Dr Julie King. College Psychologist
Dr Julie King is a clinical psychologist whose Doctorate examined the experience of intellectual giftedness in young people: “The experience of intellectual giftedness as asynchrony”. Julie has spent the last 5 years working in secondary schools and co-ordinating well-being teams. Prior to that she worked for Division of General Practice under the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care Initiative initiating and developing a voluntary treatment protocol for GPs involving youth and antidepressants. Julie is intensively trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder and is extensively trained in working with self-harming and suicidal behaviours in adolescents.

Julie is an experienced public speaker who has delivered training to mental health practitioners nationwide. Her training workshops have been on ‘dialectical behaviour therapy for borderline personality disorder’ – skills training, individual psychotherapy, and advanced – ‘introduction to cognitive behavioural therapy’ and ‘general counselling skills’. Julie has also presented papers at National Conferences including her study “The frequency and impact of client suicide on Australian clinical psychologists” at the 9th annual national conference of Suicide Prevention Australia in Sydney in 2002.

Julie works full-time at PCW Melbourne to support students, staff and families. Her passion is developing resiliency in young people. Available to all students, Julie provides educational assessments, general counselling, and focussed psychological intervention. Julie offers groups to improve the social skills, feelings of connectedness and assertiveness of our students. Julie gives workshops to whole year levels on study skills, healthy relationships, managing emotions, tolerating distress, being effective in life and more. Julie also provides on-going professional development to staff on issues related to maintaining the well-being of the school community.