About Me

Overview of experience

 

I have worked with people with intellectual disabilities for over 25 years, the most influential of which were spent providing direct support in a variety of settings including supported living, residential care and day opportunities. This experience formed the foundation of my commitment to person-centred approaches, which has continued to develop and evolve throughout my career.


Professional Qualifications

I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2001, becoming chartered in 2005. I became an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) in 2013. I am also on the BPS Register of Supervisors.
I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (PYL03418).


Additional training

I am trained to use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autistic Diagnostic Interview (ADI). I have also qualified as a ‘train the trainer’ in Person-Centred Active Support. I have worked as a Best Interests Assessor under the Mental Capacity Act’s Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.


Clinical assessment

I have experience of carrying out a range of clinical assessments including:

  • Assessment and diagnosis of intellectual (learning) disabilities
  • Assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Conditions
  • Understanding behaviours that challenge using functional analysis
  • Assessment of risk
  • Assessment of severe and profound intellectual (learning) disabilities
  • Assessment of need as part of transition between different support settings


Clinical intervention and consultation

Interventions can be direct (with the individual with intellectual disabilities) or indirect, where the work is with the people who support the individual. Sometimes the work is consultative, offering advice and guidance for those working directly with the individual.


Service development and evaluation

I have completed a number of projects for organisations at times of change and transition, intervening at different levels in order to support the workforce to develop and adapt to shifting demands. These projects have been within the statutory, voluntary and private sectors, giving me insight into the varying systemic and political issues influencing service delivery across different models of provision.


Staff training and development

I am able to offer training to support staff and other health and social care professionals in a number of areas:

  • Autism
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Person-Centred Active Support
  • Debriefing following emotionally challenging incidents
  • Assessment of capacity
  • Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and behaviour that challenges
  • Transition
  • Profound intellectual and multiple disabilities


Clinical supervision

I am registered with the British Psychological Society as a clinical supervisor with over 10 years’ experience in clinical supervision of other professionals including clinical psychologists, learning disability nurses and counselling psychologists. Sessions can be carried out face to face or via Skype.


Academic experience

I have taught at a range of academic institutions since 1995, including the Tizard Centre, University of Kent, University College London , University of East London and University of South Wales. I have an honorary post as Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Disability at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent.