I have 20 years of experience working in education and human services in the private sector as well as government and community organisations. I have held roles in education, advisory management, clinical supervision, national accredited training, therapeutic counselling and casework. My extensive experience in a variety of working contexts along with my passion for trauma informed, attachment focused practice and frameworks highlight my unique attributes as a community service professional that provides quality outcomes for clients, communities and organisations.
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY YEAR
MONIQUE RUTHERFORD Counselling & Training Jan 2006 – Present Individual, Child & Family Counsellor; National Accredited Training Program Facilitator Qld, NSW & Northern Territory
Manage private practice with a caseload of clients, accounts and marketing
Recognised and reputable trauma informed therapy and clinical supervision for women, children, adolescents and clinical professionals
Personal and professional development workshops
Specialising in attachment, mental health, trauma, children, parenting, family separation, LGBTIQ, adoption and relationship counselling
Development, facilitation and evaluation of both tailored training programs as well as nationally accredited training programs to community service professionals in government, non- government organisations and private sector
Specialised services to non-government sector in training, supervision and leadership
Interrelate Mar 2013 – Present Multi Skilled Practitioner; Clinical Specialist for Royal Commission into Institutional Responses To Child Sexual Abuse; School Services Educator Lismore & Byron Bay
Peer Mentoring: I provided mentoring for the Communities for Children Project Officer and other counselling staff in the implementation of the Circle of Security Parenting 8 week series of workshops as well as education for counselling staff about Applied Attachment Theory. I also provided clinical attachment focused training for an Aboriginal trainee counsellor whilst in my role as Multi-Skilled Practitioner.
Individual & Couples counselling for men, women, children and adolescents: Specialist counselling areas: relationship conflict, trauma, sexual abuse, mental health issues, drug & alcohol issues, domestic violence, child protection, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, post separation counselling, parenting, adoption and identity, gender diversity and LGBTIQ.
Clinical Specialist for Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Childhood Sexual Abuse: providing trauma counselling and specialist support to survivors and individuals affected by the RC through Royal Commission Community Based Support Services.
School Services Educator: Delivery of healthy relationships education programs across schools in the local region.
Group Facilitator: Attained ‘Effective Group Leadership’ certification to deliver Interrelate groups to individuals, families and couples on a regular basis.
Collaborative Case Management: Seeking and offering integrated support to colleagues to provide quality outcomes for clients.
Lifeline Community Care July 2006 – June 2008 Child & Family Therapist – Child Protection Caboolture, Qld The Child & Family Counselling Service was funded by the Department of Communities. Child & Family Therapist: case management, counselling, advocacy and case co-ordination. In this role I provided:
Early intervention therapeutic support to vulnerable families with multiple and complex issues
Vulnerable families with knowledge and resources to protect their child through prevention focused therapeutic intervention
Intensive family therapeutic support, including reunification and assistance to carers
Therapeutic assistance to children and young people to understand and deal with their experiences; particularly in relation to sexual abuse
Group work: I co-facilitated psycho education and therapeutic groups on domestic violence, trauma and healthy relationships for clients, for adolescents in schools.
Multiple Positions, Education Qld Jan 1998 – Dec 2006 Central and South-East Queensland
Classroom Teacher: Essential ability to plan, deliver and evaluate education programs to young people according to policy within a challenging and changing environment (Aboriginal Community); communicate effectively with a diverse range of people.
Behaviour Management Advisory Visiting Teacher: Support students, families, teaching staff and Principals to engage students at risk of suspension or exclusion from the school system due to disengagement, complex family dynamics and challenging behaviours; writing policy; training teaching professionals; attending special needs meetings; home visits; engaging parents, key stakeholders and community organisations.
School Welfare Officer/Guidance Officer: Counselling, assessment, parent and teacher liaison, small group psycho-educational workshops, high level communication skills, community engagement.
Advanced Diploma in Expressive Therapies 2005 Expressive Therapies Institute of Australia, Brisbane, Qld Sandplay Therapy, Emotional Release, Holotropic Breathwork, Transpersonal Counselling Developed by Dr. Mark Pearson and Dr. Helen Wilson
Master of Education (School Guidance & Counselling) 2004 Qld University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld Distinction Average. Subjects: Understanding Educational Research, Educational Counselling, Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties, Advanced Educational Counselling, Educational Counselling Professional Prac, Psychoeducational Assessment, Career Counselling
Master of Education (Behaviour Management) 2002 Qld University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld Distinction average. Subjects: Behaviour Management for Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Issues in Classroom Management, Educational Intervention for Challenging Behaviour, Behaviour Management: Programs & Planning
Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) 1997 James Cook University, Townsville, Qld Distinction average. Education, Construction of Learning and Teaching, Curriculum & Pedagogy, Psychological Foundations, Individual and Social Psychology, Empirical Methods, Quantitative Analysis, Applied Psychological Research Methods, Design & Analysis for Experimental Psychology, Psychology Communication
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING YEAR
Professional Supervision Certificate of Attainment 2018 3-day ACA recognised training
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Training 2017 - 2020 Trauma Therapy Training developed by Dr. Peter Levine Completed Level 1 April 2018 3 years including supervised sessions, case consultations and personal sessions Somatic Experiencing Australia, Brisbane, Qld
DARE: Dynamic Attachment and Repatterning Experience 2015 - 2019 Dr Diane Poole Heller - Attachment Therapy Training in Boulder, Colorado Healing Early Attachment Wounds, Creating Healthy Adult Relationships, Neurobiology of Loving Relationships, Victim-Perpetrator Dynamics & Disorganised Attachment 3 years including supervised sessions, case consultations and personal sessions
Certified Yoga Teacher Training 2014 Ishta Yoga with Rachel Zinman – 300 hours
Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples 2013 - 2015
4 Day Externship: Fundaments of Emotionally Focussed Therapy
8 Day Intensive Core Skills A & Core Skills B Training
ACEFT: The Australian Centre for Emotionally Focussed Therapy, Brisbane, Qld
Circle of Security International Training 2012 - 2015
4 Day COS Parenting Educator Training
4 Day Core Sensitivities Training
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) Training 2014
2 Day Advanced Training for Health Professionals, “Working Therapeutically with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma”
2 Day Trauma Informed Practice Training
Systemic Family Constellation Training 2009 - 2011
First Year – 13 days, 3 modules, 78 hours: Family of Origin, Present Family, Private Sessions
Second Year – 13 days, 3 modules, 126 hours: Deepening Family Constellations, Wellness Constellations, Business Constellations
Family Constellations, Hamilton, Brisbane, Qld.
Beyond Blame: Utilizing an attachment and trauma model in working with children and mothers who have experienced violence in their home 2016 Mary-Jo McVeigh, Cara House
Effective Group Leadership Training 2015 Interrelate (5 day training and assessment)
Response Ability Pathways Training 2012 3 Day Workshop for working with Children & Youth At Risk Allambi Youth Services
Mindful Awareness Parenting (MAP) 2011 2 Day Workshop Dr Rebecca Coleman
Transpersonal Dialogue International 2010 Level 1 Voice Dialogue Training
Developments in the Treatment of Trauma 2010 Dr Bessel van der Kolk Byron Clinic
Certificate IV – Training & Assessment 2009 Quest College, Maroochydore, Qld
Non-Violent Communication Training 2009 2 Day Workshop
Peer Skills Facilitator Training 2006 Kids Help Line
Seasons For Growth 2003 Companion Training Workshop