Director's Professional Biography: A Brief Snapshot
Marcene is a Clinical Psychologist and Mental Health Practitioner, having been professionally registered and practising in Australia since 1989 though her training dates back to 1980. Marcene also holds the positions of Director, Principal Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Operational Manager.
Marcene is credentialed in the field of clinical psychology. She holds post-graduate accreditations reflecting mastery in various therapy and treatment modalities. Marcene has experience across wide-ranging clinical sub-specialties spanning perinatal, infant, child, adolescent and adult domains.
Marcene has a diverse professional and employment background encompassing, among other things, particular experience in small business, governmental business management and human resource management; and clinical, counselling, educational and developmental psychology including mental health practice. Marcene's employment experience (prior to becoming a clinical psychologist) enabled her to become accomplished in business management and leadership drawing upon the principles of organisational psychology. Marcene has consultation-liaison experience, particularly in the mental health field and also organisational change management consultative and advisory expertise.
Marcene has worked in a senior clinical leadership, statutory, investigatory and managerial role within the child safety (protection) field. She has also worked outside of, or concurrently with the psychology and mental health fields, including small business consultancy, in-service training, professional mentoring and educative roles. Marcene's Curriculum Vitae is comprehensive in clinical domains, however, also reflects marked diversity in non-clinical domains.
Prior to founding Northside Psychological Consultancy (NPC), Marcene worked for many years in the subspecialty of infant, child and adolescent psychiatry, as a Mental Health Practitioner (Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Senior Clinical Psychologist). Marcene particularly values the opportunity of assessing, engaging and treating mild, moderate, severe and/or complex psychological, emotional and behavioural disturbances in children and teens within their family context. Marcene also has expertise in the perinatal and antenatal mental health domains, including parent-child attachment, the importance of early parenting practices and philosophies and the potential impact upon mental health, developmental, psycho-social, educational and other life trajectories.
Marcene has psychological practice experience contextual to the overlapping medical specialties of child and adolescent psychiatry and developmental paediatrics (e.g. assessing and treating children presenting with complex and comorbid physical, health, behavioural, developmental, communication, neurological, learning and/or psychological difficulties). Marcene has provided mental health consultancy, clinical consultation-liaison, in-service mentoring and case work direction to inter-disciplinary teams within the Child Health, Community Health, Mental Health, Medical and Hospital Sectors (private and public facilities).
At the other end of the life spectrum, Marcene is experienced in working with adults (including older persons and in the field of clinical geropsychology and palliative care), who experience emotional, mental health, ageing or adjustment difficulties, cognitive challenges, neurodegenerative decline and/or functional impairment, chronic health and/or other comorbidities.
Marcene has expertise and a personal interest in working with veterans (serving and/or ex-military), their spouses and their children.
As mentioned, Marcene is credentialed in the practice area of clinical psychology, resultant in full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (Grade: MAPS). She has been awarded fellowship of the Australian Psychological Society's College of Clinical Psychologists (Grade: FCCLP).
Marcene provides clinical psychology supervision and mentoring to colleagues and post-graduate psychology students. Marcene regularly participates in professional development activities, thereby keeping fully abreast of advances in psychological interventions across the age spectrum. Her Professional Development (PD) Portfolio is particularly expansive and reflects a strong and enduring commitment to continuous clinical training and skills enhancement across psychology sub-specialties, theoretical orientations, treatment disorders/diagnoses and psychological treatment modalities.
Marcene maintains tutoring and lecturing linkages (primarily via online and other modalities) with post-graduate clinical, counselling and developmental psychology training programs in universities/colleges across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA and the UK.
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