Sue Browne - Curriculum Vitae

Job Title:          Educational Psychologist                                     

Qualifications:  MSc Educational Psychology, Tavistock Clinic and University of Essex (1999)
                         Certificate of Professional Studes in Education: Specific Learning Difficulties
                         University of Leicester (1993)
                         MA Educational Studies, University of Warwick (1993)                         
                         Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Durham (1974)
                         BA Hons Psychology, University of Durham (1973)           

Professional     British Psychological Society, Chartered Educational Psychologist
Bodies:             Association of Educational Psychologists   

Professional     British Psychological Society 
Registration:     Health and Care Professions Council (Reg. No. PYL03041)

Employment      2012 - present   Private practice as an Educational Psychologist
                          2005 – 2011      Suffolk County Council, Educational Psychologist
                          2000 – 2005      Warwickshire County Council, Educational Psychologist
                                                  (incl. specialist post for specific learning difficulties-dyslexia)
                          1999 – 2000      Northamptonshire County Council, Educational Psychologist
                          1998 – 1999      Professional training as an educational psychologist
                          1995 – 1998      Warwickshire County Council, Deputy Area Manager
                                                  Special Educational Needs Support Service
                          1992 – 1995      Area Team Leader
                                                  Specific Learning Difficulties Support Service
                          1988 – 1992      Warwickshire County Council
                                                  Teacher Reading Advisory Service
                          1987 – 1988      Warwickshire County Council
                                                  Special Educational Needs Coordinator and
                                                  secondary school teacher
                          1981 – 1987      Leicestershire County Council
                                                  Special Educational Needs Teacher in in a secondary school.


In my work as an Educational Psychologist I held a specialist post for specific learning difficulties (dyslexia) and have many year's experience as a teacher of children with special educational needs, particularly those who find learning to read and write difficult. My training at the Tavistock Clinic in London enabled me to work closely with professionals from many other non-educational backgrounds and I particularly enjoyed the wider view of child development that this fostered. In Warwickshire I was part of a multi-professional group considering the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In Suffolk I contributed to the multi-professional diagnostic process for Autistic Spectrum Disorders. I enjoyed working closely with colleagues from CAMHS in supporting families where children found school attendance distressing. I have had a particular interest the needs of Looked After Children. In Warwickshire and Suffolk I worked closely with specialist teachers, staff in children’s homes and carers.

More recently, within independent Educational Psychology practice, I have continued to work as a locum for a Local Authority and enjoy my contribution to the multi-disciplinary team in supporting the emotional, developmental and learning needs of children and young people.

Management / Strategic Development 
As a teacher I was for three years a Deputy Area Manager and contributed to the development of the special educational needs support service in south Warwickshire. I was also County Professional Leader for Specific Learning Difficulties and responsible for the programme of training and development for a team of teachers. As an Educational Psychologist I have written policy documents for specific learning difficulties and contributed to policy documents on the management of school refusal and looked after children. I was part of a working group supporting the introduction of the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme into schools in Suffolk.

Supervison / Consultation 
I am committed to on-going supervision in my work and have benefited from both giving and receiving supervision with colleagues. I have also benefited from periods of personal supervision and support outside the workplace. I was privileged to act as a supervisor for an educational psychologist in training and found this a most stimulating and rewarding experience.

My work as an Educational Psychologist has always included talking with teachers, family members and others who know the child well as a prime way of learning about a young person and his/her needs. I firmly believe that solutions to difficulties emerge when ideas are shared openly and everyone feels supported in working together for the benefit of a young person.

Teaching / Training 
My role as an Educational Psychologist has always included delivering training to teachers and teaching assistants in schools. Topics have included helping children with literacy, the management of autistic spectrum difficulties in school, attachment and attachment difficulties, supporting bereaved children, developing emotional literacy in school, speech and language development, the needs of looked after children.

Continuing Professional Development / Training
I am committed to keeping up to date with developments in Educational Psychology. I read books, journals published by the British Psychological Society and attend training events. Most of all I enjoy opportunities to meet up and share ideas with other professionals.

Outside Work
Outside of work, I have learned much from the delights and challenges of being a parent and grandparent. I sing in a choral society and enjoy walking with groups of friends. I have recently learned to spin and to weave. The garden always seems to need more attention than I can give it but I enjoy cooking and eating the vegetables I grow.