Naomi Audette – Bio
Author/s: Naomi Audette
Naomi Audette, (June 1970 – February 2011), Professional Member DTAA, Reg. Counsellor /Psychotherapist (PACFA), MA (RMIT), BA (Psych), Grad Dip DMT, (Melbourne University), Dip DMT (IDTIA), was a DMT involved in private practice more latterly in her career. Here she facilitated movement groups for growth and change, that included public workshops. Prior to this she worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, in Melbourne, from 2003-2007, where she worked with children, adolescents, and mothers and babies, with a range of mental health issues. And also here, she developed innovative programs that included ‘Blast Off” for boys with ADHD and behavioural issues, and ‘Body Talk’ for adolescent girls with body image disturbances, as well as programs for mothers, babies, and children who had been impacted through family violence. In this situation she was also involved in providing Professional Development seminars for mental health professionals in DMT and use of the creative arts. Naomi was incredibly versatile in her work and able to draw on her experience as a professional performer, acrobat, dancer and Clown Doctor, to engage, connect, move and play with clients.
She had a love of dance and dance movement therapy and an endless consuming interest in both. The book she co-authored, Therapeutic Games for Groupwork, was written whilst she was at the Royal Children’s Hospital *. Prior to her death Naomi changed her name to Mirabei AnRaya Light. This is the name her close colleagues and friends came to know her by, however the majority of her writings were under her former name – the name she was known by professionally – Naomi Audette – which will be used for publishing purposes.
The full title of Naomi’s book, Therapeutic Use of Games in Group Work: When, Why, and How to Use Them, co-authored with Wendy Bunston (who worked with Naomi at the Royal Children‟s Hospital (RCH), was published in 2006. It costs $33. See: DTAA professional resources. See also information about its availability through the RCH website at: http://www.rch.org.au/emplibrary/mhs/Games_Manual_Order_Form.pdfDTAA Professional Resources