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Evolving Leadership

The Centre for Psychologically Responsive Leadership​

Psychologically based Support and Development for Leaders & Teams

EVOLVING Leadership​

At Changing Minds Child and Family Services (CMCAFS), our Leadership support and development has grown out of the specialist psychological consultation and training we have been providing for many years with organisations such as Local Authorities, inpatient settings, charities, education and the legal system. We draw upon psychological research and theory, to inform leadership and organisational change, and to enhance psychological thinking more generally across organisations, with the aim of creating the most healthy, resilient and purposeful teams/systems. We work predominantly with Health, Social Care & Education related organisations. We Offer:
EVOLVING Psychologically responsive leadership
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We provide support & guidance to managers and organisations, drawing upon psychological theory, research and practice to help
individuals and teams to:

Develop your team strategy

Psychologically Responsive Frameworks for practice

Identify strengths, resources & development points for individuals, teams & systems

Address challenges, 'stuckness' & unhealthy dynamics in teams

Build team resilience & your leadership skills

Develop & embed vision & values

Skills & tools for team development

Team Away/Development Days

We are accredited Spotlight facilitators​

Team Profiling

We also provide specific bespoke (specific to the needs of your organisation) training on:

Training to Senior Leadership Teams
We have developed the PRO Audit tool, based on psychological research, theory and practice to allow us to conduct a Psychological Responsive Organisational audit of a team or organisation. This assessment involves meeting with and gathering information from/on:
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“Having worked with a number of talented psychologists and professional services throughout my career in education that spans over 20 years, I can hand on heart say that in the last 12 months alone working with CMCAFS, I have gained more than I imagined. I have developed personally and learned so much. Their support has enabled me to reflect personally, shape my own thinking, actions and responses as a leader which I will forever be grateful for.” Carolyn Lawler, Head of Virtual School and Inclusion, Liverpool

Supervision, Mentoring and Coaching

We also provide an in-person 8 day Leadership training course for managers or aspiring managers based on our training framework. (Please ask for more detailed information).

We draw upon psychological research and theory to support and develop leadership, enhance psychological thinking, facilitate positive relationships and support organisational change, with the aim of creating healthy, resilient and purposeful teams and systems.

The EVOLVING Leadership Podcast

In our EVOLVING Podcast series Dr Gill I’Anson and Dr Sue Knowles talk with leaders, academics and intellectual thinkers from a variety of backgrounds about their thoughts and experiences of the key elements of good, psychologically responsive leadership. The EVOLVING framework, which provides the basis for these discussions, draws upon the key aspects of leadership from an organisational and clinical psychological stance, and the available research, theory and practice knowledge.

Who Are We?

EVOLVING Leadership Dr. Gill l'Anson

Clinical Psychologist & Evolving Lead

Dr Gill I’Anson is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist (and Lead for Psychologically Responsive Leadership at CMCAFS).

Gill qualified in 2001 and worked within CAMHS services and took the lead for Paediatric Psychology within this role.  Gill worked for many years providing Expert Witness Psychological Reports for legal proceedings and provided psychological consultation to various professionals.  She has trained and worked therapeutically with children, adults and families throughout her career. Within CMCAFS Gill is the lead psychologist for our Leadership provision. She also leads on contracts with partner organisations, providing systemic psychological formulation and consultation. Gill also hosts the EVOLVING leadership podcast.   

EVOLVING Leadership Dr. Sue Knowles

Psychologist &

Dr Sue Knowles is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Lead for CMCAFS.
Sue has previously worked within forensic services, adolescent inpatient care, and as Clinical Lead for a national residential care organisation before joining CMCAFS in 2016, and subsequently becoming the Lead for CMCAFS. Sue has diverse experience of working with leaders, and senior leadership teams, within a range of settings including within the corporate arena, health, education and social care settings. She is also an author and keen researcher and is the co-host of the EVOLVING leadership podcast.