Sharyn McCarthy

An image of Sharyn McCarthy a social worker with Therapy Pro.

Social Worker

Toowoomba

  • Behavioural Support and Advice
  • Positive Behaviour Support Plans
  • Works with adults
  • Works with children

Once an early childhood teacher, Sharyn has established a long history in the community sector across the Darling Downs and south-west Queensland. She has worked for Queensland Health and Disability Services Queensland too.

Sharyn was one of the first refugee and migrant workers in Toowoomba supporting early Sudanese refugees and has fought for the inclusion of children with disabilities, or from Indigenous or non-English speaking backgrounds, into early childhood services.

Sharyn uses strength-based interventions to help adults, children and families recognise and build on their existing—and valuable—competencies and accomplishments.

“Sometimes we can be so drenched in our ‘problems’—what’s wrong with us—that we can’t see our strengths and possibilities.”

Sharyn also uses guided interactive play to young children with disabilities express themselves.

The sign of a job well done, Sharyn says, is when a client moves on with confidence, and forgets her.

“When I do something well, it cannot be seen. It will be as though I wasn’t there. That, for me, is the best outcome.”

Sharyn gained her Masters in Social Work in 2014.

And as for coffee, Sharyn likes hers, piccolo. A splash of milk at home will do.

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