Veritable is owned and operated by Sophie Staughton and Bruce Owens. Sophie Staughton is a registered social worker and resident of Central Australia since 2006.
Sophie has many years experience working with individuals who face challenges in being heard and having their rights enabled. She has a detailed knowledge of contemporary disability and mental health best practice standards and planning that is client-centred and rights-based.
Sophie has prior experience as an appointed Community Visitor, an adult guardian, case manager, family support practitioner, child protection worker and remote community development planner. Sophie has lived and worked in remote Aboriginal communities, and has extensive experience working cross-culturally.
As a former Commonwealth and Territory public servant, Sophie understands government service provision, including interpretation of legislation and regulations. Sophie brings fine attention to detail and quality standards, while also being able to communicate the broader principles and values that underpin her work.
In October 2020, Chris joined Veritable as a specialist support coordinator and social worker. Chris has worked for many years in Central Australia and in Victoria, specialising most recently in forensic social work. He brings a wealth of experience to the team, in particular in psychosocial assessments and working effectively with complex clients.
Bruce Owens is a counsellor and therapy assistant, working part-time for Veritable. Bruce is a co-owner of the company. Bruce Owens and Sophie Staughton are partners in business and in life, committed to high quality, human-rights informed and person-centred services in Central Australia.