Vicki Mansfield, a Practice Development Officer with Emerging Minds, has over 30 years’ experience working with children and families. An accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Vicki has worked in a broad range of clinical roles in homelessness services, child and adolescent mental health, family and domestic violence services, child protection, acute hospital settings and private practice. She particularly enjoys the playfulness and creativity that comes with working with children and is committed to holding a safe space for the child’s voice and individual uniqueness to shine.
For the last 10 years Vicki’s primary area of focus has been perinatal and infant mental health, by providing clinical services, consultation, and reflective supervision across Australia. Vicki has a strong commitment to developing relationship focussed practice knowledge and skills, with the aim to promote infant mental health. She places great value in supporting parents in the perinatal period and feels this is a time of great transformation which offers many opportunities to make change as parent and child get to know each other. Vicki also works as a sessional academic with The University of Newcastle in their Social Work Faculty specifically areas of mental health, child protection, grief and loss. She particularly relishes in integrating theory into practice.