Stephanie Warman is an Independent Chartered Psychologist based in Bristol and the South West. With more than eighteen years of experience working with adults, children and families, she takes on commissions to be an expert witness at educational tribunal hearings and produces legal reports concerning family proceedings and private law disputes.
After graduating with a BSc(Hons) in Psychology (Liverpool John Moores University) and completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Liverpool Hope University College), Stephanie taught for a number of years at an inner-city primary school in Liverpool. She then completed an MSc in Educational Psychology (The University of Manchester) followed by a Certificate in Counselling Skills (University of Wales); providing training in both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Person Centred Counselling.
During her career as an Educational Psychologist Stephanie has worked closely with parents, teachers, health professionals and Social Workers in the assessment and management of children with a wide range of special needs, including cognition and learning, attachment, social, emotional and mental health, sensory and physical challenges and communication and social interaction difficulties.
Stephanie's professional activities include observing, interviewing and assessing children, teenagers, adults and families using a portfolio of psychometric tests, developmental assessments of pre-school children, dynamic assessments and following clinical procedures. Her aim is to identify the individual’s areas of special educational need and recommend how they should best be supported in their learning environment. This includes assisting staff with the inclusion of children within mainstream schools, as well as guiding teaching staff working with children in specialist provisions.
Stephanie has set up group work to support students who have experienced separation and loss through divorce and/or bereavement. She has devised programmes to assist pupils’ transitioning to high school, supported 'children looked after' in case reviews and provided INSET training for teaching and support staff on many issues, including behaviour management. Stephanie has been part of the Neighbourhood Early Years multi-disciplinary team, liaised with Behaviour Education Support multi-agency teams (BEST) and participated in the DFEE ‘Behaviour Improvement Project (BIP)’ audit in three primary schools. The BIP Audit assisted schools to self-review their behaviour policies and practices, then supported their responses to the outcome of their behaviour audit.
Stephanie keeps up to date with current issues and is involved in a peer-support group who meet regularly to review practise. She has received training as an expert witness and regularly attends training courses, events and conferences to keep up-to-date with current psychological issues.