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Registered Counsellor

Shobha Varkey

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Key skillsï‚· Counsellor – refugees, people with disability, injured workers, rehabilitation,workplace stress, trauma, psychosocial disabilities and the full spectrum ofmental health and wellbeing for CALD and other communitiesï‚· Leadership working with prisoners and their families, to help rehabilitate themand integration into the mainstream community in a holistic mannerï‚· Disability advocate – provided support for CALD and people with disabilities tofind sustainable employmentï‚· Health care expertise worked with the Commonwealth Departments of Tradeand Healthï‚· Advocate for human rights and social justice, having worked collaborativelywith a wide range of people from CALD communitiesï‚· Strong advocacy skills for vulnerable people from disadvantaged CALDbackgrounds.Specific qualificationsï‚· Post Graduate Diploma in Community Counselling (university of Canberra)ï‚· BSc in Chemistry and Zoology (Univ of Bombay)ï‚· BA (Sociology and Anthropology (ANU)ï‚· Justice of the Peace – 2020ï‚· Certificate in Mental Health First Aidï‚· Advanced Certificate in Telephone Counselling – Lifelineï‚· Cert IV in Alcohol and Other Drugsï‚· Cert IV in Training and Assessmentï‚· Several courses in mental health and wellbeingï‚· Completed several courses in advance writing and with the public serviceCurrent board and committee membershipVice President of Prisoners Aid ACT – over 20 years of experienceQuaker since 1991Member of WIN (Women’s Interfaith Network)Member of CIF (Canberra Interfaith Forum) for several yearsJustice of the PeaceMember of the CMCF (Canberra Multicultural Community


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