B Arts, B Soc Wk, AMHSW.
Telehealth Counselling: Susan Ward is able to provide counselling to clients via phone call in certain circumstances. To make an appointment for telehealth counselling, try Online Booking or call Vision Psychology Brisbane on (07) 3088 5422 or M1 Psychology on (07) 3067 9129.
Hi! I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker who has worked in Queensland Health, other government departments and private agencies across four decades. I have worked with every age group and in most health settings, including hospitals, and community health.
I have an informed understanding of diagnoses, medication and treatment options in a range of health, social/environmental and age-related areas. This includes areas of physical illness, trauma, loss and grief, behavioural and eating disorders, interpersonal violence, social anxiety, stress and depression, family and relationship issues, and maintenance of intimacy. I like to look with the client as to where they currently reside, within the developmental life-stages of individuals and families.
I have worked in Cancer Care and Aged Care and understand the legal and application procedures for carers and families, and the burden of carer stress.
Having worked in many organisations, I have experience of what it takes to survive and thrive working for small and large organisations. Sometimes we need to reflect on “what can make this situation work?”. I like to find areas for negotiation and choices for clients in the middle of conflictual and difficult work situations. This includes our interface with HR and management and return to work following illness and injury.
I have also provided relationship counselling for a private agency, and worked as a provider for Employee Assistance, giving professional advice and supervision to a range of occupational groups.
My approach to counselling is from a strategic, strengths-based approach:
- The counsellor’s role becomes one of support/ facilitator/ coach in assisting the client to negotiate major life transition points and make choices in such a way that longer-term outcomes will be emotionally and psychologically manageable, as well as physically manageable. The client is ultimately responsible for the choices he/she makes and the outcomes of those decisions. Any skill the counsellor brings to the task, has to have as the outcome the empowerment of the presenting person and their family within the context of their community or reference group. Because time and resources are so precious, what the client is able to perceive and grasp for themselves is a valuable motivator to successful resolution of the situation, and the earlier the better. The client is expert on who he/she is, and where they are travelling, and that after all is the goal of the intervention.
- I acknowledge the understanding of the role of Critical Incident Stress and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the connection between safety, predictability, and healing and recovery.
- I understand and keep current with the statutory legislation relating to QCAT, the Public Guardian, Mental Health, Carers, Child Protection, and Domestic and Family Violence.
- I use all of the Focused Psychological Strategies – including CBT on-the-run and DBT.
- I identify with all people groups, upholding the right to co-exist in a multicultural Australian society. I see each individual as trying to find their place and space in the world, and that it is an inherent right of all individuals to be given the respect and tools to do this.
- I studied French for 6 years and have worked with indigenous and South Sea Islander groups in North Queensland for 4 years.
- I am familiar with specific project work requiring verifiable outcomes.
My experience includes administering the Adult Coping Scale, Adolescent Coping Scale, Goal Attainment Scaling (supervised by nominated persons through the Queensland Centre for Primary Health Care), Carer Stress Index, DASS, MSCEIT, Team Review Survey, and other psychological tests where appropriate.
I have undertaken the following post-graduate studies to enhance my skills and knowledge as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker.
- Group Facilitation Course 1990.
- Developmental Psychology SSB 913 QUT 1994.
- Introduction to Family Therapy SSB 949 QUT 1994.
- Completed unit in Brief Therapy QUT 1994.
- Training in David Schnarch’s models of relationships and the development and maintenance of intimacy 1995.
- SW 844 Certificate Course in Student and Staff Supervision (UQ) 1998.
- Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Training 1994 and 1998 and continual application of this training to the present. Relevant in EAP work, critical incident and rapid response work.
- All CPE associated with the Brisbane Sexual Assault service. Guiding books include Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman and all Marsha Linehan’s books on Borderline Personality Disorder. 2000-2005.
- Workshop: Understanding Neurobehavioral Disability as a basis for Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Professor Rodger L Wood. RBWH. 17/2/2004.
- Cunningham Centre Model of Peer Supervision 2011.
- Three levels of Bereavement Counselling with Mal McKissock.
- Workshops on new Adult/Public Guardian Laws 1998, 2000, 2014.
- Attended workshops by John Briere, Eve Carlson, Virginia Satir, Michael Tunnecliffe, Roger Dooley in the areas of trauma, communication and relationships.
- Advanced Supervision Workshop GCUH March 2016.
- 2 Advanced Workshops in Focused Psychological Strategies 2018-2019 including CBT intervention, psycho-education, Relaxation Strategies, Skills training, Interpersonal Therapy and Narrative therapy.
To make an appointment with Accredited Mental Health Social Worker Susan Ward try Online Booking. Alternatively, you can call Vision Psychology Brisbane on (07) 3088 5422 or M1 Psychology on (07) 3067 9129.
Articles of Interest by Susan Ward:
- Are You Suffering from Mental Fatigue?
- Bringing Trauma out into the Open
- Burnout vs Depression: What’s the Difference?
- Cause and Effect of Eating Disorders
- Clinical Supervision Services
- Domestic and Family Violence: The Female Perspective
- Domestic and Family Violence: The Male Perspective
- Health Anxiety: Don’t Mention the C… V… Word!
- Responding to Trauma
- Self-Harming and Complex Trauma
- Sexuality Love and Desire
- The 7 Minute Workout: CBT on the Run
- Traumatic Grief
- Vicarious Trauma and Worker Self-Care
- What Do I Want From Counselling?