Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
**Based in Milton**
During the past 10 years Meg has worked in a range of clinical settings with both youth and adult populations. Her journey as a Mental Health Social Worker began as a member of a multidisciplinary team in a secure psychiatric facility where she provided psycho-social assessment and intervention for adults placed on involuntary treatment and / or forensic orders. From here she took the skills she developed and commenced direct support work with adults with severe and complex mental illness who receive government assistance to live in the community.
This time in her career afforded her incredible insight into the lives of some of the most vulnerable and unwell members of our society, as well as the Queensland mental health system and legislative framework. A significant outcome was recognising the importance of early intervention and ensuring that our young people and families can access quality mental health services when they need them most. Meg was motivated to be a part of the solution and began working with headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation in 2014. For the next 5 years she supported young people (12-25 years) and their families to access the four core streams offered at headspace centres across Brisbane. These are mental health services, general health services, alcohol and other drug counselling and vocational support. Meg's role involved in-depth biopsychosocial assessments, brief intervention, group work, therapeutic family consultation and active case management.
Holding a keen interest in systemic practice Meg had a desire to expand her skills base and broaden her practice lens to a wider scope. For this reason, she commenced a position in a Federal Government funded initiative within education, the aim being to increase mental health literacy and build the capacity of educators to employ a best practice approach around mental health. Meg's most recent position in this space involved the provision of brief therapeutic well being supports to school leaders, as well as offering consultation on crisis intervention and response.
Meg has a particular interest in relationships and working with both individuals and couples to enhance their understanding of how they show up in their relationships and the fundamental tools to build better connections with those they care about. Research clearly demonstrates there are evidence-based strategies in the development of happier, stronger relationships however, these are often unknown and inaccessible without support and determination.
Ultimately her aim is to co-facilitate personal growth and the creation of a more meaningful and values congruent life. Meg seeks to optimise therapeutic outcomes through use of a strengths based, feedback informed approach.
Professional Qualifications and Memberships
- Bachelor of Social Work, major in Mental Health (Hons) – University of Queensland
- Certified as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker – Australian Association of Social Workers.
- Registered member – Australian Association of Social Workers
Special Interest/ Specialised Training
- Emotionally Focused Therapy – Individual and Couples
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- Acceptance Commitment Therapy
- Interpersonal Therapy