Sharon Beattie BA, MSc, CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS
Sharon provides specialist expertise in the diagnosis of developmental disorders and neurological differences including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (accredited in the use of ADOS-2, viewed as ‘the gold standard’ for observational assessment of ASD), Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, AD(H)D, and other neurological differences and has over 20 years’ experience in the field of psychological assessment, holding qualifications in psychological test (RQTU, BPS).
She is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow and Chartered Scientist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), is a member of the divisions of Forensic and Occupational Psychology and special groups in Coaching Psychology and Psychology and Social Care. Sharon is also an assessor for the BPS of psychologists-in-training, committee member for the BPS Northern Ireland Branch and a member of the BPS expert witness advisory group and a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Sharon utilises a range of psychometric tools and frameworks particularly adopting a positive psychology approach focusing on the science of well-being and optimal functioning. She believes that everyone should be given the opportunity to ‘flourish’ – to be able to live within an optimal range of human functioning, one that connotes goodness, growth, and resilience, particularly those individuals who live with neurological differences. Sharon is currently completing a Professional Doctorate focusing on the development and building of resilience and the recognition of individual strengths with vulnerable teenagers and individuals who are working in high pressurised environments e.g. child protection.
Sharon has worked in safeguarding (adults and children), is the Independent Chair of the Adult and Children’s Safeguarding Board, Bury and uses her experience and training to work as an expert witness to undertake independent assessments in a variety of areas and write reports for the courts relating to children and adults for the criminal, family and civil courts. This includes assessment of complex mental health issues, risk of domestic violence, capacity, attachment, personality, fitness to plead, risk of exploitation, cognitive functioning, learning difficulties, resilience, alcohol and drug abuse and specific learning difficulties.
Sharon worked as a Police Psychologist for over a decade and previously for a psychology consultancy specialising in work for police forces and educational services (providing assessments, guidance and coaching). She was also the Director of the Children’s Safeguarding Board, responsible for keeping under review the effectiveness of agencies on the Board to protect and safeguard children. As a result, she has continually kept up to date in all areas relevant to child protection and safeguarding and in particular kept a focus on disability issues and the assessment of risk to young people when on line, particularly assessing resilience and dealing with issues such as ‘sexting’ and cyber-bulling. Sharon is a Trustee for the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN), a Director of the Middletown Autism Centre and was a previous Trustee for Women’s Aid.
Qualifications and Training
- Professional Doctorate (ongoing)
- Chartered Psychologist (BPS)
- Associate Fellow (BPS)
- Chartered Scientist (BPS)
- Registered Practicing Psychologist (HCPC)
- Coaching Psychologist (BPS)
- BPS Level 1 Forensic Psychology
- MSc Occupational Psychology
- BA (Hons) Hons Psychology
- Certificate in Child Death Studies
- Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU)
- ADOS-2 Diagnostic Tool for Autism
- Bond Salon Expert Witness Training – Report Writing and Court Room Skills
- SCIE ‘Learning Together’ Model for child and adult safeguarding reviews
- Various assessment tools including ‘Type’ and ‘Trait’ Personality Questionnaires, Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, the Adaptive Behaviour Assessment System, child sexual exploitation risk assessment tool, suicide risk assessment, DASH (domestic violence), range of health and well-being assessment tools and assessment tools for dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, AD(H)D
Assessment of a Child
We charge for the initial 1 hour appointment up front.
Psychologist Hourly Rate = £65
This involves the following:-
- Background development / diagnostic interview with the parent / carer- 1 hour
- One to one assessment with the child which will involve a range of psychometric tests – 2 hours
- Reading time (if there is any background medical history, treatment plans, individual education support plans or other detailed information available) – 1 hour
- interpretation of results – 1 hour
- Report Writing – 4 hours
Total Time 9 hours = £585
If interviews with other professionals are to be included, then the cost could potentially increase – 1 hour per additional professional