Jodie O’Byrne


Phone:  027 237 5192


  • Masters of Applied Social Work (Hons.) 2012
  • Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology 2004


  • Social Work Registration Board (SWRB), 2013
  • Aotearoa New Zealand Association for Social Workers, 2018


  • ACC approved Social Work provider for sensitive claims clients, 2018
  • Playcentre Associations Course One and Course Two, 2017
  • ODARA International Accreditation, 2013
  • ISADD (Intervention Services for Autism and Developmental Delay) accreditation, 2002


  • Care and Protection Social Worker for Oranga Tamariki, 2010-2014
  • Advocate for the Christchurch Family Safety Team (6 month secondment), 2013
  • Weight Loss Consultant (Jenny Craig Ltd) 2006-2007
  • Autism Therapist for ISADD (Intervention Services for Autism and Developmental Delay), 2003-2005
  • Teachers Aide for a boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Worser Bay Primary School) 2004


  • 4 years as a Care and Protection Social Worker:
    • Building safety for children and young people who are victims of neglect and abuse (physical, sexual, mental and emotional)
    • Identifying and establishing support networks for clients and their families
    • Preparing court reports and affidavits; applications for declarations, custody and guardianship orders; participating in judicial and defended hearings – as guided by Oranga Tamariki Act, 1989.
  • 6 months working as an advocate specialising in Domestic Violence
    • Supporting people living in domestic violence relationships and empowering them to either build safety in their relationship or, to leave that relationship.
    • Working in collaboration with NZ Police and Women’s Refuge
  • 2 years working as an Autism Therapist
    • Developing and implementing interventions, based on applied behaviour analysis, to support people diagnosed with Autism, Aspergers and Developmental Delay, to reach developmental milestones and to overcome social barriers.