WHO ARE WE?
Bill, our Australian trained Psychologist has over 20 years experience working within the drug, alcohol and mental health sectors. He is a registered NLP Practitioner and is a Director of a charity called Aspie in Worcester for adults on the Autism Spectrum. He lectures at the University of Worcester on a variety of degree courses including Criminology, Social Welfare and Psychology. He delivers supervision and professional and practice development days for the Worcestershire prison services. Bill spent his years in Australia working as a senior psychologist in the prison services, community mental health teams and youth services. He also worked in remote aboriginal communities and has considerable court room experience as a psychologist. He has also featured on ABC Radio as an expert speaker about youth issues and provided advice for professionals on fostering and adoption organisations. Bill has extensive experience of dual diagnosis and complex mental health needs having worked as clinical coordinator of a multi disciplinary team for many years. Since arriving in England 5 years ago Bill has specialised in substance misuse and mental health treatment and training. You'll find that Bills style of training is very interactive, inclusive and fun.
Richard graduated from the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy in 1986 and is accredited by the UKATC. He has taught on two BACP accredited Counselling courses, and currently teaches at Warwick University on their Counselling and Psychotherapy Diploma course. Richard has worked in the substance misuse field for 25 years in both community and residential settings; previously the service manager for one of the treatment services in Worcestershire. An accredited coach, his main passion is training and education work. He helped establish a training exchange between the then 'Leningrad' and Manchester - and has published work through the Health Education Authority and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Richard lives in Worcestershire with his family, fractious cat and ever-energetic collie dog.
Jo has a BA Hons in Psychology and Criminology, a Postgraduate qualification in Social Care and is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner, she has been working in the drug and alcohol field for over 15 years, working with service users and alongside other professionals in the community and within the prison setting in both adult and young persons teams. She also has experience in working in a care setting and with end of life clients. Jo is passionate about working alongside schools to help educate our younger members of society about substances with a focus on 'legal highs'.
Under the broad goal of wanting to save the world, Ingrid completed her BA in Sociology whilst working for the New Zealand Police.
She then spent many years working nationally to deliver business leadership training into some of New Zealand’s largest retailers. Focussing on unleashing the potential of individuals, training included a range of self-leadership and team leadership topics. During this period Ingrid also completed a certificate in adult education.
Maintaining her broader goal of world salvation but realising New Zealand wasn’t the centre of the universe, Ingrid moved from the antipodes to the UK in 2010. Since doing so, as well as gaining Qualified Teacher Status and teaching for several years Ingrid has fostered for six years through an independent fostering organisation and a local authority. She has also co-facilitated some Skills to Foster courses for prospective foster carers.Having developed a commitment to preventing and minimising the impact of domestic violence and neglect at an individual and societal level in her early working life, Ingrid is somewhat zealous about attachment theory and practice as a way to understand and assist those affected by these issues. Dovetailing with this she has a commitment to ensuring those supporting young people with attachment difficulties are also well supported to do so.