A Flavour…

I’ve had the privilege of working on some amazing projects and with some brilliant organisations…


Two-day corporate mental health project: Training for HR in mental health awareness and how to support employees. Developed procedures for promoting good mental health and supporting colleagues with mental health difficulties, and new training for the HR staff to roll out to managers and colleagues within the organisation.

Head teacher and school support: Working with head teachers, the staff, the children and their parents. This has included projects, training, facilitation of development groups, whole-system analysis and one-to-one support for head teachers to interpret data and to plan change following a 360 appraisal.

Milton Keynes Primary Enrichment Partnership Trainer: I provide training on a number of topics for school staff including: The role of a Learning Mentor, Working with Parents, Circle of Friends (see below), Families Together (see below), Midday Supervisors, Newly Qualified Teachers, Peer Consultation Groups. Click here for more info

Just What We Need:  Co-development of a 12-session programme to help parents understand how emotional needs are connected to mental well-being, positive behaviour,  and the healthy development of themselves and others. This is now being run around the UK. Click here for more info

Smiling inside: Development of a group programme for use in schools with parents and children to improve literacy through a focus on skills within an emotional context.

Together We Can: Development of a group programme aimed at pupils in primary school whose attendance is poor. These pupils, together with their parents and a key member of staff, explore what it means to be at school, what might be getting in the way and how to support the children achieve their potential using other families for mutual support.

Families together: Development of a group programme for use in schools to improve behaviour, mental health and academic attainment. The focus on strengthening relationships between children, their parents and school staff enhances well-being which in turn impacts on day-to-day functioning for all involved. The key is the collaboration between parents and their children who identify their own individual and family targets for positive change.

Out & About: Development of a community programme for use in schools with parents who may be anxious about attending more ‘formal’ learning opportunities. It has proven to be effective in breaking down barriers between families and school, and in building relationships within families who are now engaging in more activities together and with their communities.

Circle of Friends trainer: Circle of friends is an approach to improving the inclusion of any young person who is experiencing difficulties in school because of a disability, personal crisis or because of their challenging behaviour. It uses the young person’s peer group to provide support and engage in problem solving with the person experiencing difficulty.

Nurture group trainer: Nurture Groups are classes of 6-12 children who remain an active part of their main class group but spend appropriate times within the nurture group for 2-4 terms according to their need. Nurture groups focus on social and emotional needs to remove the barriers to learning. The emphasis is on language development, communication and nurturing relationships.

Behaviour & Emotional Well-Being Teams – Support for schools to set up their own multi-professional teams to better identify pupils for whom there are concerns, socially, emotionally and/or academically. Following a process, participants are able to share data, identify needs and resources and review progress in a systematic way to ensure positive change occurs for these young people.

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning: Support for schools to implement the government programme SEAL, a comprehensive, whole-school approach to promoting the social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning, positive behaviour, regular attendance, staff effectiveness and the emotional health and well-being of all who learn and work in schools.

DECP conference 2009: Presentation at the annual conference for the Division of Educational and Child Psychologists on how using the human givens approach to mental health can improve outcomes for children and adults.

Cardiff TEP Conference 2009: Presentation at the annual conference for trainee educational psychologists on how using the human givens approach to mental health can improve outcomes for children and adults.