Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care
Meet Our Team
Janise is the Director of the CETC and the Deputy CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation. She completed a Masters of Social Work in 2008 in which she researched the implementation of therapeutic foster care in Victoria. In doing so she researched best practice elements in therapeutic models of care and looked at the change process required to move an existing way of delivering care to a therapeutic model of service delivery. Janise has 30 years’ experience in the field of child protection and therapeutic care. She has extensive experience consultancy to governments and organisations, policy analysis, program development and evaluation. Janise is the lead editor of a Handbook on Therapeutic Care to be published in September 2019 by Jessica Kingsley.
Noel is the Deputy Director of the CETC, and the Executive Manager, Research and Policy at the Australian Childhood Foundation. Noel brings 30 years of experience to the Centre in therapeutic out of home care and child protection having worked in operational and senior management roles, policy and organisational consultancy. In 2013, Noel’s contribution to the field was acknowledged in his being awarded the Robin Clark Award in Victoria for his contribution to the field of child protection and out of home care. He has a particular interest in supervision and leadership and organisational development.
Director of Research
Dr McPherson brings a strong professional and academic background in child protection and out of home care spanning more than 30 years in practice, management, training and research. She has considerable research and organisational consultancy experience, including but not limited to evaluation of therapeutic care programs, numerous organisational consultancy and development projects and leadership, supervision and change management. In 1997, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to examine international best practice in child protection. In 2017 Dr McPherson and Noel Macnamara released a book ‘Supervising Child Protection Practice: What Works?’ An Evidence Informed Approach. This book was published and distributed internationally by Springer Publishers. Alongside Dr Lynne McPherson is an SCU based Research Team: Kathomi Gatwiri - Senior Research Officer (SCU) Nadine Cameron - Research Officer (SCU) Natalie Parmenter - Research Assistant (SCU)
Head of Knowledge Mobilisation & Innovation
Kelly Royds is the Head of Knowledge Mobilisation and Innovation with the Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care, where she works to mobilise practice and research knowledge into training, education and policy resources. Kelly works in close partnership with therapeutic care providers, practitioners and other key government and non-government stakeholders to progress the goals of the CETC. She has spent the past 15+ years developing child and youth-centred policies, evaluation systems and programs that lift up and respond to the voices of children and young people across human services and not-for-profit sectors in Australia, South-East Asia and the United States. Kelly has a particular interest in the power of storytelling to improve systems and outcomes for young people.
Senior Specialist, Therapeutic Care
Glenys is a Senior Specialist, Therapeutic Care for the Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care in NSW and brings over 35 plus years experience in therapeutic residential care as a residential care worker, manager, trainer, and consultant. In 2003, Glenys was awarded the Robin Clark Award and later the Residential Care Learning & Development Strategy (RCLDS) Leadership Award in Residential Care for demonstrating achievement and innovation having significant impact on residential care systems and outcomes for children and young people. Glenys is passionate about providing relevant and up to date industry informed training and caring for the workers who care for the young people. Glenys recently completed her Doctor of Education researching what makes a good residential worker – Artistry Fact or Fiction?
Denis is the Content Producer for the Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care. He manages the design and production of a range of content across the CETC’s digital platforms. Denis brings 20+ years’ experience across film, TV and digital in production, design and strategy. He has worked with a wide range of brands and organisations across commercial, government and education sectors. Some important areas where he has gained a wide array of skills , experience and knowledge in include experience design, innovation and digital marketing. He continues to expand his skill set and is excited about what we have now, what's to come and a fusion of those. His greatest interest is in content that brings hope and empowers people from all walks of life.
Senior Specialist, Therapeutic Care
Cyra Fernandes is a social worker and family therapist with extensive experience in working with children, young people and their families. For the past fifteen years she has been working for the Australian Childhood Foundation in clinical, management and project roles. She has a wealth of experience in managing therapeutic out of home care programs and is a national leader in therapeutic work with children and young people with problem sexual behaviour and sexually harmful behaviour. She co-authored an article with Dr Russell Pratt exploring the role of pornography in young people’s sexually abusive behaviour.