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Qualifications

MA Consultative Supervision
PG Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
PGCE (ESOL/Languages)
Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
HEA
BA (Hons) French and Russian
Licence en Lettres (English)

About

Judith is the Academic Subject Manager for Therapeutic Studies/Creative Arts. She manages a variety of Undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in this area including Masters courses in Art Psychotherapy and Music Therapy as well as the BA in Creative and Therapeutic Arts and a Foundation Degree in Person Centred Counselling. She is course leader for the PG Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People and specialises in training those who work therapeutically with young people.
Judith is currently writing the National Curriculum for Counselling Children and Young People for the BACP in line with the national competences and was an author of some of the modules on the DOH Mind Ed online curriculum. She is a practicing therapist and clinical supervisor and has a particular interest in the supervision of schools based counsellors as well as clinical supervision of other professionals working in the statutory and Third sector. She has recently undertaken a study of the supervisory needs of school based counsellors.

Judith also line manages SWCAP, the USW based community counselling service, which she helped to set up and ran for several years. This service offers counselling to the people of Newport and the surrounding area, including several vulnerable groups such as BME communities, asylum seekers and carers. This service offers placements to students and many exciting partnership and research opportunities. The service recently won a national award for Innovative Practice in the field of Domestic Abuse and was the runner up in the ABUHB Innovative Practice Award.

Experience

Judith joined USW in 2009 to write and deliver a new Masters programme in Counselling Children and Young People. She shadowed the WG Co-ordinator for the Schools Based Counselling Strategy in Wales and established partnerships with agencies across South Wales for student placements. She set up the Schools Based counselling service in Newport in response to a need for placements for this course, which now operates across schools in Newport.
She then won a Big Lottery grant and established NCCS (now known as SWCAP). This three year project has just finished and is continuing with funding from the statutory and Third sector.
Prior to joining USW Judith worked as a teacher and trainer in secondary, higher and adult education,
She also worked for Adoption UK as an author and trainer in adoption and fostering and has a personal and professional commitment to working with children with early trauma and attachment issues. Judith also worked as a therapist in several children and families teams in Wales as well as in a specialist agency for young people who have suffered from trauma and abuse.

Since becoming a manager of the Creative Arts programmes, she has overseen the growth of many of these courses and is currently researching the integrated use of teaching and learning and clinic provision in advance of the move to a professional space at City campus in 2016-17.

Responsibilities

Academic Subject Leader for Therapeutic Studies/ Creative Arts
Programme Leader for Masters in Counselling Children and Young people
Line manager SWCAP (South Wales Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Publications

Spong, S, Hubena, B and Mulcahy, J (2011) Community based counselling service: developing a research / practice infrastructure to meet local needs.
Mulcahy, J (2004) for Adoption UK – ‘Its a piece of Cake’ – A therapeutic reparenting course
Mind Ed – an online resource for the DES – author of modules on Working with Other Agencies

Memberships

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (accredited)
Counselling Children and Young People (BACP CCYP)
United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKCP)

External

Judith worked on a scoping exercise with many of the key voluntary agencies in Newport as part of the successful bid to the Big Lottery and has established several placement and partnerships with agencies in Newport and Cardiff in the interim. She continues to work closely with these agencies so as to establish good working counselling practice which is embedded in the communities this project serves and looks to research outcomes and service user involvement.

Judith set up a 4-day course in June 2012, run by Dr Dan Hughes for multi agency practitioners who work therapeutically with children with early trauma and ran a conference alongside to showcase good practice in South Wales in multi disciplinary work with vulnerable children and their families.

Consultancy

Judith is available as a freelance trainer and offers training and consultancy in a range of topics relating to therapeutic work with young people, supervision of school based counsellors and community based counselling.
She is a Trained Trainer for NSPCC Safeguarding Level 3.
Judith currently offers clinical supervision and training to a range of practitioners in multidisciplinary fields and is a consultant to the BACP, specialising in counselling Children and Young People.

Research

Neurobiology of attachment and trauma
Schools Based Counselling
Supervision of counsellors of young people

Judith has been involved in a scoping exercise for the new community counselling service in Newport and is interested in service user involvement and accessing the most vulnerable.

Grants Awarded:

Newport City Council – Counselling for the Pupil Referral Units and Maes Ebbw Special School – funded by WG
Newport High School and St Joseph’s RC School – WG grant
Big Lottery People and Places – Community Counselling Service 500 k
Community Safety Partnership Grant for counselling work with victims of Domestic Abuse

Areas of Expertise

Clinical supervision of multi disciplinary teams and school based counsellors; Counselling and Supervision; Attachment, Early Trauma, Adoption and Fostering, Therapeutic work with Children and Young People, Safeguarding, Community based Counselling, Working with interpreters

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