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Hi, I'm a 30 year old male and my background and education is in film and media production.
About 3 years ago I decided on a career change towards work which I found more satisfying, so I started working at schools and through that I moved into doing one to one support roles with children who have behavioural problems.
For the past 18 months I've been working as a senior support worker/unqualified PE teacher at a school for children with emotional and behavioural problems whilst studying towards a masters degree in Psychology.
I now have my masters and am coming to the end of the school year, so I need to consider my next steps, this is at request of the school.
As you can probably tell from the above, I have a lot of strings to my bow; I'm quite creative, sporty, technical (good with computers) and I have an understanding of children's development and an ability to be patient, strong and considerate when it comes to children with challenging behaviour. I have lots of empathy with them, mostly due to my own personal therapy sessions, which I've had for 4-5 years now, which gave me a real insight into my childhood and how it developed who I am today!
I guess I'd like some guidance as to my next steps. I'm drawn to training to become a child counsellor/therapist of some kind. I'd like to find a course to get qualified for a role and to specifically learn about mental disorders which can affect children, such as ADHD, ODD, Autism, Aspergers etc.
I'm based in London and I wondered if anyone could point me in the right direction.