|2014||Bronze & Silver Arts Award Advisor||Awarded by Trinity College|
|2011||Reiki Level 2 – Pass||Michael Kaufmann, Wren Clinic|
|2010||Reiki Level 1 – Pass||Mo Singh, City Lit Institute|
|2005-2006||PgDip Conservation-Distinction||University of the Arts, Camberwell College|
|2005||Indian Head Massage||Foluke, Massage Therapy Trainer|
|1998-1999||MTI Certificate in Holistic Massage-Pass||Holos Massage School|
|1994-1997||PgDip Art Psychotherapy-Pass||University of London, Goldsmiths College|
|1992-1993||British Sign Language Stage 1-Pass||Camden Working Men’s College|
|1990-1992||MA (RCA) Ceramics and Glass-Pass||Royal College of Art|
|1987-1990||BA (Hons) Multi-Disciplinary Design-2.1||North Staffordshire Polytechnic|
|1986-1987||Foundation in Art & Design-Pass||Sir John Cass School of Art|
|1983-1986||3 ‘A’ Levels, 9 ‘O’ Levels||Walthamstow Senior High School for Girls|
- Art Therapist – Health & Care Professions Council registration number: HCPC: AS00696
- Member of BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) number: 20614
|2014||Standard Adult Safeguarding Course||SAFEcic, on line|
|2014||HABC L.2 Award in Emergency First Aid at work||Highfield, 1 day|
|2012||Mindfulness Training for Art Therapists||BAAT, 2 days|
|2012||Private Practise for Art Therapists||BAAT, 1 day|
|2012||SANDS Befriender Training||SANDS, 1 day|
|2012||Diversity in Action||Challenge Training, I day|
|2012||Grasping the Nettle||Central & Cecil, 1 day|
|2008||Managing Diversiy||Challenge Training, 2 days|
|2008||Life Coaching||Level Headed, 2 days|
|2007||Difficult, Disturbing, & Dangerous Behaviour||Homeless Link, 1day|
|2004||Personal Safety & Conflict Management||Maybo, 1 day|
|2004||Foundation Workshop Makaton Vocabulary||Barking & Dagenham PCT, 2 days|
|2004||Supervision Training for Art Therapists||BAAT, 2 days|
Clinical Manager of Arts Therapies
|Claremont Project, N1||March 2012 – Present|
This is a part-time role managing an Art Therapy service for people 55 and over, residing in the local community. Main duties include facilitating a weekly Art Therapy group, assessing clients for individual therapy, monitoring and evaluation, supervision and recruitment of Art Therapy volunteers, clinical management of two members of staff, and promotion and publicity of the service. I also manage the Portfolio Building evening course.
Visual Arts / Art Therapy Tutor
|Claremont Project, N1||March 2012 – Present|
4-5 sessions per term tutoring on the evening Portfolio Building course held at Claremont Project. This course is for students who are interested in Art Therapy training. The role includes preparing and facilitating workshops and the support of students through to application for further training.
Social Prescription Manager
|Claremont Project, N1||Sept 2012 – Sept 2014|
Social Prescription seeks to engage isolated and vulnerable local people 55 and over through involvement in Claremont’s programme of Art Therapy, Psychotherapy, Dance, movement, Visual Arts and social activities. Following a GP referral, patients are assessed and a personalised timetable is agreed to suit an individual’s needs. Patients can then expect a supportive transition through the six week programme and beyond. The role also includes the development, outreach, management, monitoring and evaluation of the service.
|SANDS, (N&E London)||May 2012 – Dece 2013|
I am a volunteer Befriender for SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society), which includes co-facilitating a monthly support group and manning our email to answer questions from and support our membership from North and east London SANDS. I also organised the 2011 and 2012 Christmas baby memorial service for bereaved parents, family and friends, held at The Nave, N1.
Arts & Education Co-ordinator
|Central & Cecil Housing Trust, SE1||Dece 2011 – April 2012|
I was responsible for co-managing and facilitating an Arts and Education service providing a range of creative arts and crafts, Arts Therapies and complimentary therapies to tenants of Central & Cecil Housing Trust. Significant achievements included; introducing a contract of good practice for facilitators, devising a business plan, developing a DVD library system, supervising a volunteer and developing a radio project to capture oral histories of tenants.
|Studio Upstairs, N16||April 2010 – April 2011 & July 2004 – Sept 2005|
Studio Upstairs is a therapeutic Arts community which offers creative art and drama workshops to people with mental health needs. The main role of all Studio managers is to provide therapeutic, creative and technical support to Studio members. I was initially employed for two days a week, and then provided cover for colleagues when required.
Arts & Community Development Co-ordinator
|Thames Reach, Vision Impossible? E5 & E1||April 2007 – April 2010|
Vision Impossible? was part of Thames Reach, a large organisation in the third sector which provides a range of services to support the needs of homeless people across London. Vision Impossible? Arts project combined an educational function with therapeutic and social benefits through offering a range of technique based art and digital arts workshops, to socially excluded vulnerable people, many of whom had multiple and complex needs, including mental health needs, substance misuse and alcohol dependency. Importantly the project aimed to support people to achieve their full creative potential and to be represented as artists in a professional manner.
My role encompassed that of project co-ordination, monitoring, evaluation, budget and building management, recruitment, induction and supervision of five members of staff and four volunteers, administration, and supporting funding applications. Other aspects of the job included being on call for Thames Reach outreach services in the North East sector, establishing partnerships with the local community and other arts organisations, e.g., The Otherside Gallery, Novas Arts, promoting open days and taster workshops, co-ordinating and installing exhibitions and ensuring the project was well publicised. I kept close contact with the artists group so as to hear directly how they would like the service to be shaped through establishing a regular Service User Forum, an Artists’ newsletter and conducting portfolio surgeries.
- Successful implementation and management of a complex work plan.
- Managing change; altering the established culture of the staff group, two moves in location, the re-configuration of the programme and eventual closure of the project.
- Increasing the projects public profile through writing articles and staging exhibitions e.g., ‘Collective’, an exhibition by Vision Impossible? Artists and staff members at Empire Gallery, Vyner Street, E8.
- Devising and implementing pathways through the project and structuring a casework management system.
- Organising and hosting fundraising events, e.g., ‘Collabor8’, an auction, exhibition and music event held at Vibe Gallery, E1.
- Developing a programme of continual professional development seminars for Artists e.g., working in conjuction with AMP (Artists Mentoring Programme) and SHAPE.
|St. James’s House, NW1||Jan 2005 – Sept 2005|
St. James’s House was a social enterprise/therapeutic community providing workshops and training for people with chronic and enduring mental health needs. My self initiated role included the promotion of a weekly out-of-hours Art Therapy group which was open to Camden and Islington residents, assessment of prospective clients, lead facilitation and evaluation of the group.
Art Therapist (Senior 1 / Band 7)
|Barking & Dagenham PCT, RM12BHB NHS Trust, RM3||Feb 2003 – Sept 2005 & Dece 1998 – Sept 2000|
As part of Barking and Dagenham Community Learning Disabilities Team I was employed as the clinical lead for sixteen hours a week to provide an Art Therapy service for adults with learning disabilities. The role included facilitation of individual and group Art Therapy sessions, developing and promoting the service, representing the discipline at Clinical Governance, and the supervision of an Art Therapy trainee. Prior to this I was employed for one day a week by Barking and Dagenham, Havering, and Brentwood Community Learning Disabilities Team (BHB NHS Trust) between 1998 – September 2000 to 1. Assess clients on the waiting list for Art Therapy 2. Facilitate an out of hour’s Art Therapy group for residents at Little Highwood hospital, Brentwood.
Rehabilitation Project Worker
|St. James’s House, NW1||Sept 2003 – May 2004 & 1993 – Dece 2000|
St. James’s House was originally established to offer sheltered work, training and recreational services to people who were leaving Friern Barnet psychiatric hospital. I was initially employed to run the Mailing & Packing Workshop and to co-facilitate ‘Rainbow’s End’ drop-in centre, which provided a series of in-house and external social activities. Listening to the needs and ideas of members I changed the workshop from an industrial Therapy based programme to that of a Creative Arts and Craft Workshop. I also devised and ran the weekly ‘Friday Night Club’, providing both a film club and evening meal. The menu was devised with members, who assisted in shopping and cooking a three course meal.
In 1998 the entire project moved premises and underwent a major transition, shifting emphasis in ethos and structure. A new Rehabilitation model was devised which combined aspects of both a therapeutic day service and a small creative social enterprise. I was a prominent figure involved in re-shaping and delivering the new project, this included devising referral, assessment and health and safety policys and proceedures, a new programme of Art and Design workshops and introducing a small buisness which was based around the ethos of recycling; Furniture Refurbishment (in conjunction with the Kings Cross Furniture project), Paper Making and Card Making. I also organised our annual exhibitions and launch party. Managing change and a cultural shift was especially difficult resulting in the need to resettle original members into other community projects before the launch of the new project could take place.
As a Rehabilitation Project worker I also provided linkwork (vocational and therapeutic support) and organised external events and exhibitions of members’ art work. I was also the Health and Safety officer and Marketing and Production manager, and was involved in the recruitment and supervision of volunteers and an Art Therapy trainee.