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Qualifications

MSt (Distinction) in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy; Registered Member BACP Accredited, Advanced Diploma in Counselling; Certificate in Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People; Certificate in Counselling Supervision;
BSc(Hons) Chemistry and Geology; MSc Geochemistry; PhD Fumarole Activity of Mount Etna Volcano; PGCE (Science Education).

Recent Professional Development: Oxford Mindfulness Centre Masterclasses in MBCT Supervision, and in the Mindfulness-based Interventions – Teacher Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC); Mindfulness Supervision Training run by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University; and training with the Mindfulness in Schools Project to teach both the eight week .b (dot-b) mindfulness course to young people age 11 to 18, and the .b Foundations course for adults in schools (parents, governors, teachers and other staff).

About

Extensive background in clinical therapeutic work as a counsellor, most recently at University of South Wales where also taught Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Courses: to clinical groups of students with a history of depression or anxiety; to non-clinical groups for whom there is a professional link to their future employability, e.g. students on social work, mental health nursing, and midwifery degrees; to University staff to promote well-being and resilience; and to external groups of corporate clients.

In the University of Glamorgan Staff Recognition Awards for 2012 Solanna won the Health and Wellbeing Award for her Mindfulness skills-development work with staff (and students).

Experience

Solanna has worked in the secondary, FE and HE sectors of education as: researcher; science teacher; chemistry lecturer and Head of Department; counselling skills trainer; school counsellor; and university counsellor. In addition she has experience in the areas of hospice bereavement support; project management of alcohol and cannabis harm reduction with parents; HIV/Aids work; and post-sexual abuse protection work with children and young people. Solanna’s work is underpinned by a person-centred core model, but she has also undertaken training in Solution Focussed Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as advanced training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Between October 2010 and December 2012 Solanna completed her Masters degree in MBCT on the part-time programme directed by Professor Mark Williams and Dr Melanie Fennell at Oxford University Department of Psychiatry.

Memberships

Registered Member BACP Accredited. Also a member of the BACP-UC Division (Universities and Colleges). On the UK Listing of Mindfulness-based Teachers meeting the Good Practice Standards of the UK Network for Mindfulness-based Teacher Trainers.

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