Catherine is employed in a Teaching Specialist (Clinical/Practitioner) role in Speech Pathology utilising her 35 years of experience as a Paediatric Speech Pathologist (specialising in working in early childhood and family teams with families with high levels of vulnerability, social disadvantage and trauma).
She uses this extensive clinical experience in her teaching and engagement of students to provide a 'real world' view of how to work most effectively with families, using a trauma informed, family and student centred approach.
She has worked for Flinders University since 2009.
Catherine is passionate about supporting speech pathology students to become the most enterprising graduates with the best, evidence based practice in working with children with communication disorders and their families in a trauma informed manner.
She is innovative in supporting students to develop a relational focus to their practice as she believes this is at the heart of excellence in therapeutic interactions.
In addition to her teaching within academic topics, she works as a Clinical Educator leading and coordinating the Early Intervention Flinders University Speech and Language Student Clinic 2 days per week, located in Sturt Campus in the innovative Interprofessional student clinic at Health2Go.
In 2023, Catherine is also engaged as a Project Officer by Speech Pathology Australia to lead and complete the inaugural position statement and practice guideline for speech pathologists nationally in working with individuals who have experienced trauma.
Catherine has previously also worked as the inaugural Student Engagement Coordinator across all years of the Bachelor and Master of Speech Pathology programs. This provided a crucial role in supporting students learning and engagement in the Speech Pathology programs, providing pastoral care and a link to other supports for student success in their time at University.
Bachelor of Applied Science, Speech Pathology
Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist (CPSP)
Completion of IPNB course Mindsight Institute (UCLA) 2021 (Dr Dan Siegel's Comprehensive Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) Course)
SPTH2901 Communication Development & Disorders 1A: Birth to Pre-School
SPTH2902 Communication Development & Disorders 2A: School Age to Adolescence
SPTH9122 Speech Pathology Skills and Practice 1
SPTH9124 Speech Pathology Skills and Practice 2
(The Paediatric speech and language topics in 2nd year BSP and 1st year MSP are team taught)
Leading and coordinating the Early Intervention Speech and Language Student Clinic, located in Sturt Campus in the innovative multi-disciplinary student clinic at Health2Go.
Key staff member in implementing the first Interprofessional Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy Student led Early Intervention) clinic at Health2Go in collaboration with Dr Sandra Mortimer
Supervising students across all rosters of their WIL placements. This provides an invaluable and quite unique link between team-teaching of the Paediatric Communication Development and Disorders Topics and the practicum of the speech pathology courses.
Catherine is particluarly interested in the engagement of parents in speech pathology practice and how this has been effected by the change in models of provision of speech pathology services in the community in recent years.
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