Eric is an active partner at Embleton View, supporting students to meet their potential. Eric works with students and staff at School, developing individual strategies for students to manage their own emotions and strategies for staff to support students with their emotions.
Eric has experience working with children and young people who have challenging behaviour starting in the youth and community sector. Working as a street-based youth worker, Eric supported young people with the many challenges they faced, including homelessness, drug addiction, crime and youth unemployment (both in the USA and the UK). Outdoor education became the main body of his work, empowering young people and helping them turn their lives around. He initiated a project in conjunction with RANK film foundation and the probation service, working with young offenders in the outdoors. A high percentage of which did not return to crime.
He then moved into the care sector running a 10-bedded unit for young males with SEMH needs, developing an independence unit and post-care package for the service. Eric then moved on to formal teaching, and as a qualified teacher, he specialised in working with children with SEMH needs and when working with supply agencies, he often chose to work in the most challenging classrooms within mainstream schools.
During this time, Eric trained with George Matthews, director of Team-Teach Ltd in 1994 and later begin training the approach to others. Eric is currently a Principal Trainer with Team-Teach Ltd and licensed to deliver their full range of courses. Moreover, he delivers and has designed a range of bespoke products, training and services for the health, care and education sectors.
Eric is also an ITA certified Master NLP Practitioner and certified NLP Coach/Trainer, which forms a large part of his teaching and coaching style. He uses this skill set to work with Heads of services, management and staff teams in mentoring programmes, ethos and culture change, and behaviour modification systems, as well as direct work with young people in the development of mentoring programmes, anger management and choices-based training programmes.
Eric believes ‘behaviour’ is nothing more than ‘output’, with often limited choices for the individual concerned. Therefore services should be working towards creating choices and resourceful states, not solely focused on restriction.