Dr Seán Cameron
Part-time Tutor, CPD Doctorate in Educational Psychology, UCL & Independent Child Psychology Consultant
Cert Ed, BSc, MSc, C Psychol, FBPS, PhD, HPC Registered Psychologist (Reg. No. PYL23422)
|After completing his first degree at the University of Southampton in 1970, Seán's teaching experience took place in primary, secondary and special education and was followed by a Master’s degree at UCL. From 1970 until 1992, he held a variety of posts in the Hampshire Educational Psychology Service, including that of associate tutor on the Southampton University MSc programme in Educational Psychology (10 years) and regional organiser of continuing professional development for educational psychologists (5 years).
As a founder member of the first UK Portage Home Teaching Service Seán helped to develop training workshops for home teachers and promoted the growth of Portage services throughout the British Isles. He is also a founder committee member of both the National and International Portage Association. In January 1990 he completed his doctoral thesis which was an in-depth study of the way in which a Portage home teaching service can enhance the coping strategies used by families who have a pre-school child with moderate or severe learning difficulties. His work in this area was recognised by the British Psychological Society which awarded him a Fellowship in June 1991.
Seán is also a Director of the Pillars of Parenting Social Enterprise, an organisation which provides training in the psychology-based 'Emotional Warmth' model of professional childcare for children and young people who have been rejected, neglected and abused.
In 2003 Seán was granted the British Psychological Society national award for distinguished contributions to the teaching of Psychology and in 2004 he was made chair of the newly founded College of Fellows of the BPS. In 2009 he was presented with the British Psychological Society Division of Educational and Child Psychology National Award for Distinguished Contributions to Educational and Child Psychology.
Current professional development and research interest areas include: developing professional childcare for children who have been rejected, neglected and abused, helping residential and foster parents to understand and manage difficult child behaviour, measurement of outcomes for children and young people in public care, enhancing resilience in vulnerable children and young people the classroom, promoting well-being in the school and the classroom, helping schools to support children and young people through loss and separation, the distinctive contribution of the Child and Educational Psychologist, and self-reflection and professional development for child and educational psychologists.