Residential Programme Manager
Committed to upholding programme integrity and passionate about equipping others to live in freedom, Makerita Siaosi leads our team of dedicated practitioners. Makerita's role focuses on the day to day running of our Residential Programme including Intake and Transition Support. She brings a wealth of experience to her role – after studies in the Bachelor of Ministry programme at Laidlaw College, Makerita then undertook specialist training in therapeutic work. She has facilitated Criminogenics rehabilitation programmes and then trained and worked in Family Therapy working with young people with severe conduct disorder and their ecology. She also has extensive business management and Pastoral experience. Born in Samoa and raised in South Auckland, Makerita has a great sense of humour and loves rugby.
Our Programme Assistant holds a Bachelor of Nursing and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (mental health) at Auckland University. She has worked with a variety of different mental health teams within the Auckland community and joins us after a significant amount of time volunteering at the Watoto babies home in Uganda.
Originating from the Bay of Plenty Born she loves a good cup of coffee and exploring different parts of the world.
The Household Manager facilitates the daily operation of the Residential Home including consultation with the Dietician in the preparation of Meal Plans as well as supervising residents on various outings.
The therapy team includes Programme Staff along with our three Counsellors who have completed their Diploma in Counselling and have membership in the Christian Counsellors Association (NZCCA). Our Counsellors provide individual counselling to residents. Group process is also an important aspect of the programme that is facilitated by this team. This team participates in regular peer supervision as well as professional external supervision.
We contract a Qualified Dietitian (BSc Human Nutrition, PGDip Dietetics) to the service who provides monthly consultations to residents who are supported by Programme Staff.
This role assists those applying for the programme and supports the applicants through the intake process. This involves working with the applicant and their current support system to help determine whether a residential programme would be beneficial. Alternatively other services may be recommended. Our Intake Coordinator holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Psychology (Hons) and a Diploma in Education (Guidance Counselling). She has had broad experience in a variety of social work roles.
Transitional Care Coordinator
The Transitional Care Coordinator works alongside graduates for 12 months, helping them transition back into community after being in the programme. Having completed a Bachelor of Social Work at Massey University our Transitional Care Coordinator has primarily worked with children and their families both in New Zealand and overseas.
Our support staff are employed to provide programme supervision and care for residents during night's and weekends. While not providing clinical input for residents they are trained in accessing these services for residents should they be required and also have on-call clinical support and supervision available from day programme staff. Our support staff come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences; these often include counselling students, social work students, teachers, teaching and nursing students, those with experience and interest in youth work and pastoral care.
The young women in the programme have access to specialist doctors and medical professionals as and when required.
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