Sue is Lecturer in Education and Counselling and has strong experience of working in all four nations of the UK, Africa, the Middle-East and Asia. She gained her Phd in Education and Counselling from Durham University, where she also taught in the prestigious Centre for Counselling Studies (CESCO), based in the School of Education. Sue is also Director of the Integrated Phd (IPhd) in Education and Communication and has many years of experience working with international students from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Her main research interests are the social and emotional health and well-being of children and young people in educational and other settings including school counselling and the use of Digital Technology to improve children's emotional wellbeing, for example, Interactive Tabletops and Play Therapy. She also has an interest in the internationalization of univerities in the UK and the international student experience.
Sue joined the University in 2000 as a member of the Centre for International Studies in Education after teaching in the School of Education at Durham University for several years and a previous responsibity for inclusion of young people with special educational needs in the further education sector. Her experience includes the provision of therapeutic interventions to children, young people and adults and consultancy in the UK and overseas, along with an advisory role to UK and overseas governments.
Sue is well-known as an expert in the field of counselling in schools and Digital Technology (interactive Tabletops) to improve children and young people's wellbeing. She works in parnership and collaboration with local and overseas schools, UK and overseas Education Ministries, overseas universities, including King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Manchester University UK, Keele University UK, Glyndwr University, UK (Wales), Queensland University, Australia; also third sector organisations and charitable trusts: PlayTherapyUK, Place2Be, Total Learning Challenge; and professional body, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Community Care Award 2003 (Learning Disability Counselling Project)
Counselling in education, counselling children and young people in other contexts, special educational needs, inclusion, international counsellor training and education.
Research methodologies include qualitative, quantitative, evaluations and systematic review methods.
Supervision of counselling/psychology based research projects and sensitive interviewing techniques, including interviewing elites.
Phd and IPhd and Masters students in the fields:
Reviewer for research conference paper submissions British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Reviewer 'Children and Cancer' and 'Children and Depression, BACP/NICE (National Institute Clinical Excellence, NHS)
Reviewer/development involvement 'Young Person's CORE': a psycho-social assessment tool for children and young people currently undergoing standardisation. BACP/University of Leeds
Peer reviewer British Journal Guidance and Counselling
Peer reviewer Sage Publications
BERA 2005 Conference paper:
"Adding value to education: issues in conducting a systematic scoping review of the research evidence on counselling children and young people" indexed and included in Education-line.and listed in the British Index.
'Counselling Children and Young People: A Systematic Review of the Research' commissioned and funded by BACP (6000)
Evaluating the Effectiveness of School Counselling for Girls in the Gambia, funded by BACP.(5000)
My research and resulting publications are used as a basis for evidence based practice in counselling children and young people. The report 'Research on Counselling Children and Young People: A Systematic Scoping Review'has been purchased by LEAs, school counselling services and other organisations/service providers/individuals concerned with children and young peoples' mental health and well-being.
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