 
I have held Social Work roles in a Social Detoxification Service, Alcohol and Drug Service (where I established an Early Intervention Service), and in Maternal Wellbeing and Child Protection. I have further used my social work training and skills as a school counsellor, parent, foster parent, early childhood educator, adult educator and elected member of the local community board. I have worked extensively in the voluntary sector in diverse settings leading programmes in prison, community music settings, schools, churches, kapa haka roopū and whānau-based Te Reo programmes. I enjoy working with diverse groups of people and at a range of levels.
Supervision Interests/Approaches/Type: 
I am passionate about the empowering impact of effective social work practice at all levels, from the micro-skills of counselling and therapeutic intervention through to the macro-levels of policy. I am interested in the relationship between these different levels of practice and find that I am skilled at identifying the relationships between individuals, groups, contexts, systems and culture and the influence these have on each other. I have an appreciative inquiry approach to my supervision practice, looking at what is working well and building on that, as well as helping people to identify where they would like additional supports or could benefit from making stronger connections to theories, resources or networks. Navigating personal and professional identity as well as supporting safe and effective practice would be a focus of our time together.

I have worked with many theoretical approaches and particularly value practice which is CDOI (client-directed outcome-informed) , strengths-based, empowerment and resilience focused. I have trained in motivational interviewing, guided self-change, Interactive Drawing Therapy, Tree of Life (a narrative therapy tool for working with trauma), Transactional Analysis, effective interventions in AOD and mental health, resilience for children, restorative justice, peer mentoring, among others.

I believe that professional supervision, like social work, should be responsive, perceptive, creative, purposeful and empowering. I offer a safe space to reflect on your practice context, your professional practice, your own wellbeing and how these weave together. I am committed to helping you discover what works in your practice and to enhancing this in whatever way possible – connecting you to yourself through reflection and helping you connect you to others through thoughtful action. I can support your growth as a practitioner through ongoing learning, resourcing, and support. I have worked in a wide range of roles and settings and bring this diversity of experience to supporting you in your role. I may have some low-cost places available for those working in the voluntary sector as I believe that good supervision should be accessible to everyone