Welcome to episode 4 of my new podcast 'Agents of Hope'.
My name is Tim Cox. I am a trainee Educational Psychologist and I am passionate about psychology, hope and society. This podcast aims to promote hopeful thinking and conversation about positive change in the field of applied educational psychology, education and wider society. If you are interested in the podcast you can subscribe on your podcast streaming platform, follow the Agents of Hope Facebook page or follow me on twitter @timceducation.
In this episode, I speak to my colleague and deskmate, Dr Amelia Taylor. Amelia talks about her journey from her upbringing in rural Somerset, chancing upon Educational Psychology and a bike ride that changed everything. Amelia sees her role as Educational Psychology through the lens of Polyvagal theory and has recently become a trainer in Theraplay. If you are interested in Amelia's ideas you can follow her on twitter @lifecyclespsych.
During our discussion, Amelia helps me to understand the principles and theory of Polyvagal theory and how that relates to resilience, Theraplay, Amelia's love of mountain biking and my love of music. Our discussion helps me to understand how the nervous system can be integrated into an ecological understanding of resilience and how the idea maps to other neuroscientific ideas. Amelia also talks about her new intervention for teenagers combining mountain biking and we discuss how the theory that underpins Theraplay could be applied to other outdoor pursuits and sports. We conclude by trying to tackle a tough question from the TEP Facebook community about therapeutic approaches, evidence-based practice and ecological psychology. This discussion was a real learning experience for me, so many ping moments. I hope that you enjoy the episode as much I enjoyed recording it.
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