Katie Wrench is a qualified social worker and art psychotherapist, living and working in West Yorkshire. She is also a short breaks foster carer.
Katie has worked for the past twenty years with children who are fostered or adopted and continues to provide consultation and training to frontline practitioners, parents and carers in a number of areas. Her particular interests are: therapeutic life story work, the impact of attachment and trauma on child development and art psychotherapy with children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Katie is also a skilled group worker who facilitates evidence based positive parenting groups for foster carers, Special Guardians and Family and Friends Carers. She has experienced working for a Local Authority and in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
Katie has co-authored a highly accessible book entitled Life Story Work with Children who are Fostered or Adopted: Creative Ideas and Activities, (2013) that is full of tried and tested creative activities for professionals, parents and carers who may have little time and experience of direct work and limited resources. They describe the optimum conditions in which to carry out life story work and feature activities to accompany each of the necessary stages.
Katie's second publication is Helping Vulnerable Children and Adolescents to Stay Safe - Creative Ideas and Activities (2016). Training is available based on both books.
Katie is dual registered as a social worker and art pychotherapist with the HCPC. She is also a member of the British Association of Art Therapists. (BAAT).
Dr Sarah Jordan has worked with children and families over the past fifteen years. Before her doctoral level training, she worked with children with diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, young people with acquired brain injuries and with diagnoses of Eating Disorders, Psychosis and Self Harming behaviour. Sarah then spent a year specialising in Infant Mental Health and studying the effects of the early attachment relationship on the developing child, before joining the Therapeutic Social Work Team in Leeds from 2011 -2014. Her special interest pertains to the overlap between diagnoses such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder and the neurodevelopmental impact of trauma. She is now working in CAMHS in North Yorkshire.
Sarah is passionate about creating bespoke training packages for people living and working with children who have suffered abuse and neglect. As well as delivering training to schools and Independent Fostering Providers, Sarah also teaches on the University of Leeds Doctorate of Clinical Psychology course regarding the impact of child sexual abuse.
Jan Hext is a qualified social worker and psychodrama psychotherapist. Originally from Devon, she has lived in Leeds for over twenty years, where much of her work has been in a local authority setting.
Jan has substantial experience of working with children and families who have experienced complex trauma including: abuse; bereavement; abandonment; substance misuse and extreme violence.
Jan was a respite foster carer for seven years looking after children with disabilities. She also worked in Romania with street children and delivered training there to support workers engaging with the Roma community.
Jan has been a Team Manager for a Local Authority Therapeutic Team, providing post abuse therapeutic services for children and families for the past ten years. Her role is multi-faceted and includes staff supervision, consultation, managing referrals and training delivery.
Jan is an extremely experienced and creative trainer. She aims to keep participants close to the experience of the child and this is evidenced by her dynamic training delivery style.
Her special areas of interest are: the impact and management of trauma; negotiating the pathway with children and young people who have been sexually abused; and unravelling the complexities of internet facilitated sexual abuse.