Kirby first commenced working with children in 2012 when she was employed as an Educational Support Officer at a rural primary school in Victoria.

Kirby then completed her three years Bachelor of Psychological Science at La Trobe University Victoria, 2015, as well as her Honours year at Flinders University South Australia, 2016.  In order to gain further clinical experience and fulfill her passion for working therapeutically with individuals, Kirby undertook training at Lifeline Australia and volunteered as a Crisis Support Worker in Adelaide South Australia, 2017.

Kirby then commenced working as a Child Protection Practitioner in Victoria in 2018 where her passion to make a difference to the lives of children continued to grow. Kirby has experience working with a range of children who have been subject to significant trauma, and has worked alongside different cultures. As a result of her career in the child safety sector, Kirby understands the importance of every child having the opportunity to tell their story (in their own way) and receiving the support they deserve.

Kirby’s main goal in life is to have a positive impact on children and families by working therapeutically with them. Kirby adopts a relationship-focused and collaborative approach when working with families. Kirby is approachable, a good listener and highly reliable. Kirby strives to continue to grow in her career, and is currently undertaking clinical training as a play therapist.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science, 2015
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), 2016
  • Responding to Abuse and Neglect, 2017
  • Life Line Australia training, including Suicide Intervention, 2018
  • Mental Health First Aid, 2018
  • Associate Member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association of Australia (PTPA)