Meet the Team

Who is My White Dog?

Meet the enthusiastic professionals that make up the My White Dog team

Paula Power

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Christo Hudson

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Belinda Westwood

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Sally Wilson

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Jessica Shields

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Paula Power

 

I am an Instructor Member of MHFA England and facilitate the interactive Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training and Mental Health awareness workshops to help build resilience in a changing environment for adults who want to support teams, employees, colleagues and adults who want to support young people age 8-18.

 

My motivation for change comes from teenage trauma, which created a drive and unconscious focus towards hope through travel and adventure in the outdoors. I was a military wife during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and I have led young adults across the UK, Africa and Asia and became a Guinness world record holder as part of the first all female polar expedition in 1997. My continued professional development is in social science, emotional intelligence, positive psychology including post traumatic growth. I also work in collaboration with Aviation Action, Wiltshire MIND and Choice Therapies.

 

I have now developed my experience and education within teaching, training and mentoring in a work environment to provide a safe space for those who may be confused or inexperienced to help someone with a mental health issue. I have now trained over 500 business leaders and adults to become mental health first aiders, to be able to spot signs of mental ill health and support someone until professional help arrives.

 

“Professional, well-designed course that has expanded my knowledge. Paula is an excellent instructor who keep the pace and tone of the course in perfect harmony”

 

As our courses are currently on-line there is no limitation to location, we provide a safe learning space and deliver manuals and workbooks to your door. Feel free to get in touch paula@mywhitedog.com

Jessica Shields

Jessica is one of our associates at My White Dog based in the Midlands, she supports us on 1 and 2 day courses plus our bespoke workshops.

 

She is a qualified professional coach, NLP Master and Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and is highly experienced in working with individuals for the purposes of development in both professional and personal settings. Having a degree in ‘Counselling Psychology’ Jessica has historically had an interest in mental health with a view of supporting others through listening to help them understand and manage their own mental health.

 

Jessica is passionate about making a difference for others, helping and supporting people to be at their best.

Belinda Westwood

A business psychologist, executive coach, experienced learning and development consultant; specialising in behaviour change. Belinda has a special interest in mental well-being in the workplace and expertise in employee resilience and relational leadership development.

 

Her approach is solutions-focused, working in partnership with clients to define the desired future, explore the root causes of their challenges and facilitate sustainable and meaningful change. She combines healthy challenge with a sense of fun and inquisitiveness, delivering tailored and creative interventions using psychological knowledge and evidence-based practice.

 

With her corporate business background in commercial and people functions and with more than 12 years’ organisational and leadership development experience, she applies a tried and tested ‘change methodology’ and offers a broad range of tools and techniques to enable meaningful transformation.

 

Her mission is to help people magnify their unique talents through increased self-awareness, renewed confidence and fresh perspectives; enabling organisations to create an even better place to work for optimum business results.

Sally Wilson

Sally supports us with Youth Mental Health First Aid 2 day courses in the South West. She is a qualified Youth and Community Worker, Lecturer, Assessor and Reflective Practice Supervisor and has over 25 years experience of working with young people in a broad range of settings and ways.

 

This includes working as an Inclusion Manager in a Secondary School, facilitating personal social and health education group work programmes, mentoring and facilitating mediation sessions, working with looked after children for the In Care Council to inform children and young people’s services and facilitating a self-referral service for young people in crisis.

 

She has a wealth of experience of developing and leading multi-agency projects and programmes to promote social inclusion, and has facilitated a variety of training courses and support groups for practitioners and parents/carers. Having worked with so many young people in crisis for so many years, Sally is particularly interested in promoting youth mental health awareness and exploring creative interventions to promote young people’s wellbeing and personal development.

 

“It was a really insightful 2 days, we learnt a lot about statistics and caring for that individual disorder. The group was inclusive and everyone felt like they were able to speak even about their own experiences with mental health, or about someone they know with a mental health issue I would recommend this course to everyone as everyone at some point either knows or has a mental health issue! Amazing course, and well done Sally, she did a great job!”

Christo Hudson

My professional career has always revolved around aviation. Having trained as a commercial pilot and instructed in some of the world’s busiest airspace, I have seen the significance of positive mental health and how dramatic an effect it can have on our well-being in any workplace. Through my roles as an aircraft incident investigator, peer support volunteer and trainer, I have seen the importance of nurturing human connections and living in the present.

 

“Open and frank discussions were encouraged, and there was a sense of trust and honesty in the group. It is a skill to develop that degree of rapport in such a short time.” – feedback in 2021

 

As an MHFA England Instructor Member, I use examples from my personal experiences to help teach the skills to keep someone safe until professional help arrives. In our constantly changing work environments, these essential tools can prove invaluable when supporting ourselves and others. I am also qualified as a Suicide First Aid instructor and am passionate about showing people that there is always hope. The Suicide First Aid course is accredited by the City & Guilds Institute and is an essential qualification for those wishing to further their knowledge of the subject.

Please contact us if you are interested in Mental Health Training