Merrill Simmons-Hansen


Phone: 07 571 5282 Mobile: 021 292 2721
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Beannacht’-In my Gaelic greeting I acknowledge this universe is lit by many insights and  my name is a recognition of the particular  light on sea foam. I am from a matriarchal line of  Claddagh, Ireland and hold a dual Irish New Zealand passport. My Social work  practice  in the Bay of Plenty  Aotearoa  focuses on indigenous voices in social work, developing  Biculturalism in Practice (TWoA), and meaningful supervision to enable the care of people whom care for others.

Creativity-the thinking which created a problem may not the thinking which solves it.

Qualifications I am currently value listening with practitioners on their stories and completing a PhD with women and spirituality in social work (with Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi).
I hold Registered Social Work status  1648, am a full member of MANZASW, local  Exec member of BOP ANZASW, Trustee Tauranga Living without Violence.
My academic qualification include a Post Grad Dip Child Advocacy-Otago,
MSW Applied Massey,
Advanced Cert Professional Supervision-Waikato,
Cert Rehabilitation-Massey.
Te Ara Reo Maori-level 2-3
However becoming a grandmother and that trust remains of constant  significance to me
On-going Training Research with women social workers so local voices are empowered to share in the  development of the professional literature. PhD currently underway
Experience I have been privileged through my experience to share in women’s groups (seven years),  sexual and domestic violence services (fourteen years), care and protection social work with children and whanau (five years), care provision with children and youth in need (three years), health promotion and  community development (seven years), youth advocacy in school and local government (three years), supervision (fourteen years), and social work education (fourteen years).
Supervision Interests Supporting the insight, oversight, and foresight of people whom care for others-