Michael O’Dempsey

Lyttelton / Sumner
Phone: 03 328 7699
  Email: odempsey.m@gmail.com
Qualifications PG Dip Child Advocacy, Otago; PG Cert Family Counselling, Waikato; PG Dip Advanced Social Work (Children and Families), Goldsmiths College University of London; Dip Social Work, Reading (UK); Diploma in Health and Social Welfare, Open University (UK);   CQSW;  MANZASW.
Experience I have been working in social work / counselling settings since 1983 and supervising since 1986.  I have 7 years experience working in residential care. 6 years experience in care and protection. 4 years experience in Community Social Work agencies. 6 years experience in counselling and I am currently in private practice as a counsellor/trainer.  I am a Family Court Counsellor and have recently been appointed as the ANZASW Competency Assessor in the Canterbury/ Sth Canterbury / Westland Area.  I contributed to “Developing Reflective Practice -Making Sense of Social Work in a World of Change” (2000), Helen Martyn (ed.), National Institute of Social Work (UK) and the Policy Press London.‘  I also presented a paper ‘Children’s Experiences of Using Community Counselling and Family Work Services’ at the 10th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect held in Wellington. Recently a colleague and I have developed a group-training programme for supervisors and supervisees ‘Reflecting on Practice through Supervision’.
Supervision Interests I am especially interested in the benefits of reflective practice and in supervision’s role in developing healthier more functional workplaces.   I am experienced in individual and group supervision for social workers, counsellors and other social practitioners