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Ms Karli Dettman

Nationality: Australia

Year: 1992

Subject Area: Social Sciences

Iím now working as a private counsellor for deaf adults in Melbourne. I have also worked as a Family Support Co-ordinator and Counsellor for a deaf Catholic Service in Prahran, Melbourne.
I studied for an advanced diploma in Yogic teaching at a Centre for Adult Education, obtaining my certificate last year.
Recently I have been using a combination of counselling, yogic breathing and philosophy in my work.
I presented a yogic class at a conference in November 2007 for a Deaf organisation called the Victorian Council of Deaf People. I have a passion in this area and hope to continue providing this work for many years to come. I am still the only deaf counsellor in Melbourne, Victoria and there is a need for deaf people to train to become counsellors to provide a quality service in Auslan (Australian Sign Language) instead of providing interpreters for hearing counsellors who do not use Auslan or understand deaf peopleís unique needs and cultural differences.