Karen Shepherd: Programme Development and Training, Workshop Facilitation and Professional Supervision.

A graduate of Massey University, holding 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 over 25 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 included 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, Massey University.  Karen was also previously involved Paper Co-ordination for two papers with the Post Graduate Diploma of Social Service Supervision at Massey University Palmerston North.

Karen has had involvement in the Strengthening Families initiative, incorporating interagency training, and encouragement of collaborative principles in practice, and has also had a contract as service coordinator for the High and Complex Needs Unit (HCN).
Karen is an active member of ANZASW where she previously held a leadership role in her local branch for 10 years, involving her in strategic direction, facilitation, small project management and mentoring of new members into key roles.  Karen has also held the role of National Competency Assessor, which involved training social workers on the competency process. 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. 

Karen currently runs her own consultancy business, where she provides professional supervision to a wide variety of helping professionals, supervision training for CASA, 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.

Training and work under the auspices of The Project Team Ltd over recent times 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, and supervision training workshops for Mind and Body Ltd, various DHB’s, and NGO’s, as well as The Project Teams own suite of workshop opportunities.