My teaching method is relational and creative - I seek make text relevant and inspiring, placing them in historical, cultural, and socio-economic contexts, and try to make learning both challenging and enjoyable; to demystify it where possible, and always have in mind where the individual student is at in terms of understanding and perception.
I graduated in English and Classical Civilisation from University of Kent in 1993 with first class honours, and was awarded a Masters degree with distinction in Modern Literature a year later. This covered European and American authors. I have since worked in commercial book publishing as an editor and proofreader, in magazine publishing as a writer and sub-editor, in Primary Education doing one-to-one and group support work with vulnerable children, as a sessional worker with diabled and EBD children, and currently work as a person-centred counsellor with adults, running my own therapy service.
My rate will factor in travel expenses if outside of the Brighton & Hove area. I have a cancellation policy of charging for the lesson if less than 24 hours notice has been given by the student, unless there are clear mitigating circumstances.
Jonathan Fordham – 13/6/70
30 Clarendon Road, Hove, BN3 3WS
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2015-2017 Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at Varndean College, Brighton. This is a person-centred course informed by other counselling styles, which I complete in summer 2017
2014-15 Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at Varndean College
2014 Level 2 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at City College, Brighton
1993-94 Masters degree in Modern Literature at the University of Kent in Canterbury
1990-93 BA Hons degree (first-class) in Classical Civilisation and English Literature at the University of Kent in Canterbury
1981-88 Plymouth College, where I gained 1 ‘S’ Level, 3 A-Levels (including 2 A grades), and 7 O-Levels
• January 2018-present Self-employed counsellor running own private practice in Hove
• January 2018-July 2018 Individual Needs Assistant at Rudyard Kipling Primary School in Brighton (part-time)
• August 2016-Sept 2017 Trainee counsellor at Ashburnham Counselling Service. This involves working in a person-centred style with a caseload of clients presenting with a variety of complex issues
• 2009-2017 Individual Needs Assistant/Teaching Assistant at Brunswick Primary. This involves working as a key adult with children presenting with attachment difficulties; as a one to one with physically disabled children; and assisting all children with their classroom learning as required. My experience there includes developing an allotment space and running a gardening club, setting up and facilitating the production of a disability-awareness magazine, The Bumblebee, and pioneering an intergenerational project in which I have developed a link with a local residential home for blind and partially sighted adults, Wavertree House, to which I take a group of children on regular fortnightly visits.
• 2013 Set up and ran a summer gardening club for children, Little Diggers, with funding from Harvest in Brighton & Hove.
• 2010 Sessional working together with a young adult in care under the Adoption Service in Brighton & Hove.
• 2009-2013 Sessional one to one carer with a disabled child.
• 2009-2013 Afterschool Club playworker at Starfish Kids Clubs in Brighton, working as a general playworker as well as one to one across two settings.
• 2006-2010 Freelance writer for Sublime magazine, and international ethical lifestyle magazine, producing a book review page for each issue, generating various other articles on various subjects such as film and architecture, writing in house copy, as well as proofreading and editing the magazine.
• 2004-2008 Editorial Assistant at the Orion Publishing Group. I worked in the paperback department of this busy commercial publisher, working closely with authors, designers, and production colleagues to oversee the reformatting of hardback titles into paperback, and generating a number of new paperback titles. I ran a reprint list, as well as undertaking extensive proofreading, editing, and other administrative tasks.
• 1999-2009 Freelance proofreader and editor. This involved being commissioned by publishing companies to work closely on manuscripts to prepare them for production within tight schedules and deadlines.
• 1997-1999 Catering Assistant at The Well, a busy coffee shop in central London. This was a Christian project that raised money for a local church.
• 1994-1997 Self-employed second-hand record and bookseller. I set up and ran a small shop in Canterbury, Kent, and travelled to locations such as festivals and universities to run stalls.
Continuing professional development:
• Poetry Therapy presentation/workshop – June 2017, Ashburnham Retreat Centre, which I delivered to a group of poets on retreat
• Created for Connection – April 2016, Emotionally Focused Therapy Couple work
• Safeguarding training – 2015, Brighton & Hove Council
• PACE training – 2015, with Dr Dan Hughes at the Centre for Child Mental Health, Islington, London. Communicating with those who have experienced trauma using P-playfulness, A-acceptance, C-curiosity and E-empathy
• Understanding Autism – 2015, training provided by Brighton & Hove Council
• Inside I’m Hurting – 2014, Supporting Children with Attachment Difficulties training. 1 day course at Brunswick Primary School
• Addiction and Recovery in the Community – 2011, one day conference with Jackie Pullinger, in Bournemouth
• The Adopted Child in School – Practical Strategies for Education Staff & Parents in Supporting Children – 2011 in Dublin - Barnados
• The Neuroscience of Attachment and Practical Interventions that work with children & Young People – 2011, with Dr Margot Sunderland at the Jury’s Inn, Brighton
• Inclusive Practice Working with Disability – January 2011, at the Triangle, Brighton
• Conversations with Children and Teenagers that Change Lives. Tools and Techniques – 2011, Dr Dan Hughes, at the Centre For Child Mental Health, Islington, London
• Supporting Pupils with Attachment Difficulties Level 1 – 2009 -2010. Adoption & Permanency Team, Brighton & Hove
• 2 day Mentor Training - 2010, Lauren Wallace – Mentoring Co-Ordinator, Brighton & Hove
Other Skills, Expertise & Experience:
• Pastoral prayer training as part of the St Peter’s Church prayer ministry team
• Co-responsibility for pastoral care at a midweek house group for St Peter’s Church
• Volunteering at Safe Haven – a weekly meal put on by St Peter’s for the homeless community in Brighton
• Helping to facilitate the Recovery group at St Peter’s, a group for adults with addiction problems
• Nurture group/safe space provision for vulnerable pupils, helping to set up a safe space at Downs Junior School
• Facilitating poetry writing with vulnerable pupils in a school setting, a disabled child in sessional work and adults in house group settings
• Helping to run a Creativity and Discussion group with the homeless community at St James the Less in Victoria, London, as part of the Open Door meal
• Volunteering for Crisis at Christmas in Deptford, London – helping to run the day centre for a week between Christmas Eve and New Year in 2012
Writing poetry, reading, allotment gardening, playing scrabble, walks with my dog, swimming, playing snooker, watching films, cooking
Lee Boyer – Course Tutor, Varndean College, Brighton
Lucinda Smith – St Peter’s Church Hub Leader
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