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Phil Coombs

Dr Phil Coombs EdD, MSW, MA, BsC (hons.) PGCE

Lecturer in Education Studies, Education Psychology and Counselling


I am a lecturer in Education Studies, Education Psychology and Counselling. My research interests and subject specialisms include psychodynamic practice, child development and psychology, children, schools and families.

  • About

    I teach on the following degree programmes and provide research supervision in

    • Education Studies
    • Education, Psychology and Counselling
    • Foundation Degree in Early Years and Education Learning Support
    • MA in Education Studies

    Research interests include

    • Psychodynamic psychotherapeutic practice
    • Children’s mental health and emotional well-being
    • Children’s story, narrative, and discourse analysis.

    Professional Associations, memberships:

    • Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings
    • Group for the Advancement of Psychodynamics and Psychotherapy in Social Work

    Professional Training

    • Therapeutic Supervision, APPCIOS
    • Personality Development over the life stage
    • Therapeutic Communication Skills with Adolescents
    • both through the Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

  • Teaching

    I am interest in all aspects of psychodynamic practice, work groups and human relations including systems psychodynamics and the Psychology of Education. 

  • Research

    Systems psychodynamic practice in secondary Education 

  • Publications

    The Human Rights Act: An easy guide for people with learning disabilities 

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