Barbara is originally from the United States where she ran her own consultancy practice in Illinois. She was invited by the then Minister for Community Services in Western Australia to develop her Department’s State-wide child protection program and after 5 trips back and forth, she has settled in Australia.
Dr Meddin holds degrees acquired in the United States of America including a Bachelors of Sociology and Psychology, a clinical Masters of Social Work, and a Ph. D. in Social Work and Political Science (politics) Managing Human Service Agencies as well as credentials in providing agency based training.
Barbara authored the first WA government agency based supervision policy in Western Australia in 1992 and has written a number others since then. She is also published in the area including being author of a chapter on implementing agency based supervision in a text published by Columbia University Press.
She has provided a range of different human service training workshops including a significant number in respect to supervising staff and students, all of which have been extremely well received. In addition to today’s workshop she has also presented other supervision workshops including supervising staff and students where there are performance problems as well as a workshop designed for supervisees called getting the Most Out of Your Supervision.
Her career includes experience working in the fields of child protection, juvenile justice, corrections, domestic violence, elder protection, tertiary education, early childhood and parenting, economic security, policy development, and management including testifying as an expert witness both in Australia and overseas.
Her current responsibilities as the Principal of Human Services Consulting include providing customized training workshops for a range of non-government and government agencies, writing policy documents for agencies, a number of which has been to author supervision policies, undertaking external supervision for human service workers, research and evaluation, providing client assessments for Court and non-statutory purposes, strategic planning sessions and individual coaching and mentoring, again a number of which have been about supervising staff. She also has testified as an expert witness in the Children’s Court, the Family Court, and the Coroner’s Court.
She has been involved with multiple Boards over the years and is currently President of the Board of Directors, Society for Professional Social Workers.