Marigemma Rocco-Briggs is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, who trained initially as a Clinical Psychologist in Italy, before training as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Anna Freud Centre London. She has been working In Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for over 25 years, assessing and providing therapeutic interventions and Consultations to children, adolescents and their families. She is currently the Clinical lead for one of the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services, part of the North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT). She has worked for eight years on the Family Unit of The Cassel Hospital, working with parents with a diagnosis of severe personality disorder and their children, many of them babies. She has provided Consultations to Social Workers and contributed to the development of a dedicated mental health service for Looked after Children in a CAMHS Service. She has a special interest and expertise in assessing the relationship between parents and their children for Court Assessments.
Yael Witkon is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and organisational psychotherapist, and previously educational psychologist (Israel). She trained at the Tavistock Clinic and has been working at Placement Support with children in foster care and adoption and their families for many years. She was a lead child psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic outreach project in primary schools and a deputy manager of a Tavistock outreach service for young people and their families on the cusp of care. She worked in general CAMHS and was a consultant in a specialist CAMHS team for children in care and adoption. She provided consultancy at Coram. She taught on training courses at the Tavistock and on a MSc course at Birkbeck College. She supervised mental health professionals.
Jenny Sprince (Advisory Consultant) is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Organisational Consultant, trained at the Tavistock Clinic. She has worked for over thirty years with children and their carers, in a variety of settings including CAMHS teams, Social Services Departments, special schools, fostering agencies, children's homes and therapeutic communities. She has published widely on fostering, adoption and consultation, and contributed as an expert witness to the LAC NICE Committee in drawing up guidelines for the care of looked-after children. She is one of the co-founders of APPCIOS (see http://appcios.info/), and currently chairs its Management Committee. With Tony Harms she was the co-founder of Placement Support, and was its Clinical Director from 2001 to 2018. She maintains a teaching,supervisory and consultancy practice.
Phil Faulkner is a Consultant Psychodynamic Organisational Therapist and Qualified Social Worker, registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council and the HCPC. His practice is grounded in twenty-one years’ experience working at Thornby Hall Therapeutic Community in Northamptonshire, and informed by psychoanalytic, systemic and pedagogic frameworks. Phil has been a director and registered manager for three specialist providers of care, education and therapy for children and young, and has worked as an independent children’s home inspector, therapeutic adviser, clinical supervisor (individuals and groups), trainer and researcher. He has also worked for two local authorities in social work teams focused on child protection, children who are disabled, and adult drug and alcohol services. Phil has a particular interest in complex trauma, adolescent mental health, autism and learning disability. Phil is Responsible Individual at Placement Support.
Trudy Darien has spent over 25 years working in the care profession with looked after children and young people. She is a qualified youth and community worker (Greenwich University) and has an M.A. in Therapeutic Child Care (Reading University). Trudy currently consults to a number of local authorities, IFA and children’s homes. She devised and implemented an experiential training program which has demonstrated that by employing therapeutic techniques and reflection to childcare exemplary outcomes can be achieved. Trudy is passionate in her belief that “All looked after young people need therapeutic intervention”. Trudy also works directly with young people; who with complex histories, particularly those who have no formal diagnosis or those who act out or opt out of formal structures. Her favourite things: music, cocktails and veganism. Super-human power: only needing 4 hours sleep.
Nicola Elmore has worked for over twenty years within the NHS as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She has specialized in working with children and young people who are looked after in kinship care, or who have been adopted. She also has a lot of experience of working closely with children’s foster carers, special guardians and adoptive parents.
Nicola has taught for many years including teaching for the Tavistock Clinic and until recently was a lecturer at Birkbeck University of London on the Msc course Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents.
Tony Harms BA, LlB, (Advisory Consultant) is a barrister (non-practising) and has been an Associate of the Institute of Consulting. He has had a long career running and advising small businesses. Tony is Placement Support’s Independent Safeguarding Officer 0208 800 0799.
Dr Angela Evans trained as a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic. She worked for fifteen years in an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), specialising in Looked After Children, after working as a teacher and SENCo in schools.
She practises privately in East Sussex, working with organisations such as Children’s Services, Fostering Agencies and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Trusts. She works with young people, parents and carers, families and the wider system around them. She specialises in children and young people with developmental trauma. She provides supervision to other professionals, teaching and examining.
Joana Simoes is a London based qualified and registered art therapist with 9 year’s clinical experience in assessing and treating children, young people and their families. Prior to this, she studied set design for theatre in Lisbon, her hometown, and worked in the theatre and opera for 17 years. Joana has completed an accredited foundation course in Systemic Thinking and Practice with the NHS, as experience led her to believe that often working with families and the network is more effective than focusing on the child alone. Joana has collaborated with Core Assets for 8 years, and have since led on projects in partnership with local authorities and Children’s Social Care in areas such as Loss and Bereavement, Sexual Problematic Behaviours, and Domestic Abuse, managing teams of Therapists and Support Workers. Joana is also collaborating with Placement Support since 2018, and is a member of APPCIOS- Association For Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organizational Settings.
Julia Coleman is an Organisational Therapist (mBPC and mAPPCIOS) and has worked in Therapeutic Childcare and Family Work for over twenty years. She works with local authorities to build and sustain a clinical element within fostering, adoption and Special Guardianship, devises and delivers Therapeutic Parenting Programmes and works in partnership with Consultant Child Psychotherapists to sustain families in crisis.
Liz Greenway has worked as a psychodynamic organisational therapist, integrative psychotherapist and Cognitive Analytic Therapy practitioner in private practice, public and voluntary sectors and Group Relations for over 15 years. She is trained to a doctoral standard and works as a psychotherapist in the NHS in primary care and community settings, in charities, with marginalised groups and privately. She works as an organisational therapist with staff and leaders in schools for children who have experienced trauma, in specialist programmes for young people in wilderness settings, with families, in the NHS Leadership Academy, in healthcare charities, homeless charities and in businesses with CEOs and entrepreneurs. Her organisational consultancy, reflective practice and coaching work, which consider dynamic issues beneath the surface and relationships in context, has broad application for numerous organisations and their staff. Her written work has been published and she has presented her work at various conferences. Additionally, she is researching the impact of challenging work contexts on professionals and remains particularly interested in the enabling environment for all concerned, to facilitate creativity, sustainability and recoveryat multiple levels.
Tina Bool (Administrator) has many years of experience in finance and administration, and has been working for Placement Support since 2016.
Jenny Carter is a Consultant Psychodynamic Organisational Therapist and qualified Social Worker, registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council and the HCPC. Her practice is grounded in many years experience in Therapeutic Communities, working first at Thornby Hall Therapeutic Community and then across the Peper Harow Foundation (Childhood First), latterly as operational lead for care, education and treatment, training and research. This included developing a service to provide intensive placement support for children struggling in foster care or adoptive families. This service provided packages to support families and the network around each child and to facilitate conversations between children and parents and the professional network.
Her work is informed by psychoanalytic and systemic thinking. She has worked in a residential family centre and been a supervising social worker and assessor in a fostering agency as well as providing a reflective space for school staff. She has written about the provision of primary care and her passion remains thinking about the physicality and day-to-dayness of looking after children who have experienced early trauma and in helping parents, carers and workers to withstand some of the attacks on thinking and responsiveness which inevitably come their way.
In her personal life she is a keen korfball player, 3 times the age of many of her opponents, a little creaky, but wily!
Stephen Bradley is a Consultant Child Psychotherapist and Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. After initial training as a psychiatric nurse; he has pursued many different modalities of psychotherapy, including psychoanalytic and behavioural approaches.
He has completed a master’s degree in research at Manchester University, Infant Observation and clinical training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Centre and Adult Psychotherapy training with The British Association of Psychotherapists in London.
He has more than 30 years’ experience in the NHS with childrens’ and adolescent services, and now works in private practice, with adults and children. He also offers clinical supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists, in the NHS and private sector.
Mark Waddington combines the role of Director at Placement Support with doctoral research around inter-agency working. He is a BPC registered Psychodynamic Organisational Therapist, a qualified teacher, and was, for many years, clinical lead at Thornby Hall, an internationally renowned therapeutic community for troubled children. Mark has occupied senior leadership roles with residential care providers and provided consultancy to develop their therapeutic culture. He teaches at Leicester University department of psychology and LCPC. He is an honorary trustee for the National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers and plays piano, accordion, and cello in various gigging bands. Mark is Registered Manager at Placement Support.