In her practice, Jo draws from a range of psychological and developmental learning theories to inform her work and to explore what might be happening for a child within the context of school and home. She likes to use dynamic and interactive assessment approaches with children and young people to gain an in depth understanding of how the child goes about their learning and what might help them to become more engaged and resilient learners.
More recently, Jo’s work has focused on developing nurture provision within schools, which aim to support children with a range of needs – and particularly those with a background of attachment, trauma and loss. This has involved using therapeutic approaches and group intervention, as well as providing a range of training and different levels of support for parents, carers and for staff working directly with these children.
Jo specializes in working with traumatised children and particularly children who have been adopted or cared for by special guardians. Having done DDP training (levels 1 and 2), Jo offers therapeutic parenting interventions informed by PACE. This way of working enables parents/carers of traumatised children to meet the child’s underlying unmet emotional needs rather than responding only to the outward behaviour.
Jo can offer supervision and support for staff and work discussion groups where staff teams can develop their capacity and confidence to use their own skills to support each other and the children with whom they are working. Jo provides training for educational settings addressing a variety of issues which relate to a child’s social and emotional development and their learning. Key issues that can be addressed include attachment, nurture, bereavement and loss, metacognition and learning, anxiety, autism, child development, using simple mindfulness techniques with children. She can also offer support to families focusing on a range of areas.
Jo is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL03643) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 080786). She is a member of the Association of Educational Psychologists.