Ellen  Slater

Ellen Slater

Ellen has been a carer for most of her childhood, adolescence and adulthood. She has a Masters of Counseling & has completed clinical courses in Family Therapy and supervision, a Diploma of Ministry, a Bachelor of Counseling, & has now been accepted as a candidate for a PhD. She is a recipient of the "Golden Key", University of New England-Armidale. Whilst studying and also caring for her late husband, she ran a successful private practice & support groups from home. She became Senior Counselor & Manager for Counseling & Advocacy-Carers Qld. As a carer she was exhausted, isolated, angry; then later guilty & emotionally burnt out. She dreamed of having a break & being alone for a while to find her-self. She was aware of others in similar situations; carers who needed respite & nurturing to regain their strength and courage to carry on. Joyland Carer's Retreat will open in Jan 2015; a self funded initiative that is now almost a reality www.joylandcarersretreat.com.au