Marta joined Oakley College in 2014. She was born and raised in Gran Canaria and moved to Brighton to complete her University studies, completing an honours degree in Applied Psychology and Sociology and Masters (MSC) in Applied Positive Psychology.
Marta then spent 3 years working in mental health, including working as a Team Leader managing the smooth running of 20 high risk level clients and 20 staff in a community setting, including sleep in´s. Marta qualified as a PROACT SCIP® instructor and trained the staff team in this proactive philosophy for managing challenging behaviour by meeting individual´s needs, including teaching physical interventions to manage a crisis in the safest way possible. Clients had a range of complexities including dual diagnosis such as schizophrenia, learning disability, autism, bipolar, Down syndrome; negative practices such as self-harm, suicide attempts and had convictions such as arson, drug use, pedophilia, stalking and attempted murder.
This work included contact with a variety of professionals to support and manage the client’s effective and safety integration into the community, including participating regularly in multi-disciplinary meetings between clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers.
Marta enjoys volunteering and volunteered in Brighton´s Women Centre and with St Johns ambulance for over 5 years, supporting homeless people in Brighton by signposting, low level counselling and offering emergency first aid services. Marta trained as a First Aider and received basic training in drug awareness. During her time at University, Marta worked as a Student Ambassador and as an Orientation Leader for international students in Brighton. Marta is also TEFL qualified and has participated in a wellbeing initiative to teach a wellbeing program based on the Masters course of Applied Positive Psychology in Haberdashers school in London. Marta´s hobbies include spending time with family and friends, surfing and travelling.