Matt started his career building nuclear submarines which took him all around the world, most notably Australia, Singapore and Thailand. He then studied to be a teacher specialising in environmental science and outdoor education. Having taught for fifteen years he became more involved in working with children who struggled to stay in mainstream education. Having gained a diploma in psychology and training in numerous therapy interventions, he has used his skills both in schools,YOI and prisons.
He has trained prison staff to deliver Inner Strength, a domestic violence programme, and has trained to deliver Footsteps a resilience wellbeing programme.
Matt is currently involved in training Positive Solutions, a structured model of supervision, incorporating cognitive behavioural therapy and drama dialectical behaviour therapy skills to Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria Probation Services.
Matt is a lead facilitator for the Silence the Violence and Face It programme in Manchester and Bolton.
Karl is a fully qualified youth worker (level 3) with 6 years experience working with young people, with 4 of those five years working with young people who are on youth offending orders. He is skilled in the areas of conflict resolution, restorative justice and has recently trained in A.R.T (Aggression Replacement Training®) He has also developed numerous arts-based interventions of his own which have been used in a variety of youth offending services. with his latest group of young people having won a Koestler award for their identity project. with a background in the arts, Karl is also a noted published photographer
Gabriella wears a number of different hats. She is a trainee transpersonal psychotherapist working part time with women who have experienced gender based violence. The rest of the time when not facilitating she works for the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) National Unit. FDAC is a problem-solving court approach to improving outcomes for children involved in care proceedings. She works with key stakeholders across Children’s services and Judiciary supporting them to set up an alternative, fairer and more successful way of supporting parents to overcome the substance misuse, mental health and domestic abuse problems. Formerly Gabriella spent five years working with vulnerable young adults at Kids Company in a variety of roles, including
She works with key stakeholders across Children’s services and Judiciary supporting them to set up an alternative, fairer and more successful way of supporting parents to overcome the substance misuse, mental health and domestic abuse problems. Formerly Gabriella spent five years working with vulnerable young adults at Kids Company in a variety of roles, including the head of learning, strategy and development for their flagship therapeutic education centre for 16-23-year-olds. She is experienced in designing and facilitating therapeutic education programmes as well as leading a service that educationally, practically and emotionally supports young people to access and maintain education, training and employment opportunities.
Beulah has worked within the not for profit sector for the majority of her professional career. Her background has predominately consisted of working with disadvantaged young people, empowering them to overcome obstacles that may prevent them from fulfilling their potential. She took part in Silence The Violence facilitator training in 2015 and has assisted on various Khulisa programmes since completing the programme.
Beulah is currently undertaking a MA in Art Psychotherapy, a person centred therapy that inspires clients to express themselves through visual arts and creativity. She will qualify as an Art Psychotherapist in 2017. Her area of specialism focuses on children and young people and in particular those with social emotional and behavioural issues as a result of trauma, abuse and neglect.
Paula’s academic background is in law (LLB Hons), but she has worked in the voluntary sector for over fifteen years with clients examining issues such as housing, offending, employment and substance misuse. This has been in both a custodial setting and in the community. She has previously been a frontline casework and delivered training to clients and professionals on a variety of topics.
Paula’s current role is as a Service Manager for a national charity, overseeing a countywide substance misuse service in Lancashire. She is a registered Care Quality Commission manager and has experience in safeguarding, supervision, recruitment and commissioning projects. In her spare time, Paula is running around after her three years old and enjoys reading, walking and crafting.
Robin began his career as a qualified and experienced Youth and Community Development professional after spending many years working in the professional Creative Industries (where he ran several music and arts focussed organisations). Robin holds a BA(Hons) in Informal and Community Education from Christchurch University – Canterbury. Robin is also a Director of Griffin Research Consultancy (www.griffinRC.co.uk) where he focuses more on research, evaluation and training in the field of Crime and Community Safety. In addition to the above, Robin is also a Director of The Community Coaching Academy – a Social Enterprise offering 1 to 1 and Group Coaching to young people in order to enable them to realise their full potential. Robin added to the above list when he became the CEO of the Charity Through Unity. After working in partnership with Through Unity for several years, Robin stepped into the role in March 2016. Through Unity exists to support families bereaved through homicide.
Rebecca is a Lead Facilitator on our Face It programme (the youth version of Silence the Violence) in London secondary schools. A qualified dramatherapist, Rebecca is Senior Lecturer on the Dramatherapy MA at Roehampton University. Her experience includes education (primary and secondary), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner, older adult and adult acute mental health, primary and moderate learning disabilities, adult alcohol and drug services, prisons, Home Office and domestic violence charities.
Roger has extensive experience, spanning more than 30 years, of working with people affected by crime and who have complex needs.
His passion lies in helping people to understand their motivation as it is pivotal in their decision-making processes. A person’s ability to understand their motivation is often a determining factor in them achieving and sustaining change, while taking responsibility for their lives.
Roger observed that many people he met as a practitioner were unaware of what really caused their behaviour and in response to this he founded The Reasons Why Foundation (RWF) in 2012.
The RWF provides a behavioural change mentoring service for people involved in the criminal justice system. Roger joined the Khulisa family as a facilitator in 2013.