Dr Antony Williams BSc. PGCE. MA. MSc. EdD. C.Psychol.

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Academic Director Doctor of Educational and Child Psychology

Tel: (+ 44) (0) 114222 8119
Email:Anthony.Williams@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: 8.09

Teaching

Teaching

Tony is the Academic Director of the Doctor of Educational and Child Psychology (DEdCPsy).This is a three year full-time course approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), accredited by the British Psychological Society and recognised by the Department for Education as a course of professional training in Educational Psychology.

Tony teaches on the BA Education, Culture and Childhood; on the MA in Psychology and Education; and on the EdD programme. He supervises a diverse range of PhD students

Teaching and research is orientated by:

  • approaches to praxis, theory and research which show awareness of the power disparities inherent in any given situation
  • a critical attitude which problematises attempts to speak of and for others
  • an awareness that there are multiple truths, stories and voices at play in any situation and attempts to find out and understand different ways of exploring these voices
  • efforts to articulate thinking (our own perspective) and to make it accessible to each other
Research Interests

Research interests

Tony´s research interests are focused in areas of critical psychology and psychoanalytic concepts and theory. To date his research has focused on contributing to the concept of a critical educational psychology. Related areas of interest include group dynamics, conceptions of mental health and emotional wellbeing, case study research and the use of reflexive and interpretative research methods.

Activities

Activities

Conference presentations

  • 2013 Are we all in it together? Can educational psychology be critical? Discourse Power Resistance Conference.
  • Psychoanalysis and Education Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.
  • 2012 Attacks on thinking: Containment outside the clinic (Paper presentation)
  • Association of Educational Psychologists Annual Course and Conference
  • 2011 Exploring emotional well-being as a systemic phenomenon, working with parents (Seminar)
  • British Psychological Society Division of Educational and Child Psychology Annual Conference
  • 2006 Strength Based Practice Solution Focused Language and Techniques (Seminar)
  • 2007 Developing Resilience through Relationship (Seminar)

Other

Tony has previously taught in Local Authority schools, a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) and a Health Service led adolescent unit before becoming an Assistant Educational Psychologist and then entering professional training in Educational Psychology. During this time Tony obtained a Masters Degree in Solution Focused Brief Therapy (University of Birmingham). Tony currently works part-time for Wakefield District Council and previously led the Authority's implementation of the Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) programme. Prior to a previous career in teaching, Tony had obtained a degree in Physical Education and Sports Science (University of Loughborough), a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (University of Loughborough) and enjoyed a brief athletic career and a 400 metre hurdler.

Publications

Books

Williams, A, Billington, T. and Goodley, D. (eds.) (In Press). Critical Educational Psychology: Research and Practice. Wiley Blackwell

Book chapters

Williams, A. and Billington, T. (In Press) The national and international growth in qualitative research within the field of educational psychology. In Hobbs, C and Hardy, J. (eds.) qualitative methologies and voice of the child. London: BPS

Williams, A. and Goodley, D. (In Press) The problematisation of children and the celebration of difference. In Hobbs, C and Hardy, J. (eds.) qualitative methologies and voice of the child. London: BPS

Williams, A. (In Press) Psychoanalysis. In Williams, A, Billington, T. and Goodley, D. (eds.) (In Press). Critical educational psychology: Research and practice. Wiley Blackwell

Williams, A. (In Press) Are we all psychologists now? In Williams, A, Billington, T. and Goodley, D. (eds.) (In Press). Critical educational psychology: Research and practice. Wiley Blackwell

Billington, T. and Williams, A. (2015) Education. In I. Parker (ed.) The Handbook of critical psychology. London: Routledge.

Articles

Greig, A., MacKay, T., Roffey, S. and Williams, A. (2016). Guest Editorial: The Changing Context for Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools. Educational and Child Psychology, 33(2), 5-12. Leicester: British Psychological Society.

Roffey, S., Williams, A., Greig, A. & MacKay, T. (2016). Guest Editorial. Mental health and wellbeing in schools: Concerns, challenges and opportunities. Educational and Child Psychology, 33(4), 5-8. Leicester: British Psychological Society.

Rizwan, R., & Williams, A. R. (2015). ‘Only the wind hears you…’The experiences of Pakistani girls in a primary school: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Educational & Child Psychology, 32(2).

Williams, A., Weerasinghe, D. & Hobbs, C. (2015). Guest Editorial. ‘Race’, Culture and Ethnicity in Educational Psychology. Educational and Child Psychology 32(2), 5-8. Leicester: British Psychological Society.

Williams, A. (2013). ‘Critical Educational Psychology: Fostering emancipatory potential within the therapeutic project’ Power and Education, 5: 3, 304-317

Williams, A. (2013) Critical reflective practice: exploring a reflective group forum through the use of Bion’s theory of group processes, Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 14:1, 75-87

Open Dialogue Peer Review: A response to Billington. Psychology of Education Review Vol: 33, No 2 September 2009