Together4Kids (T4K) is a specialist child-focused team which provides support and training to those working in the homelessness sector and therapeutic support for children in groups and as individuals. Our therapeutic services are provided to children aged between 0 and 12 years who have experienced homelessness or unstable accommodation, family domestic violence and resultant relational trauma.
The aim of our work is to assist children to overcome trauma, regulate emotions and self-expression, manage transitions and build resilience, and to support parents to become allies with these goals with the strengthening of parent–child relationships. Find out more about this service HERE.
Deborah, General Manager of Children’s Services
As General Manager of Children’s Services, Deborah oversees a number of innovative programs for Relationships Australia SA. As well as Together4Kids, there are services to support parenting, early intervention to improve the mental health of families with children aged up to 18 years and a program to support children to participate positively in schooling. Currently she is overseeing a pilot program that provides case management for families where there is need for support during pregnancy or there is an infant aged under 2 years. Advocating for a child focus approach to all community services work, as well as a particular interest in infant mental health Deborah has developed a range of professional development resources for front line and specialist workers.
Carolyn, Team Leader
Carolyn Markey has worked with children and families over 30 years. As the Together4Kids Team Leader, she loves to influence the therapeutic work and support offered to children by this specialist, child focused team. When carers/parents see the world from their child or infant’s perspective, this understanding builds determination and openness to find better ways to help children heal and safely connect to those they depend upon.
Carolyn brings past experience of working with children in schools as a teacher, and school counsellor, in Adelaide NGOs as a therapist in home- and office-based family violence teams, in higher education as a community services/youth work lecturer, and is also currently teaching in a Masters programme in Narrative Therapy & Community Work.
Niki, Clinical Supervisor
Niki is a dynamic and passionate clinical supervisor with a background in holistic health, education and counselling. Niki has worked therapeutically with children and families for over eight years before joining the Together4Kids team. Her compassionate work with children is guided by Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Approach, Attachment Theory and Trauma-Informed practice. Bringing a commitment for working with the Aboriginal community and supporting mums and children, Niki’s experience in using expressive art therapies provides a safe and culturally appropriate space to supporting children and families.
Chloe, Children’s Therapeutic Worker
Chloe has continued her graduate studies in psychology obtaining a Master’s Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Combining a range of clinical methodologies, Chloe provides a creative and playful therapeutic approach when engaging and working with the community’s most vulnerable children.
Zainab, Children’s Therapeutic Worker
Zainab is an enthusiastic and passionate Children’s Therapeutic Worker. Before and while completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Neuroscience, she worked primarily with Refugees and Newcomers in the capacity of supporting with settlement and participation in society while focusing on mental health and trauma. Since then Zainab has focused on working therapeutically with children, especially infants and toddlers. Her therapeutic practice is child and infant led, culturally sensitive and trauma informed. Zainab holds the belief that working with children is a privilege and will work alongside each child and explore with them ways to express themselves and have their own voice heard. In her practice she is committed to always learning and growing by being committed to research, training and consulting with other professionals in the field. Zainab is also working on her Yoga Teacher Training Course and loves to use yoga therapeutically with children.
Karina, Children’s Therapeutic Worker
A proud Yorta Yorta / Dja Dja Wurrung Koori woman currently living & working on Kaurna Country, Adelaide South Australia for the past 10 years. Karina’s professional background is in Early Childhood Education. Her passion is supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to grow their knowledge, skills & capacity through a trauma informed, holistic and strength based approach. Her favourite saying is “Knowledge is Power”. Given this, she is grateful to be in her role as the only Aboriginal Children’s Therapeutic Worker in the Together4Kids team and is honored to support families who use our service.
Daniela, Children’s Therapeutic Support Worker
Daniela has a background in working with children and families and after completing her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of South Australia, continued her practice in homelessness, working with vulnerable children and families. With the knowledge and skill set gained in this role, Daniela is now working as a Children’s Therapeutic Worker with Together4Kids where her passion to support vulnerable families continues in this role. Daniela’s passion lies particularly with connecting with families through the narrative and strengths approaches especially within culturally dynamic contexts including working with Indigenous families and other culturally and linguistic diverse groups. Daniela also facilitates positive relationships between children and their parents and caregivers in therapeutic, child-focused group environments and enjoys working with children of all ages and backgrounds.
Sonia, Children’s Therapeutic Worker
Sonia studied a Bachelor of Applied Social Science in Counselling and has previously worked in schools which enabled her to develop her practice, working with children and young people. Sonia’s work is informed by a Narrative approach, Solution Focused Therapy and is Trauma Informed. She believes it is a privilege to journey with children and young people, hearing their story and noticing the knowledge and experience they have about their own lives. Sonia is passionate about working with children and loves to authentically engage with them in a curious and play focused way. She loves new learning and continues to upskill to enhance her practice.
Kerryn, Coordinator Infant Massage and Early Parenting Educator
As a Certified Infant Massage Instructor with Baby In Mind (formally International Association of Infant Massage), Kerryn delights in being present the moment a spark of inspiration occurs. With a background in Parenting, Childbirth Education, Midwifery and Nursing, Kerryn is an experienced coordinator and facilitator in Infant Massage, facilitating group programs with parents of children 0-4 years. A jack of all trades, Kerryn’s dream is to continue travelling the world sitting down locally with babies powerfully placed as teachers and parent as the experts.
Rita, Parenting Facilitator
As a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Rita loves connecting with new mums and babies by providing a safe space for them to connect and learn more about safe touch, attunement and attachment. Driven by her passion for kids, Rita runs different parenting groups across Together4Kids and Relationships Australia South Australia. These include The Garden Program and a therapeutic program for older kids in conjunction with the Cirkidz organisation. She always seeks new learning and professional development within the Infant Mental Health sector to provide the best support to the families she works with.
Sharna, Children’s Therapeutic Worker
Sharna has always been passionate about working with families, having grown up in a large, non-nuclear family as 1 of 7 children. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work and began working at Relationships Australia South Australia following her final field placement within the organisation. Sharna has worked in the Children & Parenting Service in intake, throughout her time at RASA. She was in the Western Child and Family Assessment and Referral Network team in a case support capacity before moving into Together4Kids. Sharna is passionate about working restoratively with clients and within her teams. She enjoys looking for fun and creative ways to engage with families – the more glitter, the better!
Charlotte, Parenting Facilitator
Charlotte brings a creative and playful, strengths-based approach to her work with vulnerable families in the community. After completing an Honours degree in Social Work and Social Planning, her approach is child-centred and holistic in nature. Employing a range of various therapeutic methods, including arts, play based and narrative approaches, Charlotte is dedicated to valuing and nurturing the voices of children and young people in the context of their lives and creating a safe place for reflection and understanding within her work with them.