Kate Collier

 Practice and Development Director

Kate is Practice and Development Director, and Cofounder, of SelfCare Psychology. She develops new training and tools, and has taken SCP’S training online with the development of interactive live workshops. She is also co-author of “52 Acts of Self Care for Social Workers” and developed this idea further into the online “Covid-19 Pandemic Frontline Keyworker Self Care Acts” in early 2020 as a free resource to support practitioners. Kate has a special interest in and passion for early intervention in wellbeing through education for social care and health professionals. This is borne of her personal struggle with Professional Trauma and Fatigue; an experience that drives her involvement with SCP.  

Kate is also Black Country Women’s Aid’s Head of Employee Learning and Development, leading on BCWA training for external agencies including local authorities and companies, and internal training for staff.  This includes developing training programmes on a range of interpersonal violence and abuse, including legal, policy and practice context; trauma informed approaches; staff wellbeing; group facilitation; online training delivery.  Kate is also a management mentor and social work student placement lead and has designed and established online support groups for victims of domestic abuse. 

Previously she has trained as a social worker, worked as a qualified IDVA, and as an addictions recovery worker in prison. In 2014 she joined BCWA to develop and implement Mariposa, a service for female offenders, in partnership with Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company. This included creation and facilitation of group and individual interventions, and establishment of a Women's Centre. In 2016 she became BCWA Head of Women’s Justice Services, further developing the service and managing change in relation to the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda.