Welcome to Reflective Practice Group

Chris Dawber

Psychotherapist, group facilitator, clinical supervisor & credentialed mental health nurse.

I am a mental health nurse with 40 years experience working with health care professionals, non-government agencies and emergency services in a range of public and private settings. I have a history of involvement with peer support programs and the mental health consumer movement, dating back to the early 1990’s. I have established and run disaster recovery, critical incident stress management and reflective practice group programs in a range of institutional and community settings.

I have been providing clinical supervision for over 25 years; having trained at the University of Queensland, ‘Mindful’ Centre in Victoria  and Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning.  I have particular experience in, and passion for, the facilitation of reflective practice groups and supervision of supervision. In 2006 I began researching and developing a reflective practice group model as a form of group clinical supervision for nurses and midwives.

My Integrative approach draws from Humanistic-Existential, Interpersonal, Psycho-dynamic,Ego-state and Cognitive Behavioural frameworks; including the use of mindfulness techniques and hypnosis. I have a particular interest in the mental health of health professionals and support workers; with a focus on the interpersonal aspects and personal costs of caring, exploring ways to enhance effectiveness and resilience.


Master of MH: Psychotherapy (UQ)

Master of Mental Health Nursing (USC)

Certificate of Developmental Psychiatry – Melbourne

Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis & Strategic Therapy (AICHP)

Credentialed Mental health Nurse (ACMHN)




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Dr Melissa Wiemers

Organisational psychologist, group facilitator, and STAP Accredited Supervisor

I am an organisational psychologist with 15+ years’ experience and am passionate about the undiscussables in healthcare systems. In my work with clinicians, I am interested in moral distress, clinical ethics, empathy, and recovery rituals.

I have specialist expertise in post incident support, have deployed peer support programs in metro and regional facilities, championed reflective practice group programs – including the supervision of developing facilitators, led Schwartz Rounds, and have supported health care leaders in human-centred design and system transformation.

As an integrative practitioner my therapeutic models include narrative, existential, solution focussed, and systemic approaches. I have worked across public and private sectors, including not-for-profit postvention bereavement support.


Doctor of Philosophy (Organisational Psychology)

Bachelor Behavioural Science, Hons (Psych)

Accredited Reflective Practice Group Facilitator

STAP Accredited Supervisor

SHL/CEB Assessment Suite Accreditation

Masters of Counselling/Narrative Therapy – Current