Simon Benjamin: Chief Executive Officer

Qualifications: BSc Hons (Psychology)

Biography: Simon has worked in the out-of-home residential care, mental health and disability sectors for over 13 years. He has a great deal of experience working with children, young people and their families from backgrounds of complex trauma and has worked in a number of therapeutic settings, including the Mulberry Bush School in the United Kingdom, a specialist therapeutic community and a recognised international leader in the field.


Roseanna Hughes: Systems and Knowledge Support

Qualifications: BHSc/BSW Student

Biography: Roseanna is a member of the Lighthouse Institute and supports all aspects of core business including training, clinical consultancy and research.  She also works as a Community Care Worker in the Lighthouse Foundation Care Team. Roseanna is completing the final year of her double bachelor’s degree in Health Science and Social Work at Monash University. She has a particular interest in trauma and attachment, counselling, mental health and social justice.

Carly Cameron: Consultant

Qualifications: BBehSc, BSc (Hons), MAPS, PhD Candidate

Biography: Carly Cameron is a psychologist and approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.  Carl’s previous experience includes working at the Lighthouse Foundation as the Clinical Care Manager and as Director of Lighthouse Institute, managing clinical services, trainings and support for external organisations.

Carly has worked for over fifteen years as a psychologist in Australia and the UK in community-based settings, secure psychiatric settings, child protection, foster and kinship care and in private practice as a clinician providing consultation to individuals and agencies regarding trauma-informed practice. Carly has a passion for delivering high quality evidence-based training and workshops, and has extensive experience working in and managing teams that work with traumatised children, young people and adults.  She lectures on a casual basis at Victoria University and is also currently completing a PhD at Murdoch University in the area of Attachment and Psychopathology.


Helen Lenga: Consultant

Qualifications: BBehSc., BSW, MAPS, AAFT

Biography: Helen is a member of the Lighthouse Institute Training and Consultancy Team and an advanced practitioner of trauma informed practice. She has over 30 years’ experience working in the field of trauma as a Psychotherapist, Trainer, Consultant and Supervisor. Her career spans work in the Child and Adolescent program at the Austin Hospital, training in Family Therapy at the Bouverie Centre, involvement in Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) KidsMatter Early Childhood Project, and work with the Queen Elizabeth Centre (QEC), as well as private practice with individuals and consultancy for a range of organisations.

Helen has experience in developing training programs such as the Preschool Field Officer project on Trauma, Attachment and Neurobiological Development for the Department of Education and Early Childhood, and has developed the Gong Shi Project, an international training program for the mental health and well-being of young children. Helen visits China regularly to deliver training to orphanage staff, teachers and mental health workers. She has a special interest in culture, trauma and attachment and has been researching this area for a number of years.

Helen is often invited to present at conferences and seminars; recent examples include a presentation at the Melbourne Journey to Recovery International Conference of Attachment and Trauma Informed Practice, the Keynote address at the Mildura Best Start Early Years Conference, guest speaker at the Colac Area Health Family Services and Early Years Forum and presenter at the Strengths and Assets Summit at The University of Newcastle. Helen is also a lecturer in the Master of Counseling and Psychological Health and Master of Art Therapy at LaTrobe University.

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Dr Jennifer Rice: Consultant

Qualifications: BBehSc (Hons), PhD, MAPS

Biography: Jenni is a member of the Lighthouse Institute Training and Consultancy Team, and a Clinical Supervisor in the Lighthouse Foundation Care and Wellness Teams. Jenni is an endorsed Community and Health Psychologist, with particular interests in social psychology and interpersonal relationships. She is also an approved generalist and specialist supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia, and a qualified Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

Jenni works in private practice as a clinician, relationship counsellor and family mediator with individuals, couples and families and also provides consultation and training to out of home care sector agencies in trauma informed practice, interpersonal neurobiology and attachment. Prior to her engagement with Lighthouse, Jenni worked as an academic at Victoria University where she conducted research into contact in out of home care. She has a commitment to improving the welfare and outcomes for children and young people in out of home care, and a passion to extend research and the empirical knowledge base in this field.

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Dr Erin Holloway: Consultant

Qualifications: BAppSci., Post.Grad.Dip.App.Psych., PhD (Clin.Psych.)., Cert. IV. T&A

Biography: Erin is a member of the Lighthouse Institute Training and Consultancy Team. She is a Clinical Psychologist and is currently a Senior Clinician and Clinical Supervisor with MacKillop Family Services Psychology Clinic. She has worked extensively in community services and NGO’s including Mind Australia, Wesley Mission (Youth Services), and as a counselling supervisor at Lifeline. Erin has a wide range of experiences as a clinical supervisor and is a Fellow with Cairnmillar Institute, a trainer across a range of services, a mentor for the Swinburne Academic Personal Best program, and researcher with Swinburne Brain & Psychological Sciences Research Centre. She has also played an integral role in the development and implementation of online crisis and support services for Lifeline and the Academic Personal Best program.

Erin has an interest in recovery from adversity and mental illness that stemmed from her work with young people and completed a PhD on the subject. She has special interests in Positive Psychology and consumer-driven research, and in particular, peoples unique journey and subjective experiences and how this can assist recovery. Erin also has a passion for trauma-informed practice and creating safe and supportive organisations and environments for recovery.

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Debrah Clinch: Consultant

Qualifications: (BSW, AMHSW, Grad Dip Family Therapy, Cert 1V Training and Assessment)

Biography: Debrah is a member of the Lighthouse Institute Training and Consultancy Team. As an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Family Therapist, she has over 25 years of experience in counselling, supervision and case management roles in a variety of community services in the Family and Children’s, and Mental Health sectors. Debrah has extensive practice knowledge and expertise regarding the trauma of child abuse, family violence and sexual assault, in particular. She is registered with ATAPS as a specialist counsellor in these areas, and also in working with children. Alongside running her own counselling, consultancy and clinical supervision practice, Debrah works as a Senior Trainer/Consultant in a statewide Family Violence organisation. She has been in this role for the past 10 years. As part of her private practice, she is based in a school as a counsellor one day per week. Debrah was a volunteer Network Coordinator for the Mental Health Professional Network for 2 years, which involved organising professional development seminars for members. She is passionate about advocating for human rights, assisting survivors of interpersonal trauma through their recovery journey using a Trauma Informed lens, and educating practitioners in improving service delivery.

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Patrick Tomlinson: International Practice Development

Qualifications: BSc, MA, PgDip

Biography: Patrick’s work with traumatised children spans from 1985, as a residential care worker, numerous Director Roles (Operations, Practice Development, Strategic Development, Staff Training and Development), clinician, consultant and author.

He began his career at the Cotswold Community in the UK, a ‘therapeutic community for emotionally disturbed boys’ and worked there for 14 years, the last six as Assistant Principal. Following a two-year period working with Young Options (UK) as Head of Therapy and Regional Director, he joined SACCS (UK) as a Director in 2002.  SACCS provides an integrated treatment program for traumatised children, in residential and foster care.  He had a lead role in the development of the SACCS Recovery Program and significant growth of the organisation.  Since 2008 he has been working independently with organisations and individuals.

Patrick began his work with Lighthouse in 2010.  His main interest is in assisting the development of organisations and individuals working with children and young people who have been traumatised by abuse and neglect.  In recent years he has provided services in UK, Japan, Australia, Ireland and Romania, focused on the development of therapeutic models for residential and foster care.

Patrick is the author, co-author and series editor of seven books and numerous papers, including – Therapeutic Residential Care for Children and Young People: An Attachment and Trauma-informed Model for Practice (2011), co-authored with Rudy Gonzales and Susan Barton from the Lighthouse Foundation, Melbourne.