The role of the Training Officer is to organise Accredited Training for Glasser Australia to meet the needs of both those requesting training and also the Instructors and Supervisors who are Faculty of Glasser Australia, in a fair and equitable way, while maintaining a strong focus on quality. As a member of the Board, the Training Officer provides written reports of training activity and supports the broader work of the Board as directed in the Strategic Plan.
I am currently a semi-retired Clinical Counsellor in Port Lincoln, South Australia, having moved into counselling after leaving teaching in 2010. Originally from Adelaide, I have lived on Eyre Peninsula for 43 years. I have 25 years’ experience in education on in both the State and Catholic system, firstly as a mathematics teacher and then mainly in creating, coordinating and supporting programs for secondary age students with special needs in a mainstream setting.
While at St Joseph’s School in Port Lincoln I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend a Basic Intensive Training with Joan Hoogstad a Senior Faculty member of the WGI-A, in 2003. A life changing moment or two! In 2010 I was part of the group which completed the Graduate Diploma in Reality Therapy, also presented by Joan – more life changing moments!
I am a Practicum Supervisor and a Basic Intensive Training Instructor. Since 2014 have been very involved an exciting, local community-based project called Mentally Fit EP whose overall vision is to “flip mental illness on its head” and to create a mentally fit, connected community. My role is to deliver mental health education by presenting Take Charge of Your Life courses to interested community members.
I am passionate about CT/RT/LM and particularly about challenging the status quo around mental health by creating ways to encourage people to have the opportunity to learn about Dr Glasser’s ideas, particularly the focus on relationships. I enjoy thinking and learning about the ways new knowledge in neuroscience fits in with the existing Choice Theory model and I am especially interested in ways CT can be used to understand the impact of childhood trauma to further inform RT counselling approaches. I have met so many inspiring people during my 15 year CT journey and I count myself very fortunate to have these connections in my life.