As a qualified teacher I am extremely familiar with the school environment, working for many years in both mainstream and SEN settings including EBD, PMLD and hearing impaired settings.
Since becoming a Clinical Psychologist I have offered direct support in schools, which has included, seeing individual children, supporting parents, consultation to school staff, INSET and twilight training, teaching classes (e.g. SEAL/PSHCE topics), running groups (e.g. anger management, stress reduction, exam/stress management), supporting in additional provision settings, observations and assessment, leading assemblies, training parents, supporting at open days and consultation to the senior team.
This support has come in a variety of forms, either funded centrally through the Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) project, through schools using their pupil premium or through local authority or cluster initiatives. Some schools choose to buy in just one programme (such as a time-limited weekly group for a vulnerable selection of young people), others want an ongoing presence in the school (half a day a week/fortnight to attend team meetings, offer individual therapy, run ongoing programmes and support staff).
Clinical Psychologists offer different support to that offered through Educational Psychology. My focus when working in school is to think about the emotional health and wellbeing and mental health of the young people there and to offer consultation, training and support in this area.
If you are interested in contacting me in on a weekly, fortnightly or half-termly basis or for a one-off consultation or training event please do email me to discuss your requirements.
Work like this is well received by parents and young people.
From an evaluation of a recent group, parents said they were very likely to recommend these groups to young people and other parents. They felt their children were warmly welcome, enjoyed the activities and found it helpful for coping with their difficulties. Young people said the groups were ‘helpful’, ‘fun’ and they enjoyed the tasks.