Deputy Programme Director – Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice PG Certificate, AFNCCF/UCL 

Senior social work practitioner, The Attach Team, Oxfordshire County Council 

Teaching Experience

Sonya Godley currently teaches on the AFNCCF/UCL CWP PG certificate course.  Prior to this she taught on the AFNCCF CBT for children and young people course.  She also teaches CBT short courses nationally and internationally.   

Sonya also teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate social work degree at Oxford Brookes University.

Research Experience

Sonya’s thesis researched the effectiveness of a CBT intervention to reduces exam stress in Year 11 school pupils.   

Sonya has also worked within Cathy Creswell’s (Reading University) RCT exploring the effectiveness of a guided self-help parent-led approach to reducing child anxiety.   

Clinical Experience

Sonya qualified as a Social Worker in 1996 and has worked extensively with children, young people and their families in a variety of health and social care settings, including as a child and families social worker, a primary mental health worker in a CAMHS Service and as a senior social work practitioner in a Local Authority therapeutic team.   

Sonya is an accredited BABCP CBT therapist having completed the UCL MSc. in CBT for Children and Young People in 2011.   

She currently works therapeutically with adopted and Looked After children and their parents/carers specialising in working with the effects of trauma, abuse and neglect on children’s mental health and attachment.   


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