Programme Development and Training, Workshop Facilitation and Professional Supervision.

Karen is a graduate of Massey University with a Bachelor of Social Work (1992), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Service Supervision (2002). She is a full member of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) and is a Registered Social Worker with a current annual practising certificate.

Karen has worked as a social worker and supervisor for nearly 30 years, both within the Health, Statutory and NGO sectors.  All her roles have involved a training component beginning with training of Foster Parents in the 1990’s, and more recently including an extensive role in training within Professional Supervision programmes for Health and Government agencies provided by the Practice Research and Professional Development Hub within the School of Health and Social Services, (now the School of Social Work) at Massey University.  Karen has also previously been involved in teaching and paper co-ordination the Post Graduate Diploma of Social Service Supervision at Massey University Palmerston North also previously held a contract to assist with supervision training for CASA.

Karen has had involvement in the Strengthening Families initiative, incorporating interagency training, and encouragement of collaborative principles in practice, and previously had a contract as service coordinator for the High and Complex Needs Unit (HCN).

Training and work under the auspices of The Project Team Ltd has included providing input as a subject matter expert for the design and development of strengths-based primary health integrated case management framework, and then subsequent training to a multi-disciplinary team in the use of this framework; supervision training workshops for Mind and Body Ltd, various DHB’s, and NGO’s; consultation and review of organisations’ supervision policies, as well as facilitating The Project Teams own suite of workshops.

Karen is an active member of ANZASW where she previously held a leadership role in her local branch, and held the role of National Competency Assessor. In 2014 Karen was elected onto the National Governance Board of ANZASW, and held the role of National President for a short time.

Karen is passionate about supervision and has been involved in paper presentations and workshops on supervision at four supervision conferences. 

In addition to work with The Project team, Karen runs her own consultancy business, where she provides professional supervision to a wide variety of helping professionals, workshops and strategic visioning, and meeting facilitation for a variety of organisations, (including WINZ, MoE and other NGO and Government organisations) and is also still involved in some teaching for the School of Social Work, Massey University, Palmerston North.

Karen Shepherd

Programme Development and Training, Workshop Facilitation and Professional Supervision
Email Karen Shepherd or phone or text +6421 2580191