Alison O’Neill – Director

Alison O’Neill – Director

Biography

Alison is a Clinical Psychologist. She is a Phd Candidate with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. She manages the children and family services of LSC and has over 17 years experience assessing and treating children and adults, using evidence-based practice. She conducts clinical and forensic assessments and provides psychological treatment for children, adults and families in the criminal and civil domains. The majority of her current practice is devoted to the assessment of families in the Children’s Court, Federal Circuit & Family Court and the Supreme Court. Specifically, she writes independent expert reports for a range of issues, including relocation, family violence, the impact of substance use and mental illness upon parenting capacity and when children reject a parent. When there are concerns about child sexual & physical abuse, neglect, and/or non-accidental injury, Alison utilises formal risk assessment tools. She also conducts assessments for surrogacy matters, out of home care, placements and adoption. She is an Independent Expert on family violence for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), a Member of the Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors’ Association (ANZICA) and an Authorised Clinician for the Children’s Court Clinic. Additionally, she is a guest lecturer at UNSW for the Forensic Masters Program and she presents regularly at conferences and training seminars. She was a Regulation 7 Family Consultant for the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia for four years and an Authorised Report Writer with the NSW Victims Compensation Tribunal (VCT) for 10 years.