Christine Senediak, Course Coordinator for the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry’s (NSWIOP) postgraduate courses in Child Adolescent Mental Health, has been working with Lifeline Mid Coast at Port Macquarie on promoting personal responsibility for self-care for psychologists, staff and volunteers who are exposed to potentially traumatic and distressing material, including clients’ stories.
Over the past few years, Christine, in her capacity as NSWIOP Course Coordinator, has provided training on Effective Clinical Supervision Skills and Reflective Practice Supervision for Lifeline Mid Coast staff. Her work on Clinical Supervision and Reflective Practice has also been cited in a paper written by Ann Evans MAPS, Lifeline Australia Practice Adviser entitled “Self-care for Psychologists: Lifeline’s Learnings” which was published in the February 2015 issue of InPsych, the bimonthly bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society.
Christine will form part of Lifeline’s Supervision Pilot project reference group which will advise on strategies for the implementation of the project. In addition, she will also review Lifeline’s procedures on reflective practice and provide advice on the need to develop other self-care documentation or training material.