About Presenters –qualifications and biography:
Jane Hutton lives and works in a small hinterland town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, where she lives with her partner Leeroy. She is mother to growing up twins, Chloe and Emily. Jane graduated from Universiity of Queensland in 1984 with a social work honours degree. After being introduced to narrative ideas in 1986 as a young social worker, she consistently followed this interest with training, narrative practice has guided her conversations with the people who consult with her since. Jane is an accredited mental health social worker who enjoys working in private practice with children, young people and adults, both individually and as couples or families. She also consults with organisations and provides both individual and team supervision in narrative practice. She has provided ongoing consultation to a primary school in relation to the design and implementation of an anti-bullying program. Areas of interest in her work include, conversations with children and young people, working with the effects of sexual abuse and mental health problems. Jane has taught masters level courses for both QUT and the University of Queensland, and is part of the Dulwich Centre teaching team. She has taught narrative therapy both on her own and collaboratively internationally in Australia, France, Greece, Singapore and China.
I started working with narrative ideas in 1991. I was trained by both Michael White and David Epston in Narrative Therapy and these understandings have continued to inform and influence my practice and thinking in the varied roles I have worked in since that time. These roles include that of therapist/counselor, supervisor, trainer, community development worker, research, monitoring and evaluation. I have worked in urban, rural and remote communities in both Australia and Asia. Therapeutic work includes migration, gender, loss, grief, trauma, suicide and family work with an early intervention focus. Monitoring and Evaluation work has had a strategic funding purpose and has been of counseling programs, the delivery, development and training components, community service and aid development programs and disaster management.
I have been exploring narrative ideas and practices since meeting MIchael White and David Epston in 1989. With Marilyn O'Neill I have had the opportunity to teach Narrative Therapy here in Australia and many interesting overseas places. Each teaching experience as well as the experiences gained from my work in independent practice brings additional appreciations of the effectiveness of narrative therapy.
I have been applying and teaching Narrative ideas since the late 1980’s. I have worked in collaboration with Jane, Mary-Denese and Gaye. I was introduced to Narrative ideas by Michael White and David Epston and have been developing, teaching and supervising in the use of that approach for 22 years both in Australia and overseas. This includes numerous conference presentations and writing. Prior to going into independent practice in partnership with Gaye Stockell, I worked for 10 years in Hospital and Community Mental Health; during that time we introduced significant changes to practice in mental health rehabilitation based on a Narrative Perspective. Since then we have consulted with many and varied community and health organistaions about the use of Narrative ideas. All four facilitators have many years of experience in counselling, mental health and community conversations. They offer ideas to encourage the development of your own skills for practices’s that fit with a Narrative perspective
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Practices at Paddington and Crows Nest.
Marilyn O'Neill Counsellor/Family & Couple therapist
Marilyn and Gaye have been involved in presenting Narrative Therapy Workshops in many parts of Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. They work in private practice, and meet with individuals, couples and families and provide group and agency supervision.
Gaye Stockell MA, MAPS (Psychologist).