Who are the Supervisors?

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All of our supervisors are registered members with Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Charlene Pereira

Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Criminology). Master in Counselling, PhD candidature.

Clincial Supervisor and Clinical Member with PACFA.

Full Member Monash University Criminal Justice Research Consortium

Charlene has 20 years experience working in the criminal justice system with adult and young offenders. In 1999 she was awarded by the Department of Justice Community Corrections for achieving a consistently high standard of work performance in a difficult and challenging environment.

While working in private practice, she has been active in the implementation and delivery of professional development programs, and clinical supervision services for practitioners in the allied health field. She has been delivering clinical supervision groups for undergraduate and post graduate students at the Australian College of Applied Psychology for six years; and has provided clinical supervision and secondary consultation for staff working at Neami National, Court Integrated Services Program (CISP); Credit Bail; Court Services Victoria Family Violence Respondent and Applicant Practitioners; Department of Health and Human Services Youth Justice; and Victims Assistance and Counselling Programs.

In order to extend her knowledge and application of supervisory practices, Charlene is currently enrolled in her PhD with the Monash Criminal Justice Research Consortium where she is exploring the relationship between the style of professional supervision and practitioner skill development under the guidance of Professor Christopher Trotter.

Specialisations: family violence; mental illness and disability; substance use; aggressive and violent offender programs; trauma, gender and culturally responsive case management; restorative justice group conferencing, critical incident stress debriefing and defusing.

Verity Best

Bachelor Applied Social Science (Counselling); Voc Grad Dip Family Dispute Resolution.

Member ACA & VADR, Clinical Supervisor ACA

Verity is a qualified counsellor; family law dispute resolution practitioner and clinical supervisor. As a counsellor, she has had extensive experience in the provision of crisis and trauma counselling; family violence; and counselling for addictions, in particular gambling, alcohol and other drugs. In addition to this, Verity is accredited by the Attorney-General’s Department to provide mediation services to separated parents in relation to children’s matters.


As a mediator, Verity provides a safe platform for separated parents to discuss their children’s needs and develop a mutually agreeable parenting plan prioritising the safety and wellbeing of children. Verity works with many vulnerable families affected by family violence, substance abuse and mental health issues.

Charity Crandall

Grad Dip Counselling, Masters in Applied Social Science

Charity is a qualified counsellor with specialist knowledge and training in therapeutic interventions for families and couples, experiencing relationship issues.

Her Masters thesis focused on the impact of social media on intimate relationships. After completing her Masters degree, Charity became a tertiary educator with the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Through this work she discovered her passion for training and facilitating psycho-educational and supervision groups.

Charity is also a trained mindfulness and self compassion teacher, and uses these approaches to help promote self care and reflective practice.

Wayne Kinnane

Bachelor of Counselling; Grad Cert in AOD; Masters Social Work

Member ACA & AASW, Clinical Supervisor ACA


Wayne is a Counsellor and Social Worker with experience in providing counselling in alcohol and drugs, gambling, family violence, mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. Wayne has worked extensively with forensic clients and has a particular interest in working with affected family members, and perpetrators of Family Violence. Similarly, he has experience in risk assessment, and developing client centred safety plans in crisis situations. Wayne began his career as a telephone counsellor and has since worked for a number of years in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs with mandated and voluntary clients. Wayne uses an eclectic approach encompassing CBT, ACT, Reality Therapy, Trauma Informed Practice and Solution-focused therapy to support clients in achieving goals and improving outcomes for themselves and those around them.

Wayne also has experience in working with disadvantaged youth as a mentor through the YMCA, and has developed a particular interest in working with adolescents in school settings. 

Wayne’s passion for learning and critical reflection has led him to supporting others via clinical supervision including developing self-care plans with practitioners that enhance their practice and contribute to greater career sustainability and enjoyment.


Specialisations: AOD, Gambling, Mental Health, Family Violence, Risk Assessments, Accredited forensic assessor (DHHS); Clinical Supervision and Reflective Practice.

Maurice Grant-Drew

Bachelor Applied Social Science (Counselling), Masters in Social Work, Grad. Cert Client Assessment and Case Management MBCP

Member AASW, ACA Clinical Supervisor

Maurice is a qualified counsellor, social worker and clinical supervisor. He has extensive experience in the delivery of case management and counselling services, with specialised training and knowledge in the delivery of therapeutic programs for Indigenous communities and clients engaged in dual diagnosis programs in the south-eastern metropolitan region of Victoria.  


Maurice is a qualified Men's Behaviour Change Facilitator and is a member of the SMIFVP Perpetrator Interventions and Accountability Working Group which is part of the Strategic Pan for the Southern Metropolitan Family Violence Integrated Partnership responsible for the City of Casey, Greater Dandenong and Shire of Cardinia. 


As a clinical supervisor, Maurice works from a strengths-based, collaborative framework encouraging reflective practice as means to assist practitioners identify their strengths and limitations to help facilitate greater self-awareness and increase knowledge and skills to better understand, engage and motivate clients for change. 

Specialisations: family violence, family safety contact, mental health, Men's Behaviour Change Programs, indigenous counselling, grief and loss, alcohol and other drugs, reflective practice and worker well-being. 


Josette Pankhurst


Member ACA

Josette provides counselling to adults, children and adolescents. Josette works with children using a variety of modalities and has a special interest in trauma and its effects on the brain and behaviour. Because of this she provides effective and nurturing therapy to children where family violence has been part of their story.

She has also worked extensively with a range of other issues such as self-harm, grief and loss, parental conflict and trauma recovery. Josette uses a range of tools, games and activities to help children untangle their inner world in a way that helps them make sense of it. She helps them master the skills they need to manage their emotions in an often-complicated world. All this is done with a sense of hope for the future, and a belief that the child is capable of any change they they hope to achieve and the ability to heal from past hurts.

In all of her work Josette uses a trauma-informed approach. Josette also holds a Certificate in Supervision and is an ACA accredited clinical supervisor.