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Carmen Betterridge

Director/Psychologist/Facilitator

carmenCarmen is a Registered Psychologist with almost 15 years of experience working with clients across the lifespan, from teenagers to elderly. Carmen has demonstrated skill in working clients experiencing social and economic disadvantage, of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, ATSI peoples and people affected by trauma, persistent/chronic pain and occupational distress. With previous experience working with survivors of domestic and family violence, child sexual abuse and sexual assault, in addition to anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns, Carmen has utilised a range of therapeutic interventions. Specifically; Carmen adopts best practice therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with experience in Narrative Therapy, Sandtray Therapy and psychodynamic interventions.

In recent years, Carmen has worked as a Consultant Psychologist providing specialist assessments in psychological disorders and psychological injury for the insurance and corporate sectors, functional capacity assessments and clinical needs assessments. Carmen’s postgraduate qualifications in Indigenous Health, Forensic Mental Health and Suicidology continue to ensure her practice is grounded in current research and best practice methodology. With many hundreds of assessments undertaken, Carmen has demonstrated clinical excellence and legal defensibility in her suicide risk assessment and formulation across the range of psychological assessments. Indeed, it was after Carmen had been supervising other Psychologists undertaking psychological assessments that she recognised the need and importance of improved practitioner competence in suicide risk assessment and formulation. As such, Carmen founded Suicide Risk Assessment Australia as a provider of best practice suicide risk assessment practices, imparting her knowledge and experience for others’ benefit. 

Suicide Risk Assessment Australia is a provider of best practice workshops, supervision, resources and consultation with a specialisation in suicide risk formulation. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the incidence of suicide through clear and accurate identification, appropriate referral and treatment recommendations for those at risk.

Accreditation/Certifications

  • AHPRA Registered Psychologist
  • AHPRA Registered Supervisor (Psychologist)
  • Member - Australian Psychological Society
  • ComCare Accredited Psychologist
  • WorkCover NSW Accredited Psychologist

Qualifications

  • Bachelor Science (Psychology)
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health
  • Master of Forensic Mental Health
  • Master of Suicidology

 

Terrena Betterridge

Clinical Nurse Specialist/Facilitator

terrenaTerrena is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with over ten years experience working primarily in psychiatric and alcohol and other drug settings, with qualifications in Alcohol and Drug Studies, Mental Health Nursing and Nursing Practice. Terrena’s practice has included admission, assessment, treatment and management of inpatients into various acute care psychiatric settings. These include short stay withdrawal management services, psychiatric services and case management for the Stimulant Treatment Program based in Newcastle. She currently provides consultation services in drug and alcohol to staff and patients admitted to hospital for planned and unplanned treatment.

Terrena demonstrates exceptional therapeutic skills in key psychological therapies including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in her work with clients around substance use and addiction. Her principles of intervention lay in harm minimisation, motivational interviewing, psychoeducation and comprehensive understanding of drug and alcohol pharmacology, neurology and best practice treatment approaches. Terrena’s vast experience in working with clients presenting with addiction related problems gives her exceptional understanding and skill in the treatment of alcohol, opiate, amphetamine and cannabis related disorders. Her knowledge also extends to prescribed substances, nicotine and a range of other illicit substances. She has also demonstrated capacity as program coordinator in diversion activities and coordination of multidisciplinary approaches to substance recovery interventions. A key feature of her work is not only the direct assessment and intervention, but discharge, relapse prevention and family support intervention planning.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Terrena with her wealth of knowledge in substance abuse and addiction to the Suicide Risk Assessment programs.

Fleur Taylor

Psychologist/Facilitator

fleurFleur is a registered psychologist with a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology, and is currently a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and is an Associate Member of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists. Fleur has worked across community and custodial settings both in the clinical and forensic domains, with adults, adolescents and children. She was previously employed as a specialist psychologist with Family and Community Services (FaCS) and before that with a Non-Government Agency providing services to the Child Protection and Out of Home Care system. In both of these positions Fleur has worked within intensive support services teams, providing comprehensive psychological, psychometric, and risk assessments, intensive treatment (focusing on complex mental health concerns, suicidal and self-harming behaviours, offending behaviour including violent and sexual offending, trauma and abuse, and drug and alcohol use), behavioural management planning and the provision of reports for Courts at all levels. Her extensive experience in this field has given her the skills to assess and treat a range of mental health and other psychological concerns including psychotic illness (and early psychosis), attachment disorders, anxiety and depression, substance abuse disorders, emerging personality disorders in adolescence, and trauma. Fleur has also worked as a psychologist for community based and in-patient drug and alcohol services with NSW Health, providing both assessments and treatment in this area.

Dr Kaine Grigg

Clinical Psychologist/Facilitator 

Kaine is a Clinical Psychologist and Member of the Australian Psychological Society. Kaine has completed a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Specialising in FKaineGriggorensic Psychology at Monash University. He also has a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) with Distinction and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours 1) from RMIT University. 

 As a clinician Kaine has a variety of experience as a Youth Worker, Social Worker, and Psychologist, working with a broad range of age groups and populations in diverse settings, focussing on delivering clinical and forensic psychological services. Kaine has worked in residential alcohol and other drug withdrawal units, community health services, forensic mental health hospitals, prisons and juvenile detentions facilities, and in court assessment clinics. Kaine is formerly trained in a range of CBT-based therapies (CT, ACT, and MBCT) and MI. Kaine has also received training in APS, Gatekeeper, ASIST, and safeTALK suicide prevention. Throughout each employment suicide risk assessment and intervention has been core to the services provided, enabling Kaine to gain considerable expertise in suicide prevention within an array of contexts to complement his breadth of suicide prevention training.  

As an academic Kaine has worked within tutoring, teaching associate, and research officer roles, attaining a grounded understanding of research-based practice. His research interests involve cross-cultural interactions: he has previously studied the negative mental health effects of perceived racism on Australians of diverse racial backgrounds and his Doctoral research developed an Australian attitudinal measure of racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious acceptance (Racism, Acceptance, and Cultural-Ethnocentrism Scale; RACES), which can be utilised as a proxy measure of racist attitudes.

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