Mental Health Social Worker
Sam Whybrow is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker who provides psychological support for children and adolescents.
In particular, Sam can assist children and their families who have concerns and disorders relating to stress, anxiety, eating, trauma, substance use, depression, attention-deficits, autism and more.
Sam studied a Bachelor of Social Work at Deakin University, graduating in 2011. Over the past 10 years he has engaged in a number of specialist training opportunities including:
- Somatic Trauma Advanced Critical Training
- Dyadic Developmental Practice
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Foundations Training
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Comprehensive Training 2020
- Advanced Trauma Informed Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Training
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Understanding the Neurobiology of Complex Trauma
- Identifying and Responding to Sexualised Behaviour
- Nurturing Attachments
- Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK)
- Circle of Security
- Animal Assisted Therapy.
Sam’s clinical experience has included social work roles within Education Queensland and Queensland Health, as well as private practice and other non-government organisations. He has worked with children, adults and families of many different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities, including Australian first nations people. He has also led a range of teams and services, including roles as Clinical Manager of a perinatal and pre-natal mental health service in Ipswich, and Clinical Manager of Headspace centres.
Sam is a fully credentialed provider of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and is on the Executive Team of The Australian DBT Institute. DBT is a type of evidence-based psychotherapy that focuses on behavioural change for individuals with extreme emotions and distress. Sam completed his DBT training and review of his service delivery model at Headspace Ipswich where he led a team that developed and implemented a DBT youth program.
Other clinical approaches used by Sam include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psycho-education, Somatic Therapy, Somatic Trauma Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
In short, Sam will adapt his approach for each child and their family in a way that will lead to the best possible outcomes.
When Sam is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family (both human and animal family) at home as well as riding his Harley Davidson. He has a number of dogs that he works with to provide families with Animal Assisted Therapy where appropriate and needed.
Further information and resources
– Australian DBT Institute – FAQs about Dialectical Behaviour Therapy