Cassandra De Souza

Chartered Educational Psychologist

BSc Psychology (Hons), MSc (Educational Psychology), PGCE, CPsychol

HPC registered.

 

Covering regions:  Midlands

 

SUMMARY PROFILE

 

 

An educational psychologist with experience in county and London borough Local Authorities, including successful collaborative work with a range of professionals.  Particular experience in areas of social, emotional and behavioural needs.

 

SKILLS SUMMARY

Psychometrics

Qualified to conduct a range of psychometric tests with children and young people between the ages of 3 and 18

 

Dynamic Assessment

An experienced dynamic assessor, able to assess a childŐs learning potential as well as those forms of teaching which will best help a child to learn

 

Consultation

Able to carry out effective consultations with professionals and families

 

Literacy

An experienced assessor of literacy difficulties

 

Social, emotional and behavioural assessments

Experienced in the assessment, analysis and development of interventions related to  childrenŐs social, emotional and behavioural needs

 

 

CAREER HISTORY

 

2010 – present

 

 

Independent Child Psychology Services Ltd

 

 

Associate

 

2014 – 2015 Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service
  Educational Psychologist
2010 – 2014 Warwickshire Educational Psychology Service
  Associate Educational Psychologist

2005 – 2010

 

Wandsworth Educational Psychology Service

 

 

Educational Psychologist

 

Key responsibilities

 

á           Individual, group and whole school work carried out with children aged 0 - 19, families and schools (primary, secondary and special school)

á           Educational Psychologist within BEST BIP team

á           Link educational psychologist for pupil referral unit, conducting consultation and training with staff;  offering individual sessions to students which incorporated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Personal Construct Psychology and solution-focused approaches;  and carrying out family consultations related to social, emotional and behavioural needs

á           Supervision of Educational Psychologists in training

 

Key achievements

 

á           Organised SEAL conference, SEAL training for managers at borough professional centre and school based training for school staff

á           Delivered training sessions related to behaviour to a variety of audiences (learning mentors, teachers, head teachers, governors, social workers and educational welfare officers)

á           Ran parent groups for parents of teenagers

á          Co-developed language programme for language intervention pilot project for Reception aged children, developed and delivered training to school staff, evaluated effectiveness of intervention

2004 - 2005

Buckinghamshire Educational Psychology Service

 

 

Educational Psychologist

 

Key responsibilities

 

á       Individual, group and whole school work carried out with children aged 0 - 19, families and schools (primary, secondary and SLD) 

á       Chair of working party on behaviour

 

Key achievements

 

á       Developed and delivered training to shools and Social Services teams

2002 - 2003

Buckinghamshire Educational Psychology Service

 

 

Assistant Educational Psychologist

 

Key responsibilities

 

á       Carried out data collection and analysis for a variety of research including evaluations of interventions

á       Delivered training on literacy interventions

á       Lead / facilitated group interventions / sessions such as social skills groups and Circle of Friends

 

EDUCATION

2003 - 2004

University College London

2006

Master of Science (Educational Psychology)

1999 - 2000

University of Nottingham

1982

Post Graduate Certificate of Education - Primary

1995 - 1998

University of Birmingham

1980

Bachelor of Science  (Psychology)                                                      Upper Second Class Honours

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS

 

 

Registered with Health Professions Council

Association of Educational Psychologists

British Psychological Society (Chartered Status)

Division of Educational and Child Psychologists

RESEARCH

 

2004

 

Research for MasterŐs research project, commissioned by a local authority to evaluate the effectiveness of a wellbeing programme for Reception aged children.

 

2006

 

Evaluation of an Early Years language intervention programme aimed and improving the use of language within the classroom and developing language (receptive and expressive) skills.