Fola qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2009 and has practiced in a number of settings, both in hospitals and in the community with adults and children. She has a range of experience in secure mental health settings and working with Children and families in the community. Fola is also currently undergoing a Post Graduate Certificate in Sensory Integration with Sheffield Hallam University.
Sorcha is an Integrative Therapist that qualified in 2016 with Distinction from Interpsyche (based within the NHS and accredited by the BACP). She is registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Her specialisms are primarily Trauma and Attachment. She also has significant experience working with those that have experienced abuse.
Sorcha has significant experience of working with children and young people with SEN, particularly in the areas of ASD and Emotional & Behavioural needs. She also has experience of supporting Looked After Children and their carers.
Time working with the Youth Offending Team and volunteering for the PCC, has resulted in her having a good knowledge of the Youth Justice System.
Sorcha has undertaken significant training, completing CPD in the areas of trauma & trauma techniques within therapy, bereavement & loss, play in therapy, and attachment focussed family therapy amongst many, many others.
She has recently completed training in online and telephone counselling accredited by the BACP and the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO). She is a member of ACTO.
Prior to becoming a therapist, Sorcha was a teacher for over a decade, primarily within SEN settings.
Jutta has a Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy and is a Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and Member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP).
Nicki’s experience started when she worked in a Play School and as a Teaching Assistant in a primary school setting. Whilst working, engaging and observing children in their play and other interventions she became interested in children’s emotional wellbeing, their attachment styles and neuroscience, causing them to disengage emotionally or socially at times. This presented as behavioural changes and emotional disengagement. This is when she began training as a therapist in 2012.
Play and Creative Arts therapy allows the pupil to project their inner thoughts and feelings onto a medium of play and creativity, whilst providing them a safe space while processing their internal world at a deeper level. Projection is a way of safely disconnecting them from their unconscious process coupled with the therapeutic relationship, trust and in time bridging the gap to allow their process to become conscious.
Fiona is an enthusiastic teacher with over 20 years of experience across a range of primary, nursery, preparatory and special needs schools. She gained the Hornsby Diploma in teaching dyslexic pupils in 2005 and has been working as a specialist one-to-one literacy tutor since 2007.
Fiona loves teaching children who are lacking in confidence or facing difficulties at school. Her aim is to bring the joy back into their learning. She uses a variety of multi-sensory techniques, games and activities to build up the skills and confidence they need to thrive and progress.
MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis (Intellectual Developmental Disability), Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), BA (Hons) Fine Art, PGCE, QTLS
Tracy has a comprehensive background in the fields of Behaviour Management, Positive Behaviour Support, Autism and Precision Teaching with extensive experience working with children young people with a range of disabilities and needs.
As a qualified teacher, Tracy worked for many years within alternative education, both teaching at and managing a SEN Pupil Referral Unit which supported and educated some of the most challenging and disengaged students in Kent, as well as managing a county-wide virtual learning education provision for learners with autism and severe social phobias.
After more than a decade of work with vulnerable young people, young offenders and adolescents with Special Educational Needs and behaviour that challenges, Tracy trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis – the clinical application of scientific knowledge of behaviour and learning to socially significant behaviours. In 2015 Tracy trained at one of the world’s leading Precision Teaching schools (Morningside Academy) in Seattle USA and subsequently qualified as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.
Tracy is trained in Practical Functional Assessment and Skills Based Treatment which aligns with trauma informed care approaches to reducing severe problem behaviour as well as preventative play based therapy for young children or those with emergent problem behaviour.
Tracy collaborates with a wide range of organisations to provide Positive Behaviour Support assessment and intervention for individuals, teachers and parents and Precision Teaching consultancy services and training.
The aim of the School Nurse is to promote the physical health and emotional wellbeing of the pupils of City of Rochester School.
This support, in conjunction with the wider pastoral team, is designed to meet a wide range of day to day needs. From meeting the physical needs of some pupils and the administration of first aid, to guiding pupils who might need psychological support, the role is a varied but vital one in our whole school community.
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