Currently the Lead DBT therapist at Te Whare Mahana and private practice . Available by videoconferencing or in person in Takaka. 25 years of social work DBT, somatic experiencing, narrative family therapy, supervision, self-care, psychodynamic, integrating Whanau Ora and other therapy practices, art therapy, leadership, parent and child/adolescents . Help you shine, learn, be effective and take care of yourself» Read more
My approach is to work with a strengths based outlook to provide a safe space in order to enable reflective thought with an eye on personal wellbeing and professional growth. I have social work experience primarily in the education field, working with adolescents and their families, mental health assessment and therapeutic interventions and working with related professionals. As a supervisor I have worked with social workers with a variety of roles, from students to experienced social work practitioners and managers. I am also experienced and enjoy working with those who are new to supervision or from allied professions where professional supervision is not common practice.
I am able to work both in person or with a digital platform.
Te Whare Tapa Wha
Critical reflective practice
Leadership and Management development
Integrating theory and practice
Working with differences
Culturally safe practice
I am a French European practitioner specialising in bi-cultural social work practices. I would welcome the opportunity to try and help support and supervise you with integrating tikanga Maori safely, within your social work practice.
I use a ‘strength based’ approach that focuses on the positive rather than the negative, building on potential, strengths and capabilities.
We will work together on self-care plans to assist you to bring about ‘balance’ within your social work practice and personal life. I will also support you with case management and your participation in group/team and whānau family dynamics, through the praxis of ‘Pleine Conscience’, a mindful reflection, and principled development of future conscious pathways, and look forward to navigating the complexities that occur in social work so as to further enhance your professional development.
I offer kanohi ki te kanohi face-to-face, telephone and zoom as supervisory mediums.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss yours and your organisation’s needs.
I am an experienced supervisor with extensive experience supervising social workers and others in health and community settings.
I bring to my work a range of social work skills and experience that I have gathered throughout my twenty plus years of working. I use a strengths based approach incorporating your experiences of success from a range of settings and apply these to the variety of issues you bring to supervision. I use the principles of response based practice focusing on upholding dignity and recognising how you have demonstrated resistance to adversity; using this to make sense of your responses in your current situation. Supervision also promotes opportunity to review how we work to achieve equity for Māori and address social justice issues. I am a skilled listener focusing on the here and now, while still attending to the bigger picture.
Available for supervision via phone or video conferencing.
Creating space for caring professionals to become aware of who they are and what they are doing in their situation
Support to make good decisions
Working with team dynamics
Managing ourselves within challenging situations
Valuing our own wellbeing
Managing personal life and work
Integrating theory and practice
Working with differences
I am a critically reflective practitioner. I value wellbeing and flourishing. I am studying coaching practice to craft my skills in listening, really listening and allowing time for the other person to ‘see themselves in the mirror that I hold up’
I am experienced in supervising online or by phone.
Supporting social workers in the challenges of work and the environment in which we work. Supervision as a place for reflective practice and safety. To enable safe practice. Self cares to maintain a life balance. Supporting growth and professional development within social work practice to create place of thriving in our work. Use of evidence based practice. Working with difference. Social service management and recognising the challenges within this at all levels.
Particular interest working within primary health care. Interest in supporting clients and social workers through grief, loss and life transitions using a neuroscience approach to enable change
Internet based supervision through Zoom, phone supervision.
I work in a reflective practice framework that empowers social workers and other professionals to make sound professional decisions underpinned in theory and practice experience.
I have experience in care and protection, risk analysis, grief and loss, complex family dynamics, family violence and trauma work.
My supervision style is to empower people to grow their therapeutic capabilities
I look forward to working with people who are willing to engage in reflective practice with a drive to provide best practice.
Kia ora! I am a warm, approachable senior social worker who understands the pitfalls and dynamics of the social work field. My focus is on supervision being about you as the practitioner, creating balance in your life and self care. We can explore any issue that you would like to bring to supervision to unpack and reflect and develop your social work practice. I am a Maori supervisor and position myself strongly within a bicultural approach when working with you. Nga maanaaki.» 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