|Dr Nigel Mellor|
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BackgroundMy partner and I have been together for over 40 years. I have learned a great deal from her, as I have from our two children, now grown up. I like other countries, but not the travelling. I still live about 200 yards from where I lived in the 1950s. Co-counselling was a big influence on my life, from the 1980s, and I still practice regularly. Currently (Spring 2009) I am working on a book to help me organize my thinking around a version of a rational, non-religious, non-supernatural, non-theistic belief system, free from all technical and obscure language. This will hopefully appear on the web site under "budda-lite" in about 2010 I guess.
After completing a physics degree at Hull University in 1967 (a happy time) I took a Diploma in Education in Sheffield then taught physics for seven years in Salford and North Shields (not a very happy time). In 1979 I re-qualified, with a degree in psychology then a masters in educational psychology from Newcastle University and entered practice as an educational psychologist, first in Sunderland then North Tyneside. Later I also qualified as a hypnotherapist and became a member of the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis.
Training and consultancy with a wide range of settings and institutions has been an important part of professional involvement throughout my career. However, a main focus of professional interest, day to day, has been on interventions with parents, schools and children, particularly around behaviour difficulties of an attention seeking kind. I hope to complete the trilogy of publications around this theme in 2008:
"Attention seeking: A complete guide for teachers" for schools - the second edition is due in 2008.
"The Good, the Bad and the Irritating" for parents, published in 2000.
And finally a practice manual " Attention Seeking: Parent interviews - a training pack for practitioners" (currently being updated)
Other InterestsCurrently, alongside working as a local authority educational psychologist (part time now that I have retired) I am a visiting lecturer at Newcastle University serving the educational psychology MSc and Doc Ed Psych courses and visiting lecturer at several other universities, providing postgraduate seminars on research methods.
Developing research interests led to a PhD at Northumbria University in 1999. The main focus of that work is available as a seminar (see Training and Consultancy page). The thesis itself can be found on this web site. Other areas of research focus at this time are attention seeking in children; cuddle and read - an approach to reading for parents who are becoming stressed; and reflection in professional practice.
As to other creative sides, a second volume of poetry is painfully slowly being assembled. Unlike "For the Inquiry" the collection of "poetry of the dirty war" (which is on the web site), this will probably never see light of day as a conventional book, but may at some point simply appear on the web.