Who's Who

The Association has an executive management committee comprising a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Accountant and three additional members.

Child psychotherapist, clinical psychologist
  Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven
   President
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth is a child psychotherapist and clinical psychologist and Director of the Centre for Child and Family Development in Melbourne. She was formerly inaugural Chief Psychotherapist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Originally from the UK Ruth trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London and was a pioneer in the UK in the field of parent education. She runs training programmes throughout Australia and overseas through the Child and Family Wellness Consultancy and is the author of Growing Kids: Nurturing Relationships from Tots to TeensExploring Parenthood, Emotional Milestones, principal author of Rethinking ADHD, author of Core Principles of Assessment and Therapeutic Communication with Children, Parents and Families, as well as various papers and articles on child and family development.

  Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven
   President
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth is a child psychotherapist and clinical psychologist and Director of the Centre for Child and Family Development in Melbourne. She was formerly inaugural Chief Psychotherapist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Originally from the UK Ruth trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London and was a pioneer in the UK in the field of parent education. She runs training programmes throughout Australia and overseas through the Child and Family Wellness Consultancy and is the author of Growing Kids: Nurturing Relationships from Tots to TeensExploring Parenthood, Emotional Milestones, principal author of Rethinking ADHD, author of Core Principles of Assessment and Therapeutic Communication with Children, Parents and Families, as well as various papers and articles on child and family development.

      Lorraine Rose
        Vice President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorraine Rose is a clinical psychologist and analytic psychotherapist who works in private practice in Sydney. She has a particular interest in early developmental processes and is the coordinator of the Infant Observation component of the Institute of Psychiatry. She has contributed to: Sleep: for baby and family, Ligare Book Printer, The Parents of Premature Infants, (ed.) Norma Tracey, Whurr Publishers, and written the book, Learning to Love; the developing relationships between mother, father and baby during the first year.

      Nicole Tonn
       Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole is a psychologist who works with children, parents and families as part of a multi-disciplinary child development team in a community health service.

Janice McDonald CPA
Accountant

 

Tony MacDonald
  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony MacDonald has worked as an Educational Psychologist in the school sector for the last 15 years.  Prior to this he has worked in psychiatric research, child protection and family mediation.  Tony supervises Master’s Degree students on placements and runs a small private psychology practice.  His particular interests are in psycho dynamic processes, interpersonal neurobiology, executive functioning and complex adaptive systems.  

Sue Lancaster
  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sue Lancaster:  BA; Grad DipEd; Grad DipSpEd; MA (Applied Linguistics). Susan's post graduate training in early childhood education and special education was followed by a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics. She has worked in various early childhood sector roles and as a Policy and Program Adviser with government. Sue currently lectures at Holmesglen Institute for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education where her areas of speciality include Working with families and communities, inclusion and diversity: Principles and issues for early childhood practice and leadership.

Emil Neven
 

 

 

 

 

 

Head of Pastoral Care and Counselling Monash Medical Centre

Amanda Stone
 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Stone has qualifications in education, training and child psychotherapy and spent more than 30 years working in education and student welfare in the state education system. She is currently an education and training consultant with a small multi-disciplinary practice.

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