Our Staff

Karliya Sams

Behaviour Therapist Manager

I am a proud Wiradjuri woman from Orange and Parkes region, although I have lived on Awabakal land most of my life. I started my career in residential care programs, where I worked intensively with young people who have extensive trauma.

Alongside my degree in Psychology and 14 years’ experience in the child protection space, I am a Trained Neurofeedback Therapist, accredited NDIS Behaviour Support Practitioner, and hold certification in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. I started working at Wandiyali in 2020 as a Behaviour Therapist. The main objective of my role was to facilitate therapeutically appropriate planning and services that include supports, assessment, formulation, and service coordination for greater outcomes our children, young people, and families.

I am currently the Behaviour Therapist Manager, where I have oversight for all therapeutic practice within PSP OOHC for our children, young people and families. As an Aboriginal therapist this strongly aligns with my goals, which is to embed strong and safe therapeutic practice alongside culture into all aspects of the child’s life for connection and belonging. I am passionate about enhancing the emotional, social, and personal growth of our children and young people.

I am especially proud to be apart of an organisation who shares the same values about culture and therapeutic practice as I do, and I am excited about the future for Wandiyali.

Newcastle-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisation