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Betsy de Thierry Founder and Director of TRC & Oakside Clinical Lead

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Cheryl Unthank  Oakside Liaison

Cheryl is a health care practitioner who trained as both an adult and children’s nurse who is committed to supporting parents who have been affected by trauma. As a parent, Cheryl understands the challenges of parenting and how important it is to support the TRC client’s parents and carers in this role.

Qualifications

Registered Nurse (Royal Masonic & Roehampton School of Nursing) Registered Sick Children’s Nurse (Westminster Children’s Hospital) ENB 405 Neonatal Nursing (University College Hospital)

Professional Development

Advanced Child Protection, Understanding self harming behaviour, Disorganised Attachment, Working with Children in Trauma, Certificate in Therapeutic Mentoring

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Nicki Rosser Oakside Education

Nicki is a qualified primary teacher who has specialised in teaching children who have dyslexia and other difficulties in schools. She has spent the last two years training in play therapy with PTUK and as such offers over 20 years of experience working professionally with children.

Qualifications

Post Graduate Certificate in Care and Counselling of Substance Misuse (Uni of Gloucestershire); Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy (PTUK); Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills (PTUK); Postgraduate Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy (Uni of York); BEd (Hons) Primary (Bath Spa).

CPD Training

Safeguarding, Trauma and Dissociation, Sandtray with Traumatised children, Identification of Trafficked Children, Gestalt Creative Therapy with Children. Working with children in Trauma

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Tom Coles Educational Psychologist

Tom is a qualified Educational Psychologist (HCPC registered), having worked in that role since 2012. In addition to this, he has experience of working in secondary schools and in a mental health residential provision. He is passionate about young people flourishing and experiencing hope, as their needs are identified and appropriately addressed.

Qualifications

Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology (Exeter University), BSc Hons Psychology with Criminology (Liverpool University)

CPD Training

Attachment and Trauma, Team Teach training in the reduction of risk, restraint and restriction, Tackling Domestic Violence and Abuse, Restorative Justice approaches, licensed trainer for the FRIENDS programme (prevention of anxiety and depression), Autism Spectrum Disorders and Aspergers Syndrome (delivered by professor Tony Attwood), Parts 1-3 of Working with Children in Trauma

Katie Stanton Teacher and Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills

Katie has practiced as a qualified primary school teacher with 20 years experience working with learning difficulties in the education setting. She has also completed her certificate in therapeutic play skills and is skillful in combining her qualifications.

Qualifications

Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills PGCE Early Years (Uni of Gloucestershire) BA hons Physical Geography with Ecology (Uni of Gloucestershire)

Professional Development

Child Protection training, Working with Children in Trauma parts 1&2, Identification of Trafficked Children

Ellie Halford Oakside Admin Assistant

Ellie is a Child Counsellor through the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) and is registered with BACP. Ellie is passionate about using the creative arts and play to help children process their experiences and build hope into their lives.

Qualifications

Diploma in Child Counselling (IATE); Advanced Diploma in The Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts (IATE – London Metropolitan Uni); BSc Hons Psychology with Drama (Bath Spa Uni)

Professional Development

Child Protection, Working therapeutically with children on the Autistic Spectrum, Attachment and Trauma, Working with Children in Trauma, Creative Therapy

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Maisie Perkins Therapeutic Mentor, Oakside Primary

Maisie has a degree in Psychology and undertook further training to gain her certificate in Therapeutic Mentoring in 2015. Maisie is passionate about helping create an environment where children feel safe and valued, empowering them to grow confidence in who they are.

Qualifications

BSc Hons Psychology (Bath Spa University) Certificate in Therapeutic Mentoring (Betsy de Thierry Training Ltd)

Professional Development

Safeguarding Children, Child Protection Level 1, Disorganised Attachment, Key Mentoring Skills, Introduction to Trauma and Dissociation, Developing Essential Mentoring Skills, Depression and Anxiety in Children and Young People, Exploring the Creative Recovery Process, Ethical Practice and Boundaries, Child Protection Level 1, Understanding of Self Harming Behaviour

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Abbie Watson Support Worker, Oakside Primary

Abbie is a current student at the University of Bath and completed a placement year at the TRC in 2014-15. She enjoys working with children, and having undertaken a supporting role in the Oakside Creative Education provision last year whilst on placement, has continued on whilst completing her degree in Childhood, Youth and Education Studies.

Qualifications

Childhood, youth and education studies (University of Bath – currently completing)

Professional Development

Advanced Safeguarding, Key Mentoring Skills, Risky play and adult intervention, Working with children in trauma

Hannah Needham Staff Lead for Oakside Senior Boys Project

Hannah is a qualified Secondary teacher with 5 years teaching experience as well as 1 year working as a Learning Support Assistant. She is enthusiastic to see young people reach their full learning potential in a safe environment that meets their specific needs.

Qualifications

BSc(Hons) Sociology (Uni of Bath) BTEC National Diploma in Childhood Studies (Tavistock Community College) Graduate Teacher Training Programme (Uni of Gloucester)

Professional Development

Attachment and Trauma, Team Teach basic training programme in positive handling strategies with a holistic framework, Symptoms of Trauma and Stabilisation Strategies, AQA Unit Award Scheme Training.

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Jess Nash Therapeutic Mentor, Oakside Primary

Jess is qualified as a Social Worker registered with the HCPC and BASW. Jess has experience of working in a range of organisations that support the whole family; in community centres, Youth Offending Institutions, Local Authority Children’s Service, play schemes for children who have learning difficulties, in schools, and charities. She is committed to helping children and their families overcome their struggles, find hope, and enjoy life. .

Qualifications

BSc(Hons) Sociology (Uni of Bath) BTEC National Diploma in Childhood Studies (Tavistock Community College) Graduate Teacher Training Programme (Uni of Gloucester)

Professional Development

Certificate in Therapeutic Mentoring (currently completing). Disorganised Attachment, Coercive Control, Working with children in trauma parts 1-3, Human Trafficking introductory course, Advanced interagency Child Protection Training, Interagency E-Safety Child Protection Training

Steve Moore Support Worker, Oakside Senior

Steve practices as a support worker and mentor for the senior students at Oakside Creative Education Centre at the Bath centre. He has over 15 years of experience working with young people in a number of settings.

Qualifications

First Class HONS in youth and community work (YMCA George Williams College)

Professional Development

Safeguarding children and young people