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A social welfare practice providing
independent and professional assessments
and other services Australia-wide.
Arcadian Consulting Pty Ltd was founded in 2012 by social worker Julianne Morrissey upon the principle that all families, no matter where they live, should be able to receive quality social work services from qualified, ethical and respectful professionals. In the beginning, Arcadian focused on OoHC assessments in rural and remote NSW, particularly in the Western and Far Western region. Today, Arcadian Consulting maintains a commitment to rural and remote practice but has also expanded to regional and metropolitan areas, as well as expanding to therapeutic services and training.
Arcadian Consulting specialises in OoHC care assessments, as well as training and therapeutic services for children, parents, carers and caseworkers. Arcadian takes pride in completing all assessments to a high standard, reflective of our consultants’ professional expertise, with all assessments undergoing processes of collaboration, reflection, review, and Aboriginal consultation (for assessments including Aboriginal families, children and/or carers). Arcadian takes a strength-based approach to assessment, therapy and training, and seeks transparency in all aspects of our work. Arcadian accepts referrals from OoHC and Child Protection agencies across Australia, with assessors located across NSW who are willing to travel to wherever they are needed in Australia.
what we do
Julianne completed a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Queensland in 1981. Julianne has a decade of experience in statutory child protection within a broad range of roles, including Caseworker, Manager Client Services, Manager Casework, and Co-facilitator Professional Supervision. Whilst employed in statutory child protection, Julianne worked in communities across the Western and Far Western NSW region, including Dubbo, Nyngan, Bourke, Walgett and Coonabarabran. Julianne has also worked within the Child Protection and OOHC field providing therapeutic services to children and families across the Greater Western Region. In this role, Julianne engaged in counselling, supervised counsellors and was responsible for Child Protection in the Macquarie Area Health Service.
Julianne completed a Master of Social Work in the fields of Child Protection and Professional Supervision at Monash University in 2007. Julianne went on to lecture in social work at Charles Sturt University between 2012 and 2015. In this role, Julianne taught a variety of subjects, supervised students and field educators during student placements, and facilitated sessions on professional supervision.
In 2012, Julianne founded Arcadian Consulting to provide independent, quality services to people living in under-resourced areas in rural and remote NSW. Julianne’s social work identity and values are at the core of Arcadian Consulting, establishing a foundation of social justice and commitment to professional expertise that is carried into all the work Arcadian undertakes. Today, Arcadian Consulting provides quality assessment, training, and therapeutic services to rural, remote and metropolitan regions across Australia.
“I believe in helping families to care for their children and,
if that’s not possible, ensuring that children and safe and connected”.
Joanne has been a social worker for over two decades since completing her Bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of New South Wales in 1992.
Joanne’s first job as a qualified social worker was as a Caseworker in Foster Care and Residential Care in Sydney. Joanne then moved to Dubbo in Western NSW where she worked as a hospital social worker before establishing herself in private practice, where she engaged in counselling and group work.
Joanne has extensive experience in, and a constant curiosity for, counselling and therapeutic work with adults, children, and families. Joanne is very knowledgeable about therapeutic approaches and developmental trauma, having completed a Graduate Diploma of Resource Therapy in 2015 and training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with the Australian Childhood Association.
Joanne has been with Arcadian Consulting since its founding in 2012, bringing her experience, knowledge and skills to the Arcadian team across both the assessment and therapeutic fields.
Senior Consultant & Therapeutic Lead
the arcadian consulting team
Keith is a respected and proud Gamillaroi man with a career spanning over two decades in the Child Protection and OOHC field. Keith has extensive experience as an Aboriginal Manager Casework with Family and Community Services (FaCS) and has worked extensively across the Western region, covering communities such as Dubbo, Walgett, Coonamble and Bourke. Keith also has experience in Early Intervention, having managed the Brighter Futures (early intervention) program for its five-year duration.
Prior to stepping into the Child Protection/OOHC field, Keith taught Aboriginal art to students from across Australia at the Warrumbungle Education Centre.
Keith brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Arcadian, with his special areas of expertise being Child Protection and OOHC legislation and Early Intervention. Keith has been a part of Arcadian since its conception six years ago and continues to provide his expert services.
"My passion is ensuring children are safe and cared for. I don't want the things that happened in the past to happen for our kids today”.
Arcadian Consulting takes pride in completing all assessments to a high standard, reflective of our consultants’ professional expertise, with all assessments undergoing processes of collaboration, reflection, review, and Aboriginal consultation (for assessments including Aboriginal families, children and/or carers).
All assessments referred to Arcadian Consulting are reviewed and matched to an available, qualified consultant with the experience, skills and knowledge required according to the complexity of the assessment.
Arcadian Consulting is available to provide therapeutic services to children and carers in OoHC (in some locations). Arcadian therapeutic consultants are experienced in counselling and have specific knowledge of developmental trauma.
Therapeutic services offered by Arcadian Consulting include:
Arcadian Consulting works hard to provide dynamic, relevant and engaging training that can be provided within a group or one-on-one. Arcadian consultants are experienced in a variety of management, teaching and case management roles within Human Services and are also knowledgeable in current research, policy directions, and therapeutic approaches.
- Kinship Carer assessments
- New Carer assessments
- Guardianship assessments
- Carer reviews
- Complex carer reviews
- Aboriginal assessments and consultation
- Parenting capacity assessments
- Restoration assessments
- Other- please contact us to ask about any other assessment you require.
- Play-based therapy with children
- One-on-one counselling sessions with carers
- Therapeutic, trauma-focused support for kinship carers in preparation for placement of children
- Ongoing support for carers and children in placements.
- Training in Shared Stories Shared Lives
- Tailored training packages specific to the needs and contexts of foster carers and kinship carers
- Professional supervision and mentoring for caseworkers, managers, mediators, and other staff in the human services sector
- Collaborative work and mentoring with caseworkers in facilitating effective and best practice OOHC case-planning.