Dr Serena Smith
Dr Smith is a registered psychoanalyst with the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis (ACP) and Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). She has run a private practice for fifteen years, and supervises and trains, analysts in training of the ACP. She teaches in the Master’s of Psychoanalysis program run by the Department of Psychology Victoria University and supervises theses of a number of Master’s students within this program. Dr Smith is an elected member of the management committee of the ACP.
Dr Smith was a founding member and is an ongoing committee member of the Australian Association of Social Workers Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Special Interest Group. She has worked vigorously, with a number of colleagues, to hold a place for psychoanalytic/psychodynamic thinking in clinical social work practice. The group has been meeting for almost a decade and attracts social workers from a range of public institution and private practice.
Dr Smith has worked for over twenty years in the social and community service sector at a number of NGO’s (women’s services, legal services, and support services) and in primarily training and education roles. She has researched extensively in the area of socio-behavioural issues such as HIV/AIDS, gambling and mental health and has been involved in a number of large program evaluations in the social and community services field. She has published articles in a number high quality peer-reviewed journals, such as; Analysis, Research on Social Work Practice, Australian Social Work. She has jointly published a number of research reports for the Department of Human Services, VICSIC (Victorian Schools Innovations Commission).and government funded NGO’s.
Dr Smith was project manager for the three year Client and Service Evaluation of Break Even Problem Gambling Counselling Service, overseeing the evaluation of the clinical component of the program. She is currently principal researcher on the Centre’s evaluation of Gambler’s Help Northern Peer Connect Program. She looks forward to contributing to the work of the PGRTC across the next three years.
Phone: 03 8344 8558