New Telehealth Provisional Psychology Role Helping Families

New Telehealth Provisional Psychology Role Helping Families

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Emily Kumpis started at Tweddle in 2018 as an Early Parenting Professional (EPP) after finishing her Graduate Diploma of Psychology. Her interest in the perinatal psychology field and her passion for supporting parents and families with young children led her to Tweddle. Her psychology studies have how seen her EPP role expand.

A new provisional psychologist role has been created which will see Emily offer a Telehealth Provisional Psychology service to families experiencing vulnerability.

She spoke about her new role and responsibilities; “I have been fortunate enough to complete the 4 + 2 pathway (4 years study and 2 years supervision) to psychology registration here at Tweddle. This means I am able to practice as a provisional psychologist under the supervision of both Tweddle’s Registered Psychologist Jess and my external supervisor for the next 2 years” she said.

Emily uses various evidence base therapies including acceptance commitment therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Circle of Security principles.

In consultation with Tweddle’s Psychologist and Nurse Unit Manager, Emily developed a pilot program called the ‘Telehealth Provisional Psychology Program. She explained that the program will allow her to engage with clients who have been referred into the residential program via internal review and on the standby list, who may need mental health support prior to their admission.

“This additional support is hoping to help parents to work through any mental health challenges and alleviate any additional stress before coming onto the unit’ she said. “I complete the sessions via Zoom or phone call either weekly or fortnightly depending on the family’s needs.”

Her kind and non-judgemental approach to supporting her clients is a real asset to Tweddle. One of her priorities is to understand each parent’s experiences and identify adaptive coping strategies.

Emily has chosen the Telehealth pathway as it can be hard for parents to manage their busy routines juggling their children’s needs and their own mental health. The new telehealth program allows for greater flexibility.


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