Narelle Fordham is a Psychologist with expertise in working with parents who are experiencing relationship issues and are in situations of family conflict and separation. Narelle is an experienced practitioner offering clinical services to families and she understands the complex realities of child and adolescent mental health.
Whilst practising as a psychologist Narelle commenced mediating after undertaking National Mediation Assessment and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner training at the NSW College of Law.
Narelle holds post graduate qualifications in Psychology, is a Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS), a Registered FDR practitioner with the Attorney General’s office, a Member of Resolution Institute, a professional member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Australian Chapter), a member of the Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT) and is endorsed by the Psychological Society of Australia (APS) to provide supervision and training to psychologists.
For over 20 years Narelle has been working with children, young people and families experiencing relationship, behavioural and/or parenting issues, across a variety of settings. Her extensive professional experience includes work in the fields of education, disabilities, child protection, and research at the University of New South Wales prior to establishing private practice.
Narelle has developed valuable skills in clinical assessment of children and families, and has extensive experience working with families facing a variety of difficulties with ranging levels of severity. Narelle has conducted seminars and workshops for parents to help them to find a reasonable and child-focused way of parenting their children post marital separation. Her practice focusses on educating separating parents about how to conduct respectful separation and she is experienced in assisting parents to establish sustainable parenting plans and post-separation relationships to effectively co-parent their children. With her vast knowledge of child development and years of experience working with families Narelle can assist parents in maintaining child-focussed communication and low conflict.
An essential part of the resolution process in any dispute is for the parties to consider the way the dispute may look from alternative perspectives and often this outcome can be promoted by active listening and open dialogue in joint sessions. Narelle is an innovative and involved mediator who will work with the parties to help them move towards a resolution by encouraging and facilitating such dialogue, by assisting the parties to obtain a better understanding of the other party’s position and by supporting the parties in the formulation of their own proposals for resolution.
Narelle recognises what is required in arranging ongoing parenting arrangements before, during and after any final Court Orders. She works from an empathetic, solution focussed framework, and helps clients understand their conflict in the context of family systemic theory. Narelle can issue section 60I certificates as required.
Narelle has worked with many individuals with disabilities, comorbid mental illness and substance use problems. She has extensive skills in assessment and management of risk in relation to the protection of vulnerable persons and has facilitated a multitude of programs for disadvantaged people who have been at risk of abuse or exploitation due to their dependency on others, (including those with intellectual or psychological disabilities, or from CALD backgrounds). Narelle has also provided assistance to clients who have experienced abuse or discrimination due to intellectual and developmental delays, mental illness, illiteracy, impaired capacity, alcoholism and drug dependence issues.
Between 2010 and 2015 Narelle worked as the senior Assessment Officer at the UNSW’s National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre. She implemented an international multi-site study investigating the prevalence of ADHD in substance use disorders (IASP). She is experienced in providing assessments and administering international screening instruments for adult ADHD specific clinical populations as well as competency assessments to identify brain injuries. At UNSW Narelle trained intern psychologists and presented research findings across a range of mediums
Psychologist, registered Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP), Attorney General's office
Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS)
Professional member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – Australian Chapter
Professional member, Resolution Institute Australia
Professional member, Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy
Appointed WDO sponsor - Work Development Orders - Department of Justice and the Office of State Revenue (OSR)
Appointed panel member Family Group Conference Facilitator by the Department of Communities and Justice (formally FACS & Dept of Justice).
Appointed NSW Justice of the Peace, Attorney General’s office
Registered Medicare Provider
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