Aaron Knuckey is a family therapist and coordinates the intake team at The Bouverie Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Psychology (3 years), Master in Clinical Family Therapy and a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare. Aaron has a broad range of experience of working with people with disabilities, with adolescents, with children and their families. He also has a keen interest in the therapeutic benefits of activities such as drumming, Taekwondo and dance and is a trained Drumbeat facilitator.
Alison Elliott is of Wiradjuri descent and has Celtic heritage. She grew up on Dharug country around the Hawkesbury River in NSW so has strong connections to the land there as well. Alison works with Bouverie's Indigenous Program as a trainer in the Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy and has undertaken a research project involving an impact analysis evaluation of the Graduate Certificate of Family Therapy (Indigenous Program) which was funded by the Lowitja Institute. She has experience working with grieving individuals and can assist the person to restore some meaning and purpose to their losses through recreating old practices with contemporary rituals and ceremonies that are applicable to their individual process. She has a particular interest in working with young children, using play and other creative techniques.
Amaryll Perlesz is an Adjunct Professor at the centre and contributes to the centre's research activities. She retired from The Bouverie Centre after having successfully managed the Research Program and participated in teaching, supervision, research and consultation functions in academic, clinical and organisational settings.
Banu Moloney is a lecturer at The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University. She is a qualified Social Worker, Psychologist and Family Therapist. She has over 35 years’ experience as a family therapist with a special interest in working with children and adolescents in the context of their families. She also specialises in supervision and has published and presented at Counselling and Family Therapy Conferences in Australia and overseas in this area.
Banu has years of experience in designing and conducting training programs in family therapy, counselling and consultation, in Australia and overseas, which include mainstream counselling organisations, Indigenous Australians as well as a diverse range of organisations including the Victorian Arts Centre, Victorian Housing Department Tourism Victoria and the Centre for Grief at Monash Medical Centre.
Brendan O'Hanlon is the Mental Health Program Manager, responsible for guiding the work of the centre’s mental health program and the ABI team in building the capacity of the services in these sectors to work constructively with families.
Brendan has extensive experience in training, consultation and service development both locally and interstate. This includes working with individual services, designing state-wide training and working with national organisations both within mental health and in the wider human services field. More recently he has been active in promoting family psycho-educational approaches within mental health services including Behavioural Family Therapy and Multiple Family Groups.
Brendan recently completed his PhD which examined how to implement an evidence-based family intervention within the routine practice of an Adult Mental Health Service.
Colleen Cousins is a psychologist, family therapist and educator. She is a member of the Academic team at The Bouverie Centre. Colleen co-ordinates the Graduate Certificate/ Year 1 Master's program, lectures and provides supervision to students undergoing clinical training. Additionally she works as a therapist at Bouverie with families impacted by trauma. Colleen has considerable clinical experience in community, hospital and private practice settings including work in child and adult sexual assault services. Colleen has a keen interest in the application of individually orientated trauma treatment approaches within a systemic framework.
Esmai Manahan played a key role in designing The Bouverie Centre’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and continues to contribute to its implementation through her membership on the RAP advisory group even after leaving the centre. Esmai completed the Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy delivered by Bouverie’s Indigenous team in Shepparton. She is a Yorta Yorta woman, and continues to be actively involved in working with the Aboriginal community. She previously managed the Margaret Tucker Young Aboriginal Women’s Hostel and is now a life member of that organisation. Esmai has also worked in State Government, and managed the Koori Business Network, which was responsible for the development of the Aboriginal business sector in this state.
Franca Butera-Prinzi, Team Leader in the Community Services program, is a Social Worker and Family Therapist at The Bouverie Centre and in private practice.
She has 25 years’ experience as a clinician, trainer and consultant in a variety of settings including acute, rehabilitation and community health. She has extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families who have been impacted by trauma, mental health and disability including acquired brain injury.
Greg U'Ren is a family therapist who has worked at The Bouverie Centre since 1998. His main work roles are seeing families and teaching in the academic program. Greg is also a member of the FaPMI (Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness) research team.
Greg has a collaborative and reflective approach to working with families which includes making sense of difficulties and empowering families to change complex situations. His interests include the impact of mental health issues, the experiences of fathers and children, family of origin patterns, the impact of loss and grief, and teaching and supervision.Greg completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Family Therapy at Bouverie in 1999, and has a background in parent and adolescent mediation and social research.
Hanna Jewell is a social worker and family therapist. She currently works as a member of the Mental Health Team as a family practice consultant providing workforce training, practice support and implementation to improve the way mental health services respond to families affected by mental illness.
She has an interest in working with families where a parent experiences a mental illness and is involved in developing the Let’s Talk program to mental health services. Further to this is her interest in evidence based family work such as Behavioural Family Therapy and family psycho education. Her work includes ongoing clinical work with families including research with families where a parent has a mental illness. She has 20 years’ experience of working in Public Mental Health Services.
Henry von Doussa MA, BA (Hon) works as a social researcher in the area of sexuality and sexual health. Recent work has included studies that support healthcare providers to be inclusive of the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) populations.
Jacqui Sundbery is a family therapist and Team Leader in the Community Services program at The Bouverie Centre. She coordinates state wide workforce development projects including the Supporting Practice Leader with ice (SPLice) project which is currently being delivered to the AOD and mental health sectors. Jacqui completed her PhD in 2015 which explored the effectiveness of family therapy training and practice in working with substance misuse in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. At The Bouverie Centre she is part of the Families where there is a Parent with a Mental illness (FaPMI) clinical team and has been involved in adapting the `Let's Talk about Children' intervention for use in the gambling and AOD sectors.
Jeff Young (PhD) is the Director of The Bouverie Centre. He is a clinical psychologist and family therapist and has worked, published and presented in the area of Mental Health for over 28 years. Jeff has an interest in responsive and contextually compassionate health services. He has contributed to the development of Single Session Therapy and reflecting teams, understanding blame and conceptualizing change in chronic conditions.
Jeff developed No Bullshit Therapy which combines honesty and directness with warmth and care. He is married with two children who keep him from taking his family therapy theories too seriously.
Julie Beauchamp studied Occupational Therapy and has also completed her training in Family Therapy at The Bouverie Centre (1987) and a Master of Couple and Family Therapy at the University of NSW(1997). Julie has a wide range of experience in teaching/training, supervision and clinical practice with individuals, couples and families. Her current role at The Bouverie Centre includes Clinical Family Therapy, Management, Teaching in Academic Programs and providing clinical consultation and training for professionals in other organisations. Julie came to The Bouverie Centre as a Family Therapist and trainer in March 2004 and has been the Manager of Clinical Services since 2007.
Karen Smith is a family therapist who has extensive experience in child and adolescent mental health. In her role at The Bouverie Centre she works with families, is involved in teaching and training and provides consultations to health and welfare agencies. Her particular area of interest is in working with adolescents and their families.
Karen Story is a family therapist with the Acquired Brain Injury team at The Bouverie Centre. She completed her Masters in Family Therapy and Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and has more than thirty-five years’ experience as a teacher and clinician, supervisor and consultant in a variety of settings including private practice, the Social Welfare Department (DHS), Foster Care, health and welfare community agencies, CAMHS agencies, universities, schools and pre-schools. She has extensive experience as a senior psychotherapist and clinical mental health Social Worker at Austin CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) for 27 years. Karen is co-author and trainer of the Exploring Together Program for children, adolescents and their families (a 10-week intensive multi-group program), is a trainer of Tuning into Kids emotion coaching program for parents and is an experienced group therapist.
Kate Cordukes is a family therapist and art therapist. She holds a postgraduate degree in Arts Education, and a Master’s in both Arts Therapy and Clinical Family Therapy. Kate has worked as a therapist for the past 20 years with diverse populations and settings such as Juvenile Justice, drug and alcohol and mental health. She has also presented and lectured at RMIT University, MIECAT Institute and at various conferences and workshops. Prior to joining Bouverie, she was Team Leader (Family Therapy) at Berry Street, both working with families and supervising staff. She was also involved in delivering the TARA program [Teenage Aggression Responding Assertively] for parents.
Her areas of passion are working with children and adolescents in families where there is conflict. She brings into her work a sense of creativity and is particularly interested in brain development, its relationship to emotional regulation and how to work with this so family members are able to communicate in more responsive ways to one another.
At Bouverie she works both on the clinical team and on the workforce development team.
Kelly Tsorlinis is one of our Intake clinicians at The Bouverie Centre. She is a social worker and family therapist. She has experience in a variety of settings including private practice, working with children, adolescents and their families who have been impacted by trauma, mental health, family violence and sexual assault.
Mark Furlong PhD. works as an independent scholar. Previously, he practised in mental health and therapeutic settings prior to positions at La Trobe and Deakin Universities.
Mark’s most recent book is Re-sizing psychology in public policy and the private imagination (Palgrave, 2016). In addition to Building the client’s relational base (Policy Press, 2013), he has published more than 50 refereed papers.
Michelle Wills B.Soc.Sc. (Hons), Grad Cert (FT) has a background in data management and analysis, project coordination and customer service. Since joining The Bouverie Centre, Michelle has occupied a range of roles including intake worker, research assistant, project coordinator, and administration assistant. She continues to work closely with the centre’s workforce development team, helping coordinate and evaluate various training and support initiatives. Michelle also provides secretariat support to Bouverie’s Executive team.
Naomi Rottem is Acting Program Manager of Community Services at The Bouverie Centre. Her current work involves coordinating workforce development in the areas of family inclusive practice and single session work, which includes facilitating training and consultation to workers in a range of service sectors. She also teaches in the Master of Clinical Family Therapy Course, and sees families in the clinical family therapy program at The Bouverie Centre.
Naomi is a Social Worker and Family Therapist with a background working with vulnerable families in the non-government sector and community health services. Her experience includes providing individual and family therapy, group work and supervision of health and welfare professionals. She completed her Master of Clinical Family Therapy in 2006 and has been working at The Bouverie Centre since 2007.
Nella Charles is a family therapist and psychologist at The Bouverie Centre where she is employed on a part-time basis as a clinician and teacher in family therapy. She has a breadth of experience in family work, with particular experience in disability and child welfare. She has worked with families affected by Acquired Brain Injury for over 18 years and provides training and consultation to the brain injury field. She has a particular interest in the treatment of trauma and use of creative methods in group work.
Pamela Rycroft is a long-term member of the staff at The Bouverie Centre, who has in the past held positions of Coordinator of Training and Clinical Program Manager. Currently she focuses primarily on training and consultation in her role within the Community Services team. Outside of Bouverie, Pam has also worked in the Victorian Ambulance Counselling Unit, the Asylum-Seeker Resource Centre, and in private practice. She also provides training sessions, supervision and consultation to various professional groups.
Pam trained as a psychologist, and specialised in family therapy in the mid 80s, joining Bouverie staff after having worked in mainstream psychiatry. Areas of particular interest include grief and families, Single Session philosophy and practice, aged issues, and working with children in their families. She has published on her work in the areas of single session work, grief and families, grief and mental illness, the impact of suicide, engaging workers in family work, and on the place of theory in practice.
Penny Wong serves as The Bouverie Centre’s Business Manager. She oversees all administrative, communications, facilities, I.T. and H.R. services at the Centre. She is also responsible for managing Bouverie’s finances, budget and resources.
Penny holds a Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Economics and has 16 years’ experience in the corporate and university sector. When on break from attending to her work duties, Penny enjoys spending time with her family and travelling, as well as reading the odd novel or two. She has recently been “outed” as avid science fiction fan.
Peter McKenzie (PhD, MA ClinFamTher) is an anthropologist, family therapist and academic. He currently holds the Carer Academic (Mental Health) position at The Bouverie Centre. He has significant personal caring and professional experience in the mental health sector, including MHCSS and clinical. His other roles at the centre include coordination of Bouverie’s higher degree research program, a principle research supervisor, family practice consultant in the mental health program and clinical family therapist. Peter has a particular interest in ethnographic research methods, families-caring & mental health as well as narrative therapy, trauma and mindfulness with a clinical focus on Borderline Personally Disorder and complex needs families.
Rany Schnell has assumed both team management and project officer roles at The Bouverie Centre and currently manages the administrative systems and functions in delivering quality support across internal and external clients. She contributes to and coordinates policy development across the centre. She is also responsible for occupational health and safety as well as building maintenance, and manages the centre's website development and content. With a broad range of administration and event management experiences, Rany has been working in the tertiary education sector since 2007 and in team management roles since 2011.
Robyn Elliott is a family therapist and social worker employed at The Bouverie Centre for the last 15 years. She is the Manager of the Academic Program, where she supervises the development and delivery of Bouverie’s La Trobe University accredited courses as well as conducting teaching in the Master of Clinical Family Therapy course. Robyn provides some non-accredited training and consultation to government and non-government organisations in the health and welfare sector. She is a clinical member of AAFT, PACFA, AASW (AMHSW) and NALAG and an accredited supervisor with EMDRAA.
Robyn's area of special interest is trauma. She has been learning, teaching and practicing in the area of trauma for the past 18 years. She is particularly interested in EMDR and how this can be integrated with systemic approaches. Her training and consultation to other organisations, for example, Child Protection, Community Health, Adult Mental Health and non-government organisations has focused mainly in this area, although a highlight of her career was a five-day training in family therapy in Mongolia!
Ron Findlay is a medical doctor and family therapist with a strong interest in the narrative approach. He has over 20 years experience in practicing, consulting, teaching and supervising in family and narrative therapy. He has worked in community psychiatric centres, community health and private practice. Ron is the coordinator of Narrative Therapy programs at The Bouverie Centre.
Rose Cuff is the State-wide coordinator of the Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness (FaPMI) strategy. This strategy is an initiative of the Department of Health, Mental Health Drugs and Regions and The Bouverie Centre is the auspice organisation.
Rose is an occupational therapist with additional qualifications in family therapy and dance therapy. She has worked, published, presented and developed programs and resources in the area of mental health for 27 years. For the past 18 years she has been a passionate advocate for children, young people and FaPMI. She has contributed to policy, program and resource development in Victoria, nationally and internationally in this field. Rose has published widely including contributing to books for children and health professionals working with these families.
Shaun is a Windajeri person from the Monaro Country. He is instrumental in the development of the first Indigenous Family Therapy curriculum with the Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University. He also developed the ‘Yarning Up on Trauma’ training which is delivered to organisations working with Indigenous families across Australia and he co-authored the publication linked to this training.Shaun is currently the Senior Manager Aboriginal Service Development at Berry Street, including the Take Two program and the Berry Street Childhood Institute.
Shaun has an extensive background working initially as a Community Psychiatric Nurse, followed by policy and program development, management and training roles in both mainstream and Aboriginal community organisations across 20 years. He contributes on boards and committees, including the Committee of Management for Education and Training of Aboriginal Health Workers in Victoria, the Committee for Oversight of Research Studies for the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Board of Directors for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Healing Foundation.
Susan Conduit is the centre's Student Services Officer. She is primarily responsible for the student administration for postgraduate courses at The Bouverie Centre. She has a broad range of administrative experience since commencing at The Bouverie Centre in 1999.
The Bouverie Centre presented a webinar describing the centre’s work exploring the intersection between Family Violence and Mental Health.find out more