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.
Karina, Acting Team Leader/Clinical Supervisor
A proud Koorie woman whose mob is the DjaDja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta peoples of Northeast Victoria. Karina has been living and working on beautiful Kaurna country for the past 12 years. Karina feels privileged to walk alongside children and parents who are healing and growing. Karina’s professional background is in Early Childhood Development and her passion is to give voice to the voiceless. Restorative practice, Educare model, trauma informed principles, strength-based approach, attachment theory, narrative approach and expressive therapies underpin her practice. Karina’s role within Together4Kids is pivotal in challenging and influencing each practitioner in the team, to work through a First Nations lens.
Chloe, Children’s Therapeutic Worker (Maternity Leave)
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.
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, Children’s Therapeutic Support Worker
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 Support 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, Children’s Therapeutic Worker (Maternity Leave)
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.
Mulan, Children’s Therapeutic Worker
Mulan joined the T4K team after she finished her Counselling and Psychotherapy Master degree in the University of Adelaide. Throughout all the theories and methodologies that Mulan has practiced, Narrative Therapy, Attachment Theory and Marte Meo way of practice are among her greatest passion. Mulan also facilitates positive relationships between children and their caregivers in the therapeutic child-focused group environments. Mulan believes that healthy relationships between parent and child start in an early stage, as a Certified Infant Massage Instructor she enjoys supporting parent and baby communicate through cue based infant massage.
Ollie, Children’s Therapeutic Support Worker
Ollie grew up in Port Augusta, on Kokatha Country. From a young age she has worked with children, including teaching dance, gymnastics, swimming OSHC work and running vacation care programs. Ollie recently joined the Together 4 Kids team, after having decided to develop her skills and advocating for vulnerable persons. She is currently completing her studies at The University of Adelaide. Ollie enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and family, cooking and going to the beach.
Gemima, Children’s Therapeutic Worker
Gemima has extensive experience working with children and families to enrich relationships, build capacity and provide opportunities for healing. Gemima has a Bachelor of Social Work and is a trained facilitator of Circle of Security and The Big Tree Therapeutic Dolls, which assist her work in amplifying the voice of the child. Gemima’s practice is underpinned by the power of connection, informed by research in Attachment and shame. Gemima aims to understand people in the context of their environment and the policies which have influenced and shaped their lives.
Nicole, Children’s Therapeutic Worker
After gaining a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Nicole continued her studies by completing a Master of Social Work. Nicole has focused on supporting children and families in different settings throughout her career. This includes providing direct therapeutic support to children and families (as well as supporting others) to learn about and implement child-focused ways of working in their own practice. Nicole uses a play-based and creative trauma-informed approach with a variety of therapeutic interventions. Nicole is also passionate about working alongside parents to support positive parent-child connections. She recognises the vital importance of the caregiver in the development and life of a child.
Tamar, Intake and Support Worker
Tamar is the Intake and Support Worker with Together4Kids. All referrals and queries are received and processed by her. Passionate about social justice, Tamar aims to help make a difference in vulnerable children’s lives.
Tamar is currently studying the Diploma of Community Services to deepen her understanding of this vitally important work. Passionate about health and fitness and travelling, Tamar loves eating out with friends and family but also enjoys reading a good book.
Teagan, Children’s Therapeutic Support Worker
Teagan is a Children’s Therapeutic Support Worker in the Together4Kids team, she has a background working in the Mental Health Support and Prevention and Child Protection sectors, and has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Australia in Psychological Science.
Teagan is currently completing studies in Counselling to become a registered Counsellor. Teagan has a wealth of knowledge in Trauma and its impact on children and families and thrives when she is working to grow children and their families. Teagan believes strongly in Growth Mindset and Strengths-Based practice approaches and knows that each person is an expert of their own life.