Wellbeing and Mental Health

William Martin CofE Primary School is very fortunate to have our own on site School Counsellor and Psychotherapist, supported by a therapeutic and pastoral team.

Hello my name is Catherine Kiff.

I am the school counsellor for William Martin.  As the school counsellor I offer a safe and confidential space where I will listen, non-judgmentally, and help children to begin to understand their feelings and thoughts.

As an integrative arts psychotherapist and counsellor I work through the use of the arts and play. Through this way of working it helps provide emotional support when children, young people and adults are faced with experiences in life that they are finding difficult to cope with. Using the arts such as painting, clay, puppets sand tray, music and drama can help people to communicate their feelings and express their thoughts which they find difficult to talk about.

Expression through use of the arts provides an alternative but important opportunity to understand a person’s emotional life and their ways of relating to other people. Unlike art activities art work produced in therapy is not intended as an end product and it does not have to be aesthetically pleasing. Using the arts in a therapeutic contest is a means to self-discovery by being curious about what is created. The arts act a vehicle for understanding growth and facilitating change. There is not expectation to be good at art or have any previous experience of working in this way.

In addition to my work at William Martin’, I have a private practice an d work across the public, private and voluntary sectors and in research, within the field of mental health.

Qualifications and Registrations:

I am qualified to Masters Level with specialist qualifications in adults, adolescents and children. I also have additional training in bereavement, loss, trauma, PTSD, art therapy and creative play therapy.

As a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist I am a registered member of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), the UK Council for psychotherapists (UKCP). The British Association for Counselling and psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).

I have an enhanced DBS check and level 3 safeguarding.

Hi my name is Anna Harvey,
I have had the pleasure to have worked at the William Martin CofE Schools for 18 years.
I am the school’s Pastoral and Attendance Manager. I am also head of wellbeing for all our children, staff and parents.

My job involves lots of early help and advice, providing mentoring for those children that are experiencing overwhelming feelings or experiences and ‘therapy’ for those children that may need a little extra support.

I am also involved in anger management training, anxiety workshops for children, building self esteem, friendship/ social groups and bereavement support.

Qualifications and Registrations:

I have completed my ‘counselling skills with children using the arts’ certificate, conducted by Margot Sunderland (Margot  is a British child psychologist and psychotherapist and a  Director of Education and Training at the Centre for Child Mental Health)

I am also qualified in a ‘foundation in counselling’ skills,  learning through play,  NVQ 3 early years bereavement training and many more courses over the years that complement my role.

My biggest passion, that I am constantly updating my skills in, is ‘child mental health’ , ‘mental health first aider’ and ‘trauma informed training’.

I also have an enhanced DBS check and am Deputy Designated Lead for Child Protection.

Hi my name is Bonnie Jones,

I have worked at the William Martin CofE Schools for 7 years.

I am the school’s Pastoral Manager. I am also head of  Young Carers for our children.

My job involves lots of early help and advice, providing mentoring for those children that are experiencing overwhelming feelings or experiences and support with anxiety, self-esteem, friendship groups, social groups, bereavement support or anger management for those children that may need a little extra help.

Qualifications and Registrations:

I have many years of experience and have qualified as a drawing and talking therapist.

I have completed bereavement training, Youth Mental Health First Aid and many more courses over the years that complement my role.

I am proud to announce that our school has recently received the Bronze award for the Support for Young Carers in schools.

I also have an enhanced DBS check and am Deputy Designated Lead for Child Protection.

Young Carers

The William Martin Schools are committed to develop provision for young carers and their families.

How we will achieve this:

  • The whole school is committed to meeting the needs of young carers so that they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other pupils and achieve their potential.
  • Appointing a designated Young Carers School Lead with responsibility for young carers and their families and for the day-to-day management of the school’s provision for young carers.
  • The school only shares information with professionals and agencies on a need to know basis in order to support pupils and their families.
  • William Martin School will actively seek feedback and ideas from young carers and their families to shape and improve support.
  • The school has an effective referral system and strong partnership in place with relevant external agencies, including referral to Young Carer agencies providing key workers who will work with young carers and families.

We will strive to achieve best practice for students and families in our school in order to provide them with the best chance of success in their future.

Young Carers’ School Lead – Bonnie Jones

To contact me either ring the office on 01279 424122 or email bonnie.jones@dcvst.org

Letter to Parents regarding Young Carers

Useful Links for families

Essex Child and Family Well-being Service Bulletins

About Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service (ECFWS)

ECFWS is delivered by Virgin Care Limited in partnership with Barnardo’s, to deliver children and family services across Essex, including local children’s community health provision. Services are commissioned by Essex County Council and West Essex CCG, and work closely with partners within education to change outcomes for children and young people.

We are pleased to share with you their Weekly Bulletins, an interactive resource aimed to support schools and families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Each bulletin contains activities to support the wellbeing of our school community in line with our PSHE programme, resources for your information, relevant service updates and up to date contact information.

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