Holiday Tutors: Steve Killick & Jo Soldan

Steve Killick is a Clinical Psychologist and Storyteller based in South Wales. He works in independent practice and with organisations such as the NHS, Barnardo’s and with schools. He has is interested in the crossover between traditional and modern approaches to wellbeing and resilience. He has written extensively and particularly exploring the links between storytelling and wellbeing. He has a passion for telling and listening to stories that give us a different view of life.

He is an experienced therapist and trainer and has run training at many universities, the Anna Freud Centre and the British Psychological Society amongst others.   He practices Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with an interest in metaphor and mindfulness.  As a storyteller he has performed at festivals from Singapore to Glastonbury and is a Visiting Fellow at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales.

Jo Soldan is a Clinical Psychologist and mindfulness teacher who has worked in physical health care in both Wales and New Zealand for over 20 years. Jo has worked with people facing life challenges including cancer, spinal injury, chronic pain and critical care.  This has led to an interest in the growing research on positive psychology and resilience and how to build resilience in both patients and staff. Jo is passionate about sharing evidence-based interventions to help people build resilience to the challenges they face and has found the practise of mindfulness to be key in that.  She trained at Jon Kabat-Zinn’s centre for mindfulness training at the University of Massachusetts and her work in critical care for over 20 years focused significantly on maintaining resilience in staff experiencing life, work demands and more recently the pandemic.

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