Ms Jenny Coburn

Biography

Jenny Coburn began her career as a counsellor in 1992, and became a registered psychologist in 1995. Over the past 23 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, the role of peer support in the adaption to chronic illness.

Jenny has had over 10 years of managerial experience within corporate, educational and private enterprises. She has taught within registered training organisations, VET and higher education settings for 20 years, and has an interest in transformative education, the student experience in higher education, retention 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. In 2014 she was appointed Academic Course Convenor of the School of Counselling’s undergraduate programs, which includes the largest program in Navitas Professional Institute (NPI), the Bachelor of Counselling.

Jenny is the current President of the Society for Counsellor and Psychotherapy Educators (SCAPE), which is a PACFA Membership Association. She is the newly appointed Chair of the Advisory Board for the Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching at Deakin University.

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 (2005-2015)

  • 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. (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
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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)
  • President SCAPE (Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators) – Member Association of PACFA

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