Michael Colling has worked in the youth sector for over twenty years. With a background in education, Michael sought Youth Work as his chosen profession and has worked in a variety of setting across Australia, including local government and schools. In 2005, Michael was awarded an Australian Commercial Radio Award for a series of radio specials on NOVA100 which he wrote and co-hosted with The Project’s Carrie Bickmore, that raised awareness to adolescent suicide and mental health.
Michael’s first book, The Other Side of Blue, was published in 2007 to much acclaim. The anthology of short stories written by young Australians highlighted what we can all learn from facing adversity head on, and has now been published in many other languages other than English. In 2013, Michael was the founding CEO of the national charity, The BETTERMAN Foundation, a three-year project that aimed to reduce the instance of violence and suicide amongst young men, particularly in regional and remote areas of Australia. Most recently, Michael has completed post graduate studies in International & Community Development.
Outside of work, Michael enjoys being kept busy by his two young children and is currently building his dream home out in the Yarra Valley!
Lisa Eyles is a fully registered psychologist with a Master of Psychology (Counselling) degree from Monash University. Lisa has worked in student wellbeing for the past 12 years across primary and secondary school settings, in both the government and non-government sectors. Lisa has strong experience in working with adolescents for a range of presenting issues, including social, emotional and learning difficulties, and enjoys helping young people to develop effective and adaptive coping strategies. Lisa recognises the importance of working collaboratively with young people, their families, teachers and external care providers to obtain positive wellbeing outcomes.
Outside of work Lisa enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with her husband and three very active young boys.
Maria Rigopoulos is a mental health-accredited social worker who has extensive experience working in child and youth mental health services across Melbourne. She has worked in inpatient and community services, as well as in primary and secondary schools. Maria is a clinically trained family, marital and group therapist. She enjoys working closely with young people, their families and broader systems of care. She has also specialised in eating disorders, working with affected youth to rebuild their mental and physical health. Maria has taught at Monash, Melbourne and La Trobe Universities in the school of social work, and has facilitated Professional Development for community agencies, mental health professionals and teachers. Throughout her time at EDSC, Maria has loved building strong relationships with students and providing support to individuals and year levels, as well as to staff. She finds it rewarding to see students flourish in their time at school, especially being able to help them grow and develop into healthy young adults.
In her spare time, Maria enjoys travelling, cooking, watching movies, going for scenic walks and spending time with her family and friends.
Lisa Trovato has worked in the Education System as a School Counsellor for over 15 Years, providing support for students, families and general school communities. With a Master of Psychology (Child and Educational), she is a registered Psychologist and has worked in a variety of Schools throughout Melbourne and regional areas, both in the Private and Public sector. Lisa’s counselling experience encompasses a range of issues including depression, anxiety, body image, learning difficulties, study skills, relaxation training, friendship issues, family conflict and grief and loss. The active promotion of Positive Wellbeing is one of her passions. Lisa really enjoys working with students and is focused on positive outcomes.
Outside of work, Lisa enjoys travelling, cooking, going for walks and spending time with her husband and two children.