The impact of trauma and enhancing techniques for recovery; enhancing mental health and wellbeing; increasing the success rate of rehabilitation amongst offenders and decreasing the likelihood of criminality in at risk populations/cohorts.
I am a strong advocate for evidence based intervention and using this to impact and transform people's lives for the better. I believe every life can and should be counted towards something great!
Olufunmilola has an academic background in psychology, first completing my BSc in Psychology followed by my MSc in Research Methods in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire; she is a graduate member of the BPS. Her professional background has been driven by her interest in psychology.
Olufunmilola has worked as a research assistant in the disciplines of social and clinical psychology. Working with Dr Keon West, a social psychologist, she investigated intergroup bias; working with Professor David Winter, a Clinical Psychologist, she applied Diagnostic Constructs (identified in Personal Construct Psychology) in conjunction with Narrative Analysis to assess the impact of the civil war in Sierra Leon on an amputee football team and their experiences of recovery.
Following these experiences Olufunmilola went on to work in prisons as a Case Manager (HMP Holloway) and Family Interventions Worker (HMP Belmarsh). She would work directly with inmates and their family members applying psychosocial interventions to enhance rehabilitation and support recovery in substance misuse, gang affiliation, sex work, dual diagnosis and promoting mental health and wellbeing. She was also involved in clinical reviews and parole boards, supporting prison governors and other professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and so on) on decisions around the care plan and release of the inmate.
Olufunmilola has also volunteered in charities that work to prevent criminality in at risk young people (Volunteer Mentor), as well as advocating for victims of crime (Victim Support Volunteer).
In her most recent role, Olufunmilola was the Service Manager of a Mental Health Wellbeing Service in Hammersmith and Fulham, commissioned by NHS England and NW London CCG. She was involved throughout the implementation process of this service, recruiting and managing the roles and tasks of Community Link Workers, Service Coordinator, Befriending Coordinator and Peer Mentor Coordinator as they recruited and supported volunteers. The service provided psychosocial interventions via one to one support (single and extended sessions up to 6 months), groups and programs, and peer led activities to people with varying conditions of mental ill health.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
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