Our trainers and supervisors are all experienced trainers and expert trauma clinicians.
They have extensive experience working with children and adults affected by trauma and posttraumatic mental health problems, and have varied expertise in clinical psychology, counselling, forensic psychology, psychiatry and organisational issues.
Dr Vanessa Cobham
BA (Hons) (Psych) PhD (Clin) MAPS (CCLIN; CCOUN)
Vanessa Cobham is a facilitator of the Trauma-Focussed Therapy – Working with Children and Adolescents program. She is a senior clinical psychologist at the Child and Youth Mental Health Service for Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health District. She also holds an appointment as a Principal Research Fellow at the Mater Research Institute in Brisbane and as a senior lecturer at the School of Psychology, The University of Queensland. Vanessa is an international leader in child and adolescent anxiety disorders and youth posttraumatic mental health following natural disasters. Since 2006 she has been involved in leading large-scale screening and indicated intervention programs for children and adolescents following natural disasters, on behalf of the Queensland Government and beyondblue.
Dr Rowena Conroy
BA (Hons Psych), MPsychol (Clin), PhD, MAPS (MCCLP)
Dr Rowena Conroy is a clinical psychologist with many years’ experience working clinically with individuals and families across the lifespan. She has held positions at a number of settings including the Traumatic Stress Clinic at Westmead Hospital (Sydney), The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and The Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne). Rowena has a strong background in providing education and training. She teaches in the University of Melbourne’s School of Psychological Sciences, provides clinical supervision to mental health trainees and clinicians across a number of disciplines, and develops and delivers training programs. Rowena has specialist skills in the area of posttraumatic mental health.
Dr Elizabeth Cosgrave
BA GradDipAppPsych DPsych MAPS (MCCLP)
Elizabeth Cosgrave is a facilitator of the Trauma-Focussed Therapy – Working with Children and Adolescents program. She is a clinical psychologist working in private practice, and is a sessional lecturer for the clinical doctoral programs at the universities of Melbourne, Deakin and Swinburne. Dr Cosgrave has previously worked as a clinical psychologist at Orygen Youth Health, and in an academic role at Orygen Research Centre.
BA GradDip (CounsPsych) MA (CounsPsych) Associate MAPS
Anne-Laure Couineau is a psychologist with extensive experience in the treatment of posttraumatic mental health problems in hospital and community settings. She has specialised in the treatment of war veterans and emergency personnel diagnosed with PTSD, and the effects of long-term childhood sexual abuse and neglect. Anne-Laure has a strong background in education and knowledge translation. She has also completed a fellowship with the National Institute of Clinical Studies focusing on the implementation of evidence-based treatment of PTSD.
BBSc PGDipPsych MPsych (Clin)
Tilly is a clinical psychologist with over seven years’ experience using evidence-based strategies with young people and adults experiencing trauma-related mental health difficulties, including posttraumatic stress disorder. Tilly has worked extensively with high risk industries and services, supporting people affected by exposure to trauma, including veterans, Defence Force personnel, emergency service workers, staff in forensic settings, and others.
Dr Carolyn Deans
Grad Cert (Tert Ed) DPsych (Clin) PhD
Carolyn is a clinical psychologist with a background in mental health interventions and training. Carolyn has worked as a university lecturer, teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate psychology programs, supervising psychologists, and managing a student psychology clinic. Her clinical and research projects have included a focus on perinatal mental health, attachment and trauma, and resilience. Carolyn spent over a decade working in Defence as a psychologist, focussing on military mental health, including trauma and resilience training, mental health support, and critical incident interventions.
BPsych (Hons) MPsych (Clin)
Alexandra is a clinical psychologist with more than eight years’ experience in posttraumatic mental health. She has worked with emergency service and military personnel, traumatic injury patients, and disaster-impacted communities. Alexandra is an experienced presenter and trainer, who has developed and facilitated training workshops to a range of health and other professionals on a range of trauma-related topics. She has particular experience in post-disaster and workplace trauma support, and the mental health of high-risk groups.
Dr Tarni Jennings
BA (Hons) DPsych (Clin)
Tarni is a clinical psychologist with more than thirteen years’ experience in posttraumatic mental health. She has worked with emergency service and military personnel, disaster-impacted communities, victims of domestic violence and adult survivors of childhood trauma. Tarni is an experienced presenter and trainer, who has developed and facilitated training workshops to community groups, volunteer organisations, health providers and other mental health professionals. She has particular experience in complex trauma presentations, and the mental health outcomes post-disaster and in high risk workplaces.
BBSc Grad Dip Child & Adol Psych MPsych (Clin Neuro)
Jane Nursey is a clinical neuropsychologist. She has worked in public acute and mental health services across Melbourne for more than 20 years, including with CAMHS and Adult and Aged Care services. She coordinated a treatment service for bushfire survivors following the Victorian bushfires in February 2009. Jane is an experienced presenter and trainer, developing and facilitating training workshops to a range of health professionals on evidence-based neuropsychological and clinical assessments and treatments for trauma-related mental health disorders, as well educational workshops on trauma response and recovery.
Associate Professor Andrea Phelps
BA (Hons) MPsych (Clin) PhD MAPS (CCLIN)
Andrea Phelps is a clinical psychologist who has worked for 20 years in the mental health field, and has specialised in posttraumatic mental health since 2003. She is Deputy Director at Phoenix Australia. Within the PTSD field, Andrea’s particular research and clinical interest is in the area of sleep and nightmares. She has completed a PhD on this topic.