Jocelyn Graham – Chief Executive Officer
Jocelyn has been Inclusive Directions’ CEO since 2014. Previously, she was General Manager Client Services, scosa, and she has held management positions at SA Ambulance and the City of Onkaparinga.
Jocelyn is passionate about inclusion and works closely with the Inclusive Directions team to expand the organisation’s capacity to support all people and advocate on their behalf.
Ravini Jayawardena – Senior Behaviour Therapist
Ravini holds a Degree in Psychology with First Class Honours and she has extensive experience working with children in the mental health sector.
She is passionate about her work and receives enormous personal satisfaction working with children and teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder to develop and use strategies that help them overcome challenges. She believes that learning can be encouraged through effective motivation, the right encouragement, positive reinforcement and lots of fun.
Dr Luke Schneider – Psychologist
Luke is a Registered Psychologist with knowledge and experience in the area of child development and behaviour. He has a strong interest in autism spectrum disorder, and has experience assessing and working with children with learning, social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties.
Luke has extensive experience in the field of paediatric neurodevelopment, having worked in research settings with this focus for 10 years. He has a Psychology Honours degree, Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree, and PhD in Psychology, from the University of Adelaide.
Erin Clarke – Senior Behaviour Therapist
Erin graduated from University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Education Junior Primary/ Primary, and since then has been working within education in a variety of teaching, support and coordinator roles.
Throughout my teaching Erin discovered a passion for working with students with disabilities and increasing quality of life outcomes for these individuals.
Erin completed Masters of Special Education in mid-2016. As part of my studies I conducted research into trauma-informed teaching methodologies, investigating predominantly therapeutic approaches, as a result of having observed many children and young people from trauma backgrounds struggling with challenging behaviours.
Deepika Bharti – Support Coordinator
Deepika is a registered Developmental Educator with Developmental Educators Australia Incorporated. Completed Bachelors of Physiotherapy (2009) and Masters of Physiotherapy specialising in neurology (2011) and later Masters in Disability Studies (2016) from Flinders University. Accredited Sports Trainer through South Australian Sports Medicine Association.
Deepika first started working in the sector in 2004 and since then engaged in various roles which included Allied Health Practitioner, University Tutor, Rehabilitation Counsellor and Support Coordinator. I enjoy working with children and families with a solution-based and family-centred approach.
Deepika Strongly believes with adequate support all individuals can achieve their maximum potential. Practices Yoga and meditation as a self-care strategy. Sports and Recreation are my other area of interest.
Alice Ramsey – Speech-Language Pathologist
Alice completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University , and has experience in delivering a family-centred and evidence-based service to children and adolescents with unique communication needs. Alice has a special interest in supporting social communication development through motivating play-based learning and positive interactions. She values building meaningful therapeutic relationships with clients and their families.
Alice is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia and an International Affiliate with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is also a current Hanen member, PECS qualified and certified in the program More Than WordsÒ.
Olivia Burton – Senior Behaviour Therapist
An aspiring psychologist with an Honours degree in Psychology from Flinders University, Olivia’s research was primarily focused on improving decision-making abilities in individuals. Olivia has a certificate III in Disability and has previously worked with adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. Olivia believes there is nothing more rewarding and enlightening than getting to know and building a strong relationship with a child and trying to share their perspective.
Carolyn Cole – Clinical Psychologist
Carolyn is a clinical Psychologist with over fifteen years’ experience in the public and private sectors. She has extensive experience and knowledge in behavioural approaches using a positive behaviour support framework and in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder, learning difficulties, social, emotional and behavioural issues.
Carolyn is a Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists. She has a Psychology Honours Degree from Flinders University and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from University of South Australia.
Donna Scott – Creative Arts Therapist
Donna has a Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice from The MIECAT Institute in Melbourne and is a professional member of ANZATA. She completed an undergraduate degree in Linguistic and has worked interstate and internationally as a teacher and academic tutor for over ten years.
Now working as a Creative Arts Therapist and Arts Therapy trainer, she is specialising in working with children and adolescents. She was the Creative Arts Therapist at Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and has recently moved home to Adelaide with her family. She intends to pursue doctoral studies in 2018.
Caitrin graduated from Temple Christian College in 2016 and has been working part time at Inclusive Directions for 8 months assisting with holiday programs and our Saturday social program. She is currently enjoying a gap year before taking up her studies in Occupational Therapy in 2018.
With over 10 years’ experience within the executive administration and business support field, Hannah is highly organised and thrives on a challenge providing a variety of supports to the business and staff. With previous experience within the not for profit industry, Hannah loves knowing she is a part of a team that is making a real difference to children and their families.
Bianca has a Bachelor degree in Psychology as well as Post-Graduate Qualifications in Disability Studies from Flinders University. She has previously worked with adults and children in the area of Positive Behaviour Support and has recently spent time working as a planner with the National Disability Insurance Agency. Through her work Bianca has developed day option programs, lead and trained teams and been an outspoken advocate of community inclusion. Bianca combines expertise, compassion and experience to develop successful strategies and plans to help children and families reach their potential.
Christian is a Senior Developmental Educator; completing his degree with Honours at Flinders University and awarded the Disability Studies Student Award. Christian has a strong passion for Positive Behaviour Support and prides himself on implementing a holistic and person-centred approach. Christian has supported the Program Manager of Life Without Barriers in Tasmania with a significant quality improvement project and was nominated for the Dot Mills Developmental Educator Award. In addition to his role with Inclusive Directions; he is part of the teaching team at Flinders University in Positive Behaviour Support and a member of the Developmental Educators Association Inc. (DEAI).
Kate has had a career that spans some 30+yrs. working within the health industry as a nurse and midwife she has worked in many countries throughout the worked including the UK, Germany, Iraq and Australia One of the many things she has done is establish chemotherapy units in Australia and Iraq. Kate also worked in Drug and alcohol, mental health and disability in the community sector.
For the past 15yrs Kate has worked in senior management and consultancy within the medical recruitment industry.
For the past 5 yrs. Kate has worked for herself as a consultant to the health industry and overseen clinical governance and coordination for clients in the community sector primarily working with high complex needs clients both in the medical and disability fields. Kate has developed and facilitated workshops for community groups within NSW teaching uplifting skills to all who attend.
Jo has worked in the Government and Non-Government sectors for more than 25 years with a strength in the provisions of supports and designing of programs and services to people in their homes. Jo is a qualified Developmental Educator but has chosen the path of management as the focus for her career.
Kristen started her working life as a secondary school PE and Health teacher. After her son James was born with Down Syndrome she realised her passion for teaching people who learnt in a different way and retrained as a Special Education teacher.
Kristen has worked in TAFE as a Counsellor and Pre-Vocational lecturer, in a low security prison as Work Skills teacher, at a high school as a Learning Support Coordinator and as a teacher in a Primary School Disability Unit. It was while working in the Unit and meeting families trying on their own to negotiate the NDIS that she decided to become a Coordinator of Supports. In addition to this role, Kristen also delivers training to prospective Disability Support workers.
Shelley has worked in a number of start ups for small business and global brands, building and developing disability support services in the high and complex care needs space. Shelley has worked with in both the childrens and adults services, her roles including Business Development Management, Team Leader (SA and WA), Manager Client Relationship, Director of Client Services and Manager of Community Programs. Shelley’s strengths and experience lies within representing people who have not had their basic health care and disability needs and requirements met, and continues to have strong relationships with the likes of the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner.
Shelley has also employed and managed teams of high level healthcare staff including Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses and Support Workers.
Shelley continues to be a trusted name within our industry providing best practice methodologies in all aspects of client engagement.
Verilee has been working with Inclusive Directions since early 2016. Prior to working with ID, Verilee worked with children of all ages in various settings including education and behaviour support, and community and childcare services. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Science and is currently completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology. She also has a Certificate III in Disability. Together with her strong knowledge of ASD, she has a passion for building supportive relationships with children and their families and assisting them to reach their full potential..
Wendy has been working for Inclusive Directions since March 2016. She has two degrees in Education and has completed a Master’s Degree in Disability Studies with Distinction in 2015 at the University of Newcastle. Wendy majored in Aboriginal Education so at the beginning of her career she worked in small rural Aboriginal communities and schools as a teacher. Her passion stems from her personal experiences with her physical disability and the intellectual disability of her sister. Wendy enjoys watching children take that “aha moment” when they learn something for the first time and making sure all children with disabilities experience inclusion whether it be in school or out in the community.