Senior Educational PsychologistPaula qualified as an educational Psychologist from the University of Manchester in 2005. She worked for 10 years delivering core and traded services as a link psychologist to number of settings in the Rochdale area, including working with preschool providers, primary and secondary schools and specialist provisions for young people with social, emotional and behavioural needs at primary and secondary levels, and specialist settings for high school pupils with complex learning needs.Paula is an experienced practitioner who has worked within a local authority team and as the link psychologist for the local CAMHS team. Using a consultation framework, paired with direct assessment work and utilising research methodologies, she has worked successfully at both the individual and systems levels. Paula has been commissioned to develop and to evaluated various local authority wide initiatives, including an evaluation of systemic approaches to reducing school exclusion and developing a universal provision to reduce domestic violence perpetration.Paula is interested in staff CPD and supporting schools to build their capacity to meet the needs of a wide range of children. She has delivered training across pre-school primary, secondary and specialist setting, charities, Manchester University PGCE and Doctorate students, covering a range of topics, including dyslexia and dyscalculia, autistic spectrum disorder, selective mutism and mental health.Paula is committed to working in partnership with parents and professionals and has worked closely with parents of young people with diagnoses of ADHD and parents of young people who have been excluded from school. Paula was involved in EHC pathfinder project work and regularly contributed to the Rochdale SEN panel. Paula has a keen interested in exploring and developing the ways in which adults are able to mediate learning and social experiences for children and young people, and has a strong belief in social inclusion and equality practices.
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