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MONIQUE Shipp is a woman with a mis­sion – to help oth­ers.

Through her coun­selling work and as the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Bawurra Foun­da­tion, an or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to the preser­va­tion and shar­ing of cul­tural knowl­edge by work­ing with el­ders in the Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der com­mu­ni­ties, she has man­aged to make a dif­fer­ence in her com­mu­nity.

“I strongly be­lieve my ex­pe­ri­ence and qual­i­fi­ca­tions ob­tained at Aus­tralian Col­lege of Ap­plied Psy­chol­ogy (ACAP) have been a strong as­set to my cur­rent role and piv­otal in be­ing able to un­der­stand peo­ple, how they think, feel and be­have in the work­place,” she said.

“The knowl­edge al­lows me to be a stronger leader.”

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing Year 12, she be­gan vol­un­teer­ing and was fas­ci­nated by the sci­en­tific method­ol­ogy that can be ap­plied to help­ing those in need. So she jumped straight into a Bach­e­lor of Psy­cho­log­i­cal Sci­ence (Hon­ours) with ACAP. Es­tab­lished in 1983, ACAP is a na­tional leader in ap­plied psy­chol­ogy ed­u­ca­tion. ACAP has cam­puses across Aus­tralia in Adelaide, Bris­bane, Melbourne and Syd­ney and cour­ses can be un­der­taken on­line.

“ACAP pro­vided me with the knowl­edge and abil­ity to iden­tify the dif­fer­ent com­plex­i­ties of the hu­man con­di­tion,” she said.

“I can un­der­stand a per­son on a psy­cho­log­i­cal sci­en­tific level which gives me the con­fi­dence to in­ter­pret the thoughts, feel­ings and be­hav­iour of those around me.

“In my per­sonal life, I have ap­plied what I learned at ACAP and gained a deeper un­der­stand­ing of my­self and the peo­ple in my life.”

Since com­plet­ing her Bach­e­lor de­gree, she has ap­plied for a Masters in Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­ogy at ACAP, look­ing to fur­ther her knowl­edge and con­tinue her mis­sion.

“Over­all, my as­pi­ra­tion is to be­come a reg­is­tered psy­chol­o­gist and to be able to im­prove the qual­ity of life for oth­ers with a sci­en­tific based ap­proach,” she said.

“ACAP pro­vided me with the knowl­edge and abil­ity to iden­tify the dif­fer­ent com­plex­i­ties of the hu­man con­di­tion.” Monique Shipp

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