Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Dan Hughes)
PG Dip Counselling Supervision (University of Plymouth)
MSc Art Psychotherapy (Queen’s University Belfast)
MA Fine Art (University of Ulster, Belfast)
BA Fine and Applied Art (University of Ulster, Belfast)
Blanka is a practising Art Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor.
Blanka has worked in the University since September 2010 (visiting lecturer, Pg Dip Counselling Children and Young People). She joined the University full time in January 2011 to establish and manage two counselling services; Primary Schools Counselling Project and Newport University Community Counselling Service (NUCCS). Since September 2013 she has been working full time as a Senior Lecturer in the academic cluster of Therapeutic Studies. Prior to joining University of South Wales, Blanka worked for a number of children and adult services, in both statutory and voluntary organisations. Blanka also works in private practice.
In the last few years Blanka contributed to the development of schools-based counselling services (Caerphilly County Borough Council; University of Wales, Newport) as well as the Newport Community Counselling Service, a research community counselling clinic providing counselling and therapy to those finding accessing MH services in community challenging (BME communities, travellers, gypsies, refugees and asylum seekers).
She is the co-author of the National Curriculum for Counselling Young People 11-18 (BACP) and contributor to the Schools-based Counselling: Operating Toolkit (BACP/WG) on behalf of Arts therapies in Wales.
Currently, much of Blanka’s focus is on developing a strong professional profile of the Arts therapies in Wales through the Wales Arts Therapies Advisory Forum (WATAF), a representative body for Arts therapists living and/or working in Wales.
Course Leader MA Art Psychotherapy; currently teaching on MA Art Psychotherapy, MA Counselling Children and Young People, MA Music Therapy.
Hubena B. (2016) Arts Therapies and School Counselling. A chapter in Schools-based Counselling Operating Toolkit. BACP/WG: online. Updated chapter.
Mulcahy J., Hubena B (2015) National Curriculum for Counselling Young People 11-18 (BACP)
Spong, S, Hubena, B., Mulcahy, J., Spencer, L. (2013) Community-based counselling research: piloting a research / practice infrastructure to meet local needs. Poster presented at BACP Research Conference, Birmingham, May 11, 2013.
Spong, S. Mulcahy, J and Hubena, B. (2011) Community based counselling service: developing a research / practice infrastructure to meet local needs. Poster presented at the Community Engaged research in Wales Conference, Cardiff, November 2011
Hubena, B. (2011) Arts Therapies and School Counselling, School-based Counselling Operating Toolkit, BACP/WAG
Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellow
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
Wales Arts Therapies Advisory Forum (WATAF) formerly All Wales Network Committee for Arts Therapies Professions (AWNCATP)
Art Therapy in Education Special Interest Group (ATE SIG, BAAT)
Art Therapy and Learning Disabilites Special Interest Group (ATLD SIG, BAAT)
Arts Therapies Practice Research Network (ATPRN)
Regional Coordinator for Wales, British Association of Art Therapists 2009 – 2012 (BAAT)
Wales Arts Therapies Advisory Forum (WATAF) Secretary (elected) 2013 – present
External Examiner, University of East London, Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE), MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy 2013-17
Clinical Supervision – Arts Therapies and arts based supervision for health and care professions
Standards of Proficiency – Art Psychotherapy
Counselling and therapy with children and young people – specialism in the Welsh context of School-based Counselling Services: National Strategy for Wales.
Blanka is available as a freelance trainer and offers training and consultancy in a range of topics relating to creative tools in clinical supervision, arts based research methods in practice, clinical supervision and ethical issues in therapy with young people and vulnerable adults, supervision of school based counsellors and community based counselling.
Blanka has a keen interest in mental health difficulties in adults, including depression, anxiety and attachment disorders (relational difficulties and disorders), parent-child dyadic work and chronic conditions affecting MH relating to physical health difficulties.
She is a Trained Trainer for NSPCC Safeguarding Level 3.
Clinical supervision of Arts Therapists
Inter-professional learning and training in health and care sciences (particularly with focus on applying arts therapies skills in counselling practice and counselling skills to arts therapies professions).
Attachment and neuroscience
Arts in health and well-being (AiHWB)
School based counselling
Mental health needs of diverse populations (asylum seekers and refugees, BME communities, carers, travellers and gypsies)
Developing evaluation tools and measures for the use in counselling and therapy for specific populations – most recently for cancer patients in remission
Beacon of Excellence (Primary Schools Counselling Project, December 2010 £88k, 2011 £88k, 2012 £50k)
Big Lottery People and Places (Newport University Community Counselling Service, 2012 – 2015 £499k)
Strategic Insight Partnership (with Tenovus, 2013 £2.5k)
MA Art Psychotherapy
Research Degree Examiner Appointments:
University of East London
Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE)
Areas of Expertise
Art Psychotherapy (across life span)
Clinical supervision – arts therapies, play therapy, counselling and psychotherapy (individual and group)
Arts based research
C&YP mental health
Adult mental health (chronic conditions)
trauma in early childhood and its impact on human development
trauma in adulthood
attachment difficulties and disorders
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