Jo Charlton is a Chartered Educational Psychologist with 20 years’ experience. Her early working career started in a multiagency team working with looked after children with physical and learning disabilities. She then worked as a Nursery and Primary school teacher in the East End of London. Jo completed her Educational Psychology Training at Sheffield University where she continued to develop her interest in early child development, trauma and the relationship between these, cognition, and learning.

Fundamental to Jo’s practice is the view that the child is central to the process, and that understanding their views and their family’s views are key to planning a successful way forward. Jo’s work within Educational Psychology Services has focused on the development of good consultation and shared problem-solving approaches with parents, carers and school staff. Jo has helped to develop and provide a wide variety of training, consultation and direct work with carers, families and staff to develop and sustain this shared approach to meeting the emotional, social and learning needs of children.

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.

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
    Levels 1 and 2 (2017)
  • MSc Educational Psychology
    Sheffield University (1997)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
    Froebel College: Roehampton Institute of Higher Education/University of Surrey (1987)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
    Goldsmiths College. University of London (1985)
  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan
    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
    Cumner House School, 2019
  • Video Interaction Guidance Basic Training
    The Tavistock, May 2016
  • Dynamic assessment (refresher)
    Ruth Deutsch (4 days bespoke course for East Sussex Educational Psychology Service 2015)
  • Working with children, families and youth: 20 skills to build resilience
    Michael Ungar. Resilience Forum Brighton University (Study morning 2015)
  • Working memory
    Susan Gathercole PATOSS East Sussex (Study morning 2015)
  • Trauma Aftercare
    CCP Training and Development (2 days, 2014)
  • Mindfulness based approaches for working with children and young people
    Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology UCL (8 days 2013)
  • Safeguarding children. Refresher e-learning course
    East Sussex Children Services 2014
  • Life Story Work with Troubled Children and Teenagers
    Richard Rose: Conference day. (Centre for Child Mental Health 2014)
  • Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) – 2
    Training East Sussex Educational Psychology Team (2 days, 2013)
  • The Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups
    Nurture Group Network (5 days +assignment 2013)
  • Management of Actual and Potential Aggression
    Positive Options (2012)
  • Supporting Positive Interventions in Education and Risk Assessment
    Challenging Behaviour Network (2 days, 2012)
  • Social and Emotional Difficulties Experienced by Children in Care
    The Centre for Emotional Development (Conference day 2012)
  • Behavioural Risk Assessment Licensed Trainers Certificate
    Challenging Behaviour Network (2010)
  • Cognitive–Behavioural Therapy and Training
    Primary Certificate Course. Centre for Stress Management (2008)
  • Frightened to love: Working with Attachment issues and Disorders
    Centre for Child Mental Health (Conference 2007)
  • Child Protection
    East Sussex County Council 2007
  • Enabling children to speak about feelings through the arts
    Centre for Child Mental Health (2 days 2006)