Tanya Michelle

Tanya Michelle

Professional Education

  • 2011 Therapeutic Horticulture: Programming That Enhances Growth
  • 2011 Establishing a Community Garden
  • 2010 Social Media For Small Business
  • 2009 Business Marketing Essentials
  • 2007 Sexual Abuse, Comorbidity and Substance Abuse
  • 2007 Communicating and Connecting with Aboriginal People
  • 2007 Understanding & Standing Under People who Experience Psychosis
  • 2007 Safe Sexuality; Boundary Setting & Protective Behaviours
  • 2007 The Boston Training Approach For Recovery from Mental Illness
  • 2006 Small Business Essentials
  • 2005 Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy
  • 2004 Clearing The Way; Supporting youth with same sex attraction / reducing suicide risk
  • 2003 Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention


Having spent recent years combining self employment with motherhood I am returning to my professional discipline of social work. The position I am seeking will ideally be one in which I can bring the breadth of my skills and experience in Human Services, Business and The Arts. Being of Aboriginal background, of special interest to me is the interrelationship between wellbeing of the natural environment and wellbeing of the Aboriginal community. My long term career goal is to study a Masters in Urban Horticulture and enter the field of Therapeutic Horticulture with a focus on Aboriginal people living in urban locales.

Work History

Work History
Sep 2006 - Present

Business Manager & Events Coordinator

TSK Eventure

TSK Eventure is a family business operating Nationally promoting contemporary music tours, events and venues. My role incorporates both business and event management. As a start up business manager I established and managed all business systems, accounting and compliance requirements. I undertook the design and maintenance of our website and social media presence, developed and implemented our green business policy and managed human resource needs. As an event coordinator my role involves the planning of artist itineraries, travel and accommodation needs, on site hospitality, production logistics and budget management. These roles are performed in sync with relevant publicity and marketing campaigns. 

2005 - Present

Student Drug Counsellor

Perth Community Drug Service Team

While on final year placement I provided Alcohol and Other Drug counselling for individuals and families based on a harm reduction approach. I facilitated groups and art therapy sessions working with both voluntary and involuntary clients in Police and Court Diversion programs and within Cannabis Education Seminars. I also designed and presented a drug and alcohol harm reduction workshop for final year high school students. 

2004 - Present

Student Community Worker

Thungula Goothada Family Support Legal Centre

Thungula Goothada Family Support Legal Centre delivered a variety of Aboriginal focused programs that I worked in while on placement. Work undertaken included legal assistance, advocacy, referral, sexual assault counselling, family violence assistance, general counselling, crisis intervention and emergency relief. I worked with the  Bringing Them Home counsellor and Link Up programs coordinating a reunion event for people who had grown up on a Goldlfields mission. I also delivered an education unit on professional self care for Aboriginal Health students of Bega Health Service, the auspice agency of Thungula Goothada, and a cultural competency workshop for non-indigenous workers of the Goldfields women's health service.

Feb 2007 - Dec 2007

Community Mental Health Worker

Ruah Community Services

As a community mental health worker I supported people experiencing significant mental illness. My role was to assist people in meeting their mental health and social goals, to improve their quality of life and enhance their recovery journey. This work was conducted  through person-to-person contact and included other members of family where appropriate. The Ruah service framework is a client centred, holistic strengths based model focussing on the social, creative, educational, health and emotional well being of clients. My core responsibilities included client assessments and eligibility for service, management of case load and case notes, group work in art therapy,  and team development of cultural competency with Aboriginal clients. One of my key achievements was to initiate and coordinate an Aboriginal Mental Health Forum to learn the mental health needs of the local Aboriginal community and service providers. A range of stakeholders were invited including local Aboriginal people and their Elders, local Aboriginal service agencies, community members, consumers,  and local, state and federal government representatives. The results of this symposium were then used to further research need and to structure and inform services specific to the mental health needs of the Aboriginal Community.

Feb 2002 - Aug 2006

Centrelink Social Worker

Department of Human Services

I was awarded an Indigenous Social Work Cadetship with Centrelink in 2002, completing study during semester and working during study break as a social worker under supervision. On completion of my degree I was employed as a qualified social worker. My role as a  social worker was to assess vulnerable customer claims for social security payments pertaining to; personal crisis, domestic violence, young people unable to live at home and carer payment for youth and the elderly. Along with statutory requirements my role included counselling and referral for clients experiencing; living difficulty due to age and fragility, drug and alcohol issues, mental health problems, intellectual disability, relationship breakdown, bereavement, grief and loss, homelessness, suicide risk, natural disasters, gambling problems, child protection concerns, child support issues, and domestic violence. In addition to case work I contributed to improvement of services by gathering and giving feedback on service gaps and the needs of vulnerable clients,  undertaking community development with other agencies and services, and in influencing a positive organisational culture.





Project Management

Resource allocation and budget management skills Short and long term planning capacities Report writing ability Review, revision, monitor and evaluation skills Supervision and leadership skills Time management skills Works well independently and as part of a team Delegation and crisis management ability

PC, IT & Social Media

  Proficient word processing, email, program and data entry ability Internet research skills Website content creation aptitude Social media proficiencies  

Problem Solving Skills

  Creative and critical thinker Ability to apply theory and frameworks Mental tenacity under stressful circumstances Strategic thinker with ability to influence outcomes Conflict resolution skills with win/win results    

Interpersonal Skills

  Genuine interest in people and ability to convey empathy Posseses an open and approachable manner Self reflective and insightful Awareness of cultural protocols in communicating with Aboriginal people Ability to listen, question and clarify information clearly  


Aug 2012

Australian Drivers Licence

Western Australian Government
Jul 2011

Mental Health First Aid

University of Melbourne

Australian Police Clearance

South Australian Police
Aug 2010

Working with Children Check

Government of Western Australia

Social Work Registration

Australian Association of Social Workers
Sep 2005

Drumbeat Music Therapy Practitioner

Holyoake Drug Service



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