About me

My name is Charlotte Halsey and I'm based in Canterbury, Kent. I am an Artist and qualified Art Psychotherapist registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). I am also a qualified Early Years Teacher. I have volunteered and worked with a variety of educational and community based organisations and charities, and have experience of working with children, young people and adults experiencing mental health issues, physical disabilities and learning difficulties. 

I am committed to the subject of art, art-making and visual culture and its potential to effect change and growth. In particular, my interest lies in participatory and community art projects which aim to support individuals and communities health and wellbeing through engagement in creativity and the arts.

 

EXPERIENCE

Collections Assistant (Project Officer)

July 2019 - ongoing

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury

To support and organise Student Volunteers affected by debilitating anxiety to carry out the Art Collection Review, and support the use of collections to promote health and wellbeing through innovation and programming.

Trainee Early Years Teacher

Jan 2019 - August 2019

Minster Church of England Primary School

& Westbere Preschool

Both placements enabled me to deepen my understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of child development. Key aspects of my role as Trainee Early Years Teacher included: supporting the learning, development and wellbeing of children in accordance with national standards and statutory frameworks; planning learning activities and educational resources; and observing, evaluating and assessing the impact of the learning environment and practice on children's individual needs and progress.

 

Trainee Art Psychotherapist 

Sept 2017 - May 2018

Randolph Beresford Early Years Centre, London

Sept 2016 - May 2017

Place2Be, Salmestone Primary School, Margate

Working therapeutically with children aged two to eleven with emotional and behavioural difficulties by providing individual short and long term interventions. Here, art played a central role in the therapeutic relationship within a safe and facilitating environment. Through individual art therapy sessions. I supported children to find ways to express themselves, understand their experiences, learn to modify and regulate difficult emotions and behaviours, and promoted independence, opportunity and choice. In this way, the child was encouraged to improve their relationship with their school or home environment, broaden their perspectives and work towards improved social and academic engagement. My roles involved working within multi-disciplinary teams to support children both individually and in classroom settings, incorporating art and play. 

 

 

Residential Support Worker

Oct 2014 - Dec 2015

Childcare Services, Folkestone

QUALIFICATIONS

PGCE Early Childhood Education with Early Years Teacher Status 

Canterbury Christ Church University 2018-2019 : Merit

MA Art Psychotherapy 

Goldsmiths University of London 2015-2018 : Merit

BA Graphic Design 

Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London 2010-2013 : First Class Honours

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design 

University of the Creative Arts Canterbury 2008-2009 : Merit

REGISTRATIONS

Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC)

Registration number: AS 16499

British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)

Registration number: 47685

volunteer eXPERIENCE

Sensing Culture Creative Workshops

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury

A workshop for blind or partially sighted adults to handle museum objects and create artwork.

 The Power of the Object Group

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury

A group for people affected by social isolation or dementia and their companions, to participate in themed sessions, handle museum objects and gallery tours.

Play Support Worker

April 2014 - May 2017

Special Needs Advisory and Activities Project, Herne Bay