Senior Social Worker (with Merlin)
Jen has specialised in working with highly traumatised children, particularly in the field of adoption, for fifteen years and was previously a local authority manager for a post-adoption team. Jen is a certified Theraplay practitioner and is a Theraplay supervisor in training. She has practised Theraplay for over ten years. Jen is also trained in DDP and is currently completing Level 2 accreditation in Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI). Jen is based in The Family Place’s Devon office at Seale Hayne and is employed as a Trauma and Attachment Practitioner. She regularly works as part of a multi-disciplinary team undertaking a range of assessment, therapeutic and training interventions with traumatised children, young people, their families and other professionals working with them. Jen graduated from University of Bath in 1999 with BSc in Sociology and Social Work. She has worked in a variety of settings over the past nineteen years including in children’s residential and assessment units, local authority child protection teams and as a senior practitioner in voluntary and independent services for children and families. Jen is also a trained THRIVE practitioner.