At my business; Solution Talk Counselling I provide professional supervision for social workers, practitioners and students. I use Strengths based and reflective processes and strongly stand behind safe and ethical practice for clients, the professional and their organisation. I am passionate about assisting with growth and goal setting in professionals both personally and professionally. I have 20 years experience in the Family Violence area so I am highly skilled in the area of power and control issues and how they affect relationships.» Read more
Bernice is inspired by this karaka:
Discussion brings forth understanding
Understanding brings forth light
Light brings forth wisdom
Wisdom brings forth wellness.
Her sessions aim to empower through collaboration. Bernice is able to assist supervisees who practice in a wide range of professional settings: She is a reflective practitioner with experience supporting clients with emotional difficulties including trauma, grief, depression, PTSD, anxiety, panic, woman’s wellness and personal sensitive issues, anger, family violence, employment issues, career change, relationship stress, separation, disability, diversity and issues affecting LGBT community, immigration and other life transition difficulties including gender crisis and living with the effects of HIV, and palliative care. Bernice relates well to people across a range of cultures, ages, beliefs and is committed to promoting safer communities for our family/whanau to live and flourish. She enjoys connecting with individual supervisees and invites them to talk freely as a way of understanding and making sense of challenging work situations. She promotes supervision as a pathway to safe practice and professionalism. She adheres to client confidentiality and the values promoted by the Social Workers, Code of Ethics.» Read more
I am a passionate supervisor with 20 years of experience in the counselling and social work fields specialising in practice that is reflective and social justice focused. I have a particular interest and have worked with social workers who experience drug/alcohol and process addictions and work in statutory social work. I have many years experience working in the NGO sector in mental health, addictions, abuse and trauma, care and protection and SWiS.» Read more
Have an interest in cross-discipline supervision from supervising nurse colleagues.
Use four point approach to supervision but also interested in systems approach.
Have worked for 10 years assessing competency applications for SWRB. Can use a competency based approach to work when useful. Can prepare SWers for competency based applications
Predominantly in the areas of criminal justice and social work, and in mental health social work including counselling and counselling skills or psychotherapy. I have some experience and knowledge in working with LGBTTi community.
Predominantly adopt a contemporary psychoanalytic approach including reflective practice and self awareness.
Experience too in team leadership, managing complex relationships and situations alongside leadership and management development.
Strive for culturally safe practice and awareness
Reflective practice with Social Workers, Supervisors and Managers in any setting.» Read more
Adaptive supervision using individualized professional plans
Empowering approaches aimed at best practice
Support becoming registered
Seeking what the implications are and how this impacts on the supervisee. I am also interested on how this can be explored through analyzing the issue, from a professional perspective.
I want the supervisee to feel safe and can rely on the supervisor to support them in their decision making. There needs to be room for the supervisee to articulate and identify the issue using a reflective model of practice to implement a plan for the client
I am passionate about supporting and encouraging social workers to be as effective as they can possibly be. Over 20 years experience has given me some insights into the importance of a work/life balance, of working through the dilemma of wanting to be actively involved in social change yet weighted down with caseload or management issues. I have personal experience and knowledge in the family violence sector, family/whanau relationships, youth/child behavioural issues and using strength based practice while working with challenges such as how to utilise ‘use of self’ and engaging in ‘courageous conversations’.» Read more
Ethics, values and congruence in practice.
Person-centred, strength based and solution focused theory.
Developing a critically reflective practice.
Self-care and work life balance.
Integrating theory to understand and inform practice.
New graduate Social Worker development.
Work place dynamics and professionalism.
Managing complex cases and safety at work