What can MPA do for you?

McKeown Professional Associates (MPA) provides clinical, educational and expert witness services to clients, families, schools and other organisations.  We also provide administrative, support and billing services to professionals and other companies.

Established in 1985 by Educational Psychologist John McKeown, JMA became MPA in 2011.  In 2014 we merged with Psychology Network, with Clinical Psychologist Dr Joshua Carritt-Baker taking on the role of Managing Director. He brought technical expertise and a focus on improving much of the behind-the-scenes administration, as well as his strong background in both Clinical and Expert Witness work.  John McKeown is now focused on the role of Clinical Director.

Working with people across the lifespan, from children and adolescents, parents-to-be, to people in later life, we provide a wealth of experience and a comprehensive package of services to both professional and private clients. We help individual members of the general public as well as organisations such as solicitors, schools and businesses.

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Services for Education

Our professionals have a wide range of training and specialities. This means that, whatever your particular issues might be, we are likely to have someone with the relevant expertise to help you. If we don’t, we will always tell you and attempt to identify suitable sources of help elsewhere.

We also acknowledge that when life is not going so well for you or a member of your family it can sometimes be hard to know exactly what you do need. This is why whoever you see at MPA will conduct a careful assessment when you first come in to help you decide on the treatment programme that is right for you. See below for more details or select a category.

Areas Covered by Educational Assessments

Educational and Psychological assessment can provide information on the following areas:
  • General abilities and language
  • Levels of attainments in basic skills
  • Motivation
  • Specific learning and literacy difficulties (Dyslexia and Dyspraxia)
  • Sensory and physical impairments
  • Emotional, behavioural and attentional difficulties
  • Examination stress
  • Autistic spectrum conditions and Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Practical support
  • Adult Dyslexia
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  • Mindfulness and well being in educational and learning settings
  • Executive functioning

Assessment Procedure

Assessment Procedure

During the assessment the psychologist will consider background information and any documentation provided, to review any concerns on the part of the individual (or carer of the child or young person).

The psychologist will also work one-to-one with the child or student, usually to establish a general ability profile and investigate the detail of different aspects of learning, using a wide range of tests and assessment procedures.

Observation is also an important part of the process.  When this has been completed, the psychologist will talk further with the individual, the parent or carer of child about the findings. The overall process will usually take between two and four hours. Where appropriate, and agreed with parents or carers, consultations will be made with other professionals and schools and colleges. This will then be followed by a detailed written report including conclusions, opinion and recommendations.

General Information

Practical Support

Once information is available about the nature and degree of learning or coping difficulty, advice can be given about the type of support that might be appropriate. We have contacts with support teachers to give individual help and are able to liaise with school support staff as well. We also have contacts with a range of specialist therapists. Advice can begin in the following areas:

  • School and college placements
  • SEN code of practice and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal
  • Suitability for access arrangements in examinations
  • Disabled Students Allowance and computer assisted learning
  • Adult Dyslexia
School Placements

Advice can be given about the types of school or college which would suit the needs of an individual child or young person. These could involve mainstream maintained local provision or independent schools – and schools that aim to provide support for particular special needs.


Motivation is important driving force for change and development. Finding out what motivates an individual to learn and to change their behaviour is an important part of educational assessment generally. This is achieved through information and observation obtained from individual assessments, and discussions with teachers and parents. In some cases the use of structured questionnaires can also be helpful.