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Sarah Miller-Pennock

Lecturer Practitioner

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Research Supervision:

Sarah started nursing as an 18 year old in Adult nursing (RGN) progressing into training as an RMN working in CAMHS for many years as an, RMN and Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. To remain remain clinically relevant, Sarah continues in practice within a CAMH’s crisis team.

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Sarah starting nursing life as a general nurse. After gaining nine years’ experience with this Sarah recognised an interest in mental health hence moving into mental health nursing.  Very soon after qualifying Sarah moved into child and adolescent mental health which has maintained her attention for many years.  Sarah enjoys working long term with clients who have both traumatic and complex histories.  This has continued to be of interest especially working both in the community and residentially with children in care.  With this client group Sarah was interested in the traumatic and difficult presentations and the desire to work long term – it came naturally for Sarah to train as a Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, which she has used alongside the role as an RMN.  Sarah’s caseloads tended to have more complex cases that involved developmental trauma.  This remains an interest.  As part of the role and trauma focus, Sarah has undertaken further training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) as an adjunct to treatment and therapy offered. Sarah currently works in practice as part of a CAMH’s crisis team.

Research interests

  • Developmental trauma, the journey of the looked after child and how this can add to their experience of trauma.
  • A client’s perception of the service offered in mental health and how this adds to their trauma experiences.
  • Nurses use of therapeutic relationships and understanding within a therapeutic training.


  • RGN - Registered General Nurse
  • RMN - Registered Mental Nurse
  • PG Diploma in Child and Adolescent Nursing
  • BSc – Psychology (Hons) – University East London
  • PG Cert – Forensic Psychology, Leicester University
  • PG Diploma Infant observation studies The Tavistock Clinic
  • MA – Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – Essex University/ The Tavistock Clinic
  • Social Pedagogy - Thempra
  • EMDR – Sandy Richman
  • Mentalization with Adolescents, MBT with Families
  • ADOS – Beginning with A, Cambridge

Memberships, editorial boards

  • EMDR – Sandy Richman
  • Mentalization with Adolescents, MBT with Families
  • ADOS – Beginning with A, Cambridge

Recent presentations and conferences

Conference for Looked after children and mental health (guest speaker) – Leicester.

Media experience

Previous involvement with a Radio 4 broadcast – Child and Adolescent mental health experience