In this week’s episode Katrina shares her experience working with families in a school setting and in a hospital setting.

Katrina is a clinical family therapist and full clinical member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT).  She is an accredited mental health social worker (AMHSW) with the Australian Association of Social Workers, with more than 13 year’s experience in tertiary mental health, in addition to working privately for several years. She has undertaken further training in Gottman Method Marital Therapy, Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Family Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa (FBT), Narrative Therapy, supervision, and more.

Katrina shares some of her tips, tricks and challenges for working with families in what can be a traditionally one-on-one setting. We talk about school refusal and how we work with families and the school system to support a young person to get back into school. You talk about the importance of a good relationship between the school parents and the clinician working with that whole system.

We look at the role parents can play in supporting young people through the changes they experience in adolescence. Supporting them in their journey moving from primary school to high school and how the role of parenting can change and adapt to these different stages.

Katrina shares with listeners some of her tips for managing her well-being. She talks about the red flags that she’s noticed in her own life that indicate maybe she’s not doing so well and what she does to keep herself energised, healthy and able to do the work she loves.

Family Therapy for Child and Adolescent School Refusal