IMPROVING CHILDREN’S EXPERIENCES OF LEARNING

Faye Hingley (OW 2008)

I left WGS in 2008 and went to Aberystwyth University to study Psychology and Genetics. I graduated in 2011 with a 2.1. I then went on to study an MSc in Psychology at the University of Worcester, whilst working as a teaching assistant at WGS. It was a year long course and I graduated in 2012. I was then accepted to train as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) at the University of Birmingham whilst on paid placement at Kaleidoscope Plus Group (formerly Sandwell Mind). Here I delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to adults with common mental health difficulties. After my training year I was employed full time with Kaleidoscope as a Qualified PWP. I remained there for 3 years, working my way up to Senior PWP and delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to adults in Sandwell, children in South Staffordshire schools, and women held at an immigration detention centre. In April of this year, after a rigorous and fiercely competitive selection process, I found out that I had been successfully awarded a funded place on the Doctorate in Applied Educational and Child Psychology at the University of Birmingham. This is a 3 year course entailing academic study at doctoral level and practical training via placements. Upon completion of the course I will be a Chartered Educational Psychologist.

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