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Dr Patricia McCann Adjunct Lecturer, Education Melb

Dr Tricia McCann is in Education on the Melbourne campus of La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia. Her main teaching and passion focuses on student wellbeing, welfare and how we make meaning of our experience particularly through the lens of the person-centred approach. Tricia coordinates and teaches three subjects within the Master coursework program: "Communication and Interpersonal Skills'", "At Risk Students: critical considerations" and "Person-Centred Approach for Teaching and Nursing". She also coordinates the 'Student Welfare Method' in the Graduate Diploma in Education (secondary) and 'Understanding Self and Others' in the Bachelor of Teaching in Community and Outreach Education. She also coordinates the Bachelor of Teaching (Outreach and Community Education).As an early career researcher she is continuing research developed from her PhD study entitled, "A Theatre of the Observed: a study of adolescent meaning making". This study plotted the journey of students within a school based, person-centred Advocacy Program. For this thesis Tricia was awarded the 2009 Stewart Frazer Exemplary Thesis Award. She has researched and written in the areas of person-centred teaching, drama in education and adolescent consciousness. Her particular interests are person-centred work, processes of meaning-making, studies of consciousness, and philosophies and psychological theories of learning.