Paul Andrews

Paul Andrews

Instructor Bio

Paul has been working in the area of children and young peoples mental health for the past 20 years. He has worked in a number of different settings both statutory and in the voluntary sector, based mainly within the north of England. As well as working in the UK, he has also spent a number of years living and working in New Zealand as a therapeutic social worker in the CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) services. He believes it is through these previous life and work experiences which have helped shape his interest in working with families. Paul has a particular interest in thinking how to support young people and families to make the process of therapy more accessible.

Paul’s many experiences include working with parents and families affected by trauma, loss, ill health and coping with significant life events. He has considerable experience in working with young who display risks to themselves or others as result of their difficulties. He has previously worked in residential care settings as well as an inpatient adolescent mental health unit employed as a specialist social worker. His training in family therapy has influenced his openness and collaborative approach to his work. During his career he has engaged families in the process of therapy through creative methods of work, which have included activities such as drawing, art and play. More recently he has been using the outdoor environment as a therapeutic setting for families to experience different types of conversations in order to encourage change. Paul has undertaken a research project looking at the effectiveness in working with young people and families within the outdoor environment.

Paul is a keen cyclist and a qualified British Cycling coach with considerable experience in working with young people in an outdoor setting. He is an experienced canoeist, mountain walker and has recently taken up sailing. He believes in the power of the outdoor environment to bring about personal change for the individual and family groups.

He holds the following professional qualifications:
• CQSW – Qualified Social Worker – 1989
• Advanced Learning in Group Analytic Psychotherapy – 1999
• MSc Child and Adolescent family psychotherapist – 2019

Paul is an accredited Child and Adolescent family psychotherapist and is a full member of UKCP (UK council for Counselling and Psychotherapy). He is also a full member of AFT (Association of Family Therapists).

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