Owen qualified as a teacher in 1971, and followed a career in primary education, including five years as a deputy headteacher and ten years as a primary school headteacher. During his time as a headteacher, he took a BSc in Psychology part-time with the Open University, and subsequently completed the MSc in Educational Psychology at UCL in 1999/2000. Since qualifying he has worked in Kent and is currently an EP in the London Borough of Croydon. He completed his Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology in 2012.
Owen has a keen interest in the training of EPs, and has supervised trainees from UCL and the Institute of Education. For the past four years he has supervised trainees on Year 1 of the DECPsy course, and for the past three years has been an Academic and Professional Tutor at UCL. He is attached as EP to a local Pupil Referral Unit and a Speech and Language Unit. Owen's particular areas of interest in working with children and young people include dynamic assessment and solution focused brief therapy. He qualified as a psychotherapist in January 2009, and is currently offering therapy to children and young people in the Croydon area. He recently presented on aspects of this work to a DEdPsy Leading Edge Day at UCL. As a member of the Croydon EPS Inset group, he has taken part in training on a range of subjects with teachers and teaching assistants. He has also delivered training to other professionals on the Family Partnership Model developed at the Centre for Parent and Child Support, Guy's Hospital.
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