Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden, CPsychol, FHEA
I am a Chartered Psychologist, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and member of the British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology – this means I do the research into learning so you don’t have to, and I can show you how to learn (and teach) better yourself.
My programmes include elements of:
- evidence-based practice
- experiential learning
- action learning
- psychological principles of learning and development
- solution-focused practices
I meet each of my learners where they are, help them work with what they’ve got, and empower them to take steps towards where they want to go next.
Training for groups and organisations
I can create bespoke training programme for your group or organisation that will help your people to thrive through change, tackle challenges creatively, understand themselves, and communicate better with each other.
Connect with me to explore what I can create for your people.
I am also a licensed trainer for Springboard, the women’s personal development programme, and I’m currently working towards the ILM L5 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring.
Coaching for individuals
I work with clients who want to create their own path and pave it with opportunities of their own making. I help them uncover their strengths and use them to face their challenges and navigate change. And my clients learn about themselves every step of the way.
Find out more about how you might bring your dreams and goals into being by coaching with me.
My personal learning journey: what got you here, won’t always get you there
My ‘career path’ has been one of discovery and serendipitous happenstance, propelled by making some good (and some not so good) decisions, often drawing on reserves of courage I didn’t always believe I had.
I left school at 16 with a single GCSE (in Horsemanship) and an unshakable belief that there was no place in the round-hole educational system for a square-peg person like me.
So off I went to agricultural college, where I learned horsemanship, and – two years later and against emphatic advice – typing.
In my late twenties, after discovering I was quite good with computers, I found myself drawn back to learning on my own terms. I started with adult evening classes (HNC in Computing; Maths GCSE) and progressing along a zig-zag path with no clear plan, I gained a PhD in Psychology in 2012.
I learned a lot about myself: I learned that I could learn.
And I loved it.
While writing up my thesis I decided a linear research-career path was not for me. Instead, I pursued the aspects of my HE experiences that I found most rewarding: teaching, training and development.
I taught on undergraduate psychology programmes and summer schools. I mentored new students. I immersed myself in every aspect of learning and development, spotted gaps in provision for doctoral researchers and designed training programmes and materials that addressed them. I gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCertHE for short).
I learned more about myself: I learned that I could teach.
And I loved it.
Along the way I accumulated 12 years experience in the hallowed halls of learning that we know as HE: as student, researcher, tutor, and researcher developer.
Moving into consultancy, I discovered the power of working with individuals as well as with groups. I learned coaching skills, and how to integrate them into group training. I gained a freelance licence for Springboard. I practiced stepping back and allowing people the space and framework for creating their own learning journey, and to support them while they do this.
I learned even more about myself: I learned I could enable and empower others to learn.
And I love it.
My journey has convinced me that learning and development may happen at any stage in life, providing you are willing to:
- understand yourself better
- identify opportunities
- source support
- draw on your courage
I am now in a privileged position to act on my passion. Every day I engage and support others in their own development journeys, wherever they may be headed. And it’s an honour.
Would you or your team like some help on your journey? Connect with me and let’s talk.
Other true stories about me:
- My hair started turning grey in my early twenties. The process was complete by the time I finished my PhD.
- The first careers advice I ever received was “never learn to type”. I ignored it, and learned shorthand to boot.
- One of my thumb joints is hyper-mobile: I can make weird shapes with my hand.
- I’m a great cook, with a flair for Spanish food. I make wonderful meals from random ingredients I find in the fridge when we’ve ‘got nothing in’.
- I love the smell of old books, and get disproportionately excited about unwrapping new stationery.
- The most challenging talk I’ve yet given was to an audience of 15-year-old pupils at a school.
- I frequently trip over my own feet for no discernible reason.