my name is Carl and i am a 31 year old male. I live at home with my son, Callum (7). I am also a foster carer for my niece so she also lives with us currently.
I love attending the gym and doing Thai boxing lessons, which i have done for 11 years now. I love the outdoors and my favorite place to visit is the lake district.
I also love music.
The reason i like exercise so much is because i thinks it’s important to look after your physical and mental health. I love different forms of exercise such as walking, hiking, swimming and boxing.
I love attending concerts watching bands who are not very well known, to bands such as James Bay and Robbie Williams.
I also encourage my son to try my hobbies but also develop his own. He also loves Thai boxing but his main interest is fortnight, roblocks and Minecraft…
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I am currently a Cognitive behavioural therapist and a social worker in a mental health service for children (CAMHS).
I am also a foster carer.
I am also currently in the process of opening a residential children’s home.
As a therapist, i work with children and young people struggling with their own mental health. This can be when someone is feeling really sad for a long period of time or it can be when someone gets really anxious in social situations. I work closely with the young person and family to ensure these difficulties do not impact upon the young persons life. I really do try and get to know the young person who i work with and build a relationship up so that they can trust me.
I also work along side with professionals such as the police, schools, GP and other services. This is very important in my job so that no information is missed.
My Typical Day:
9am – team meeting
10am – Session
10-10:30am – Notes
10:30am – Session
10:30-11am – Notes
11am – Professional meeting
12am – lunch
1pm – covering phone calls from parents and young people.
2pm – session
3:00- 3:30pm – Notes
3:30pm – meeting
4pm – session or catching up with emails/notes.
A typical day would be starting with a team meeting. In this team meeting we discuss any young person that we are concerned about or when we need advice.
Following the meeting, i would usually have my first appointment with my young people. I would usually see from 3-6 young people each day depending on if i have the availability.
Throughout the day i would also attend meetings with other professionals and parents.
I also offer supervision to other people in my team.
My day is 9am-5am but i do sometimes start at 8am if needed.
I will squeezes in a lunch in between sessions.
What I'd do with the prize money:
i’m open to ideas for you all.
High school – failed all my GCSE’s
College (i did not know what i wanted to do) – Gym and coaching qualifications. I worked in a bar along side college.
Nursey nurse job – i started working with children in a nursey. This is where i realised working with children is my passion. However, i knew i could work with children in more of complex way.
Returned back to college to complete a [Access to health] course as i did not have the qualification to go university to complete a social work degree.
Started university doing a social work degree (BA). Three years long. Did placements in a homeless shelter and fostering agency.
Finished university and started work with complex adults and then a family support worker.
I then started a trainee CBT post in Children’s and mental health team. When i finished the trainee degree, i stayed with the children’s and mental health team and this is where i am now.
Failed GCSE’S – E’s F’s
Social work (BA)
Cognitive behavioural therapist – Post grad.
Supervision – post grad.
Play center – party host
Placements in university – Homeless shelter and fostering agency.
Support worker for complex adults
Family support worker
CBT therapist/social worker/ senior mental health practitioner. – current.
NHS – CAMHS
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Active therapist fun
What did you want to be after you left school?
I did not have a clue what i wanted to be after leaving school.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Sometimes but not a lot.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I thought about being a firefighter
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I could not possible choose but i love 90s so anything 90s. I also love bands like mumford and sons, cold play etc.
What's your favourite food?
Anything chicken related.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To have a house in the country side which had lots of land. Unlimited money. Cure for cancer.
Tell us a joke.
What do you call a robber in Macdonald's...... Hamburglar