Ms Jenny Coburn

Biography

Jenny Coburn began her career as a counsellor in 1992, and became a registered psychologist in 1995. Over the past 25 years, she has worked in private practice, non-government organisations, therapeutic communities, residential rehabilitation centres and corporate environments, specialising in alcohol and other drug counselling and mental health. Jenny has had many years of experience working with mandated clients and has had extensive experience in assessment and court reporting. Her current clinical interests include stigma responses amongst health professionals and the role of peer support in the adaption to chronic conditions.

Jenny has taught within registered training organisations, VET and higher education settings for over 20 years, and has an interest in transformative education, the student experience in higher education and student persistence. In 2011, Jenny received a Teaching Excellence Award for her outstanding contribution to education, and in 2012 was awarded ACAP's Contribution to College Award, for her services to ACAP since 2002. She is the Academic Convenor of the Associate Degree of Applied Social Science, the Bachelor of Applied Social Science and the Bachelor of Counselling.

Jenny is a Past President of SCAPE (Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators) and Past Convenor of the PACFA College ACCAPE (Australian College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators). She is a current Co-Convenor of the 2019 PACFA Conference.

Research Interests

Scholarship of Teaching:

  • Transformative learning and transformative teaching
  • The student experience in higher education
  • Retention and student persistence
  • The non-university higher education sector

Clinical research interests:

  • Reducing stigma responses amongst health professionals
  • The role of peer support in the adaption to long term illness
  • Type 1 Diabetes

Teaching Interests

  • Counselling Skills / Counselling Practice
  • Counselling methodologies
  • Alcohol and other drug counselling
  • Psychology of Health and Wellness
  • Counselling in Loss
  • Group Work Theory and Practice

Research & Scholarships

Research Grants

2012 – 2013 ACAP Internal Research Grant $2,270

Conference Papers (2005-2016)

  • Coburn, J. J. (2016, November). Adventures through Wonderland: the dilemma of disorientation in counselling education Navitas Professional Institute (NPI) Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • Coburn, J.J. (2015, July). Seeing things differently: student experiences of persistence within a transformational learning environment Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australiasia (HERDSA), Melbourne, Australia
  • Coburn, J.J. (2014, October). What helps students stay and succeed? Educational experiences that facilitate study persistence amongst first, second and third year students Inaugural NPI Conference, Sydney, Australia
  • Conn, J., Coburn, J.J., Scibilia, R., Nankevis, A., Silverberg, C., Hendriekcx. C., (2014, August) Understanding the consumer perspective. In D. McIntyre (Chair) Enhancing your consulting skills: Supporting self-management and optimising mental health in people who have Type 1 Diabetes. Symposium conducted at the Australian Diabetes Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne
  • Coburn, J. J. (2016, November). Adventures through Wonderland: the dilemma of disorientation in counselling education Navitas Professional Institute (NPI) Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • Coburn, J.J. (2015, July). Seeing things differently: student experiences of persistence within a transformational learning environment Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australiasia (HERDSA), Melbourne, Australia
  • Coburn, J.J. (2014, October). What helps students stay and succeed? Educational experiences that facilitate study persistence amongst first, second and third year students Inaugural NPI Conference, Sydney, Australia
  • Conn, J., Coburn, J.J., Scibilia, R., Nankevis, A., Silverberg, C., Hendriekcx. C., (2014, August) Understanding the consumer perspective. In D. McIntyre (Chair) Enhancing your consulting skills: Supporting self-management and optimising mental health in people who have Type 1 Diabetes. Symposium conducted at the Australian Diabetes Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne
  • Coburn, J. J. (2014, May) The students’ journey through a transformative learning environment: Educational experiences that facilitate and impede study persistence Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators (SCAPE) Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • Coburn, J. J. (2014, March) Educational experiences that facilitate study persistence in first, second and third year non-university, higher education students Research Seminar Deakin University – Sultan Idris Universitas, Geelong, Australia
  • Briggs, K., Coburn, J. J., & Polak, N., (2013, October). The evolving nature of evidence based practice: where we’ve been and where we might go. In A. McDonald (Chair) Evidence based practice in counselling. Symposium conducted at the Australian College of Applied Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • Coburn, J. J. (2013, April) Reducing stigmatised responses when working with people who have a chronic health condition – applying research to practice. Inaugural Health Psychology Conference, Australian Psychologist Society, Cairns, Australia
  • Coburn, J. J. (2012, September). Reducing stigma within our classrooms Australian College of Applied Psychology Conference, Brisbane, Australia
  • Coburn, J. J. & Ford, R., (2012, May). Finding our way: the journey from clinician to educator Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators Conference, Sydney, Australia
  • Coburn, J. J. (2011, April). Supporting our students’ first year experience Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators Conference, Brisbane, Australia
  • Coburn, J. J. (2008, November) Creating a culture of environmental sustainability Australian College of Applied Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia

Coburn, J. J. (2016, November). Adventures through Wonderland: the dilemma of disorientation in counselling education Navitas Professional Institute (NPI) Conference, Melbourne, Australia

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Research Supervision

  • 2016 Nikibin, A. Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy ,School of Counselling, Australian College of Applied Psychology. Getting diagnosed: A narrative inquiry into the Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis experience (Principal Supervisor) 

Professional Affiliations and Fellowships

  • Member Australian Psychological Society (1995 – current)
  • Member Society for Psychotherapy Research
  • Member of Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
  • Clinical Member Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) Mental Health Professional Network

Publications

Coburn, J. J. (2015, July). Hope [Review of the book Hope by D. O'Hara]. Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia 3 http://pacja.org.au/?page_id=2246