Leeds Beckett University and Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust: I was involved for three years in the Art Therapy Northern Programme, running a weekly training group on the year 1 MA Art Psychotherapy. This was an experiential group where students were invited to engage in art making. My role was to facilitate this group, creating a safe and contained space, and enable reflection as well as theoretical learning through the process.
Foster Care Associates:
I had the role of therapist within an integrated multi-disciplinary team in a foster care agency. As well as offering the staff team consultation, I provided this to foster carers, aiming to support them in maintaining empathy for the child as they experienced their difficult and challenging behaviours as well as advice on how to manage these therapeutically. I also provided consultation to external agencies such as education and local authorities. I was responsible for delivering training and facilitating groups for carers. We followed a Team Parenting Model which is a systemic approach, and I was responsible for organising and chairing meetings that brought together carers and professionals from fields such as education, the mental health service and local authorities, who were involved in the child’s life. Team Parenting Meetings are about thinking about the child’s emotional needs and whether these are being met, and considering our own emotional response and feelings in relation to them. I wrote reports following these meetings which I described as ‘reflective minutes’. Occasionally, I offered individual therapy to the child in placement. I also had several practical tasks to complete, such as keeping records of consultation and meetings within a set time frame, uploading information onto our recording system, and maintaining good communications with my colleagues to monitor foster carers’ needs. I continue to work as an Associate Therapist for FCA.
SACCS Care Ltd:
I practised as a Therapist with Looked After Children in my post at SACCS. This was an organisation providing a recovery service to traumatised children in residential care. It was an integrative service that provided a three tier model: therapeutic parenting, life story, and therapy. The children I worked with had, for the majority, been sexually, physically and emotionally abused and suffered severe neglect as well as having a number of unsuccessful foster placements. I acquired a wealth of experience working with this difficult client group, offering weekly therapy to children who were in SACCS homes.
I held a full case load and offered weekly sessions to children. I wrote clinical notes and kept good records. I provided a therapeutic assessment; my own as an Art Therapist which was integrated in Looked after Children review reports, and completed the SACCS recovery assessment format which enabled me to formulate a plan. I wrote reports for and attended children’s LAC reviews. I also attend house team meetings regularly to maintain good communication and links, and provide support to the therapeutic parenting team, including some training/ workshops to meet arising needs.
Postgraduate Diploma Art Psychotherapy
University of Sheffield – June 2004
C & G 7306 FE Teachers Certificate: NVQ4 Training and Development
York College of Further and Higher Education – June 1999
BA (Hons) Fine Art & Printmaking
Loughborough College of Art and Design – June 1998
Membership and registration:
British Association of Art Therapists
Health and Care Professions Council
DBS Enhanced Certificate
Bilingual English/ French