A passionate and inspiring trainer awarded national RTO highest performing team member of the year in 2017 and was one of four finalists in the 2016 NSW state training awards - vocational trainer/teacher of the year category in the central coast region. Donna has a Graduate Diploma in Special Education & Human Services (Teaching) and currently studying a Diploma of Counselling. Donna has previously worked in the Victorian Police Force and is currently employed as a Training Advisor with Mines Rescue. She has many years experience working in the community services context as a trainer, case manager and 'youth specialist' utilising a person centred, holistic approach assisting people meet multiple barriers and secure sustainable employment. Donna has delivered training and designed accredited course material for Cert IV in Mental Health & Employment Services, Diploma of Community Services and courses from the business package including Dip. of Leadership and Management and Cert IV in Leadership and Management.
Past clients include: Master Builders Association, State Training Services, Red Cross, various community services, Public/Private Schools, Southlake community services, Youth connections, Kariong correctional centre, The ORS Group, local and state government.
Her passion working with horses and people experiencing mental health issues has inspired training in the Equine Psychotherapy Institute (EPI) Model to conduct equine assisted facilitated learning. This involves partnering with horses and offering 'equine experiences' to clients, to explore and address the learning needs and goals identified. It includes providing equine assisted counselling, psychotherapy, personal development and team building. Horses help teach self awareness, relationship, emotional intelligence, and integrated being supporting human growth, development and change.
Donna looks forward to educating and improving the general community in Mental Health Awareness particularly in literacy. Her goals are to reduce the stigma of mental health problems and assist people in seeking early, appropriate intervention and on-going support throughout their lifespan. She would like to ensure we don't miss out on the unique experiences people with mental illness have to offer us.