Meet Our New Director Of Training And Workforce Development

Meet our new Director of Training and Workforce Development

Phoenix Australia’s new Director of Training and Workforce Development, Associate Professor Leanne Humphreys, is very excited to be working at Phoenix Australia. With almost 30 years’ experience as a clinical psychologist and, more recently, as a teaching academic, Leanne brings both clinical and teaching experience, and an academic rigour in training delivery to the role.


Leanne has extensive clinical experience spanning a range of populations including veterans and emergency services personnel, as well as survivors of childhood abuse, domestic violence and institutional abuse. She has worked in hospital inpatient and outpatient units as well as in private practice.


Leanne developed and served as the foundation Program Coordinator for a number of programs in NSW for veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress. Known as the Trauma Recovery Programs, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs now funds more than a dozen such hospital services around Australia to deliver the evidence-based programs, the outcomes of which Phoenix Australia has monitored since 1995. The programs developed and coordinated by Leanne have been highly regarded for their utilization of evidence-based practices, and their ability to achieve improved outcomes for the veterans who have participated.  Leanne has presented at conferences both locally and internationally on topics relating to the assessment and treatment of the spectrum of trauma-related disorders.


Leanne’s PhD focussed on the development and assessment of competence in professional psychologists, and prior to joining Phoenix Australia she worked as Senior Lecturer and Program Director for the Master and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Charles Sturt University.


In her new role Leanne says her focus will be on “continuing and developing the excellent work already underway at Phoenix Australia in the education and training of workforces supporting individuals affected by trauma”. In addition, Leanne has a particular interest in the development and implementation of online and blended learning and says, “I look forward to increasing the reach and accessibility of Phoenix Australia’s excellent training programs by incorporating and expanding these options”.


Our suite of seven training programs offered to the public, from Trauma Informed Care to Trauma-Focussed Psychological Therapy, suits a range of professionals including volunteers, workplace peers or managers, community workers, and mental health practitioners. Tailored programs, or bespoke digital, face-to-face or blended training and implementation solutions can also be developed to meet the needs of particular organisations, services or workforces. Phoenix Australia aims to create engaging evidence-based education and training programs that improve the practice of those working with individuals, organisations, and communities affected by trauma.


As part of an international community of researchers, policy advisors, clinicians and educators leading the field of posttraumatic mental health, our breadth of experience, supported by research and policy expertise, means that we are uniquely placed to provide the highest quality advice, support and training options to individuals and organisations that work with people who have experienced trauma.


The calendar of publicly available training offerings for 2020 will be available on our website in the coming weeks.