We now live in a world which assaults our senses with vast quantities of information each day. Historically education has provided us with solutions to problems which have already been solved. It has given us a body of content knowledge. Today, it is no longer enough to 'learn' the content. It is, in fact, no longer possible to learn the content. The sheer volume of content knowledge and the pace at which that knowledge becomes redundant means that we must now develop skills and processes for organising and managing information; underlying skills of thinking which can be applied to any body of content, even new and unfamiliar material. My specialism is in identifying inefficiencies and inflexibilities in thinking and developing more effective thinking using a range of programmes and techniques derived from the work of the late Professor Reuven Feuerstein.
Paul has extensive experience working in multi-disciplinary teams using a range of approaches to improving the quality of thinking and learning both in the context of academic and social learning.
He has spent more than 15 years working in the field of Cognitive Education and Mediated Learning. In that time he has gained qualifications and a depth of experience in Dynamic Approaches to
Assessment (Learning Potential Assessment Device and Tzuriel Early Years Dynamic Assessment) and Cognitive Educations/Thinking Skills Programmes such as Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment
(Classic and Basic), Thinking Maps, Write From the Beginning and Beyond and Philosophy for Children. Paul is an accredited Trainer in Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment Programme and has presented at International Conferences. He is also an accredited Trainer for David Hyerle's Thinking Maps.
Over the past decade Paul has presented Thinking Skills based Training to Schools across London and to many multi-disciplinary groups (psychologists, teachers, social workers, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists).
Paul has a particular specialism in helping young people and their families to develop and apply thinking strategies in order to manage strong emotions and resolve conflict and holds the Human Givens Psychotherapy/ Counselling Diploma.
Paul is now available for 1:1 Thinking Skills for Learning and Wellbeing and as a trainer/ presenter in schools and businesses in the Edinburgh and Scottish Borders area.
24 hours notice of cancellation is required or sessions will be charged at full rate.
Born Edinburgh, Scotland age 54
August 2016 - Current Director/ Owner of Company delivering 1:1 Specialist Cognitive Education to children and adults.
Previous Professional Experience:
May 2008 – July 2016 Senior Practitioner- Hope Centre for Cognitive Education.
As a key member of the senior management team at the Centre, my duties were divided into strategic and operational roles. Key responsibilities included the development of teaching and learning strategy, liaison with educational consultant, recruitment and supervision of teaching and therapeutic staff in Feuerstein/ Cognitive methodology, admissions assessment, co-ordination of full Dynamic Assessment of students, subsequent reports and specialist teaching programmes, training and mentoring of staff and volunteers, Key worker case-load of students, with particular emphasis on supporting children with emotional blocks to learning and to support them in developing thinking skills for managing strong emotions. I also conducted Training Programmes in Cognitive Methodology at the Centre, in schools and at International Workshops.
April 2002 – May 2008
January 2007 – Feb 2009 Hope Centre for Cognitive Education
Private Therapeutic Sessions with Adults and Adolescents (dealing with issues such as anorexia, self-harm, PTSD) Specialist teacher/ Mediator
1991- 2002 Hay Lane School for pupils with SLD/PMLD Teacher in charge of Art Department.
1989 - 1991 Kingsbury Day School for pupils with SLD/PMLD Upper School Class Teacher.
1987- 1989 Harlesden Primary school Class Teacher years 5 and 6
1985 - 1987
• Guided Imagery and visualisation for therapeutic change - Oct/ Nov 2017
• Fast Trauma and Phobia Cure – Oct/ Nov 2017
• Therapeutic use of language - Oct/ Nov 2017 Kidbrooke Park Infant School Class Teacher Year 1
• EHCP Training Theory Into Practice Feb 2015
• Safeguarding / Child Protection Jan 2015
• Emergency First Aid for Children July 2014
• Solutions Focussed Approaches London Dec 2014
• Data Protection Dec 2013
• Therapeutic Use of Story – London June 2012
• Philosophy for Children – Level 1 – London January 2012
• Recent INSET training undertaken in Stern Multi-Sensory Maths and Synthetic Phonics – Winter/ Spring 2010/11
• Instrumental Enrichment (I.E.) Trainers Level 2, International Centre For the Enhancement of Learning Potential (ICELP) International workshop, Cluj-Napoca Romania, This included a teaching responsibility. July 2010
• I.E. Trainers Level 1, I.C.E.L.P, International Workshop, Venice, Italy July 2008
• Habits of Mind – London July 2008
• Informal 1 week visit to I.C.E.L.P. Jerusalem April 2008
• Thinking Maps London Winter 2008
• Learning Potential Assessment Device (Level 1) International Centre for the Enhancement of Learning Potential International Workshop, July 2002, Zandfoort, Holland.
• Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment (Level 1 ) I.C.E.L.P.accredited training, February 2003, London.
• Accredited Practitioner Training in Bright Start Early Years Cognitive Programme, June 2003, London.
• Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment Basic - I.C.E.L.P. International Workshop, July 2003, Guildford.
• Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment (Level 2) I.C.E.L.P accredited training March 2004, London.
• Mindfields College Jan 2005 – December 2006 Human Givens Diploma (Dip. HG Psychotherapy)
• University of London 1993-95 Advanced Diploma in Education and Psychology, Special Needs (Ad. Dip SEN)
• Thames Polytechnic 1982-85 Bachelor of Education (B.Ed)
• Thames Polytechnic 1981-82 Successfully completed one year’s study of Landscape Architecture
• Holyrood High School, Edinburgh 1974-81
• Article published in Professional Child Care magazine; “ The Art of Thinking”, June 2007
• Article published in Professional Child Care magazine “Developing Thinking Skills: The Power of Story”, September 2007
• I play a number of musical instruments including the Scottish Smallpipes, fretless banjo, dulcijo, guitar and concertina .
• I have been actively involved for many years in personal development programmes both as a participant and as a facilitator.
• I have participated in endurance races in extreme environments having completed the Marathon Des Sables (130 mile self-sufficient foot-race in the Western Sahara), the Yukon Arctic Ultra Marathon (110 mile winter foot-race in Arctic Canada) and a number of other double marathons, standard marathons, Husky-dog sledding and mountain walking trips.
• I pursued my interest in Teaching Tales from a range of cultures and faiths as the focus of 3 years research forming part of a Professional Doctorate – as yet uncompleted- investigating the Cognitive and Therapeutic impact of Teaching Tales.
• I have a long-standing interest in painting, printing and sculpture/ pottery, which I have also integrated into my work with children.
Perfect! I would highly recommend Paul, He is personable, has a strong focused, adaptive and methodological approach. I have got a lot of insight even from our initial session.
Alp was engaged throughout, flexible, willing to listen and able to make salient connections. I look forward to working with him.
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