Your story, Our story, Red Thread Stories

Jen Barrkman

JENFor nearly 30 years Jen has worked as a group and story facilitator, psychologist, oral historian and Playback theatre practitioner connecting people in groups, communities and organisations. She has facilitated and organised training, workshops, team development, forums and conferences as well as oral history and community projects. She also works as a psychologist and supervisor in private practice using mindfulness and narrative based approaches.

Jen combines her love of story and creativity with her belief in the importance of creating inclusive places for all to be heard. Jen gently encourages people’s active participation while also being mindful of purpose.

Jen was a member of Brisbane Playback Theatre for nineteen years until 2011 taking on roles as actor, conductor and artistic director. She then co-founded Red Thread Stories in 2006.

Organisations Jen has been contracted by, or worked with, include Queenslanders with Disability Network,  Communify, Ethnic Communities Council Queensland, Micah projects, Council of the Ageing, Acacia Ridge Community Support Inc, Wesley Mission Brisbane, Queensland Alliance for Mental Health,  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network, Queensland Advocacy Inc, Queensland Parents of People with Disability, Carers Queensland, ARAFMI Mental Health Carers, Multicultural Development Association, Department of Housing, New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, Workforce Council, Queensland University of Technology, Myer, Main Roads, Griffith University.

Formal Qualifications and Memberships

B.Bus Management, Grad Dip Psychology; Grad Dip Local, Applied and Family History, Nationally registered Psychologist; Workplace certificate IV (training); Member Australian Psychological Society.