Goldsmiths gave me a foundation and appreciation of culture on practice due to the multicultural nature of the university and course. This has supported me to move from working in the UK to working in Australia. The MA structure and the variety of staff and knowledge ensured a strong foundation in networking across the profession and understanding the value of research, continual development and growth; it's incredible how one course and class can reach across the globe in such a wonderful way. Due to this variety of knowledge underpinning the programme I have been able to work within forensic settings, statutory and voluntary sectors and across two continents in roles I am truly passionate about being part of.
Since qualifying I have been lucky enough to work within pilot programs in the UK being part of a team that set up a consultation service to Social Care to support the understanding and development of interventions with families subject to child protection.
Building on this I was able to speak at a conference on trauma and attachment on the subject of supporting foster carers and pre and post adoptive parents to support children who have experienced disrupted attachments and trauma. This has stood me in good stead for my career.
I am now working as an Expressive Therapist in a young families' homelessness refuge setting up an new Expressive Therapies service within the refuge to support the young parents and children. Families are under the age of 25 years old with children in their care and who find themselves homeless for a number reasons – from domestic and family violence, transitioning from foster care, under child protection plans for concerns for their care of their children or working on restoration of their children back into their care. The service works with parents to support building a healthy attachment relationship with their children and address mental health needs, trauma presentations and parenting support.