Belinda Shine graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Social Work in 1999. Her strong sense of social justice and commitment to the right of all humans to be treated with dignity and respect fuelled her desire to undertake this degree.
From as early as Belinda’s final social work practicum, Social Work in Catholic Schools, she developed a strong passion for, and interest in, counselling with children. The desire to help children has been an ongoing motivation for all that she does. Since becoming a mother herself, Belinda brings personal experience of parenting to her clinical practice.
Belinda was an employee of Centrecare Inc for eight years, and during this time she worked across many of the services offered at this agency. Belinda has worked in outreach services, has had significant involvement in the area of family and domestic violence and fulfilled numerous and varied roles. These include group facilitation, both with victims (women and children), and perpetrators of domestic violence. For several years, Belinda took on the role of specialist Domestic Violence Service – Child Counsellor, and after finishing in this role provided clinical supervision to her successor in the role. Belinda was integral to the development of child counselling processes while at Centrecare. The refurbishment of the children’s therapy room was a project for which Belinda took primary responsibility. Since her employment at Centrecare where she was able to work across a variety of setting and with a broad number of issues, Belinda has continued a similar journey working in various contexts. Most recently, two years in Broome and the Kimberley have added significantly to her knowledge, understanding and experience. This change also brought the opportunity to expand her knowledge in the area of Palliative Care and supporting patients and families dealing with end of life issues.
Belinda has provided clinical supervision for over sixteen years. This is an area of professional practice for which she has enthusiasm and ongoing interest.
Joining her mother in Private Practice had been a long held career goal and this was fulfilled in 2009. Belinda is an accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).