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James
Lacey
Languages: 
English
January, 1987
Bio: 
I seek to contribute to the development of individuals and communities by using the skills I am acquiring in completing my Bachelor of Social Work, to work with marginalised people in Australia and internationally. I have a particular interest in working with people with mental health issues, and developing strategies to optimize their potential for individual development, acquire life skills, and ultimately and successfully integrate or reintegrate into society. I have worked for eight years in hospitality management, while also spending time living in Scotland and Indonesia I have spent the last four years completing my bachelor in social work, while participating in professional development around suicide prevention
Volunteering Experience: 
First placement: Ipswich Adult Acute Mental Health Unit 2015 (6 months) • Crisis intervention for patients and support for family and friends mental health social workers to help individuals with mental health disorders resolve associated psychosocial problems and improve their quality of life. • As social workers, especially in an acute mental health environment, we need to recognise the broader implications of having a mental illness, and help people manage the impact of the illness on friends, family, work and education. • The treatments I was involved in ranged from implementing individual or group therapy, conducting needs assessments and offering information (psychoeducation) and counselling support to clients and their families. • While at the Mental Health Unit, my support (as part of a team) involved: helping to organise and coordinate discharge planning with other medical professionals. My role involved me linking the patient with community-based services such as community linking, housing and developing clients’ social skills - and supporting greater understanding of their mental illness for family and significant others. Second placement: Wesley Mission Emergency Relief Service 2015 (6 months) • Front desk service: Intensive income assessments, providing information around budgeting and additional supports including agency referrals and providing food parcels or assistance if available. • Drop in service: Quick support and counselling for issues or problems which cannot be supported on front desk and cannot wait to book in for a counselling or case management session • Group work: Started and facilitated a work group using three clients of the service to do garden maintenance and landscaping for other clients who did not have the ability to, as well as being given the contract to landscape and maintain BCC Bedford Park in spring hill. Also supported team members for other groups: art and craft, singing and budgeting. • My placement experience at Wesley mission ER has helped me to see understand what social work really is and why our practice is much needed. Royal Brisbane children’s hospital Wonder factory Volunteer 2004-2005 & 2013-2014 Wesley Mission Community Meal 2015- to present
Education: 
University of Queensland Bachelor of social work with a minor in mental health
Occupation: 
Social Worker
Other Skills: 
Hospitality Manager
James Lacey
Brisbane
Australia
Languages:
English
January, 1987
Description
I seek to contribute to the development of individuals and communities by using the skills I am acquiring in completing my Bachelor of Social Work, to work with marginalised people in Australia and internationally. I have a particular interest in working with people with mental health issues, and developing strategies to optimize their potential for individual development, acquire life skills, and ultimately and successfully integrate or reintegrate into society.

I have worked for eight years in hospitality management, while also spending time living in Scotland and Indonesia

I have spent the last four years completing my bachelor in social work, while participating in professional development around suicide prevention
Volunteering Experience
First placement: Ipswich Adult Acute Mental Health Unit 2015 (6 months)
• Crisis intervention for patients and support for family and friends mental health social workers to help individuals with mental health disorders resolve associated psychosocial problems and improve their quality of life.
• As social workers, especially in an acute mental health environment, we need to recognise the broader implications of having a mental illness, and help people manage the impact of the illness on friends, family, work and education.
• The treatments I was involved in ranged from implementing individual or group therapy, conducting needs assessments and offering information (psychoeducation) and counselling support to clients and their families.
• While at the Mental Health Unit, my support (as part of a team) involved: helping to organise and coordinate discharge planning with other medical professionals. My role involved me linking the patient with community-based services such as community linking, housing and developing clients’ social skills - and supporting greater understanding of their mental illness for family and significant others.
Second placement: Wesley Mission Emergency Relief Service 2015 (6 months)
• Front desk service: Intensive income assessments, providing information around budgeting and additional supports including agency referrals and providing food parcels or assistance if available.
• Drop in service: Quick support and counselling for issues or problems which cannot be supported on front desk and cannot wait to book in for a counselling or case management session
• Group work: Started and facilitated a work group using three clients of the service to do garden maintenance and landscaping for other clients who did not have the ability to, as well as being given the contract to landscape and maintain BCC Bedford Park in spring hill. Also supported team members for other groups: art and craft, singing and budgeting.
• My placement experience at Wesley mission ER has helped me to see understand what social work really is and why our practice is much needed.

Royal Brisbane children’s hospital
Wonder factory Volunteer 2004-2005 & 2013-2014

Wesley Mission
Community Meal 2015- to present
Education
University of Queensland Bachelor of social work with a minor in mental health
Occupation
Social Worker
Other Skills
Hospitality Manager
Home Town

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