October is World Mental Health Month, which gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing.
We spoke with Advanced Clinician, Alana Thorne, who is part of Rocky Bay’s phychosocial team, to find out a little more about her role, how she supports Rocky Bay customers and how her career journey led her to find her niche with Rocky Bay. Read Alana’s Q&A below.
What does your role at Rocky Bay involve?
I work with customers on their psychological needs. Often this is around anxiety management and behaviours of concern.
At Rocky Bay, we draw from a Positive Behaviour Framework; I conduct a functional behavioural analysis and develop a Behaviour Support Plan, along with behaviour escalation profiles for some customers.
I also work to maintain relationships with schools, parents, community services, Government departments and any stakeholders related to our customers. I provide case consultation to other therapists and support work on more complex behavioural cases. I have recently commenced in an Advanced Clinician role, providing support to other staff in the psychosocial team with their clinical needs.
What education and training did you undertake?
I have a Bachelor of Psychology from Murdoch University. I am a fully registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and am currently completing my Board Approved Supervisor training to become an AHPRA approved supervisor to provisional psychologists.
Tell us more about your career pathway/experience that led you to Rocky Bay?
When I completed my undergraduate degree, I commenced my career in the disability sector where I remained for eighteen months.
I then began working for the Federal Government for just over 11 years, where I completed my provisional registration and became a fully registered psychologist. After gaining a rich level of experience in the public sector, I decided to return to the disability sector.
My previous work roles as a psychologist were assessment heavy roles, and I wanted to expand my skills with intervention work instead. Rocky Bay was always highly regarded by those of us in the public sector, so I was drawn to apply when I discovered that Rocky Bay were looking for psychologists.
What do you love most about your field of work?
I love being able to be a part of another person’s journey, and hopefully have a positive influence in their life.
Often I see parents who are quite stressed and anxious, or individuals struggling to cope with life in our contemporary world. Being able to provide a safe space and a positive interaction, and one where they experience optimism (which hopefully leads to some positive changes in behaviour), is very rewarding.