Karen is a Registered Counsellor (Master of Counselling, University of Queensland), and a certified Neuropsychotherapy Practitioner. She is the managing director of CORTXION – Counselling and Consulting where the focus is on child wellbeing, education and behaviour consultancy. Karen is an educator with experience in primary, secondary and tertiary level classrooms. Her roles have included classroom teaching, administration and coordinating education opportunities for families in home school environments. She has provided professional assistance to educators in Australia and internationally. Her work involves school consultations to support teachers and assist families in relationship building and working with children when there may be behavioural challenges. Her studies into brain science and neuropsychotherapy has enabled her to incorporate excellent educational practice with the neurobiological evidence behind why certain strategies are effective and other approaches can be detrimental to student learning and wellbeing. Karen has co-authored with Matthew Dahlitz, The Teachers Essential Guide to the Brain, an educational resource for educators, administrators and parents.
Karen’s work as a Counsellor includes specializing in childhood loss, grief and trauma. She has authored the storybook Benson the Boxer: A Story of Loss and Life and Benson the Boxer Program for Loss and Grief: A Manual for Therapists, Educators and Parents Working with Children. These books are psychoeducational tools for assisting children and young people who experience loss and find themselves in a ‘stuck’ place, unable to move forward.
Karen’s work takes her into the business sector assisting employers and employees with relationship building, individual wellbeing, workplace challenges (particular restructure and redundancies). Karen is a regular presenter at conferences, businesses meetings, community groups, schools and youth groups.
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Listing Title: Karen Ferry