CV

This page is a partial summary. For my full professional history and qualifications, please see my LinkedIn Profile.

Summary

Isquare avatar am a HCPC-registered occupational therapist with a specialism in adults with autism. I work predominantly in mental health roles and have experience in both in-patient and community mental health.

I am also a qualified copyeditor, digital marketer and was ordained as an interfaith minister in July 2014. I have have worked as all of these on a freelance basis and am open to further work in these areas.

However, my current focus is on developing my knowledge and skills in autism, with a view to working full-time with autistic adults.

See what I am focussing on right now


Experience

Locum Occupational Therapist – Sugarman Group

– June 2016

A series of locum positions, as I took a year out to study abroad from July 2016.

– Technical Instructor at North London Forensic Service: Running groups and one-to-one support sessions for patients across multiple wards.
– Care Coordinator for Lambeth Early Onset Community Team: Supporting and liaising with clients experiencing their first episode of psychosis.
– Ward Occupational Therapist for the Derwent Centre, Harlow: Assessments, one-to-one support, and some groupwork for patients across multiple wards.

Employment Support Mentor – AS Mentoring

– June 2016

AS Mentoring provide specialist coaching and mentoring for people with autism. We help our clients to achieve their potential as individuals and to facilitate their social inclusion through employment.

My role involved meeting with my caseload of clients once a week or fortnight and supporting them to prepare for employment – writing CVs and cover letters, identifying potential vacancies, goal-setting for the week, and talking through any problems or issues they are having with the job-hunting process or other aspects of their lives.

Freelance Copyeditor, Writer and Digital Consultant

– Present 

Clients include:

• Jeff Ditchfield, international author on medical cannabis, published Winter 2013.
• Accessible Geeks, web design company developing accessible websites.
• Preeti Shah, author of Agnostic Spirituality, published Summer 2013.
• Philip Wylie, author of Very Late Diagnosis of Asperger’s published December 2013.
* Rikki Wingate, author of the Bad Boys’ Big Diary, upcoming.

I also offer two hour consultations for small business owners or prospective owners looking to set up an online presence. This can be a one-off consultation to clarify with you your intentions and potential opportunities, or can be an ongoing advisory role – I also have links with a website design company and can offer preferential rates for website design and building.

 


Education

London South Bank University

MSc Occupational Therapy

“Occupational therapy is the assessment and treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions using specific activity to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life. – College of Occupational Therapists”

Two year pre-registration course registered with Health and Care Professions Council and World Federation of Occupational Therapists. There are six consecutive modules broken up with four practice placements in a range of settings and a 12,000 research proposal in the final semester. My specific interests lie in autistic adults, mental health, and assessment.

Dissertation title: “What meaning do Augmented and Alternative Communication applications on iPads have for non-verbal adults with autism as means of communication?”

Squared Online

Certificate in Digital Marketing

The Squared Online Certificate in Digital Marketing is a master’s level distance learning qualification. Created by Google, certified by the IPA the content was crowd sourced by leading employers to meet the need for high calibre digital talent and leadership.

The digital marketing course is taught online over 6 months and features high profile guest speakers such as Sir John Hegarty, founder of Bartle Bogle Hegarty, and Richard Eyre, Chairman of the Internet Advertising Bureau. Module includes mobile marketing, cross-channel marketing, data analysis, change management and business development.

I chose to undertake this course in order to get a firm grasp of what I did and did not know about digital marketing, and to fill gaps in my knowledge base. Squared is not just about facts, but about creating a framework in which to put the ever-evolving range of tools, websites and marketing mediums to use.

One Spirit Interfaith Foundation

Interfaith Seminary, Ministerial Ordination

Located within the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation, the Interfaith Seminary trains open-hearted men and women in an inclusive global spirituality, to serve people from all faiths or none.

This experiential programme is designed to deepen each person’s awakening process as the basis for effective service. It provides a powerful and supportive structure in which to:

* Study aspects of the world’s major faiths and mystical traditions
* Create and present rituals and ceremonies
* Explore and practise Spiritual Counselling
* Substantially deepen your personal spiritual life and practice
* Refine your capacity to be a loving presence in the world

See http://www.interfaithfoundation.org for more information.

The University of Manchester

BA (Hons), Religions and Theology (69)

Dissertation: Tradition or change: What can three case studies tell us about the changing character of the Anglo-Jewish community?

Manchester Leadership Award (Gold): 60 hours volunteering and 4,000 word report:
How do leaders in voluntary organisations maintain their vision with high staff turnover?

Modules included Advanced Latin and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

University College Cork

Summer school, Ancient Greek

The UCC Summer School highly intensive week summer school, offering nearly two years of instruction in either Latin or Ancient Greek over an 8 week period. It is aimed primarily at postgraduates in any discipline who require knowledge of either language for further study. Classes are for four hours a day in the morning, six days a week, with self-directed study in the afternoon and exams on Saturdays. My overall mark was a First.

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