Dr Ruth Deutsch is the author of the Cognitive Abilities Profile and is recognised as the leading UK trainer in dynamic assessment and cognitive education programmes. She trained and worked as a child psychologist in the USA and Canada and studied extensively with Reuven Feuerstein (Israel) and Carl Haywood (USA). Back in the UK, Dr Ruth Deutsch worked in an SEN Support Unit and a residential school for youngsters with severe learning difficulties. Dr Ruth Deutsch is a Chartered Educational and Child Psychologist and combines training of psychologists, therapists and teachers with clinical practice. She consults to the Hope Centre in London and teaches on the CPD programme for psychologists at the Institute of Education and on the Educational Psychology Doctorate at the University of East London, as well as many local authorities.
Dr Ruth Deutsch launched the Dynamic Assessment website on 6th November 2009 and has grown the site to include dynamic assessment training courses and resources available to UK psychologists and teachers. The site promotes the new Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) published by Real Press.
A word about my work in the Dynamic Assessment field
I am a hands-on Chartered Educational Psychologist and carry out a lot of professional training as well.
I have had the good fortune to study with some of the leading DA researchers and practitioners of this (past!) generation and have further developed and refined my own model of DA training and practice, standing on the shoulders of giants.
My DA courses aim to be short enough to be realistic, but extensive enough to offer in- depth training so that professionals can have confidence in administering , interpreting , sharing and communicating their findings separately or together with other aspects of assessment, such as standardised tests, observation and consultation .
I also teach DA modules at University to Educational Psychologists in training and am particularly appreciative of my role at Queens University Belfast, where the Educational Psychology Doctoral students upon graduation, have taken DA modules over three years + DA case practice + CAP training. At the same time, we are working together with the Northern Ireland Boards to ensure development of more mentoring and support and enabling ongoing practice.
DA training courses are available as CPD for whole services or groups, whether in the UK or overseas. Not all courses are advertised, some are arranged ‘in- house’.