Curriculum Vitae

All of my experience and skills in one place.

Skill & Leadership Recognition


Governor's Leadership Foundation Program, 2017


I secured a scholarship / sponsored place on the Governor’s Leadership Foundation (GLF) in 2017.

The GLF program is a unique and challenging program – an unconventional, unmatched, life-changing experience. Participants commit to a challenging, action-packed ten months participating in regular experiential sessions and three weekends away between February and November. The program stretches participants intellectually and personally and develops practical wisdom. Participants return an immediate positive impact to their organisations through improved judgement, interpersonal awareness, greater leadership capacity and maturity, personal insight and a more balanced view of the interactions between economy, society and environment.

The dynamic, interactive format focusses on developing and enhancing practical wisdom through reflection (reading, thinking, discussing), learning from leaders who are experts in their field and immersion in thought-provoking experiences that challenge worldviews and extend understanding.


Professional Leader International Exchange with Rotary, 2008


In 2008 I was selected by Rotary to participate in a group exchange of outstanding professionals to go on a six-week tour of Denver, Colorado. Due to being unwell I had to withdraw from the tour.


National Youth Roundtable, 2003


In 2004 I was recognised as a young leader and selected to be a part of the National Youth Roundtable.

At that time the Roundtable was a federal government supported leadership program for young people. The program included two-retreats throughout the year and completed a community project. Participants met with government ministers and wrote a report of recommendations to government.




Consultancy / Contractor Experience


Lived Experience Advisor - SA Mental Health Commission


Ongoing advisor to the SAMHC from the perspective of lived experience and centrally invovled in their governance. Co-creator and co-chair of the Community Advisory Committee. Chair of the Early Intervention, Prevention, Prtomotion & Research Reference Group. Member of the State Mental Health Plan Steering Group.

Completing a separate project that will result in a written proposal for the Commission and Minister on Strengthening Pathways for the Voice of Lived Experience in SA.


Conference Presentations


TheMHS Conference, Auckland New Zealand [2016]:

Paper – Benefiting from Both Worlds: Using Lived Experience to Inform Therapeutic Practice.


National Youth Affairs Conference, Melbourne [2007]:

Workshop Presentation – Storying a Professional Identity in Youth Work: Where the Personal and Professional Collide.


Young Practitioners Workshop in Narrative Therapy by the Dulwich Centre, Adelaide [2006]:

Joint Keynote Speaker.


Australian Guidance Counsellors Association Conference, Adelaide [2005]:

Workshop Facilitator – School Community Intervention Project.


Training Design and Delivery


Trainer / Curriculum Writer, Centacare [0.6FTE throughout 2016]:

Diploma of Mental Health and DIploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs.

* all activities related to writing and delivering accredited training were engaged in, including: clustering units and timetabling; writing class content and assessments to address core competencies and requirements; validation of content and assessments; delivery of training; assessing student learning needs; adhering to frameworks to meet accreditation requirements; etc


Professional Development Workshop, Counsellors Association of South Australia [2016]:

Counsellors Working with Complexity (flyer).

* articulating a model for support born from my lived, learned and practice experience. The model places people that consult me at the centre of the work and has a core focus on three areas: restoring the body; cultivating connection; and (re)claiming life


Sessional Trainer, CYFS Induction and Upgrading Long-Term Workers, sub-contracted by RASA [2005-2006]:

Cert IV Youth Work.

* models of youth work (inc storying of professional identity and values / experiences central to it)   * the worker during crisis


Contracted Trainer, RASA [2005-2008]:

Various workshops.

* responding to challenging behaviour for DFC   * supporting the rights of young people for DFC   * communicating and groups with young people for ShineSA


TAFE Lecturer, Regency Institute of TAFE [2005]:

Cert III Community Services and Cert III Youth Work.

* communicate appropriately with clients and colleagues   * work within the administration protocols of the organisation   * maintain organisation’s information systems   * work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers




Facilitator – Women’s Wellness Group, Stirling Central Health Clinic [2017]:

* facilitation of one of the six-week wellness groups that included a number of guest speakers   * responsibility for the mindfulness session with participants for three different groups


Peer Facilitator – PACE Eating Disorders Recovery Group, Centacare [2013]:

* co-facilitating a fortnightly peer-based recovery-focused group for people experiencing eating and body image struggles


Co-Facilitator – Blue Skies, ACEDA [2012]:

* co-facilitating a fortnightly peer-based recovery-focused group for people experiencing eating and body image struggles


Community Educator – Women with Wings, Strengthening Communities, COPE SA [2006]:

* supporting women who were survivors of child sexual abuse to cope better with the effects of this and strengthen the ongoing support group that they initiated


Community Educator – Strengthening Our Groups, Strengthening Communities, COPE SA [2005]:

* co-facilitation of an 8-week program with the focus on participants gaining skills to further enhance the inclusiveness and safety of groups they already attend (DV and Discoveries for CSA) and to learn abou tthemselves as participants, as well as the possibility of them taking on peer support roles


Community Educator – Living Large Program, Strengthening Communities, COPE SA with Catherine House [2005]

* supporting women impacted by mental illness to explore ways for them to nurture themselves and explore methods of self-care


Contracted Facilitator – National Youth Roundtable [2004]

* the National Youth Roundtable brought 50 young leaders from around the country together to meet with federal politicians and complete a community project * I supported team of young people on their journey 




Junior Consultant with Beyond [Kathleen Stacey & Associates] [2006]:

Evaluation of the Foundation for Young Australians Youth Partnerships Grants Program (stage 2). 


Junior Consultant with Beyond [Kathleen Stacey & Associates] [2005]:

Evaluation of the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) Grants Program prepared for the SA Office for Youth (DFC).



Lived Experience Representation, Advocacy and Activism


Lived Experience Leadership Collective


A group of lived experience leaders and passionate allies brought together and facilitated on a voluntary basis by myself. The Lived Experience Leadership Collective is about starting the conversation on how we, as lived experience leaders, strengthen the voice and influence of lived experience in South Australia. More information about the first meeting is available here or contact ellie on


our voice digital mag


our voice is a digital magazine and speakers bureau raising the volume on the lived experience of mental health issues in South Australia. It was imagined and is edited by myself on a voluntary basis. The mag launched during Mental Health Week in October 2016 and is currently a twice-a-year publication. More information is available at and the first issue can be viewed at




I became a member of the SA Lived Experience Register through the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist (OCP) in 2016. By being on the register and expressing interest I have been selected as a consumer rep on various committee’s:

-> the selection panel of the SA Suicide Prevention Community Grants Scheme in 2016
-> a member of the OCP’s Lived Experience Reference Group and elected as co-chair in late 2016
-> a member of the OCP’s Clinical Services Review Group
-> will be invovled in the roll out of training for the new SA Mental Health Act utilising a co-production process

Through other avenues I have also been selected to be on the following committee’s:

-> a Statewide Trauma-Informed Care Committee with the Womens & Chidlren’s Health Network
-> the South Australian Health & Medical Research Iintitute’s (SAHMRI’s) Health Consumer & Community Engagement Committee

In 2017 I successfully applied to the National Mental Health Register for Consumer’s and Carer’s facilitated by Mental Health Australia that open me to national representation opportunities.




I am a beyondblue Speaker.

beyondblue receives hundreds of requests each year for people to speak at a range of events, including community forums, conferences, schools and community sports clubs. beyondblue speakers share their personal stories of anxiety, depression and recovery to increase awareness, reduce stigma, encourage people to talk about how they’re feeling and to take action to get help.





Book Inclusions


Multiple poetry excerpts and experience appear in Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders: The Diary Healer by June Alexander (Routledge, 2016).


Facilitator Manuals


Hodges, E. (2014). Starting the Conversation: Talking with Young People About Mental Health & Wellness Facilitator’s Manual. Uniting Communities: Adelaide.


Hodges, E. (2013). The Garden: An Attachment & Attunement Group Program for Infants 0-4 and Their Parent Facilitator’s Manual. Relationship’s Australia: Adelaide.




Hodges, E. (2015). Your Emergent Life: A How-to Guide for Living Your Way & Thriving. Available through my website.

* A 30 page ebook with an additional workbook.



Qualifications and Professional Learning


TAE - Cert IV in Training & Assessment, Trison Business College
7-Month Program in Narrative Therapy, Dulwich Centre
Diploma in Counselling & Groupwork, Institute of Social Relations
B Arts (majors completed in Psychology and Sociology), University of Newcastle


Positions Held in the NGO Sector (over a 17 year period)


Leadership Roles


Senior Community Development Worker (0.2FTE), Hackham West Community Centre (SA) [August 2005-January 2007]:

* practice supervision of community development workers across a range of programs.


Client Operations Manager (FT), Hunter Support Services (NSW) [June 2001-April 2004]:

* case management of young people in care with high and complex needs in a 1:1 residential setting * reporting and liaison with DoCS and other agencies involved in the care of the young person * staff supervision and support of up to 35 Youth Workers and 1 member of management * crisis intervention * recruitment, training and ongoing development of Youth Work staff * on-call responsibilities * handling of complaints and performance management.


Educator Roles


Trainer / Curriculum Writer (0.5FTE), Centacare RTO, Adelaide (SA) [2016]:

* write and deliver curriculum and learning materials for the Diploma of Mental Health and Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs * write and deliver non-accredited training.


Senior Educator (Aboriginal Youth Workers) (0.8FTE), Relationships Australia (SA) [2007]:

* coordination, planning and delivery of Nationally Recognised Youth Worker Qualifications to Aboriginal Youth Workers from regional, rural and remote communities.


Therapeutic and Case Managent Roles


Counsellor (0.6FTE), Uniting Communities, Adelaide (SA) [January 2014-December 2015]:

* counselling for young people with experiences of sexual abuse or family counselling where there is a risk of homelessness for young people * groupwork design, facilitation and training in school environments * sector training and consultation


Children’s Therapeutic Worker (0.4/0.6FTE), Together 4 Kids, Relationships Australia (SA) [August 2012-July 2013]

* therapeutic support to children at risk of homelessness (often due to exposure to family violence) * therapeutic group design and facilitation for children’s groups and a parent-infant program * sector support and training. I left this position due to going on maternity leave


Child / Family Therapist (0.6FTE), St Brigid’s Primary School, Kilburn (SA) [August 2011-August 2012]:

* 1:1/group/family therapy and case management * program design and delivery to enhance the wellbeing of the entire school community (included in-class sessions with students and parent workshops) * facilitating the professional learning of staff * active member of the school leadership group supporting strategic directions and longer term initiatives * co-design and facilitation of the year 7 leadership experience program throughout the year. This position was de-funded Dec 2012


Family Relationships Counsellor (0.6FTE), Centacare (SA) [September 2008-August 2011]:

* therapeutic support to individuals, couples, children and families * involved in the design of a groupwork program for children around the issue of parental separation. I left this position due to going on maternity leave


Case Manager – Targeted Early Intervention Service (FT), Centacare (SA):

* practical and therapeutic interventions to families who have had contact with Families SA due to abuse and/or neglect


School Counsellor (Catholic Primary School) (0.2FTE), Centacare (SA):

* counselling to primary school aged children in a school environment * advise and support school staff to enhance the wellbeing of students and families


Child/Parent Consultant – Homeless & Parenting Program Initiative (0.8FTE), Centacare (SA):

* practical and therapeutic support to increase the wellbeing of families and children aged 0-12 impacted by homelessness


Program Facilitator – Young Carer’s Project (FT), Carer Support & Respite Centre (SA) December 2007-September 2008:

* social support, advocacy and education to young people who cared for a person in their home with a chronic illness, disability or mental illness. A short-term contract position


School Community Intervention Program Coordinator (FT and then 0.8FTE), Hackham West Community Centre (SA):

* work with schools, children and their families around issues of school retention, behaviour and engagement with learning * inc counselling and groupwork methods in a community setting, school or home environment


Residential Youth Support Worker (FT), Hunter Support Services (NSW):

* provide 1:1 supported care to young people displaying complex and challenging behaviour in the out-of-home-care sector


Community Development Roles


CREATE Foundation (SA) January-July 2005]:

* a self-discovery leadership program, combining skill development and adventure components over a 3-month period, for and with young people in care utilising a community development framework * chair of the community partnership team, a group of key stakeholders who oversaw the organisation and running of the program. A six-month contract position


Youth Development Officer (FT), Kurri Kurri Community Centre (NSW) [May 2004-January 2005]:

* instigate community development initiatives and build community capacity with a focus on young people in the local area * supporting & resourcing the youth sector * developing options for young people * consultation, advocacy & social action around youth issues and needs. I left this position to move interstate