Jenny Addy is a psychologist who has worked in the torture and trauma field for over 15 years. She is a graduate of the Harvard Program in Global Mental Health and has worked in detention centres and in the community as a torture and trauma therapist, clinical supervisor and manager. Her experience includes working with victims of human trafficking, asylum seekers, refugees, homeless youth and victims of domestic violence. Her main interests are in complex trauma, gender based violence and the neurophysiology of trauma. More recently she has worked as a consultant psychologist for international NGO’s and is currently a Professional Learning Specialist at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture.
Mike Bromhead has been a Counsellor/Advocate and Training Facilitator at Foundation House for 21 years, providing assessment, therapeutic interventions and advocacy for children, adolescent and adult survivors of torture, war related trauma and persecution. He has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology and politics and further studies in trauma psychotherapy. He has been a past Coordinator of Foundation House direct services in the Melbourne northern region. For fifteen years he specialised in working with people seeking asylum, through which he developed a comprehensive understanding of the socio-political and persecutory context of clients from Sri Lanka, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Turkey. Mike has developed or facilitated a range of professional development programs over the past five years, including: the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Experience; Incidental Counselling; Working with Uncertainty; Nurse/Allied Health and Health Reception staff training; Chronic Pain, and Reflective Practice group work. Previous experience involved working with abused and at-risk adolescents, psycho-geriatric patients, and children and adults with severe intellectual disabilities, the latter both in Australia and Canada.
Dr Esme Dark is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in supporting refugee children and families who have experienced trauma. She currently works as Community of Practice Facilitator in the Professional and Organisation Development Team at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture and trauma (VFST). Prior to her current role at VFST she worked as a senior practitioner and coordinator in the child, adolescent and family team. Her doctorate in Clinical Psychology had a systemic and community psychology focus and her doctoral research was carried out in the area of cross cultural mental health. She has over 12 years of experience working in a diverse range of mental health settings in the UK, Thailand and Australia, specialising in child and adolescent mental health and complex trauma. Prior to her move to Australia she worked as a consultant psychologist on the Thai/Myanmar border with Karen refugee children and families. She has a wealth of experience facilitating professional development in health and education sectors. She provides clinical supervision and consultation to individuals and organisations. The human rights lens underpins her work in all areas of her practice.
Amy Kludas – Programs Coordinator
Amy is a social worker with seven years’ experience working across a number of practice areas including: counselling; community capacity building; group work; advocacy; case management; project management; and workshop facilitation. Amy has worked at Foundation House as a Counsellor Advocate with children, young people and adult survivors of torture and other traumatic events; as a School Support Officer in Melbourne’s northern suburbs to enhance the educational outcomes for students of refugee backgrounds; and as Programs Coordinator within the Professional and Organisational Development team. Amy has a particular interest in working with vulnerable young people on issues such as identity, family relationships, and recovery from trauma.
Susannah Tipping is a registered Clinical Psychologist who has worked as a practitioner and researcher in a diverse range of mental health settings since 1998, in Australia and in the USA. She has worked with traumatic injury survivors, young people with psychosis, in justice settings, and in an inpatient psychiatric unit. At Foundation House she has worked as a Counsellor/Advocate, Research Fellow, sessional psychologist, and facilitator. Susannah has completed a Doctor of Philosophy in the area of refugee mental health, focusing on the resettlement experiences of Sudanese-Australians.
Other interests include the psychosocial support of staff, in particular those working in humanitarian and development roles.
RURAL AND REGIONAL
Therese Meehan is the Rural Liaison Coordinator for Foundation House, providing training and secondary consultation to services in rural areas in working with survivors of torture and trauma.
She has 22 years’ experience as a social worker including experience in community health and mental health settings, and as a Counsellor Advocate and Coordinator working with refugee survivors of torture and trauma.