Our Team - Highly rated, well respected and passionate about making a difference
As as team, we are committed to making a difference. We have over 40 years combined experience and knowledge of working across a range of educational settings and of supporting children and young people with various needs. Over these many years, we have developed specialist knowledge in a number of areas including, but not limited to: anxiety; autism; learning difficulties; behaviour management; emotional wellbeing; loss and bereavement; critical incidents; specialist supervision practice; attachment; resilience; speech development; and speech disorders, to name just a few! Get in touch with us to see how we could support you and your school community.
“Jo went beyond her excellent speech therapy to work with this student on their self-esteem holistically…I would not hesitate to contact Jo to work with our students in the future.
“I have worked with Jo on a number of occasions with different children and always loved the way she related to them in a calm, kindly but very knowledgeable manner….I would have no hesitation in recommending her to work with any child in need of productive speech support or other communication needs.”
“Emma Clink has a wealth of experience and vast knowledge base… She is very approachable and always eager to help… A valuable asset.”
“Emma is a passionate, reflective, sensitive and knowledgeable professional and I have no hesitation in recommending her to you.”
“Russell has been a huge support to me and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing support or training in regards to SEND.”
“Russell was very knowledgeable and could always provide a deeper understanding of the pupils’ needs and offer a range of strategies and advice on specific interventions.”
DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER, CONSULTANT EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST
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Passionate about psychology
I am passionate about psychology: not just the theory (which I do like!) but also the application of psychological theory to support an understanding of complex problems and the power to provide an impetus for positive change. Having worked as an educational psychologist for over 10 years, I’ve developed an interest in many areas of psychology but particularly approaches that enhance social and emotional wellbeing at the individual and organisational level. Further, I firmly believe that working in collaboration with others offers the most promising way of supporting positive outcomes. For me, relationships and the promotion of positive interactions is central to all my work.
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SENIOR ASSOCIATE, CONSULTANT EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST
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Wealth of experience
I am a practising Educational Psychologist with a wealth of experience gained from working across a range of local authorities. I have also previously worked as a school teacher in the primary sector and am presently an SEN Governor at a local Primary School. Over the course of my career, I have developed a specialism in supporting children with additional needs in the early years, in addition to a having keen interest in how to promote the emotional growth and wellbeing of children and young people. I have particular knowledge and experience of supporting schools in looking at the ‘bigger picture’; working with them to support change at a systems level to ensure the whole school community is meeting children’s needs in the most effective way. I am of the firm belief that we have to establish a positive feeling of emotional health and well being to provide pupils with a secure base to embark on learning.
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SENIOR ASSOCIATE, CONSULTANT EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST
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Supporting teachers and practitioners
I have worked as an Educational Psychologist in a number of local authorities (most recently 14 years in Lincolnshire!), since qualifying in 2001. During that time, I have gained a huge amount of experience applying psychology when completing individual work, tribunals, and statutory work, as well as when engaged in whole school support. I have also developed and delivered training to support teachers and practitioners working with children and young people with many different needs. Training for foster carers has also been an area of particular interest for me. As has training and supervising Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs), which I am thrilled to be continuing in my Associate role with Futures in Mind.
I have an interest in ‘Critical Incidents’, having spent time developing materials to support schools, children and young people. I have also provided direct support to schools who have experienced a critical incident, working alongside pupils and teachers to guide their practice and responses in light of current research.
When supporting children and young people, it is vital for me to ensure that their voice is central to planning and decision-making, in addition to building positive working relationships with teachers, parents and carers, so that better understandings and outcomes can be achieved.
SENIOR ASSOCIATE, CHILD AND ADULT SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPIST
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Working with children and young people
I am a registered speech and language therapist with 18 years’ experience working with children and young people with a wide range of communication needs. I strongly believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to understand and be understood. In terms of my approach to work, I am passionate about working closely with parents and teachers as this is the best way to support children and young people who have communication difficulties. My aim is to work with schools and parents to provide effective interventions and specific approaches, based on a clear and shared understanding of the child and young persons needs, that can be easily integrated into the day. Small changes can make a big difference!
Creating positive change for children and families
Working collaboratively and using solution-focused psychology is at the heart of my Educational Psychology practice. I completed my Doctorate in Applied Educational Psychology in 2019 and continue to use and reflect on the interpersonal, psychological and research skills to guide my approach when working with schools. An area of particular interest is Lego-based Therapy; my Doctoral research explored the impact of Lego-based therapy on its impact on anxiety in children with social communication and interaction difficulties. I am enthusiastic about developing and delivery of bespoke training packages for schools, especially when training is adapted to individual needs and where teachers feel confident and empowered to apply their learning to practice.
Supporting social and emotional needs in schools
Following ten years working in schools within a range of roles, I completed a Doctorate in Applied Educational Psychology in 2019. Within my role as an Educational Psychologist, I am passionate about collaborating with others to promote positive outcomes for children and young people. A solution-focused, consultative approach is central to my practice: recognising the invaluable experience and expertise held by school staff and parents and carers in fostering the holistic development of children.
I have a particular interest in supporting social and emotional needs in schools, especially anxiety, and undertook my thesis research into the impact of the Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) project. Through training and supervising ELSAs, my professional interests have developed further to include creating and delivering bespoke training which empowers and upskills the adults who work in schools to develop inclusive environments and support children and young people to thrive.
Passionate about helping children and young people thrive
Since completing my undergraduate degree in ‘Developmental and Educational Psychology’ in 2017, I have worked in both mainstream and specialist education provisions, with primary- and secondary-aged students. For the past year, I have been working as an assistant psychologist in an independent therapeutic school, just outside of Peterborough. This role, in particular, has further established my aim of ensuring all individuals are given opportunities to thrive in accessible, inclusive and compassionate environments.
Career-wise, I wish to keep broadening my range of practical experience and knowledge of applied psychology, before completing a Doctorate in Educational Psychology. I am very excited to be working with Futures in Mind, and to continue to make a positive impact in the lives of children and young people.