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HSR Psychology summer update 2019!

Sarah Ward

Welcome to our summer update 2019!

We’ve had a huge mixture of weather this summer, and a huge mixture of great things happening here at HSR Psychology! Take a look at what we’ve been up to over the past few months.


Our team is expanding, we have a counselling psychologist joining us in September! 2 new long-term placement students are starting from the University of Manchester in September!

What’s happening in the psychology world?

This update we are looking at the updates related to biological and physical factors – psychology goes deeper than thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Take a look at these studies: 

  • A group of international doctors has uncovered the genes that contribute to the development of ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia. It shows that there is a common set of genes that increase your risk for all five disorders, read more.
  • We’ve been saying this for years, but it’s nice to see that research is still finding positive connections between self-care and mental, and physical benefits. read more.
  • More evidence that short bursts of exercise may prime the brain for learning, read more.


  • We carried out a workshop about psychology careers
  • Our assistant educational psychologist is now a Mental Health First Aider
  • We took part in a shared lunch with Tx Group to raise money for Mind
  • We are all recovering from a busy end to the term with some well-earnt holidays and admin catch up time
18 people attending our introduction to psychology event.
18 people attending our introduction to psychology event.
Social impact

We have finished assessing our social impact for the year 2018/19 and the report is with the designers to make it all pretty!

In summary:

  • 143 children and young people were assessed or had interventions
  • We created 5 paid positions
  • We provided 5 intern placements
  • We worked with 9 schools

Some of the feedback we received was heartfelt and reminded us why we do what we do!

“The initial discussion was very helpful and Julie really put my daughter at ease. Julie was at our home for about 2 hours and listened to all of our concerns and told us how she could be of help. My daughter has autism and really struggles with people she doesn’t know, but she felt very safe and happy with Julie, which was brilliant.”

“It was a brilliant first meeting.”

Feel relieved that we weren’t imagining our daughter’s problems – we now feel we can make life easier for her in the future. I just wish I’d found out about you sooner! Kait summarised our conversation very well in the report.

Happy speaking through a megaphone
Hope you enjoyed hearing our news!

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About the author

Sarah Ward

I am passionate about helping students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) achieve their true potential through working with education settings, parents and carers. My experience covers the 0-25 age range, including early years. I have experience designing and delivering interventions in both education and home settings. Through working abroad and with students who have English as an additional language (EAL), I fully understand how language and culture can influence learning. Integrating my specialist knowledge and experience enables me to help children and young people to be happy, safe and ready for life’s challenges alongside their families and education settings. You can view my professional experience and work history at this link.

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