Elisabeth Shaw BA(Hons.) MCFT, MProfEthics, MMgt (Comm.) Dip. Supervision, Cert IV (Workplace Trainer) MAPS (CCOUNS, CCLIN).
Elisabeth is a clinical and counselling psychologist with further Masters degrees in couple and family therapy, professional ethics and management. She has 25 years experience specialising in relationship issues, working with individuals, couples and families. She has extensive training in a range of therapeutic approaches, and is a registered Medicare provider. Elisabeth has lectured in Couple and Family Therapy in the Masters programs at the University of New South Wales, Australian Catholic University and Jansen Newman Institute.
She also teaches in the Graduate Diploma for Relationships Australia. Elisabeth is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and the APS Counselling and Clinical colleges. She is endorsed by AHPRA as a clinical and counselling psychologist. She is a clinical member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy, and a Master Clinician of the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors, and is on the Register of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.
Case consultation/clinical supervision
For the past 18 years Elisabeth supervises and consults extensively to individuals and teams across a range of public and private services related to drug and alcohol issues, women’s services, sexual assault, migration and settlement, child protection and disability. In addition she consults to many clinicians in private practice in areas related to relationship and family issues, and focussed psychological strategies. Elisabeth has lectured in Couple and Family Therapy and/or professional ethics in the Masters programs at the University of New South Wales, Australian Catholic University and Jansen Newman Institute. She also teaches in the Graduate Diploma for Relationships Australia. She teaches in the Graduate Certificate in Supervision and Consultation for Relationships Australia NSW.
Elisabeth is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and the APS Counselling and Clinical colleges. She is endorsed by AHPRA as a clinical and counselling psychologist. She is a clinical member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy, and a Master Clinician of the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors, and is on the Register of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.
Elisabeth has a particular interest in ethics and is a supervisor and consultant with the St James Ethics Centre. This includes provision of an Ethics Counsel for impaired practitioners. Elisabeth has published her work in areas of clinical practice, supervision and ethics. A selected list is available for view.
Elisabeth Shaw co-founded and co-manages a busy therapy practice of ten practitioners in Drummoyne NSW. Elisabeth previously worked as a Manager and Director for Relationships Australia NSW and has had a number of board positions. She has a Masters Degree in Management (Community) as well as a Masters degree in Professional Ethics. She has worked extensively with middle and senior managers in not-for-profit and public sector organisations providing
- management/executive coaching, consultation and training
- team/organisational training and development
- ethical reflection and development
Her expertise is focused on
(1) clinical governance, that is the processes, structures and quality provisions required for effective service delivery, and
(2) the management of human capital; that is, specific people management skills as well as the guiding of key processes relating to change, ethics, conflict, morale, team building and performance management.
Elisabeth has lectured in Human Resource Management at University of Newcastle, School of eBusiness & Management and in the Graduate School of Business (MBA Program). She also teaches regularly in the university and private sector in areas of clinical practice and ethics. She is a supervisor at the St James Ethics Centre and provides a specialist consultancy under their name called Ethics Counsel for (ethically) impaired practitioners.
Elisabeth has published her work in areas of clinical practice, ethics and clinical governance.
Michael Carroll & Elisabeth Shaw (2012) Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions; Making Difficult Life and Work Decisions; Melb.: Psychoz; (2013) UK: Jessica Kingsley Pub.
Elisabeth Shaw & Jim Crawley (2007) (Eds.) Couple Therapy in Australia, Issues Emerging from Practice; Melb. Psychoz.
Elisabeth Shaw & Jan Breckenridge (2013) Reciprocal influences – Exploring the intertwining identities of therapist and mother, in Mothering and Psychoanalysis: Feminist, Sociological and Clinical Perspectives, Beuskens,P. (Ed.) Toronto: Demeter Press.
The slide into boredom: Sexual complacency in long term relationships, in Elisabeth Shaw & Jim Crawley (2007) (Eds.) Couple Therapy in Australia, Issues Emerging from Practice; Melb. Psychoz.
A comprehensive approach: The family safety model in working with domestic violence; co-authored with A. Bouris and S. Pye, in Challenging Silence, Innovative responses to Sexual and Domestic Violence, Jan Breckenridge and Lesley Laing (1999) (Eds), Allen and Unwin, Australia.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Judgement and Post Modern Practice (2013) Psychotherapy in Australia, Feb.
Relational ethics and moral imagination in contemporary systemic practice, ANZJ of Fam. Therapy, 2011 April.
Ethics and couple and family therapy, In-Psych, 2011 March.APS Melbourne.
The Family Safety Program: a comprehensive strategy for working with Domestic Violence; co-authored with A. Bouris and S. Pye, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 16(4).
Guilt and the Working Parent co-authored with Dr Ailsa Burns, Australian Journal of Sex Marriage and the Family 1992.
The training of receptionists as part of the clinical team Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy 1996.
Invited Rejoinder to a paper by Wileman, R. and Wileman, B.: Towards Balancing Power in Domestic Violence Relationships, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 16(4)
Evidence based couple therapy: A perspective on (clarity of) theory and (messiness of) practice The CAPA Quarterly: 2010
Ethical competence in couple and family therapy The CAPA Quarterly 2013
Evolving thoughts on ethical maturity The CAPA Quarterly 2013Ongoing column since 2009 on ethical issues in counselling practice titled “Sacred cows and sleeping dogs” for Psychotherapy in Australia.
The Pointy End of Supervision: Managing Legal, Ethical and Performance Issues in the Nurturing Space of Supervision Psychotherapy in Australia, May.
The Anxiety in Maintaining the Couple Relationship, Psychotherapy in Australia, 2001 May.
Engaging men in relationship counselling: issues for female therapists, coauthored with Julie Beauchamp, Psychotherapy in Australia, 2005 vol 6 (3) pp26-37.
Invited/Keynote Conference Presentations
International Conference on Supervision, Institute of Psychiatry, Sydney 2003 Pre conference workshop and conference presentation Shouldering all burdens:
Managing the invitation to be ethical backstop;
Keynote address: SCAPE conference Sydney 2012: Ethical trainers and training in ethical maturity
Keynote address: SCAPE conference ACT 2008: Ethics in teaching counselling and psychotherapy
Keynote address: Synergy Conference, Wollongong 2008. Deconstructing codependency and alternative frames of reference;
Pre Conference workshop: Family therapy intervention with problems of substance misuse
Invited address: ANZAP conference, Sydney 2008: Postmodernism and supervision practice
Keynote address: The Anxiety in Maintaining the Couple Relationship, Psychotherapy in Australia conference, Melbourne.
Australian Psychological Society Counselling College Conference (Feb. 2013) (1)
Working with ethical injuries and transgressions in couple and family practice; (2)
Maintaining ethical practice in a complex counselling environment.
Working with complex couples, Australian & NZ Family Therapy Conference, Sydney 2010.
Sexual Complacency in Long Term Relationships Australian & NZ Family Therapy Conference, Sydney 2008.
Sexual Complacency in Long Term Relationships” Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors Symposium, Sydney 2008.
Workshop: Sexual Liberation, lasciviousness & letdowns in the new millennium, Australian Association of Marriage & Family Counsellors national conference, Sydney.
Engaging and Retaining Men in Therapy: Issues for Female Therapists in Working with Men in Relationship Counselling; Men and Therapy Conference, Sydney;
LAFS Conference on Men’s Issues, Canberra.
High Desire, Sexual Addiction or Harassment? Utilising multiple discourses in working with men who present with heightened sexual needs. A&NZ Family
Therapy Conference, Adelaide (1997) and Psychotherapy in Australia conference (1999).
Riding the Rapids: Working with Extreme Couple Turbulence, Conference Paper, ANZ Family Therapy Conference, 2009 Sydney.
“Wild at Home”: Working with adolescents who are violent to their parents, cowritten and presented at the 1992 Australian and New Zealand Family Therapy
Conference, Melbourne, with Julie Beauchamp and Margaret Condonis.
Invited pre-conference workshop:
The philosophy and pragmatics of ethics in supervision, International Conference on Supervision, Institute of Psychiatry, Sydney 2003.
Betrayal and forgiveness Counselling Association of South Australia (2011)
Evidence based couple therapy (2010) Staff Training Event (1 day) Relationships Australia Vic.
Relational fairness, equity & other relationship myths; revisiting the contribution of contextual family therapy, Relationships Australia NSW Professional
Development Series 2008. The impact of Cancer on Couple & Family Relationships, Australian Cancer Society Conference, 2006.