Master of Social Work | Bachelor of Social Work | Certificate of Developmental Psychiatry | Creswick Fellow, 2004 | Diploma (Therapeutic Life Story Work) | Child Trauma Fellow, ChildTrauma Academy
Annette has worked for over 35 years with infants, children, young people and their families where there has been severe hardship and adversity. Annette has worked in child protection, out-of-home care, family preservation and therapeutic services. She has worked for government and non-government services and within an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation.
Annette joined Berry Street in 2003, beginning as the inaugural Research Manager for Take Two, and later becoming Director of the program. She has been a fellow with the ChildTrauma Academy (CTA) in the United States since 2006 and led the implementation of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) within Take Two. Annette is a mentor for people undergoing certification in NMT.
In 2016 Annette was the Senior Advisor for Trauma and Healing within the Berry Street Childhood Institute. This role provided consultation, research and training focused on the impact of child trauma and the pathways to healing.
A year later Annette became the Regional Director for Berry Street’s programs in Gippsland. This includes leadership in areas of out-of-home care, family services, case management and community programs. During this time she has continued to provide consultation and training for other organisations regarding trauma and related areas.
Since October 2020 Annette is acting as the Executive Director Statewide Services which includes:
- the Berry Street School
- Berry Street Education Model
- Take Two Therapeutic Services
- public policy
- continuing to oversee our COVID-19 Safe Strategy.
Over the past 20 years Annette has presented at numerous conferences and workshops in Australia and internationally, including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Italy, Norway and China. She has published a number of articles in peer reviewed journals and edited book chapters on topics such as:
- child neglect
- child trauma
- trauma-informed practice and trauma-informed leadership.
Annette is currently undertaking study for a PhD on childhood neglect.