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School Counsellor/ Child and Adolescent Counsellor

Rawdat Al Khail, Qatar
October 05, 2019

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Florence Hughes

Al Bedaiya Compound, Old Al Rayaan, Doha Qatar

Mobile: +974-********


Date of Birth: 06/08/1995

Personal Profile

An empathetic and committed Child and Adolescent Counsellor specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy who is dedicated to boosting young people’s self-esteem and confidence in a holistic manner. Additionally, holder of a 2:1 BA(Hons) classification degree in Children, Young People and Families. An enthusiastic and approachable person with excellent IT skills who is prepared to utilise degree studies and wide-ranging experience in the sector through volunteering and working with children and young people with challenging behaviour and those with special needs.

Education and Training

The Training Room, The United Kingdom

Counselling Children and Adolescents Level 4 June 2019

Counselling Level 3 January 2019

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Level 3 April 2019

Health and Social Care Level 2 December 2018

York St. John University, The United Kingdom

Children, Young People and Families BA(Hons) September 2016

NVQ Health and Social Care Level 4 September 2016

NVQ Childhood Studies Level 4 September 2016

Bealieu Convent (A-Level), The United Kingdom

English Literature (C), Sociology (C), History (C), Philosophy (C) July 2013

Les Quennevais School (GCSE), The United Kingdom

8 GCSE’s (Grade A-C) including English August 2011

Courses Undertaken:

-Emergency First Aid at Work Level 2 (2016)

-Child Protection Part 1 & Part 2 (2017)

-Female Genital Mutilation Awareness and Reporting (2018)

-Creative Behaviour for Learning (2018)

-Early Years Certificate (2018)

-Aligning Teaching and Learning to Ofsted Expectations (2018)

-Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (2018)

-Prevent Duty for Schools (2018)

Relevant Experience

ACS International School Doha (August 2019- Current Profession)

I am currently covering maternity leave (finishing December 2019) as the Early Childhood Counsellor at ACS. ACS is a renowned international education system that provides an internationally focused curriculum and supportive learning environment.

Experience working within The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

Supported children in Early Childhood with social/emotional and behavioural needs through 1:1 counselling sessions and Nurture Groups

Practiced Positive Discipline in order to promote self-regulation, independence and responsibility in children

Met with parents and appropriate outside mental health agencies which met the student’s needs including Children Development Centre and Mind Institutes Doha

Helped develop the current Counselling referral form utilised by ACS in the Early Childhood division

Protocol Education Manchester, United Kingdom (September 2018 – August 2019)

Protocol Education is a specialist provider of classroom-based staff to schools and academies in England. They provide clients with the full range of classroom-based staff on both a temporary and permanent basis.

Working as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant across a range of schools in Manchester

Closely supporting children and young people (ages 4-10) with complex needs including autism and global delay

Led interventions in order to maximise children’s learning and progress in education

Ellar Carr Pupil Referral Unit Bradford, United Kingdom (December 2016 - September 2018)

Ellar Carr is an establishment maintained by the local authority which is specifically organised to provide education for children who are excluded, having social/mental health needs, or otherwise unable to attend a mainstream or special maintained school.

Worked as a Behaviour Support Worker in a classroom setting to reduce barriers to accessing the curriculum for pupils, and prospective pupils, with a disability

Supported and worked closely with children and young people (aged 10-16) with extremely challenging behaviour meeting their emotional, social and mental needs in a Special Education environment

Worked and supported children at risk or suffering harm through Sexual Exploitation.

Undertook joint and duty visits alongside the Parent Partnership scheme

Contributed to child and family assessments

Referred students to intervention agencies such as the Children Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and passed this information efficiently between service users and colleagues

Organised external links to come into the Unit to speak to both staff and students. These included Prison Me No Way, War child and survivors of the Rotherham CSE case

Cambian Group Leeds, United Kingdom (October 2016 – December 2016)

Cambian is the second largest health service in the UK after the NHS. It is the leading provider of adult and children's services: including mental health, ABI, specialist education, children's residential and fostering.

Provided full time compassionate, personal care and independent learning to its residents such as personal hygiene and healthy living

Obtained a wide understanding of the effects of abuse and child sexual exploitation

Facilitated and supervised family contact

Gained great knowledge on the residential care system and its fostering services

Camp America Wisconsin, United States (June 2016 – September 2016)

Camp America is a cultural exchange programme providing people to work on a summer camp in the USA.

Teaching children aged 8-16 water sports including kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing.

Fully responsible for 24/7 personal care and overall wellbeing of children

Spoke openly to parents via phone calls and emails whilst administrating important files and paperwork

Experience in working abroad with different types of children and families in an unfamiliar environment

Snappy Youth Work York, United Kingdom(November 2015 – May 2016)

Senior Snappy is a youth club in York especially for young people with special needs aged 18-40.

Aimed to maximise the personal development and recreation opportunities for young people with disabilities.

Handled administration files and registrations

Took in money and organised financial transactions

Organised social nights, activities and workshops that focused on key day to day life skills.

Experience working with those with autism, aspergers syndrome and physical deficiencies.

The Island Charity York, United Kingdom (November 2014 – March 2015)

The Island is a registered charity, which provides a mentoring service to vulnerable young people aged 8-13, and to disabled young people aged 14 to 19 in York.

Fully-trained mentor partaking consistent one-on-one support with a child who was emotionally distressed from a chaotic home.

Completely responsible to take mentee out once a week for fun and educational activities in order to make them feel comfortable and also have a good time away from their worries at home.

Independent experience working with disadvantaged young people independently forming empathetic and compassionate relationships.

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