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Bea BrogiI am a qualified and experienced art therapist, artist, teacher, as well as an experienced workshop facilitator, administrator and web designer and I am currently open to interesting work opportunities (including part-time and short term) which will benefit from my key skills. I have a MSc in Art Therapy, a BA (Hons) in Textile Design and a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education. I am very computer literate and an excellent team worker.

Below I briefly describe my experience and abilities relating to (a) Art Therapy, (b) Teaching, (c) Workshop Facilitation d) Managerial (e) and IT: Internet, Graphics and Web Design.
See my CV, and my work for more details.

Skills: Art Therapy | Teaching | Workshop Facilitation| Managerial | IT: Internet, Graphics and Web Design

(a) Art Therapy:

I am a qualified Art Therapist (MSc) with current membership of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT link open in a new window) and the Health Professions Council (HPC link open in a new window) and with a great deal of experience in working with a range of client groups. My training was at Queens Margaret University link open in a new window.

For the last year I have worked for the Place2Be link open in a new window (an in-school counselling service targeted at children with emotional difficulties) as an art therapist, 2 days per week, in both St Francis and Canal View Primary Schools in Edinburgh. For a year previous to Place2Be, I single-handedly delivered an art therapy programme at Cowgate Centre link open in a new window; is a busy homeless centre in Edinburgh, which provides a range of services for homeless over 16.

As an art therapist in Place2Be I worked intensively, deliving group work, individual therapy and solution-based brief therapy, to children with various problems such as bullying, eating disorders, difficulties relating to peers, impulsive behaviour and outbursts of anger. In each case I gave the child the opportunity to explore through play and creativity the issues that were troubling them, working non-directively and often non-verbally. In all cases it was gratifying to observe improvements during the course of the year and to receive feedback about improved school performance etc. Some children and situations required a slightly more directive approach and I built this into my working style where necessary. I enjoy working with children, incorporating many non-verbal elements such as dance, music and play into my work. I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with my supervisors and learned a great deal from them. It was particularly useful to learn about their differing therapeutic disciplines and theoretical viewpoints and I was able to incorporate some elements of these with the psychodynamic approach into which I have been primarily educated.

As an art therapist at the Cowgate Centre, I single-handedly delivered an art therapy programme at this busy homeless centre, providing both group work (open and closed) and individual therapy. My practical duties extended to report writing; liaison with external units; maintenance of the art room and the art materials within; and managing, assessing, monitoring and auditing my own caseload. There was no previous framework in place and my supervisor was not therapeutically trained, so I planned, initiated and successfully delivered and evaluated the entire programme; my supervisor was a social worker and a useful mentor in different ways.Forming good working relationships was of key importance, where the chaotic nature of the working environment necessitated a highly forthright and proactive approach to achieving basic therapeutic aims such as session structure. I carried out all assessments and referrals and managed all paperwork on my own. One thing that worked particularly well was an open group, which I initiated in response to poor take up of individual sessions. Some of the work produced was framed and displayed around the building. Users’ self-confidence was boosted by others admiring their work and it enlivened the building and encouraged others to come and paint and to attend the closed group and one-to-one sessions.At the end of this work I was well praised for the work I had done, for the changes seen in the users, the interest I had generated and the motivation I passed on to the staff and users.

Read more about my practice of art therapy...

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(b) Teaching:

I teach varies courses such as Photoshop, Web Design and Basic Computing and I am involved in various computer and art activities around Edinburgh. I am also working alongside literacy tutors using ICT and Art in adult literacy learning with special needs. I have a large experience (over 5 years) in teaching most subjects in Computing, Digital Art, General IT, Microsoft Windows and Office, Web Design, Computer Graphics and Art in several community colleges and family learning organisations.

Previous teaching positions have included Internet Science and Technology, Internet and Web Page Design, Computer Aided Design, Computer Graphics, Art and Textile Design and Italian Language within all post-compulsory sectors including Higher Education.

I have experience in running exciting programmes of fun, practical educational activities for kids, young people, adults and families. I have run art workshops and "computers can be fun" activities that have covered Publisher, Photoshop, Digital Cameras, Digital Collages, and Web Page Design. In Edinburgh I have been employed by the National Galleries of Scotland and by the city council to run such events.

In my teaching work I have taught special needs learners of all ages and I am well accustomed to working with classes of mixed ability. I'm constantly striving for greater professionalism; I have high expectations of myself and I find this reflected in the enthusiasm of my students whom by all accounts achieve excellent learning outcomes. I am an imaginative individual and I am able to inspire all my learners to greater creativity.

I have experience of working with learners of all ages, with special needs and disadvantages which include: Limited initial education; unemployment; speaking English as a second language; living in disadvantaged areas; health problems or disability affecting learning; computer illiteracy. I create flexible learning environments, supporting my learners by using web resources such as Yahoo groups, online tutorials and online tests and games. One class I have taught was completely web based where the learners created a website by meeting once a week and doing their learning and research through the internet. I have tutored purely via email and I regularly make handouts available online.
I have put together examples of subjects taught and learners' work, from which you can get a better idea of what I teach. Read more about my teaching...

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(c) Workshop Facilitation:

I run workshops all over the Edinburgh area.  My aim in my workshops is to inspire people to explore their creativity and create artwork of their own. I run workshops for both adults and children, in libraries, schools and community centres. I also run scheduled classes in the local area.

The joy of watching someone's face as they master a technique that they thought was impossible, the pleasure of seeing a child holding a digital camera and then edit the photos on the computer, etc, all make teaching a worthwhile experience.

There are 3 kinds of teaching roles that I take on regularly. The following events can be adapted and mixed and matched to provide the right occasion for the people attending:

Taster sessions and
Workshops

I can work with a group of up to 20 learners who learn a bit of everything to do with computer, digital cameras and the Internet. A 2 or 3 hour session where I demonstrate how to use the equipment, and then encourage people to "have a shot at everything", coaching and helping where necessary.

One-off lessons
If you would like a group of people (or an individual person) to learn a particular skill such as web design, then you can hire me to run workshops. I can begin by teaching basic computing, and then once everyone has had a few weeks to practice these skills, I can come back to teach different skills.

One-to-one (private lessons)
Learn the fastest way with a one-to-one teacher: Creative computing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Web Design skills such as Dreamweaver, and more. I charge £25.00 per hour.

Courses
I have been hired several times by colleges, art centres and community centres to run daily or weekly 2-3 hour lessons. I can teach various subjects to do with computing.

I have put together examples of learners' work, from which you can get a better idea of what I teach.
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(d) Managerial positions:

My core managerial skills are the ability to prioritise my time, work flexibly, think on my feet, apply myself in different ways, and problem-solve creatively.

In a previous position at Winona E-Solutions I supervised a production team. I found it natural to motivate my team to deliver professionally and on time. Clearly management skills are also necessary in the slightly different context of class teaching, and my extensive experience of this has given me a great deal of experience at motivating and managing people. At Winona I was the main contact for our clients as I have good communication and people skills with a strong customer focus. This is a skill that I also use everyday in my teaching and freelance work. My other personal duties also required strong organisational skills, for example, bulk mail-out procedures, organising a large selection of web-based resources and arranging tutor-training workshops, plus general administrative duties. I have acquired these skills through many similarly demanding positions.

I have previously co-organised “La Mandragola”, a theatrical co-operative and more recently I have taken part in organising BAAT meetings and an art exhibition. Furthermore I have worked freelance (as a web designer), which demanded strong organisational skills as well as commitment and self-discipline.

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(e) IT: Internet, Graphics and Web Design:

I have put together examples of websites I have developed, to give a good idea of what I can produce.

Web Design and Search Engine Optimisation; development, consultancy and maintenance for corporate and independent sites.
Good design skills and solid knowledge of (X)HTML and Photoshop. CSS, plus Flash and Javascript.
Experienced in managing projects, handling clients and excellent team worker.
Confident in using Content Management Systems and E-Learning environments.
Highly enthusiastic and passionate about what I do.

Systems and software:

Macintosh and Windows platforms
Microsoft Office
Desktop Publishing
PhotoShop, Illustrator, Quark Express and Textile design programs
Internet, Web Publishing,
Dreamweaver and Fireworks, Flash with scripting, Homesite, CSS (cascading stylesheets)
Content management systemsFTP S/ware
W3C Recommendations and other standards and usability/accessibility for the Web
Strategy for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Domains management
Raw coding (HTML, CSS, DHTML,),JavaScript
Graphic Design, Illustration, and Layout
Media (video and digital camera)
Textile Printing Technique
Drawing and Colours
Composition and layout

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Skills: Art Therapy | Teaching | Workshop Facilitator| Managerial | IT - Internet - Web Design

Key Skills:

Art Therapist:
I have great deal of experience in working with a range of client groups.
Read more about my practice of art therapy...

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Understanding Art Therapy
link open in a new window "Understanding Art Therapy" as one of the various creative therapeutic approaches to provide emotional support to children. It is a powerpoint presentation created to explain the Place2Be’s Counsellors use of art therapy.
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Teaching:
I have a large experience (over 5 years) in teaching most subjects in Computing, Digital Art, General IT, Microsoft Windows and Office, Web Design, Computer Graphics and Art in several community colleges and family learning organisations.
read more...

Managerial:
In a previous position at Winona E-Solutions I supervised a production team. I found it natural to motivate my team to deliver professionally and on time.
read more...

IT - Internet - Web Design:
Web Designer and Search Engine Optimisation; development, consultancy and maintenance for corporate and independent sites.
Good design skills and solid knowledge of (X)HTML and Photoshop. CSS, plus Flash and Javascript.
read more...

 

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