Consultation, Governance, Policy and Reform,

 Education, Workshops, Presentations

Consultancy, Training & Education

Dr Franks provides consultancy training and education regarding best practice in pediatric health care and integrating early intervention and screening for comprehensive trauma informed care to children and families in infancy, early childhood and in educational settings.

As an educator, lecturer, psychotherapist with expert experience working across the Court she has assisted postgraduate students and tertiary training institutes in writing lectures for psychopathology and child, Assessment & Intervention for Child, Youth & Family, Assessment and Intervention for high-risk infants and mothers, Developing models of care, for young mothers, drug-dependent mother and infants, and providing Intervention, policy development and integrated models of care for cumulative risk factors in the antenatal and postnatal period to resource attachments in infancy and childhood.

 Family Law Reform

Specialist experience in Clinical and Forensic Psychology

Over the last eight years, Dr Franks has worked across the Children’s Court (care and protection) and Federal and Circuit Court as a single expert witness for complex matters requiring specialist experience in infant, child development, clinical and forensic psychology, and intergenerational trauma to inform the Court and assist parents with resourcing their children to work through childhood adversity and trauma.

 Dr Frank’s fourth-year thesis at Bond University researched ‘scientific jury selection and how to bias a jury’. Her interest grew in relation to profiling, bias, the court system, children and families, the interplay between adversarial court proceedings, and the misalignment between adversarial processes and care and protection.

Training & Education


Dr Franks has written proposals and submissions for education and training and provided frameworks for best practices and models of care for complex family evaluations, screening measures and  early intervention:

 Examples of contribution and submission:

 (ii) the recently released draft National Guidelines for including mental health and wellbeing in Early Childhood Health Checks, and also

(ii) Best practices in early intervention and screening in relation to the Family Law Reform to prioritise child welfare, care, and protection to educate and promote an understanding of adverse childhood experiences and protective factors from a trauma-informed perspective.

(iii) family Law reform, competencies, endorsement and regulation of family report writers and single expert witnesses

(iii) screening and interventions for children with Neurodiversity, with sleep issues and collaborative interventions with interactions between parents and children, providing practical behavioural strategies and education to paediatricians, General Practitioners, sleep physicians, Aspen ( Nationally)

(iv) models of care for interdisciplinary paediatric pain management in the interaction between parents and children’s emotional regulation, parental distress and children’s pain-sensitive temperament and functional outcomes, somatisation, anxiety, depression and functioning, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, PhD, Murdoch Institute award and grant.

(v) Developing models of care for young mothers and drug-dependent mothers; Intervention and policy development for cumulative risk factors in antenatal and postnatal care, (shared care, community care, and tertiary training hospitals. Antenatal and postnatal attachment Psychotherapy for second-trimester terminations and continuity of care, Mercy Hospital, Austin Hospital and Royall Women’s Hospital.

 Dr Franks has written training resources for workshops and education on:

 The association between family law, child development, parent and children’s mental health.

 How parent-child interactions impact on the development of the child’s brain, mind, social and emotional relating with others, their physiology and children’s long-term psychological and physical health.

How to assess, screen, and consider early intervention;  comprehensive assessments at the early stages of family law proceedings to identify vulnerable parents, children, and families in order to resource families and the formulation of parenting plans in order to protect children’s well-being and safety.

For multidisciplinary professionals working with families engaged in family law proceedings to have a model of understanding to promote protective factors in children’s development and reduce cumulative childhood adversity. 

How inter-disciplinary professionals working with families in the Family Court can impact the trajectory of children’s development.

Considerations for consistent approaches, language, and shared metacognition (and how we think a bit about families) in understanding, observing, and formulating parent-child interactions, as well as assessing children’s adaptability to change, transitions and care arrangements to strengthen families and reduce adversity and promote protective factors.

Educational resources to  assist in understanding Attachment, Trauma, Neurodiversity, Parental Attunement and Reflective Functioning, early intervention and screening assessments and measures for perinatal psychology and psychiatry, early childhood, and educational setting in both primary and high school.

Child, Parent, and Parent-Child Adaptability or Misalignment and Education on Health Related and Assessing Parents’ Relational Capacity and Children’s Temperament and Adaptability on Formulating the Best Interests for the Child.

Adverse and Protective Cumulative Childhood Factors and long-term outcomes  (ACE’s and PCE’s).

Observing and assessing adaptability and parental Attunement in the Parent-Child Relationship;  Alignment and Misalignment.

How current psychometric tests can be applied to assist in formulating parental attunement and reflective functioning in parent-child interactions.

 A framework to observe and assess parental attunement and reflective functioning, collecting the data and formulating assessments.

  Screening tools and factors to observe and to reduce cumulative adverse childhood experiences.

Consultant / Educator

Dr Franks is a unique, creative thinker and leader who has dedicated the last 28 years to understanding intergenerational trauma, risk and complex family dynamics. She is trained and experienced in risk assessment, family and domestic violence, intimate partner violence, mental health and the law, alcohol and drug abuse, child safety, care and protection of children and abuse and neglect within families.


Workshops and training provide a framework for understanding, sharing and fostering a culture of reflection, dialogues and change.

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Consultation, Governance, Policy and Reform


Specialised  Clinical Supervision and Consultations 

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Child- Inclusive Mediation, Co-Mediations


Providing Services to:

Educational and Training Institutions, Public and Private Healthcare Sectors, and Independent Practitioners.


G Dip (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner), College of Law

Accredited Practitioner Attorney- General’s Department

B Bus (Human Resources), B Arts (Organsational Psychology)

Cert (Developmental Psychiatry)

G Dip (Prof. Psych.), G Dip (Parent Infant Mental Health)

M Psy (Clinical Psy), PhD,