Dr Justin Gaetano is the Director of Ideospectus Consulting.

This Credentials page gives a condensed record of his professional skills, qualifications, and employment. It is updated infrequently; this version is current up to 10th November 2021.

The purpose of this page is to show prospective clients the demanding and complex work Ideospectus Consulting is capable of achieving. For referee reports or anything else, please visit the Services page, or contact Justin directly.


As an experienced mental health and behaviour specialist, and someone with lived experience of disability, my goal is to secure diverse and challenging work, where I can apply my skill set to help young people, their families and communities build capacity toward improved mental health and social outcomes.

Transferable skills and abilities

  • Multidisciplinary approach toward genuine change. Developed excellent working partnerships with local therapists and other professionals, to negotiate fair and reasonable outcomes for vulnerable persons, families and communities. Strong relationships with NSW Department of Communities and Justice (previously FACS), NSW Office of Public Guardian, NSW Trustee and Guardian, Mid North Coast Local Health District, NSW Corrective Services, Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs, and other government and private sector bodies.
  • Focus on positive and inclusive solutions. Focus consistently on the client, their unique goals, needs and preferences, and surrounding supports and circumstances. Developed best practice approaches to flexible service delivery, including face to face and telehealth consultations.
  • Active listening and relationship building. Adherent of the servant model of leadership philosophy, by ‘being a person first, clinician second’. In this way I listen and build rapport first, gradually supporting young people and their families to take ownership of their unique life goals. Developed leadership skills as the mental health subject matter expert in former NDIS teams, and as former coordinator of the Coffs Harbour Mental Health Professionals Network. MSCEIT Emotional Intelligence Test exceeds 80% of comparison group.
  • Duty of care, discipline and reputation. Meticulous with all aspects of case management and clinical case note writing. Proven ability to achieve KPIs efficiently, in billable and non-billable workplaces. Excellent knowledge of relevant legislation and its application, including the NSW Mental Health Act 2007 and the Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992, as well as current ethics policies and procedures. Adhere to organisational and positional codes of conduct at all times, to ensure the inclusive, safe and fair treatment of all people I work with.
  • Special interests as tools for genuine growth. Known and trusted widely as data obsessive. Highly developed analytic and presentation skills, which are frequently put to use in my counselling work. Program and self-publish free data analysis tools. In my spare time outside of work hours, run my own social enterprise focused on person-centred research and academic support. Revelian Cognitive Ability Test score exceeds 99% of graduates assessed for a variety of roles. I also love music and playing guitar, and one day would like to apply this interest clinically, as a way to engage clients with mental health concerns.


  • Senior Consultant | Konekt Workcare | 2021–.
  • NDIS Behaviour Support Practitioner | The Benevolent Society | 2021–21.
  • NDIS Support Coordinator | The Benevolent Society | 2020–21.
  • Local Area Coordinator | NDIS | 2019–20.
  • Research Analyst | Mid Coast Communities | 2016–19.
  • Study Support Officer | Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme | 2019.
  • Research Supervisor | University of New England | 2017–19.

Registration and membership

Clinical registration

  • Psychologist with provisional registration, AHPRA registration # PSY0002509375 (2021-)
  • NDIS behaviour support practitioner with NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission # A5304 (2020-)


  • Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association (2021-)
  • Association of Positive Behaviour Support Australia (2021-)
  • Mental Health Professionals Network (2017-)
  • Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (2012-)
  • Golden Key International Honour Society (2012-)

Official clearance

  • NDIS Worker Check, # 71729295 (valid 5/11/21 – 5/11/26)
  • Working with Children Check, # WWC1136904E (valid 5/11/21 – 23/1/27)


Learning and development

  • 2021: Comcare, DVA, and NSW WorkCover occupational rehabilitation training | UMBO Online Therapy Training
  • 2020-21: IBIS Behaviour Support Course | TBS training modules: e.g. PABS-2 positive behaviour support, child protection and mandatory reporting, case notes training, working in billable environments.
  • 2019: LEAP APS training modules: g. inclusiveness, data security & safety, APS code of conduct.
  • 2018: MHPN workshops: e.g. trauma informed care, cultural safety practice, self-care for mental health professionals.
  • 2017: Harwood Institute USA: Public Innovation Training | MHPN workshops
  • 2016: Certificate of Accreditation, Mental Health First Aid Course, MHFA Australia | Regional Wellbeing Masterclasses, SCU | Certificate of Achievement, White Ribbon Courses on DV Prevention

Awards and achievements

  • 2021: TBS You Make A Difference Award nominee
  • 2020: Commonwealth of Australia APS Gazette Order of Merit
  • 2019: NSW Department of Justice Community Safety Fund | ADF, Australia – LDAT Community Action Plan
  • 2018: Carer’s Investment Project | SETS Client Services / Community Capacity Building | GYST Life Skills Project
  • 2017: NCPHN Primary Health Care Excellence Awards nominee: Innovation category
  • 2014-16: SCU Teacher’s Commendation (6 nominations) | SRC grant | ACNS Travel Award to present work at ICON XII
  • 2011-14: Australian Postgraduate Award | Joined Golden Key Honours Society on merit
  • 2010-11: University Medal | Inaugural Honours Student Manuscript Award | Opem Honours Scholarship

Voluntary service

  • Ideospectus Consulting, ABN: 88 320 406 725 (ASIC registered business)
  • Coordinator, Coffs Harbour Collaborative Mental Health Professionals Network (2019)
  • Adjunct academic, University of New England, Armidale (2019-)
  • Editorial board member, Frontiers in Psychology / Neuroscience: Perception Science (2016-)
  • Manuscript reviewer: Journal of Dynamic Decision Making (2019-), Frontiers in Psychology (2016-), PLOS ONE (2015-), Advances in Cognitive Psychology (2014-)
  • Textbook editor and content expert: “Psychology (9th)”, Cengage Learning, Melbourne; “Writing for Psychology (6th. Ed.)”, Cengage Learning, Melbourne.

Published psychology research

Please visit the Resources section for a list.

Psychology presentations


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