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Winchester Psychology

Southgate Chambers, 37-39 Southgate Street, Winchester, SO23 9EH

Educational Psychology

Rachael Gass

 

Educational Psychologist

M.Sc., PGSE, B.Sc. (Hons.)

 My Approach

I have always really enjoyed working with children and young people and this inspired me to train to become an Educational Psychologist.  I wanted to help make a difference to the lives of children and young people who need some extra support and guidance to enable them to achieve success within education.  I feel that I have a warm, friendly and approachable manner which helps children to feel relaxed and at ease during the process.  I feel that children need to feel involved in the work wherever possible and I always try to write to the young person after direct involvement with them so that they have a record of the outcome and strategies that could be helpful for them.

Gathering information from everyone involved (parents, staff, other professionals and the child) is an essential part of the problem-solving process.  Sometimes, the young person does not need to be involved in the work in the early stages (for example, if it is felt that a problem-solving discussion with staff and/or parents would be the most helpful way to start) although consent would always be gained from parents for the child to be discussed.  Often, the problem-solving discussion enables strategies to be identified and implemented without the child being involved directly and it may be at a later stage, if further advice is needed, that the direct work would take place. 

My work can include:

  • individual assessments (including observation, cognitive assessment, dynamic assessment)

  • consultation

  • ‘drop-in’ support for staff, to discuss issues and problem-solve together

  • group work with children (e.g. social skills work, Circle of Friends, developing emotional literacy skills, etc.)

  • training for staff

I have experience in the areas of dyslexia; autism; social, emotional and mental health needs; confidence and self-esteem; attention and concentration; processing difficulties; learning and developmental difficulties.  I also have experience of working in a sixth form college, in addition to working in pre-schools and schools, so I am able to confidently work with post-16 students who may be struggling with some aspects of college.

Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss any of these issues further.

Qualifications

  • M.Sc. in Educational Psychology (2004), University of Southampton

  • PGCE (Teaching Training Qualification) (1998), Chichester Institute of Higher Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (1996), University of Sheffield

Additional Qualifications

  • Dynamic Assessment Training course run by Dr David Tzuriel (2007)

Experience

After my Psychology Degree, I trained as a primary school teacher and worked in a junior school for 3 years.  I then worked as an Assistant Educational Psychologist with Southampton Psychology Service before studying on the Masters course in Educational Psychology. 

 

Since qualifying as an Educational Psychologist, I worked for many years with Southampton Psychology Service as well as with Hampshire EPS (Educational Psychology Service) for a short period of time. I currently work part-time as an EP at a sixth form college, assessing students for exam arrangements and making recommendations for them within college, where needed.  I carry out full diagnostic assessments for students at the college when these are required. I also work for an Independent Educational Psychology Company, working as the link EP in a secondary school once a week and in two other primary schools (one for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs and one for pupils with a range of learning difficulties).  In addition to this, I carry out my own Independent work.

Professional Membership

  • I am registered as an Educational Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

  • I am a member of the AEP (Association for Educational Psychologists).

 

These are regulatory bodies and I adhere to their policies regarding continuing professional development and regular supervision.

  • I am DBS checked.

  • I have professional liability insurance provided by Towergate Professional Risks.