Social Work and Mental Health Churchill Education Chat Via ZOOM on Monday July 5 at 7:30pm

17 Jun 2021

Social Work and Mental Health Churchill Education Chat Via ZOOM on Monday July 5 at 7:30pm featured image

This Chat is a Panel Discussion aimed at Challenging Dominant Paradigms Within Social Work and Mental health in Australia

Although this Chat is hosted by NSWCFA its panel includes Fellows from three states

The Panel of Fellows and their Fellowship topics are:

Marie-Claire Cheron-Sauer CF 2012 (NSW), Social Work Education and Workforce Planning in England, Europe, the United States and Canada;

Claire Seppings CF 2015 (Vic), Rehabilitative role of ex-prisoners/offenders as peer mentors in reintegration models – in the UK, Republic of Ireland. Sweden and USA.

Dr Kanthi Perera CF 2005 (WA), Innovative programs that address loss and grief in the context of mental illness in order to minimise the distress and trauma experienced by both the person with the diagnosis and his/her family

Maire-Claire will lead the discussion which will run as a webinar on ZOOM and you will have a chance to ask questions towards the end.

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Marie-Claire Cheron-Sauer CF 2012 (NSW)

Marie-Claire Cheron-SauerMarie-Claire has worked in a range of clinical, policy, research, academic and senior management roles within health and social assistance, over a forty year career working within government, universities. non-profit and commercial sectors in the areas of child and adult mental health and wellbeing, oncology, disability, trauma, domestic and family violence and sexual assault. Marie-Claire has her own consultancy practice, providing advice and undertaking program reviews and development for a range of organisations in health and social services, primarily in the non-profit sector. She is an accredited mental health social worker and provides also supervision and coaching to a range of helping professionals working with vulnerable people in distress. She is an experienced board director and committee chair, with previous appointments as Chair of the AASW National Social Policy Committee (2005 – 2008); Chair of the Review of Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (2010-2012); Director and National Vice-President of the Australian Association of Social Workers (2008-2011; 2016-2018) and Director of the Blue Knot Foundation (2017-2018). She has been a clinical advisor and member of the National Sector Advisory Group for 1800RESPECT and is currently Deputy Chair of Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) and Chair of the MPA Finance, Audit and Risk Board Committee.  Download Marie-Claire’s Fellowship Report

Claire Seppings CF 2015 (Vic)

Claire Seppings (Social Worker (BSW 1984))

Claire is a Social Worker and criminal justice consultant, commencing her social work career in 1984. Throughout her varied career, she has worked in both government and non-government organisations. Whilst working as a Naturopath in 1997, Claire conducted a healthy living program in Bendigo Prison. Claire returned to Social Work in Centrelink in 1998 and embraced a variety of roles and opportunities to develop and lead Centrelink prison servicing in Victoria. Her aspiration to bring about change in the criminal justice system is driven by these professional experiences and personally through from her journey with a former partner’s revolving prison life, which was the catalyst for her 2015 Churchill Fellowship. In 2017 Deakin University appointed Claire as project coordinator to trial Australia’s first peer mentoring model based on her fellowship. Claire is a recipient of the Victorian Custody Reference Group ‘Access to Justice Award’ and a recent Policy Impact Program Fellow (2021); her article ‘Breaking the Cycle: Straight Talking Ex-Offenders Reduce Recidivism’ published in Policy Futures – A Reform Agenda. She is Chair of the Victorian Custody Reference Group and Member of the Women’s Correctional Services Advisory Committee.   Download Claire’s Fellowship Report

Dr Kanthi Perera CF 2005 (WA)

Dr Kanthi PereraKanthi works for the public mental health services of WA. She is the recipient of the 2001 WA Australian Association of Social Workers Award for Excellence in the category of Innovation & Pioneering, the 2004 ARAFMI Service Provider Award, the 2010 Rotary Allied Health Officer of the Year Award, and a 2013 Convocation Research Award from the University of WA. Having completed her PhD at the University of WA’s School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences in 2016, Kanthi converted her academic document to a self-help book – Hopeful Voyager: Navigating your way through the ambiguous losses of mental ill health. The book was launched by the Regional Director of the WA branch of the Churchill Trust in October 2018.   Download Claire’s Fellowship Report

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