Judith Lovegrove is a Ngarrindjeri woman from South Australia and resides in Adelaide. She is currently the Metropolitan Senior Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Worker for SA Government’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, and provides cultural and supervisory support to Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal clinicians within the service.
Holding qualifications in youth work, leadership, management, counselling and psychology, her vocational experience includes being a counsellor and therapist, family practitioner, vocational trainer, and managing a Registered Training Organisation – she has devoted her life to educating and inspiring the SEWB workforce.
Additionally, Judith specialises in narrative therapy; having taught this for many years and is extremely passionate about reminding people of the important role that we can all play in assisting people through struggles in their lives. While she juggles many different competing demands in life, she is currently a Registered EAP Counsellor and Accredited Supervisor (offering clinical and cultural supervision), runs her own training and consultancy business, and continues her everyday work to improving mental health literacy and responding appropriately to mental health problems and suicidal risk in the community.
Judith has many accolades from the years of experience in the sector; being nominated as keynote speaker for significant events, being nominated for awards including being an Award Finalist for South Australian Premier's NAIDOC Award; achieving national accreditation for training programs and being an acknowledged and reputable leader in the community; however, she identifies as being intrinsically motivated in her work – doing her best, not for the rewards or acknowledgement, but because it is fulfilling to see outcomes for her people.
In the SEWB space, she aspires to continue to be a strong advocate for positive change in improving and empowering individuals to best address mental health and SEWB problems. With forming stronger connections with service providers, offering professional development opportunities to organisations, and keeping clients at the forefront of service delivery, she believes and hopes that gaps can be closed with overcoming many barriers for Aboriginal people.