Manager - Bereavement Counselling and Support Service
Wendy Howard BBSc (Psychology), Cert YouthWork
Prior to joining the ACGB Team in April 2013, Wendy worked within a broad range of service areas from both an operational and developmental perspective. She has extensive experience working with individuals, children, youth and families in a case management capacity and also held responsibility for management and supervision of staff, volunteers and students who provide direct client care. From a project management perspective, she has implemented various new service initiatives that have involved planning, administration and evaluation. In her role as Manager - Bereavement Counselling and Support Service, Wendy is responsible for coordinating ACGB's bereavement support services. The Manager ensures that all program key result areas are achieved, develops systems and support structures to effectively manage operations of the service, and utilises effective management practices that enhance the operation of the service. Wendy’s role also involves consultation relating to specialist interventions, community education and promotion; and ensuring that all Counselling Service staff, practitioner associates and interns receive regular clinical supervision and support.
Susan Meyerink - Regional Outreach Consultant BSocW, Grad Cert Bereavement, Counselling, CBP, Member, ACA
A staff member since 2012, Susan is a Certified Bereavement Counsellor, with a special interest in, and compassion for, bereaved parents. Susan has provided one-on-one counselling (telephone and online) for ACGB clients; and, as part of the internship program, clinical supervision to student counsellors. Susan has over ten years of counselling experience providing Employee Assistance Programs to the education and health care sector and palliative care sector; and has worked with Asylum Seekers. Susan has a background in recruitment, and has managed metropolitan and regional multi disciplinary teams in Disability Employment Services. Susan recently worked in a remote indigenous community, facilitating a work-for-the-dole program. Upon her return to the Centre, Susan was appointed to the role of Regional Outreach Consultant, developing resources for regional counsellors as well as collating a referral directory for the five regions of Loddon Mallee; Hume; Gippsland; Grampians; and Barwon South. The long-term objective of her current role is to build and support the capacity of the bereavement care system in regional Victoria, working within the five Victorian Department of Health regions, of Barwon Southwest, Gippsland, Grampians, Hume and Loddon Mallee. A major part of my role is service mapping, and making contact with regionally based workers, to find out about the services they provide, which when completed will be a valuable referral tool. I will also be asking regional practitioners to determine how the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement can add value to their roles. This might be in terms of access to resources, training, including webinars, secondary consultation and clinical supervision. As a Certified Bereavement Practitioner, I am looking forward to meeting workers in the regions. My aim is to develop strong working relationships, share resources, ideas, and offer training, supporting the valuable work being done in regional Victoria. The long term objective of the role is to build and support the capacity of the bereavement care system in regional Victoria, which will enable bereaved individuals and families living in those regions to access specialist bereavement support services. If you would like further information or you have a query, please call Susan at the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, on 03 9265 2100.