Helen qualified as a social worker in 1999. She has worked independently since 2009 and has extensive experience of undertaking specialised risk, parenting and sibling assessments; providing expert opinion in the family courts; planning and providing therapeutic interventions to children and families in adoptive, birth family and foster care setting and providing consultancy and supervision services to a variety of multi-agency professionals. She is known for providing insightful and rigorous assessments and enabling and empowering interventions in a reliable and timely manner.
Helen is also an independent trainer offering a variety of courses to multi-disciplinary professionals, parents and foster carers. Courses include attachment, planning for permanency and sibling relationship assessments.
She is passionate about the use of evidenced based, well-validated tools for assessment and interventions as a means of providing more objective robust understandings and supporting families. Helen is trained in a range of the developmentally sequenced attachment assessments tied to the Dynamic Maturational Model (DMM) of Attachment and Adaptation, including the Infant Strange Situation Procedure, the Pre-School Assessment of Attachment, the School Age-Assessment of Attachment and the Adult Attachment Interview. She is also trained in various methods of intervention including Video Interactive Guidance [accredidted practitioner], Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy [Level 1] and Theraplay [Level 1].