Ms C M – Educational Psychologist

I have been working in the field of psychological assessment and intervention with children and adults since 1993. Prior to this I worked in a variety of roles with children and young people with special needs.

In addition to my role offering independent psychological assessment and advice, I work within the fields of clinical psychology, organizational consultancy and as a Registered Intermediary with the Home Office, facilitating accurate communication between vulnerable witnesses and the Criminal Justice System.

As a chartered psychologist I work therapeutically with children and families across the ability spectrum including those with specific disorders such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), generalised learning disabilities, (e.g. Down’s Syndrome), specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia) and speech and language disorders, with my clinical practice being influenced by systemic family therapy.

I have also worked extensively with adults with a variety of difficulties including those with mental health problems and / or a learning disability. This work has also involved parenting assessments, and parental / carer skills training, support and consultancy.

I have a broad spectrum of experiences with children in need, at risk and in Looked After Provision. This varies from working residentially in a therapeutic community for children with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties to working clinically either within the NHS or via the Family Courts with children and families involved in care proceedings. I have supported, trained and offered consultancy to professional carers in a number of environments including children’s homes, and both short and long term specialist / non specialist foster placements.

Since becoming a Chartered Psychologist I have prepared over 400 formal psychological reports, with some of these being specifically for different purposes. Furthermore I have experience of giving evidence to the Family Courts. Areas of assessment and report writing experience include:

1 Attachment
2 Family Functioning
3 Intellectual Ability and / or Social and Adaptive Functioning
4 Offending Behaviour
5 Parenting – including impact of a learning disability / mental health issue ASD
6 Trauma / Personal Injury
7 Dyslexia

I am a Registered Psychologist with PSI and the BPS. I have full membership for the Division of Educational Psychology PSI and I am an Associate Fellow with the BPS. I am also a registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

 

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
University of East London
Doctorate in Educational Psychology-Dundee UniversityJune 1st 2008

Part 1 ending August 31st 2004 Msc educational Psychology
Part B will becompleted September 1st 2010.

London Meropolitan University, Belfast
MSc Occupational Psychology
BPS Level A, Level B, Level B Plus Assessment Certificate
Competence.Level A in educational Testing

1993-1995.
University Of Ulster, Belfast
MSc Applied Psychology (Post Graduate Diploma)

August 1993
British Psychological Society
Honours Degree in Psychology

1989-1991
Queen’s University, Belfast
Masters in Education

1987-1988.
Queen’s University, Belfast (seconded BELB)
DASE Special Education

University College, Dublin
Diploma in Deaf Education

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Current – Independent practice working with Legal Tribunals and Private Assessments.

June-August 2008 LAC Assessments for Belfast Educationa Board

Bristol LA-Educational Psychologist October 2007-present

HILLINGDON LEA July/August 2007(Two Tribunals as expert witness-Case Work)

Trinity College,Dublin Dyslexic Assessments for Project NEPS Pilot Study-secondment for 4 months.

2004 -present
NEPS-area of County Louth Southern Ireland.(still on Panel)

September 2006 – February 2007.
Liverpool Children’s Services
Educational Psychologist

January 2006-September 2006
Swindon LA
Educational Psychologist

2005 January-April (one term)
Hackney Lea Homerton School

2003-2004 Educational Psychology Part1

2002-2003
Psychologist with SELB {September 2003}.

August 2001 – 2002
CCMS Diocesan Education Office Down and Connor.

Oct 2000 – July 2001

Springfield Charitable Research Psychologist.

2000 Working with four community groups who interfaced on the peaceline in Belfast.
2001 Researching training for 16-22 year olds in work based skills.

1999-2000
LGH Occupational Psychology Course.

1995-1999
London Institute of Stress Counselling Psychologist. P/T

1995-1999
SELB Home Tutoring Sections.-Psychologist. P/T

1996-1998
Northside Project.-Psychologist. Belfast P/T

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