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NAPEP Annual Course 2017

SEMH Matters

Friday 12th May 2017 at the Macdonald Hotel & Spa, Manchester

Our professional development meeting provides a critical opportunity to consider strategic and operational aspects of the delivery of services to support children & young people with SEMH needs, whilst also considering our own needs in relation to emotional wellbeing.

  • Engagement activities & practice examples
  • Promoting and Commissioning Educational Psychology Services in the field of SEMH
  • NAPEP AGM Priorities for 2017/18
  • Influencing the National Agenda: Liz Robinson (Chair Elect) & Malcolm W Taylor (Chair)
  • Feedback from the talks with the Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families

We are pleased to announce the agenda for the Annual Course has now been finalised, view the full programme.

Principal/Lead Educational Psychologists & members of EPS Senior Leadership teams are invited to attend.

Keynote Presentation Downloads

Thank you to our keynote speakers:

Delivering Psychological Therapies in Schools and Communities
Dr Charmian Hobbs

Revised Quality Standards for EPSs
Dr Charmian Hobbs & Dr Kevin Rowland

Whole School Approach to Wellbeing
Dr Kevin Rowland
Supporting handout

Accessing Professional Supervision for Leadership and Management of EPSs
Dr Cathy Atkinson & Dr Susan Posada
Supporting handout

We look forward to seeing you next year!


Friday 12th May 2017

08:45Registration, Refreshments & Networking
09:30Welcome & Introductions - Malcolm W Taylor, NAPEP Chair 2016-18
09:40Delivering Psychological Therapies in Schools and Communities With time for table discussions: Issues, reflections and Q&A - Dr Charmian Hobbs
10:30Refreshments & Networking
11:00Revised Quality Standards for EPSs - Dr Charmian Hobbs & Dr Kevin Rowland
12:00Whole School Approach to Wellbeing - Dr Kevin Rowland
13:00Lunch & Networking
14:00Annual General Meeting
14:45Refreshments & Networking
15:15Workshop about Accessing Professional Supervision for Leadership and Management of EPSs - Dr Cathy Atkinson & Dr Susan Posada
16:15Closing remarks - Malcolm W Taylor, NAPEP Chair 2016-18

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Charmian Hobbs

Keynote Speaker
BPS Division of Educational & Child Psychology

Charmian has worked as an educational psychologist for many years in local authorities. She has supported the doctoral training programme at Newcastle and Sheffield Universities. Currently she works as a narrative therapy trainer. She is a member of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology Committee (British Psychological Society) and was part of the group that produced the “Delivering Psychological Therapies in Schools and Communities” document and co-edited “Using qualitative research to hear the voice of children and young people: the work of British educational psychologists”.

Dr Kevin Rowland

Keynote Speaker
After working as a primary school teacher in Birmingham Kevin worked as: an EP in Walsall; a professional tutor at the University of Birmingham; a Senior EP in Portsmouth; Deputy PEP in Worcestershire; and the PEP for the City of Plymouth. Following a period as Assistant Director in Richmond upon Thames, Kevin took up his current post as Principal Educational Psychologist, Sandwell MBC and is now also the LA’s lead for SEND. His Doctorate is in ‘Leadership in Education’ and his thesis focussed on PEP Leadership and it was during this time that he began to crystalise practices surrounding Collaboration and Network Leadership especially in promoting Social, Emotional and Mental Health in education. In 2006 whilst Chairing the DECP’s CPD Committee Kevin represented the BPS by attending the House of Common’s Select Committee to promote the profession’s transition to Doctoral training and provide expert evidence for the impending revision of SEN legislation. At this time, he published an article imploring EPSs ‘To Modernise or be Privatised’. Kevin continues to be a passionate advocate of Community Educational Psychology and Personal Construct Psychology in pursuing social justice and promoting wellbeing for all.

Dr Cathy Atkinson

Dr Cathy Atkinson is Curriculum Director on the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology programme at the University of Manchester and a Health and Care Professions Council Registered Practitioner Psychologist working for Bright Futures Educational Trust in Manchester. Cathy’s research interests include the role of the educational psychologist in working therapeutically with children and young people, motivational interviewing, post-16 practice and children’s access to their Right to Play. Cathy has a longstanding practitioner and academic interest in supervision, having been involved in collaborations with colleagues from other doctoral training programmes in exploring the supervisory needs and experiences of trainee educational psychologists. Most recently she has been working alongside Dr Susan Posada, from One Education in Manchester to explore how supervisory practices can support and promote effective leadership.

Dr Susan Posada

Susan has over 25 years experience as an Educational Psychologist. She worked with Stockport MBC Educational Psychology service from 1991 to 2012 and between 2001 and 2007 she was a tutor on the post graduate training course for Educational Psychologists at The Universityof Manchester. She joined the team at One Education in June 2012 and is the Lead Educational Psychologist.

Susan has specialisms in the areas of early years, trauma and bereavement. More recently she has developed an interest in the psychology of leadership and support for leadership.


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PDFNAPEP Annual Course 2017 Programme