Mary E. Robson
Change-maker, Co-creator of programs, Instructor, Presenter
Credentials are fine; but there was an event in my life that I believe is more relevant in preparing me for what I now do and has influenced compassion that I bring to what I do...
I am the Co-Director of Compassionate Therapy and Training Centre, which is located amidst the historic hunting grounds of the Dja Dja Wurrung people and goldfields of Central Victoria in picturesque Castlemaine.
I offer effective, drug free, label free, non-judgemental treatment programs to individuals with life, learning, social, behavioural and sensory challenges, to improve the quality of their lives. I have the fortunate opportunity to meet and work with extraordinary individuals, with labels such as Autism, Aspergers’ Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disorders, brain injury, and many more, and to see them grow and learn and be able to do the things they want to do in life. I also have the opportunity to train families, teachers, and professionals so that they too can offer this support to those they care about.
I have a BS in Health Sciences from Boston University and a Teaching Credential from Dominican College.I received certification as a Practitioner and Instructor from The HANDLE Institute (THI) in 2002 where I worked side by side with the founder, Judith Bluestone, for five years. I am currently the Asia Pacific Regional Education Director for THI. I have worked with well over a thousand individuals and families in the group home, teaching, and clinical setting. Credentials are fine; but there was an event in my life that I believe is more relevant in preparing me for what I now do and has influenced compassion that I bring to what I do. During a 9 hr surgery in 2001, surgeons removed a tumour in my right inner ear that destroyed my auditory and my vestibular nerve on that side. I awoke from that experience needing to relearn what up and down meant, how to see movement and move without feeling nauseated, and to hear with one ear. Understandably life got rather hard after that. What particularly bothered me was that my ability to attend and focus was greatly minimised. As you may have heard, my doctor told me, “Go see someone else, that is not my department; I did my job.” That’s when I learned about HANDLE – as a client. I feel fortunate that I can use my experience to know from the inside out what it is like to have a compromised inner ear, as this helps me to better understand those I work with. This openness to learning “from the inside out” has made it possible for me to be open to perhaps my most potent source of ongoing learning – my clients. I love being active in nature; kayaking, running, backpacking, camping, swimming, and taking bush walks are some of my favourite ways to spend my free time. Occasionally I dabble in water colour painting, paper quilling gemstone therapy. I love cooking – Penny says I am a master chef! I drive a 1983 Toyota FJ40, which is a hoot! and ultra running is my newest hobby. Activities that nurture and nourish my soul and health include meditation and mindfulness practice, eating healthy and exercising, reading inspirational books and having lively discussions with friends and colleagues, and living a simple life.
I love what I do because every day I see families and individuals who were told there is no hope, gain hope. I feel strongly that believing, seeing, validating, and offering unconditional support to one individual at a time will make the world a better place for all of us.
|ID||Event Name||Duration||Start Date|
|Live Happy – Seminar, Echuca||0 Days||November 19, 2017|
|Live Happy – Seminar, Bendigo||0 Days||October 12, 2017|
|Live Happy – Seminar, Woodend||0 Days||September 19, 2017|
|What is HANDLE? Google+ Hangout – Live Free Presentation||0 Days||March 18, 2016|
|Dementia Cafe, Carer Support Services, Bendigo||0 Days||February 16, 2016|
|ID||Course Name||Duration||Start Date|
|HANDLE Introductory Course Levels 1 and 2 Melbourne, Victoria||2 days 9:00am - 5:30pm||December 9, 2017|
|HANDLE Basics Level 2 Bendigo, Victoria||2 days 9:00am- 3:30pm||November 28, 2017|
|HANDLE Introductory Course Levels 1 and 2 Bangalore, India||2 days 9:00am-5:30pm||November 10, 2017|
|HANDLE Introductory Course Levels 1 and 2 Singapore||2 days 9:00am - 5:30pm||November 4, 2017|
|Introduction to HANDLE Level 1 Bendigo, Victoria||1 day 9:00am - 4:30pm||October 21, 2017|
|Introduction to HANDLE Level 1 Woodend, Victoria||1 day 9:00am - 3:30pm||October 10, 2017|