ABOUT THE TRAINERS

Katie Wrench is dual qualified as  a social worker and art psychotherapist and registered with the HCPC and Social Work England.  She holds professional indemnity and public liability insurance with NAGALRO.

 

Katie has been offering training to local authorities across the UK, IFAs and third sector organisations for the past five years.

 

She  has co-authored a best selling title Life Story  Work with Children who are Fostered or Adopted (2013) and the model  has successfully been rolled out across England and Wales.

 

She is also the author of two further  publications: Helping Vulnerable Children To Stay Safe. Building Protective Behaviours (2016)  and Creative Ideas for Assessing Vulnerable Children and Families (2018). Katie provides training and consultation based on the content of these books.

 

Becky Sawyer is a qualified teacher of 22 years, and until offering training full time, was a Deputy Head teacher in specialist provision for children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. Becky has an MA in Social, Emotional and Mental Health aspects of behaviour, the focus of which is attachment aware practice in schools, the impact of mindfulness in schools, the importance of staff well-being in SEMH settings, practical approaches using different attachment models, emotion coaching, and the relationship between pragmatic language and attachment. Becky provides training based on her work experience, and research. Through action research with Bath and North East Somerset local authority, Bath Spa University, and the Attachment Research Community (ARC) Becky has offered training and presented at conferences for over 7 years, and supports Initial Teacher Training.

  

Becky cares deeply about ensuring all children and young people feel physically and emotionally safe enough to achieve within the education system, and encourages practitioners at all levels to embrace and develop attachment and trauma aware practice. Becky’s experience in training, and conferences includes presenting and leading training at Institute of Recovery from Childhood Trauma, London; Bath Spa University Attachment Aware Schools conferences; Attachment Research Community national conferences; Stoke on Trent Attachment Research Schools conference (STAR); Stoke on Trent Special School Foundation INSET training; Stoke on Trent Newman Catholic Collegiate INSET training; Ormiston Academies Trust INSET; Keele University ITT. Becky can provide training and consultation in the following areas:

 

Attachment and Trauma aware practice in schools

Emotion Coaching

What SEMH means, and how to support pupils with this educational label in schools

Positive behaviour support, and practical strategies · Relational based practice in the classroom

Relational based practice in teams 

Leading positive teams

The teenage brain – learning, engagement and behaviour

Life in a specialist provision

 

Lesley Naylor is a qualified social worker and play therapist, living and working in Leeds. She has also trained in theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Lesley qualified as a social worker in 1992 and spent ten years working with looked after children and in child protection in a local area team. She has worked for the NSPCC and in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and has been a member of the Therapeutic Social Work Team in Leeds since 2005.

 

Lesley is passionate about improving the life chances of looked after children and her particular areas of interest are: therapeutic life story work, the impact of complex trauma on child development and how to work with this.

 

Lesley has a variety of roles in her work: she works directly with children and their carers, offers support to foster carers and the systems around the child, is involved in training, particularly around life story work, and co-runs support groups for foster carers.

 

Lesley co-authored Life Story Work for Children who are Fostered or Adopted: Creative Ideas and Activities (2013) and her life story training follows the model in the book.

 

Lesley is registered as a social worker with the Social Work England. 

 

She holds professional indemnity and public liability insurance with NAGALRO.