Each of our associates has years of excellence in practice, using the theory and research that underpins our training and consultancy to inform their own work.
They come from a variety of backgrounds: foster care, early years, teaching, therapy, social work, psychology, health and justice. Many of them have moved between disciplines, as their interests have taken them in different directions. What they all offer is a wealth of practical experience, both in direct work with vulnerable people, and in sharing their knowledge and wisdom with others.
Interested in becoming an associate?
If you have a commitment to sharing transformative knowledge with those who work with children and families, and experience of training or consultancy as well as direct work, then becoming an associate with KCA may appeal.
For more information or to express your interest, please contact us. We will then review your CV, discuss your experience and explore the potential for working together.
Prior to her current role as associate trainer, Felicia was a Research Associate and Lecturer at Bath Spa University. She completed her MSc in Neuroscience and Education in 2015. Felicia taught in schools for sixteen years and as a secondary pastoral manager, worked with vulnerable pupils, their families and other professionals to maintain positive working relationships and provide appropriate support. Through the implementation of Emotion Coaching in a secondary school, Felicia has trained teachers and health professionals in the practice throughout Wiltshire, BANES and Somerset.
Felicia enjoys research and has a particular interest in exploring new strategies within educational settings, especially those offering improved outcomes for vulnerable children and young people. What drives Felicia is a firm belief in life long learning and the importance of accessible and relevant education as a right for all ages and abilities. Felicia is passionate about the new ideas being identified in the field of neuroscience for education. Her particular interests include emotional development, especially of adolescents, and behaviour management strategies.
Felicia lives in Wiltshire with husband, Rob and beloved labrador, Jasper. Felicia likes to swim, cycle, hike and travel. Felicia is an avid reader of literature and loves sci-fi films and the theatre.
- 2015–Present: Research Associate, Bath Spa University, Bath
- 2012–Present: Associate Lecturer, Bath Spa University, Bath
- 2014–2015: Postgraduate Student (MSc Neuroscience and Education), Bristol University, Bristol
- 2014–2014: Year Three Teacher/Music Teacher, Shaw Primary School, Wiltshire
- 2010–2012: Learning Director/English Teacher, Melksham Oak Community School, Wiltshire
- 2008–2010: English Teacher, Sandye Place Middle School, Bedfordshire
- 2005–2008: Head of Years 9 - 11/English Teacher, Townley Grammar School, Kent
- 2005–2005: English Teacher, Worle Community School, North Somerset
- 2004–2004: Psychology Teacher, Churchill Community School, North Somerset
- 2003–2004: School Development Coordinator, Network Training, Taunton
- 2002–2003: World Travel
- 1999–2002: English Teacher/Deputy Head of House, Gordano School, North Somerset
- MSc Neuroscience and Education, Bristol University, 2015
- PGCE Secondary English, Bristol University, 1999
- BA English and Psychology, University of Wales, 1998
- Rose, J., McGuire-Snieckus, R. and Wood, F. (2016) Impact Evaluation of the Attachment Aware Schools Project for Stoke and B&NES Virtual Schools: A Pilot Study, – Bath Spa University, 2016
- Rose, J. and Wood, F. (2016) Child Development. In: Wyse, D. and Rogers, S. A Guide to Early Years and Primary Teaching – Sage, 2016
- Rose, J., Temple, S., McGuire-Snieckus, R., Wood, F., Vatmanides, O. (2016) Somerset Emotion Coaching Project Evaluation Report. Institute for Education – Bath Spa University, 2016
- “ A wonderful and totally inspiring session. ” Participant, East Dunbartonshire – June 2018
- “ Excellent course gives food for thought both in practice and as a parent. ” Participant, East Dunbartonshire – June 2018
- “ I thought Felicia Wood was an excellent presenter who made the course a very interesting experience. I look forward to attending the second part of the course in October. ” Nursery worker, Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire – June 2018
- “ One of the best courses I have been on! ” Participant, Nottinghamshire – February 2018
- “ I am becoming more aware of the triggers & circumstances that cause me to "flip my lid" and how this impacts on my state of mind when teaching a class. Being in touch with my "well regulated adult brain" helps me to be calm in the classroom and a better teacher. ” Siobhain Canney, London – January 2018
- “ Felicia Wood delivered the content in a very non-patronising and engaging way, being realistic about to what extent we would be able to use the ideas. I didn't feel like I was being preached at about how to be a better teacher; instead, I found the training incredibly interesting and motivating. ” Participant, London – January 2018
- “ The most relevant training I have received in a long time ” Participant, Nottinghamshire – December 2017
- “ Felicia is always a joy to listen to- her enthusiasm and way of making the content simply sound like common sense and an absolute must for all practitioners gives you the confidence to get out and share it! ” Lucy Davies, ERW – November 2017
- “ I could have listen to Felicia Wood all day, I thought she was brilliant. The only way this could have been any better for me is if I could have spent more of the day listening and talking to her. ” Kevin Bowen, Bristol – October 2017
- “ Asked to suggest course improvements: "None, it was extremely well delivered and interactive" ” Participant – September 2017
- “ A fantastic course! very interesting and totally engaging throughout. Felicia was AMAZING! Very knowledgeable and explained things in layman's terms. I feel highly motivated and want others to share what I have just experienced. ” Lorna Wilkinson, Surrey – May 2017
- “ Excellent delivery by Felicia Wood, superb subject knowledge and really good use of anecdotes to support learning. ” Peter Marrs, Powys – January 2017
- “ Felicia was fantastic at delivering the information - she was funny, approachable and explained things in people friendly terms. I learnt so much and cannot wait to put it into practice! ” Vicci Gibbons, Gloucestershire – November 2016
- “ Presentation was engaging and easy to listen to. Content was completely relevant and flowed. Felicia Wood was fantastic! ” Participant, Gloucestershire – November 2016
- “ Many of our children and families have attachment issues. I now have a better understanding of how important it is for the adult to be resilient. ” Judith Edwards, Kettering – October 2016
- “ Awesome - lovely balance between the why and the how. Clearly presented in a way that made it accessible yet informative. ” Lynette Lewington, Kettering – October 2016
- “ Brilliant, thank you. For years I have known that the caring approach is right for me but have battled against colleagues who have felt that children should conform and that spending time talking things through with children took up too much teaching time. I feel so inspired and can't wait to get back to school and persuade everyone that this is the way to go! Keep up the fantastic work, Felicia and Kate. ” Tracy Vials, East Midlands – October 2016
- “ Felicia Wood was an extremely inspiring lady who shared her passion and made the course extremely interesting. ” Carol Holmes, Walsall – September 2016
- “ The course was taught very well with a wide variety of activities and information that made complex subject matters digestible. ” Connor Bell, Sunderland – September 2016
- “ The course leader delivered the training in an interesting and enthusiastic way. She used a variety of activities and video clips, and also talked from her own experience. I left, at the end of the day, with a renewed energy, feeling that it was important for others in my setting to develop working more this way, and considering how I can pass on to them what i have learned. ” Beverly Keen, Gloucestershire – July 2016
- “ Loved it! The best training I've had in a long while. ” Sarah Barton, Lancashire – July 2016
- “ Felicia was an engaging presenter who struck the right balance between humour and the serious subject matter. ” Participant, North West – June 2016
- “ I appreciated the fact that the presenter had a teaching background. This allowed her to give examples relevant to schools and contextualised the training in a way that will benefit us moving forward. ” Participant, Wales – June 2016
- “ On a daily basis in my role as Inclusion Manager, I am dealing with children who have difficulties in their home lives and who may be experiencing emotional challenges. The training has helped me to keep in mind the physiology behind their behaviour. So often the children's behaviour can feel personal and this has reminded me, it isn't. ” Inclusion Manager, London – February 2016