Each of our associates has years of excellence in practice, using the theory and research that underpins our training and consultancy to inform their own work.
They come from a variety of backgrounds: foster care, early years, teaching, therapy, social work, psychology, health and justice. Many of them have moved between disciplines, as their interests have taken them in different directions. What they all offer is a wealth of practical experience, both in direct work with vulnerable people, and in sharing their knowledge and wisdom with others.
Interested in becoming an associate?
If you have a commitment to sharing transformative knowledge with those who work with children and families, and experience of training or consultancy as well as direct work, then becoming an associate with KCA may appeal.
For more information or to express your interest, please contact us. We will then review your CV, discuss your experience and explore the potential for working together.
Renee P Marks
A qualified Therapist and Social Worker, Dr Renee P Marks has over 32 years experience working with children and families. She provides assessments and direct therapeutic interventions in relation to attachment and complex trauma. She is recognised for her specialist knowledge in relation to allegations, sexual abuse, trauma and dissociation in children and adolescents.
Renee works predominantly in the fields of adoption, fostering and corporate parenting. She has an international reputation and has been involved in delivering training and keynote speeches across the English speaking world.
- 2006–Present: Independent therapist, consultant, clinical supervisor and expert witness
- 2005–2008: Consultant Therapist and Supervisor, Change Direction Ltd.
- 2005–2006: Manager, Therapeutic Intervention for Looked After Children, Doncaster MBC
- 2003–2005: Deputy Team Manager, Fostering and Adoption, Doncaster MBC
- 2002–2004: Consultant Therapist and Supervisor, Foster Care Services North West
- 2002–2003: Recruitment and Training Officer, Foster Care, Doncaster MBC
- 1996–2001: Director, RP Clinic and RP Training Institute, Pretoria
- 1985–1996: Independent Clinical Social Worker and Therapist, South Africa
- 1983–1985: Senior Medical Social Worker, Dept. of Child Psychiatry, Pretoria Academic Hospital
- 1979–1983: Medical Social Worker, Tygerberg Hospital, South Africa
- Post Graduate Training in Neuro-physiological Psychology, Institute of Neuro-Physiological Psychology, (INPP) Chester, England, 2010
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Children, Therapy and Counselling Teeside (TACT), England, 2010
- Post Graduate Diploma, Child Forensic Studies, Psychology and Law, University of Portsmouth, 1999
- PhD Developmental research in assessment of sexual abuse, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1996
- Post Graduate Certificate, Play Therapy, University of Pretoria, South Africa , 1991
- BA(SW) Medical Social Work, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 1979
- BA(SW) Social Work & Psychology, University of Pretoria, South Affrica, 1977
- 'Expressing Past Neglect and Abuse: two week intensive therapy for an adopted child with dissociation' in Wieland, S. (ed.), Dissociation in Traumatised Children and Adolescents - theory and clinical interventions – Routledge, 2011
- 'Assessing Trauma in Children: Expert Witnesses' in The Psychotherapist (Issue 41) – UK Council for Psychotherapy, 2009
- (as Potgieter, R.) 'The Ties that Bind (Prevention of Adoption Disruption)' in Community Care, 17 May – Haymarket, 2006
- (as Potgieter, R) 'Children's evidence in court' in 'The South African Law Manual' – Department of Justice, 2005
- (as Potgieter, R) 'Assessing sexually abused children' in Child Abuse Research in South Africa (CARSA), Vol 4, No 1 – South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, 2003
- (as Potgieter, R) 'The implications of safety on disclosure of sexual abuse' in Child Abuse Research in South Africa (CARSA), Vol 2 No 1 – South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, 2001
- (as Potgieter, R) 'Internal trauma of the sexually abused child' in Child Abuse Research in South Africa (CARSA), Vol 1 No 1 – South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, 2000
- “ Brilliant. I could relate the content to children I have fostered. When I asked Renee to expand on the activities she had spoken about she gave me practical ideas for working to help my children. So appreciated, Thank you Renee. ” Marita Beardow, Foster Carer, Derby – July 2016
- “ Brilliant day, the trainer was brilliant, her passionate and experience really added to the delivery and allowed the content to be understood much easier. ” Adam Khalaf, East Midlands – May 2016
- “ Once again, this was first-class training ” Angela Singh, Wales – April 2014
- “ Marching with the young person is a brilliant idea: one-to-one, non-threatening and using both sides of the brain together. ” Derek Down, Kent – February 2013
- “ The case studies were very interesting and useful. Specific language to use will be a great help in my one-to-one work. ” Lydia Langsdale, Derby – February 2013