CV

 

Qualifications

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

Professional Development

  • 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

Employment

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.

Befriender

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 Manager

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.

Key achievements:

  • 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.

Art Therapist

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.