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Real World Educators
Jansen Newman Institute provides an exciting, challenging and dynamic learning experience. All our lecturers are experienced practitioners, actively engaged in clinical and practical work, who bring the real world of the counsellor and community services professional to the learning environment. A number of our lecturers are published authors and have national and international reputations in their specialised fields.
Dr Pol McCann, Ph.D., BA Hons (Sociology and Psychology)
Head of Academic Studies
Dr Pól McCann holds a doctorate from the University of New England and has held lectureships and tutorial positions at the University of Sydney, University of Tasmania and University of Western Sydney. He spent 10 years working with homeless and drug affected adolescents, and then between 2001 and 2011, he conducted research for University of New South Wales on sexual behaviour and injecting drug use. Pól joined JNI when the BASS was first taught, initially as an online lecturer, and later as a face to face lecturer, Program Manager of the BASS, supervisor of MCAP research students. He was recently appointed as Head of Academic Studies for JNI.
Dion Khlentzos B Sc Hons (Psych), Grad Dip Couns, BA, Dip Ed, Cert IV A & WT, Assoc MAPS
A Registered Psychologist, Dion lectures in Ethics at JNI and supervises interns in the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Dion has worked with the Salvation Army, training volunteer telephone counsellors and is currently completing his MA Hons (by Research) in Psychology.
Grace Corcega-Chan MA Philosophy, BA Political Science
Grace has over ten years' experience teaching social sciences in tertiary level overseas as well as in developing units and training programmes..
Dr Rose Leontini PhD (Sociology), BA (Hons).
Bachelor of Applied Social Science Program Manager
Dr Rose Leontini is a lecturer and researcher in sociology, qualitative methods, and health ethics. She is the Program Manager for the Bachelor of Applied Social Science at JNI. Rose has over thirteen years experience teaching sociology and ethics in medicine, nursing and the allied health professions at the University of Sydney and University of NSW. She is cur¬rently a researcher in a three-year project on alcohol consumption and university students.
Dr Werner Sattman-Frese, PhD, Cert IV A & WT, M App Soc Sc, Cert Holistic & Body-oriented Psychotherapy.
Dr Werner is a psychotherapist in private practice, as well as an experienced supervisor and group facilitator. He has been a lecturer at UWS in the areas of Education, Biomedical & Health Sciences, and the School of Management. He has also developed a web-based tool for educators on the subject of Learning for Sustainable Living. Werner teaches Ecological Psychotherapy and Introduction to Psychology at JNI.
Dr Ehsan Ahmed, PhD, MBA, MSc, BSc Hons. Program Manager - Flexible Online Learning
Dr Ehsan has worked at the tertiary level in Australia and overseas for more than 14 years as an administrator, lecturer and researcher. His research interest is on social networks and inter-organisational relationships. To date, he has designed, conducted and analysed several academic and industry research projects and publications. He oversees the development, management and delivery of the Flexible Online Learning (FOL) aspects of the programs offered by the Institute. Prior to commencing work at JNI, he worked as Coordinator, then Manager of the Student Affairs office at the American International University in Bangladesh from 1998-2008 and most recently managed coordinated and taught online teaching modules for three years at the School of Marketing, University of New South Wales
Susan Anderson MCounselling, MPhilosophy, GDCounselling, BA, SCAPE
Susan has years of experience in the field of counselling (Preterm Foundation, Wesley Mission and Telefriend). She is currently ACAP's Senior Manager Academic Programs (Executive). She currently teaches Sociology, Social Analysis, Psychology, Theories of Counsellling and Health and Well being to online students of JNI.
Trevor Armitage GDCP (JNI)
Trevor is a JNI graduate and one of our group therapists. He has been practising as a group therapist since 2003 and as an individual counsellor since 2005. He also facilitates men's support groups.
Cathy Bettman PhD, M Counselling, M Couple & Family Therpay, BA, PGDip Conflict Resolution, Cert IV A & WT
Cathy lectures in Family Therapy, Couples Therapy & Person-Centred Therapy. She has worked with Relationships Australia as a Couples & Family Counsellor & was the Academic Head of the Australian Institute for Relationship Studies from 2006 to 2008.
Paul Bogacs BA Theology, MSc Marriage & Family Therapy
Paul works with individuals, couples and families. He teaches in the areas of Family and Couples Therapy, Depression, Anxiety Disorders and CBT. Paul has recently moved from being Manager of the Salvation Army Counselling Service to working in the field of School Counselling. He is a member of the executive committee of the Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators (SCAPE) and past editor of the society's newsletter.
Charmaine Bradley M Couple and Family Therapy, Grad Dip Couns/Psychotherapy, BA Hons (Law), Grad Dip Legal Practice
Charmaine comes to psychotherapy after 14 years in legal practice. She currently supervises intern students at JNI and has a private practice where she sees individuals, couples and families. Charmaine has a Masters in systemic therapy and also works at Relationships Australia as a clinical therapist.
John Butters MAPsS, MPsych (Counselling), PG Dip Psych, Adv Dip Psychotherapy (ICP,)BA (Psych),
John is a Psychologist/Psychotherapist. For the lasteight years he has been practising as an individual psychotherapist . He also worked for over five years in psychiatric hospitals as a psychologist (group and individual counsellor). John worked with people struggling with self-harm and emotional disorders at St John of God Private Hospital, Burwood.
Janice Cade MApp Sci (Crit Psych), B Ad. Ed, Adv Dip of App Soc Sci, CMCAPA, PACFA (Reg), SCAPE
Janice works as a therapist in private practice. She has an extensive background in conducting change management programs for international companies. At JNI Janice teaches a range of subjects including counselling, personality development and personality disorders, mental health issues, psychodynamic theory and cultural anthropology.
Sal Flynn BCHC (JNI), Dip (Clin Hypnosis), Group Leadership and Facilitation (JNI –Yalom Model), Myer Briggs Personality Testing Accreditation
Sal is one of JNI's group therapists. Her current clinical work focuses on individual therapy for anxiety, depression, stress management and Interpersonal Group Therapy. Moreover, she also runs mindfulness meditation programs as well as providing post graduate training and mentoring to yoga teachers.
John Franklin PhD, MClin Psych, BA Hons
John lectures at JNI in Psychoses & CBT. He is also a senior lecturer in Psychology at Macquarie University, where he is the Director of the Behavioural Disorders Research Unit & the Health & Anxiety Clinic. He has had extensive experience as a clinical psychologist with a wide variety of clients.
Tom Frengos MAppS (Coaching Psychology), Med (Educational Technology), B(Hons)
Tom currently teaches Mediation and Conflict Management to online JNI students. He has held academic positions teaching business and coaching subjects in a number of training institutions. His professional experience extends from consulting, training and designing training programs for several companies in and outside of Australia.
Oisín Friel RN, Grad Dip Health Sc (Drug & Alcohol)
Oisín is the Nursing Unit Manager at Ryde Drug and Alcohol Service. He has over 20 years' experience in the UK and Australia in the Drug and Alcohol field. He has taught addictive disorders at Jansen Newman since 1996.
William Grech BA (Psych), Grad Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dip Gestalt, PG Dip Forensic Psych
William practises as a psychologist and is one of our group therapists at JNI. He has experience working as an individual and group therapist, probation and parole officer, and a tutor and lecturer for UWS.
Siobhan Hannan GDCP (JNI), Bachelor of Arts (Film and Television)
Siobhan has worked in film, television and theatre for many years before commencing her post graduate studies in Psychotherapy and Counselling. As a student intern, while seeing a broad cross section of clients within the JNI clinic, she also completed a placement co-facilitating a drug and alcohol out-patient group consolidating her interest in group therapy. Siobhan has an established private practice. She currently facilitates group therapy at JNI.
Philip Hilder BA (Psych & Sociology); PGDip Psychology; Addictions Counselling Cert., Cert IV Adult Education; Hakomi Integrative Psychology Training; Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training; & Clinical Supervisor Training.
Phil has been working in the counselling & psychotherapy areas for almost 20 years. He is an educator & a psychologist & has specialised in gambling addictions, drug & alcohol addictions, couples & family assessment & crisis intervention.
Barbara Jones PG Dip in Comms Mgmt, PG Dip Psychotherapy
Formerly working for an international consulting organisation managing the organisational change unit, Barbara coaches senior executives in human change processes & lectures in Change Management & Coaching.
Kevin Keith M Phil, MA, M Div, BBA, Grad Dip Couns & Psychotherapy, STL
Kevin is a graduate of JNI & lectures in Human Development & the areas of Spirituality & Psychotherapy. He also works in private practice. He holds two postgraduate degrees from the Catholic Univeristy of Louvain, Belgium where he studied theology & philosophy. He holds an MPhil in Jewish Studies from the Oriental Faculty, Oxford University. He has also been an undergraduate & postgraduate lecturer in the US. He is currently completing his PhD in Philosophy of Science at University of Sydney.
Denise Lavell MCounselling, Diploma(Counselling), Cert. IV Assessment & Workplace Training, MCAPA, SCAPE
Denise teaches Interpersonal Communication at JNI. She is also a lecturer and tutor at University of Western Sydney since 2003, and has private clinical and supervision practice in Sydney. She worked as group facilitator for Life Force Cancer Foundation and as aged carer for Wesley Mission (Dementia Team).
Patty Lee, MA (Couple / Family Therapy),M Educ (Counselling Psychology), Clinical Supervision Certificate, Grad Dip Fam Therapy, Bachelor of Arts (Behavioural Sciences, Psychology,) Diploma Education, Secondary, Cert. IV Assessment & Workplace Training
Patty has been working as a Trainer for the Australian Institute for Relationship Studies and taught family and couple counselling skills at Masters and Graduate Diploma level. She is a Registered Psychologist, and worked for over 14 years as a Psychologist, relationship therapist and trainer. She is currently working with Relationships Australia as a Counsellor with Couples, families and individuals and has worked in community health and drug and alcohol services.
Jacqueline McDiarmid M Couple and Family Therapy, GDCP, BCHC
Jacqueline has been in private practice for over ten years working with individuals, couples, adolescents and families. Her work includes relationship counselling, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviours, sexual/physical and emotional abuse as well as drug and alcohol addiction. Jacqueline has also worked with disadvantaged and vulnerable 4 to 7 year-old children, assisting them in entering the school program. She teaches Working with Couples and other related topics at JNI.
Edna McKelvey BCHC(Counselling & Human Change); Group Leadership & Facilitation (Yalom Model) – Australian Institute of Counselling for Addictions, Post Induction Therapy & Relational Development – Pia Melody/South Pacific Private; Diploma Marketing Management; and Cert. NLP in Business
Edna works as a group facilitator running weekly family-of-origin and interpersonal groups, experiential psycho educational programs at South Pacific Private Hospital for families and therapists, and is a faculty member of JNI teaching students group process and facilitation. She also runs a private practice on Sydney's northern beaches.
Adam McLean MCoun., BCHC, Grad Dip Couns/Psychotherapy, BN, Cert IV Workplace Assessment and Training, MCAPA, RN
Adam has over 20 years' experience in the health and community sector, working as the Counselling Coordinator within a leading NGO, providing workshops and training to counselling agencies. Adam is a Therapist and Group Therapy Facilitator for students in the academic program.
Amber Mordaunt GD Science (Psychology), BA (Psychology and Philosophy), MAPS
Amber has been in private practice seeing individuals, couples and families since 2004 and facilitating group therapy since 2007. She is one of the group therapists at JNI.
Brian Nannetti Grad Dip Counselling (ACAP), CPE Programme, Group Facilitation Training (AICA)
Brian has been a group facilitator for perpetrators of domestic violence, a counsellor on the pastoral care team at St Vincent's hospital & a lecturer in Gestalt Therapy. He also runs his own private practice as a therapist, where he specialises in Existential (particularly Yalom) & Gestalt approaches.
Sadia Niyakan-Safy MSc Development Studies, BA English (minor Sociology), Cert in Mediation
Sadia has eight years of experience teaching in the areas of Sociology and Social Policy. She is also an active member of several environmental and women's organizations. She teaches Sociology, Sociological Theory and Social Analysis at JNI.
Doreen Patenall Grad Dip (Family Dispute and Resolution), Dip (Psychotherapy and Relationship Therapy), BCHC (JNI)
Doreen has extensive experience teaching in the area of Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has been teaching at JNI for over five years. She teaches a wide range of subjects including Family Systems, the Differentiation of Self (Bowenian family system), Freud, Jung, Assertive Communication, Grief Loss and Trauma, Critical Incident Debriefing and Grief in the Workplace, the Sandplay Therapy Elective, and Mediation & Conflict/Family Dispute Resolution. In addition to her academic work, she also runs a private practice at Lane Cove where she works with families, couples, individuals, children and adolescents.
Gail Pemberton M (Counselling), Grad Dip Couns & Psychotherapy, MCAPA, PACFA (reg.)
Gail is a Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Hypnotherapist. She works as an individual and couples therapist as well as facilitating Group Therapy in the academic program. Gail also runs groups for the Department of Corrective Services and Relationships Australia. She has specialist knowledge in conflict resolution, anger management, drug and alcohol abuse as well as domestic violence and sexual abuse. She also facilitates the Sandplay therapy elective/short course with Yolanda Waldman at JNI.
Jane Quayle BCHC, certified Focusing Trainer; Certified Focusing Oriented Therapist, Dip Dru Yoga Therapy, Dip Remedial massage
Jane lectures in the Focusing short course & is a certified Focusing trainer. She is also a group facilitator for Relationships Australia & a tutor in counselling skills at UWS.
Michael Reed PhD, MSW, BSW
Michael is a Registered Psychologist and Accredited Social Worker. He is Co-director of 'Gestalt Practitioners Training Sydney' and a visiting faculty member of several training institutes across Australia. Michael has taught in the areas of Gestalt Therapy, Human Development (Adolescence), Couples Therapy and Ethics since the early 1990s. Michael is in private practice in Sydney.
Marc Richardson PG Dip (Psych), BA (Psych), Cert IV AOD Work
Marc is a psychologist in private practice and is one of the group therapists at JNI. He has also worked as a group therapist for clients with addictions and those with mental health issues.
Elisabeth Shaw M (Cpl & Fam Therapy), M (Community Management), Grad Dip Prof Ethics, Dip Fam Therapy, , , BA Hons (Psych)Cert IV A & WT
Elisabeth has been training therapists to Masters level since 1992 & she has been a therapist herself since 1985. She was the Manager of Community Services at Relationships Australia & has publsihed books & papers on a number of topics, including Couple Therapy & Ethics. Elisabeth teaches the Couple Therapy Elective at JNI.
Mark Stevens GDCP, Cert IV (Alcohol and Other Drugs), CMCAPA
Mark is a group therapist at JNI. He is also a Drug and Alcohol Program Coordinator/ Psychotherapist at Wesley Private Hospital where he coordinates Wesley Mission's three-week residential inpatient and open ended Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Program. Mark has been facilitating groups for many years as well as working with individuals, couples and families.
Deborah Stirrat BCHC
Deb is a group supervisor at JNI and works in private practice. She is currently also a co-facilitator for the Holyoake programs at Centacare, Sydney. She has a keen interest in alcohol and drugs work. In addition, she has established and ran support groups for the parents of adolescents experiencing AOD problems.
Gaye Stockell MA, MAPS (Psychologist)
Gaye has been involved in presenting Narrative Therapy Workshops in many parts of Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. She is also a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney. Working in private practice, Gaye meets with individuals, couples and families and provides individual, group and agency supervision.
Alison Strasser DProf, MA (Psychotherapy & Counselling), BA Hons (Soc Sc), Cert IV A & WT, Cert Mediation & Coaching
Alison is the Director of the Centre for Existential Practice and the PACFA Chair for Training Standards. She lectures at JNI in Existential Therapy & Anxiety Disorders. She was the Executive Director Academic at ACAP & has extensive experience as a supervisor & psychotherapist.
Adrian van den Bok MA (CulPsych-Narrative Studies), DipPsychotherapy/RelCouns, Cert Internship
As a Clinical Supervisor/Educator and Psychotherapist/Counsellor, Adrian works with individuals and couples experiencing persistent problems and/or at critical moments in their lives. He lectures in Narrative Therapy & conducts group supervision classes and individual supervision for Intern Clinic students.
Kieran White Chartered Inst of Mgnt Accountants, Grad Dip Couns & Psychotherapy
Kieran is a graduate of JNI and is working as a Group Therapist. He also runs his own private practice and is an executive coach.
Krissy Wilson PhD (Psychology), MSc (Research Methods and Statistics), BPsych, BA (Hons) Drama and English
Krissy Wilson has been teaching Research Methods, Advanced Statistics and Research Design, Anomalistic Psychology and General Psychology for a number of years. She has done also researches and papers on the psychology of belief which is her area of interest. She currently teaches Introduction to Social Research Methods to Bachelor of Applied Social Science students at JNI.
Deborah Wolfson BCHC, Dip Clin Hypnotherapy, Grad Dip Systemic Therapy, Cert IV A & WT
Deborah lectures at JNI in Person-Centred Therapy, Counselling Skills & Assertive Communication. She is also an educator & group program coordinator with Relationships Australia.
Master Gestalt Therapy, Dip. Adult Psychotherapy (ANZAP); PACFA Reg., CM ANZAP
With more than 25 years experience, Stuart is a consultant psychotherapist working with individuals and couples from Chatswood, where he also provides supervision and group therapy for practicing counsellors and psychotherapists. Lecturing for a number of training centres across Sydney, he is also an International Faculty Associate of the Pacific Gestalt Institute, Los Angeles.
MA Dip Ed
Alison has been a practicing child and adolescent psychologist for many years. For the past five years she has been a manager of a government psychological service. Previously she was a senior lecturer in developmental psychology in the University of Bedfordshire and the Open University. She is a founding member of Wellbeing Australia, a group of psychologists and educators involved in social and emotional development initiatives. She is a member of the Examinations Committee of the National Psychology Board of Australia and a member of the British Psychological Society.
BSW, MSW, MPH.
Nicky originally trained as a Clinical Social Worker and later became a Health Manager. She has extensive experience in management in all sectors namely; hospital, community and private organisations. She originally trained clinically and spent several years working and managing departments in the following areas; HIV/AIDS, Drug & Alcohol, Sexual Health & Bereavement. With further specialized study, she then managed Hospital Social Work Departments, various community services and held area wide executive positions in Quality Improvement and Patient Advocacy roles. After 14 years in health services, she transferred to the private aged care industry where she managed Professional Services across a group of aged care facilities. Throughout her vast experience she also held several education / supervision / lecturing roles and she is now utilising her knowledge and experience to lecture Developing Social Policy, Introduction to Sociological Theories, Health & Wellbeing & other related subjects at JNI.
BCom Adel, MSocSc (Hons), DSocSc (Can) Syd
Jyonah teaches Health Sociology and the Sociology of Culture as a visiting academic at the University of Sydney. He is a Health Economist by profession and has worked as a visiting consultant at major teaching hospitals in Australia and England. His core research interests include the sociology of war and gender and the history of Australia's state and federal anti discrimination legislation. He has published in these fields. He recently completed his doctoral thesis on the history of gender discrimination in Australia's armed forces at the University of Sydney.
Masters of Counseling Psychology and Rehabilitation
Brian has been a practicing psychotherapist for the past 20 years. He has worked in the USA, New Zealand and Australia. He has worked in both inpatient and outpatient units working with individuals, couples, and families experiencing complex comorbid issues, has also worked in private practice, supervised students and been a trainer, group facilitator and presenter at the two recent CAPA conferences on working with voice hearers and the buddhist perspective pertaining to dialectical behavioural therapy.
Su Naseby GDIP Counselling & Psychotherapy and a Qualified Mental Health Professional
Su specialises in addiction therapy and in particular Alcohol and Other Drugs. For over five years he has been in private practice working with individuals, couples and groups, as well as working at Ramsay Healthcare as a therapist and group facilitator. Su facilitates and teaches Group Therapy at JNI.
BA in Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Counselling, MA in Couple and Family Therapy
Órlaith is a practicing Counsellor/Family Therapist and has worked in the field of counselling for many years within the charity, education and public sector. Órlaith has a BA in Psychology from Dublin, Ireland and continued her post graduate education in Sydney, obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and a MA in Couple and Family Therapy. Órlaith (pronounced 'Orla') is Irish and has made Sydney home over the past 10 years.
Lawrence Roux B.A.(Hons), Masters of Clinical Psychology
Lawrence holds a masters degree in Clinical Psychology and has been practicing psychology for more than 15 years, working across a variety of services and client groups. Lawrence has a particular expertise in Child and Adolescent Health having worked in secondary pediatric mental health services for many years. Lawrence has also worked with sufferers of chronic pain and have facilitated many group based psychological programs. Lawrence is therapeutic orientation integrates Cognitive Behavioural techniques with a good understandings of various other therapeutic frameworks including Solution Focused Brief Therapy approach, Narrative and Systemic therapies, as well as Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Lawrence is also a registered supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia and provides supervision to other psychologists.
BA (Econ), MA, Grad Dip (Counselling), M App Soc Sci (Counselling),
Kris is an independent psychotherapist, consultant and a writer across a range of subjects. Kris has been in private practice in city for the last three years working mainly with individuals and adolescents. Kris has worked over five years with complex clients in the criminal justice system and socially disadvantaged. Kris is also a devoted dog lover. Kris teaches Complex Presentations, Social Psychology and Ethics at JNI
Helen Turner BA,
Grad Dip Psychotherapy & Relationship Therapy
Helen has been in private practice for 16years working with Individuals, Couples and Families across a range of issues including depression, grief and loss, self harm, self esteem, work place and family issues and sexual, emotional and physical abuse. Helen has also worked for the past 12years as a group and individual supervisor for students at the Jansen Institute and for the past 3 years year as supervisor to professional counsellors and psychotherapists. Helen has been on the faculty of JNI for the past 12years teaching in both the Bachelor of Counselling & Human Change and in the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy and recently taught the third year unit Evaluating Approaches to Counselling in the Bachelor of Social Science program.