My professional practice over six decades combines experience in tertiary education and healthcare in Australia, in Canada, and in the USA. Among the highlights are my role as coordinator of the RMIT University Master of Creative Arts Therapy program as well as psychotherapeutic and arts therapy work in community and acute care mental health centres and in schools. I was also privileged to work with many survivors of the Black Saturday Bushfires (Victoria, Feb 2009). My current work includes Creative Arts Therapy programs for students in primary and secondary schools, professional supervision for clinical therapists and educators, thesis editing services, and my own creative writing.
My particular interests are in the social value of the arts, in arts based education and research, in the mental health of girls and women, and in understanding indigenous knowledges. I am drawn to discourses that explore and expand the potential of the dramatic and literary arts as well as textile arts and crafts, for informing the lives of young people and their families, and for their various impacts on community health.
PhD, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
Award Date: 1 Jan 2014