VICTORIA, Carly Johnson


Mar 23, 2021


My name is Carly and I’ve worked at Albert Road Clinic – Day Program for 10 months.

Describe your job without using a position title?

My job is varied and interesting. I am fortunate to be able to co-facilitate Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) groups, provide individual DBT and support a team of highly skilled, compassionate and motivated therapists working with people experiencing mental health difficulties. Part of this support includes service development in collaboration with the leadership team, psychiatrists, therapists and consumers.

What motivates you and why?

I get high work satisfaction from being part of the recovery journey with patients. I like to assist them in understanding and problem solving barriers to achieving their goals. I am also motivated by seeing patients learn skills that will serve them in all areas of their life – relationships, occupation and, general health and wellbeing. I love seeing teams develop and the collaborative learning that is gained with and through my colleagues.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Hmmm...well I have always wanted to be able to sing in tune and sound pleasant to others, but I think that is more to do with talent! Honestly, if I want to learn anything, I just jump right into it. At the moment, I am learning apiary and have a Warre Hive. This year I am keen to upskill in practicing DBT Prolonged Exposure and Radically Open DBT.

What does the Year of Health and Care Workers mean to you?

It’s an acknowledgement of the varied and often demanding work we all do, all of the time - not just through a pandemic.

What would you say to inspire future generations of workers in health care?

There are many opportunities in health care. You have the privilege of engaging meaningful work that has the capacity to influence positive change with individuals and also with systems.