Left to right: Sally Ryan and Carly Schrever
Friday 2nd September 2022

Full Day EVENT | 9:30 AM-4:30 PM

Judicial work is meaningful and rewarding. It is also complex, demanding, and at times emotionally draining. The first 2 years following appointment are a time when intensities of judicial life are often felt particularly keenly.

Balancing the Demands of Judicial Life is the College’s foundational judicial wellbeing program. 

Designed for recent appointees, this interactive program equips judicial officers with the knowledge and skills needed to manage the personal challenges of transitioning to the judicial role, and to approach your judicial career with optimism and confidence. 

You will learn about known pressure-points in judicial work as well as the opportunities for growth and fulfilment. You will take away a personal wellbeing plan for your judicial career. 

The program is delivered by the College’s psychologically trained Judicial Wellbeing Advisors, and Chief Justice Anne Ferguson opens the program. 

Participants will subsequently be invited to two 90-minute follow-up sessions over the following six months.

As this is a full-day program, you may need approval from your Head of Jurisdiction or Court Listings to attend.


Judicial College Wellbeing Advisor
Carly Schrever, LLB, BSci, MPsych (Clinical)
Carly is a lawyer, clinically trained psychologist, and award-winning empirical researcher, with more than 10 years’ experience in judicial education. As part of her combined Master of Psychology (Clinical) / PhD at the University of Melbourne, Carly has conducted Australia’s first empirical and psychologically grounded research into the sources and nature of work-related stress among the Australian judiciary. She has published several papers arising from this research. In her role as Judicial Wellbeing Advisor to the Judicial College of Victoria, Carly developed Australia’s first Judicial Wellbeing online resource, and works with the Victorian jurisdictions to develop of a range of judicial wellbeing programs and resources.
Judicial College Wellbeing Advisor
Sally Ryan, B.A., Grad.Dip.Ed.Psych., MaClFT
Sally is a psychologist and family therapist and has been registered as a psychologist since 2000. Sally has worked with individuals and families as a clinician supporting them with a range of life stage challenges and mental health concerns. Sally worked at Victoria’s tertiary family therapy institute, The Bouverie Centre, as a therapist, trainer, and manager. Sally has experience building the capacity of systems and individuals working in trauma saturated environments, including supporting leaders to confidently support staff wellbeing. She has developed and implemented staff wellbeing programs, including within the Victorian youth justice custodial settings. In her role as a Judicial Wellbeing Advisor at the College, Sally develops and delivers judicial wellbeing programs.
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