Pauline Askin - Curriculum Vitae

Job Title:          Systemic Psychotherapist

Qualifications:  M.Sc in Family Therapy (1998)
                        Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy (1996)
                        Registered Mental Nurse (1990)
                        Registered General Nurse (1988)

Professional     Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice
Bodies:             Institute of Family Therapy

Professional     United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (Reg. No.995085)

Employment     2002–present  Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Record:                                  Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust
                         1998–2003     Systemic Family Psychotherapist
                                              Marlborough Family Service, London
                         1999–2001     Systemic Family Psychotherapist
                                              South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
                         1998–1999     Psychotherapist in Family Therapy
                                              North West London NHS Trust 
                         1994–1998     Senior Charge Nurse                       
                                              South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
                         1990–1994     Primary Nurse,South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
                         1989–1990     Post Registration Student Nurse, Farnborough Hospital, Kent
                         1988 – 1989   Staff Nurse, Bannbridge Hospital, County Down 
                         1985 – 1988   General Nurse student, Southern Area College of Nursing


I began my career in the NHS in 1985, first as a general nurse working with the elderly and in intensive care then as a mental health nurse in forensic and perinatal psychiatry. Whilst working as a Charge Nurse with mothers suffering from post natal depression and psychosis I developed an interest in family relationships. I undertook my MSc. in Systemic Psychotherapy and qualified as a family therapist in 1999. Since this time I have worked in a variety of settings with children and adults. I have extensive experience of working together with children, young people and families who are struggling with mental health or life difficulties. Children may present with a range of problems including ADHD, depression, anxiety or eating disorders. They are often finding it hard to cope with life challenges and events such as parental separation, loss or bereavement,  parental mental health difficulties or difficulties in school.

Teaching / training
Within my nursing career I had responsibility for teaching and supervising nursing students. I contributed to the teaching programme of the ENB Nursing in Child and Adolescent Mental Health course at the South London and Maudsley Trust. Since qualifying as a family therapist   I have been involved in various family therapy training programmes. I was part of the teaching team delivering training in Family Therapy at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. More recently I  jointly set up and ran an introductory course in systemic ideas which was attended by professionals from various agencies involved in working with families, including teachers, social workers and adult mental health workers. This course received accreditation from the Association for Family Therapy.

Supervision / consultation
I have many years' experience of providing supervision and consultation in my work. I have supervised family therapy students as well as providing supervision to colleagues working in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health service where I am currently employed part- time. I have provided systemic case consultation to the adult community mental health teams in the locality, social care services, schools and colleagues in the voluntary sector. I have had a particular role in supporting teams at  times of transition. 

I undertook research into the use of family therapy in a post-natal psychiatric in-patient unit. I  participated in national research carried out by the Institute of Psychiatry, London, which compared systemic family therapy with individual motivational enhancement therapy for young people suffering from both anorexia and bulimia nervosa. In my role as systemic cosultant to the adult mental health teams I conducted an audit of the transition of young people between children's and adult services and the impact of promoting systemic ideas in adult mental health settings. 

Continuing Professional Development
I value opportunities to further develop my knowledge and skill-base and regularly attend relevant conferences and seminars. I meet the CPD requirements of my registering body on an annual basis.