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New Tweddle staff add experience for at risk families

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 07/11/16

Tweddle has recently added to the incredible breadth of experience and support families receive during their admission to a Parenting Assessment and Skills Development Service (PASDS), Residential or Day Stay program. Four new health professionals have commenced as part of the clinical team.

Ms Beverley Allen has commenced as Clinical Practice Lead. Beverley has a background in nursing – Midwifery, Maternal & Child Health and is a Family Therapist. Beverley is a trained facilitator in Family Partnership training and NCAST. She is a highly skilled educator and practitioner with a strong research background.  

Tweddle’s new PASDS Coordinator, Mr Sean Renehan comes to Tweddle with a Masters in Social Work and is completing a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. He has qualifications in Gestalt Therapy and child and family therapeutic work and counselling. Sean has engaged in direct practice with aboriginal families, children and carers and has advocated on behalf of refugee and asylum seeker families.  

New Family Support Coordinator Lauren Vanderzeil has a Bachelor of Occupational Health, extensive Early Parenting sector experience and has worked as a mental health clinician at the Royal Children’s Hospital and in the UK.

Joining Lauren in a Family Support Coordinator role is Penny Gibson who has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Psychology and Criminology. Penny has a Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, a Masters in Mental Health Science (Forensic Behavioural Science) and a Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Family Therapy). Penny has experience providing individual counselling for children, women and families.

Although relatively brief, a families’ experience during a Tweddle residential stay of between five and ten days is fundamentally impacted by the quality of therapeutic support. Our new staff will add to each family’s journey of recovery and learning.

Tweddle continues to advocate for the crucial first thousand days of a child’s life when sensitive and responsive relationships and experiences build the foundations of good mental health for life.


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