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23 March 2018

International award for school psychologist

A school psychologist’s inspiring work helping families has been recognised internationally.

Tonia Fahey

Tonia Fahey receiving the Triple P Practice Excellence Award from Professor Matthew Sanders.

Tonia Fahey received the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Practice Excellence Award at the Helping Families Change Conference in California for her work with families across Western Australia.

As part of the Triple P, Tonia travels to some of the State’s most remote communities to help adults develop the skills, strategies and confidence to handle any parenting situation.

While Tonia says she is honoured to receive the award, she simply loves doing her job.

“I enjoy spending time on the road and empowering communities so they can help children reach their full potential,” she says.

“At the conference I had the opportunity to meet other practitioners, researchers, individuals and agencies, who are all helping to make positive changes in families and communities.

“I came back to work invigorated and inspired to continue my work and to be even more innovative with how I educate parents.”

Tonia has been a school psychologist for 14 years and has been part of the Triple P for nearly as long.

Triple P is one of the most effective parenting programs in the world. As a family support system, it is designed to prevent and treat behavioural and emotional problems in children and teenagers.

The program is currently used in more than 25 countries and has reportedly already helped more than four million children and their parents.

Tonia delivers Triple P as part of the Department of Education’s Child and Parent Centres initiative, which helps families’ access a range of early learning, parenting, child and maternal health and wellbeing programs and services.

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