Beth’s career in the child and family welfare field commenced in 1976 with the Department of Community Welfare of Western Australia, now named the Department for Child Protection and Family Services, where she worked initially in a residential facility for children in small group settings. She studied while working to complete a Bachelor of Social Work from Curtin University in 1986.After a brief period as a case worker Beth managed a pilot program to recruit and train carers to provide specialised one to one care for children with challenging behaviours. The model was highly successful in providing safe supported home environments where carers were provided with specialist training and practical support.
In 1995 Beth was appointed into a senior position in the Pilbara where she supervised staff in several remote and mining communities.She then returned to manage the Foster Care Recruitment Service now known as Fostering Services in 2000 and then working as a Team Leader in the Peel District until her retirement in 2013
Jan began her professional career as a Registered Nurse and later studied Social Work. She is a Clinical Social Worker and family, adult and child therapist. She has worked in child protection for 25 years working with young people suffering complex trauma. She has been involved with preventative work with families, family preservation and reunification of children with family. She has established enduring programmes in youth services, foster care and residential care. She educates and supervises students, carers and practitioners, and presented at International and National Conferences. She has been closely associated with Dr Larry Brendtro and Reclaiming International since 2001 and is a certified trainer in strength-based models.
Jan has as a private practice and sees clients with a range of mental Health issues. Jan has had a persistent quest to understand the impact of trauma and abuse and how to heal the wounds of children and young people who suffer complex trauma. She was nominated for Award for her healing work in the Year of the Family and in 2009 she received the Children’s Youth & Family Agencies Association Award for Effective Practice.