Shane Fotheringham

Social Worker

Shane is an experienced Qualified Social worker with a many years practice relating to child protection matters and is trained as a Family Therapist and Systemic practitioner, with expertise in working with children, young people and families. Originally from the UK Shane spent several years working with children and families from various cultural backgrounds where multiple complex issues needed to be worked with. Shanes practice is trauma informed and routed in theories of human development and growth across the whole of the lifespan which is interwoven into his family therapy practice.  Along with practicing at Bower place Shane also teaches in the school of Psychology, Social Work and Social Science at the University of South Australia, where he is also completing his PhD.

Shane’s experience includes working with complex behavioural and emotional issues and dysregulation in children inclusive of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Shane also has experience of working with individuals, couples and families where there are general anxiety disorders and depression, issues of grief and loss, Alcohol or Drug use, complex mental health matters and with families where there are comorbid issues.

Shane works systemically with individuals, families and the wider community, with a key focus on exploring relational patterns, how they may be sustaining problems and what strengths can be utilised to address these. As well as the above Shane’s interests include working with couples to help solve issues of conflict and improve relationship functioning.