Helen is a senior registered psychologist who is a Fellow of the New Zealand College of
Clinical Psychologists. She has been in full time private practise for the last 38 years of her
profession. After a background including specialist assessment for the Family Court,
consulting for the Police and Armed Services and professional supervision, over the last
twenty years she diversified to the business sector. This work has involved assessment and
coaching in management styles, professional supervision, disputes resolution, individual and
team strengths identification and development and workshop presentations to the business
sector and industry.
Her passion is to provide both support and challenge to individuals in a wide variety of
positions of responsibility so that they can maximise their potential and function in a self
aware, balanced manner. Supporting leadership in a way that increases satisfaction for both
the individual and employer can involve a focus on service delivery, professional standards
and expectations, awareness and use of personal strengths, risk management and the
learning of effective coping strategies.
A significant number of those she regularly sees in professional supervision are senior
medical practitioners. This is somewhat appropriate given the proposed changes to the
From Awareness To Resilience
Burnout or Brownout is costly to the practitioner, patient and employer. It takes a
long time to get there and a long time to recover from.
The proposed changes to the Hippocratic oath acknowledge the personal and
professional risks of this.
Current research supports the recognition of personal physiological, behavioural and
cognitive signs and acting upon resilience tools as essential for both prevention and
Good professional supervision can help with this awareness and coach decision
making to minimise burnout risk. Exploring how you ‘show up’ when you approach
and react to your work is part of this process.
This session will involve a facilitation of self-reflective practise. Some pointers to
help develop critical thinking will also be covered.
We’ll also cover how to seek out and use competent supervision.
What it will not be:
What it will be: