About the Presenters
The workshop presenters, Dr Suzanne Barrett and Dr Fiona Zandt, are Clinical Psychologists with over 30 years combined experience in working with children and families with a broad range of psychological problems. They have each worked in a range of settings with children, including the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) outpatient teams, and in private practice. They both continue to enjoy working clinically with children and families, as well as facilitating training workshops and providing supervision to other psychologists.
Like most experienced therapists, Fiona and Suzanne’s style is eclectic, drawing on a number of theoretical approaches. A developmental perspective sits as their over-riding framework which guides them in modifying therapy for the children they work with. Their approach is strongly influenced by their training in, and many years of using, cognitive behavioural therapy with children. A systemic family focus also guides their understanding of children and families and permeates their therapy. In addition, they draw on concepts and interventions from acceptance and commitment therapy and narrative therapy. Their emphasis is on using play to engage children and to introduce therapeutic concepts and strategies.