Southern Community Welfare

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Staff Bios

 

Vicki Sherry - CEO

Vicki Sherry joined SCW in January 2015 after spending 25 years working for large multi-national corporations in the Information and Technology industry, including her last tenure with IBM for 18 years.  She has held numerous roles from business development, sales, management, general management, strategy, marketing and operations.  Across these many roles, Vicki has also worked with various routes to market including direct, channels, tele and web and has also worked across many different sectors including enterprise clients, government and smaller businesses.

Vicki has a range of expertise from implementing start-up enterprises, driving growth out of mature business units and leading teams of up to 150 people.Over the last 10 years, Vicki has held senior roles in IBM,  has been part of the leadership team and a member of the Business and Technical Leadership community.

Vicki is a member of Gymea Baptist Church Leadership Team. She has an authentic approach, is results oriented with an ability to work across all levels of an organisation.Vicki has a heart for reaching the community and is delighted to be able to use her corporate skills in building and expanding the capabilities of SCW.

 

Robert Boardman - Clinical Director

Robert has a wealth of experience working with young people and their families in a variety of situations. He has a focus on facilitating change within people, their relationships, and looking at the things they want to get better at. He has delivered numerous workshops specialising in coaching, and mental health issues, as well as presented at various conferences around Australia. With a style that is a blend of theoretical and interactive- he likes to get people talking and in helping people get the most from training opportunities. Robert has developed a strong career in in both building the best in people, and facilitating professional development of workers across the Social Services. As a committed Christian, Robert is excited to see people from all backgrounds and experiences of life, in all of its fullness.

Robert is currently getting better at mountain biking, photography and understanding the dizzying world of Pokémon!

Robert is a registered Psychologist and certified trainer, and has a Degree and post-grad qualifications in Psychology.

 

Karlyn Johns - Case Manager

Karlyn Johns has over 20 years’ experience working with marginalized individuals in the Community Welfare Sector. She is a Certified Practising Case Manager and holds a degree in Social Science, Community Welfare, and Mediation, she is currently a member of the Case Management Society of Australia.

Karlyn has worked in organisations such as Wesley Mission in the StreetSmart Youth Centre providing case management and advocacy to young people who are chronically homeless or at risk of homelessness.

In addition to this, she has spent a decade working in Sydney’s South assisting individuals and facilitating groups in trauma, grief and loss, suicide support and deliberate self-injury.

Karlyn is extremely passionate about working with those do not fit into other services criteria,  as well as working with homeless people or those at risk of becoming homeless.  She is currently working as a case manager in the Case Management program.  The program supports such presentations as addictions, dual diagnosis, homelessness, chronic unemployment, self harm, trauma, and/or a combination of these issues listed.  Karlyn has extensive experience in constructing client centered case plans and works uniquely with individuals to achieve the best possible outcomes.

 

Janet Hayes - Reception and Intake Officer

Janet joined Southern community Welfare at the start of 2010 in the role of Administration Assistant. Call our office number and you will most probably speak with Janet. As the first point of call for all clients, she enjoys making the booking process as simple as possible whilst taking the time to listen with compassion and understanding to the individual needs of each client. Janet will assist clients to find the most appropriate counsellor or redirect them to another service in their area. Although Janet’s background is in Fashion Design she has thoroughly enjoyed her career change, and likes to share about the great work and services that we provide. Janet recently completed the Accidental Counsellor training program.

 

Linda Salem - Senior Child and Family Therapist & Clinical Practice Lead
Clinical Psychologist                                 
B.Sc (Hons), M.Psychol (Clinical) , MAPS, ACPA

Linda is a trained Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience  working with children and families presenting with a broad range of emotional and behavioural problems. Linda works from behavioural family systems model to help facilitate change within the family.  Linda is an approved supervisor for post-graduate clinical training in the area of child and adolescent mental health at the University of New South Wales. Linda is a committed Christian, loves teaching scripture in her local schools, is a children’s ministry worker in her local church leading children’s groups, parenting groups and is a consultant on children’s camps for children undergoing adversity.
 

Diana Chan - Psychologist & Clinical Psychology Registrar

B Sci (Psychology – Hons Class 1), M.Psychol (Clinical), ACPA

Diana is a psychologist who joined the Southern Community Welfare team in mid-2016. She holds a Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree, and is currently working towards her specialist qualification in Clinical Psychology as well as a PhD. Diana has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a wide range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, non-compliant behaviour, adjustment issues, anger, and emotion dysregulation. She also has experience working with developmental disorders having worked as an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapist for children with autism, and as a Provisional Psychologist on the Developmental Disabilities team at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Diana is committed to providing evidence-based treatment that is informed by research findings. She predominantly works from a cognitive-behavioural and family systems framework, and is familiar with other evidence-based therapies such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

 

Kate Brown - Speech Pathologist & Communications Specialist

B.App. Sc (Speech Pathology), M.A. (Human Communication Disorders), CPSP

Kate is a speech pathologist with over 30 years experience working with children, adolescents and adults with speech and language impairments.  Kate’s areas of special interest include learning disabilities, developmental and adult literacy, communication support for people with developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder, and applied behavioural analysis for communication impairments.  Her approach to intervention is to use current and traditional best practice tailored to the needs of the individual and their families and carers.

Kate also has extensive background in workplace communication.  She has done a lot of work in identifying areas of communication breakdown and identifying strategies that meet the needs of the individuals involved and the workplace.  She has skills in applied behavioural analysis and been involved in projects in documenting the spoken and written communication demands in a variety of industry sectors. 

As a speech pathologist Kate has worked alongside teachers in preschools and in primary and secondary, private and public schools in both NSW and in New Zealand.  She has qualifications in Work, Health and Safety and has developed training packages targeting communication skills in the workplace.

Medicare rebates are available for applicable services.

 

Jair Graham - Provisional Psychologist

BA – Psych (Hons), MPROFPSY, Associate MAPS

Jair is a provisional psychologist who joined the Southern Community Welfare team in early 2016. He primarily works from a cognitive-behavioural model, having completed specialised training in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and anger, and recently completed his Master of Professional Psychology degree in 2015.

Jair is particularly passionate about social welfare, and has several years experience working across a variety of vocational and volunteer positions. Jair is also a committed Christian and is actively involved in his local Church.

 

Helen Dwyer - Case Manager

Helen has over 30 years of business experience.  She joins the SCW team after having served on our Board for the past four years.  She has extensive experience in both the Corporate and Not For Profit sectors.  Driven by her desire to work frontline to support people who experience marginalisation, she has recently retrained to work as a Case Manager.

Helen is a keen supporter and advocate for social justice and seeks to make a real and tangible difference for those who are marginalised in our society.  Her area of interest is working with women who have experienced trauma through abuse.  She is passionate about building relationships and collaborating, believing that working together provides more opportunity to educate, raise awareness and instigate change across all sectors of our community.

 

 

Sue Chin - Counsellor

B SocSc (Psyh). Grad. Dip (Counselling)

Sue is a trained counsellor and holds a degree in Social Science and post-graduate qualifications in Counselling.  Sue has worked with individuals who have experienced trauma, grief and loss, family conflict and relationship difficulties.  In addition, Sue has facilitated group programs for women coming out of abusive relationships and adults coping with loss.   Sue works from a person-centred, solution-focused model to support and empower people to work through difficulties and manage change in their lives by building on the individual’s strengths and capabilities. 

Prior to training as a counsellor, Sue spent over 17 years working with large financial services corporations in Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom, holding senior executive roles in change management, product development and strategy.   Sue has extensive experience and demonstrated success in helping organisations implement change, build effective teams and develop people.    

 

 

 

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