John Bainer - Curriculum Vitae

Job Title:          Educational Psychologist                                           

Qualifications:  Chartered Psychologist (1996)
                           M.Sc. Educational Psychology (1994)
                           Dip. Psych. with Distinction (1993)
                           Dip. Ed. - Child Development (1987)
                           UK Qualified Teacher Status (1987)
                           M.A. Ed. - Reading (1978)
                           California Reading Specialist Credential (1978)
                           California Teaching Credential (primary) 1973
                           B.A. English and Natural Sciences (1972)

Professional      British Psychological Society
Bodies:              Association of Child Psychologists in Private Practice (AChiPPP)

Professional      British Psychological Society (Reg. No. 038455)
Registration:      Health and Care Professionals Council  (Reg. No. PYL021347)

Employment     2010-present   Independent Chartered Educational Psychologist
record:              1997-2010       Suffolk LEA Chartered Educational Psychologist
                          1994-1996       Tower Hamlets LEA Main Grade Educational Psychologist
                          1989-1993       Saint Luke’s Primary School, Tower Hamlets 
                                                  Section 11 and Lang. Support Teacher
                          1988-1989       Old Ford Infant School, Tower Hamlets, Upper Infants Teacher
                          1979-1988       American Community School, London, 5th Grade Classteacher
                                                  Lower School Reading Specialist;
                                                  High School Reading Specialist & English teacher;sports coach
                          1973-1979       Loneman School, Pine Ridge (Sioux) Indian Reservation, 
                                                  South Dakota, USA, elementary classteacher; 
                                                  Reading Specialiist
                          1969                Volunteers in Service to America:Community Organizer


Since training to become an Educational Psychologist, much of my ‘clinical’ work has continued to be centred in schools as I assess the learning and behavioural difficulties and needs of children and young people.  These assessments involve work not only with the children but also with the parents, the teachers, and a wide range of other supporting professionals.  Applying the assessment information towards making a change for the better can then involve further work with parents, teachers, schools, social care, National Health professionals, and Local Educational Authorities.      

Teaching / Training
As a classroom teacher, I have worked with children and young people of all ages, from 5 years to 18 years.  The work earlier in my career also involved a wide range of cultural and socio-economic settings.  I progressively focused more and more on learning difficulties, especially reading, and much of my latter teaching experience involved supporting children with special educational needs and providing advice to their teachers.  Since becoming an Educational Psychologist, I have provided in-service training to teachers and classroom assistants at all levels.

Continuing Professional Development
I have always welcomed opportunities to increase my professional knowledge base.  I access courses and conferences organized by the BPS and AChiPPP, I belong to online Educational Psychologists’ forums, I read current journals and other publications, and I use the Internet to update myself on specific questions.  In general, I value highly the opportunities I have to explore and apply new ideas, theories and practices and to revisit and update myself on some old, familiar ones.