James is a Developmental Educator and Child & Youth Counsellor at Positive Minds Australia.
James holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Disability Studies from Flinders University, and has full membership with Developmental Educators Australia Inc. A firm believer in life-long learning, James is currently studying a Masters in Teaching Early Childhood at UniSA.
With 20 years experience in state government, local government and non-government organisations, James has provided counselling and support for children with developmental disabilities, indigenous youth in residential care, unaccompanied child asylum seekers and children with disabilities in alternative care. For the last 10 years, James has specialised in supporting children and young people from separated families experiencing high conflict and family violence.
Using a Social Emotional Learning Framework (SEL), James provides a flexible, individualised approach; combining explicit social skills training with Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) to help children build resilience and generalise new strategies into everyday life. James offers a friendly and supportive service focusing on client strengths, while valuing children’s unique personality and individual perspective. He is a strong believer in active learning, providing relationships counselling that is rich in visual support, social interaction and sustained conversation.
James takes every opportunity to follow children’s interests, building upon client’s existing knowledge while sustaining a high level of engagement. He holds a positive and optimistic view of human nature, focusing on how individual’s perceive and interpret events. His ultimate goal is to enhance children’s understanding of empathy, kindness and compassion, to help all his clients build and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships.
James offers one on one counselling in schools on request as well as a limited number of regional trips per school term as part of his outreach service.