Sarah Taylor

I have 35 years of social work experience working in primary and secondary mental health, physical health and care and protection work.
I am passionate about working with clients wanting to rebuild their life after a loss. In 2017 I completed training with Christina Rasmussen at the Life Reentry Institute to use this method with clients to reenter their life after loss.
This training is based on neuro science. My partner died in 2016 and I experienced this method for myself and later went on to do the first training offered.
I have been working as a clinical supervisor for the past 24 years.
I live in Geraldine, South Canterbury. I use Zoom to work with clients out of the area.

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Ellice Rains

Director of her company Total Practice Solutions Ltd, Ellice currently works as a Professional Supervisor and Leadership Coach. She also provides social work and Vocational Consultancy services to ACC. Ellice has over 20 years’ experience of change management, social work service delivery, audits and practice management in the health and disability field. In a Professional Leadership role at a large DHB, Ellice focused on developing the strategic direction of the social work profession across all DHB services. She completed a GROWTH coach development programme and was the portfolio lead for Allied Health Supervision. More recently Ellice implemented change processes in a company providing services to young people with high and complex physical disabilities.
She is former Trust Board Member of Helensville Women and Family Centre.

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Colleen Synott

I am opening a clinic in Gulf Harbour and will be working closely with families who may have lost temporary custody of their children as a result of drug & alcohol related issues providing them with the necessary support and tools to get their lives back on track and work towards getting their children home to a safe nurturing environment. I work from a Narrative, Strengths based prospective.

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Julie Steward

Julie is currently self employed as a private practice supervisor for practitioners in the helping profession. Her social work experience includes child protection, youth work, addictions and mental health, as well as family violence. Her passion is to support practitioners to be the best and healthiest they can be – subsequently providing good quality interventions for clients.
Julie also facilitates workshops with a focus on supervision and professional wellness.

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Trish Hanlen

I am a semi retired registered social worker and academic. My background includes both social work education in Tauranga and front line social work in Rotorua. Fields of social work practice included community development, elderly people and young mums group work, foster care, child protection(abuse and neglect), and management. I am actively involved in Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers Inc., particularly the Bay of Plenty branch.

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Verity Armstrong

Profile:  Verity Armstrong is a Ngāi Tahu woman from Takutai o te Titi marae of the Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka. She has been a social worker in Tāmaki Makaurau for the past fifteen years and more recently she has been working as a psychotherapist. Verity feels strongly about the need for social and environmental justice in Aotearoa. She enjoys working with […]

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Vicki Hirst

Vicki has been in private practice, primarily as a professional supervisor, since 1996. She has been a trainer, lecturer, researcher, publisher and conference presenter in this field. Other work includes training, facilitation, consultation, investigating complaints, project work – reviewing and developing social services, selection panel member and mediation. Her qualifications and experience include social work, supervision, human resource management, leadership, management and organisational change and development. Vicki is also a past chair of the SWRB Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal and has held local branch leadership roles with ANZASW.

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Jane Weggery

My name is Jane Weggery and I am both a qualified counsellor and qualified social worker. Currently I work as a counsellor three days a week at Compass Health, a Primary Health organisation where I work with young people and adults. I also offer Equine facilitated counselling, where horses partner with people in ground based activities to support people learn about themselves and grow – websites providing more information about this are; and My private practice is predominantly Equine facilitated work and I have the use of facilities in Pauatahanui and on the Kapiti Coast.
My work is Strength based and Solution Focused and I believe that people have the resources within themselves to effect change, the horses and I merely support people by facilitating the persons process and learning.

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