What do educational and child psychologists do?
Educational and child psychologists (also known as EPs or Ed Psychs) are skilled in Consultation, Assessment, Intervention, Training and Research. We have expertise in education, learning and child development and apply psychology to improve the learning and wellbeing/mental health of children and young people (CYP) up to the age of 25 years. EPs are also trained in specific evidence-based interventions such as Video Interaction Guidance, Cognitive Behavioural and Solution Focused Approaches.
EPs work at the individual, group and organisational level to help to increase the capacity of schools to meet all CYP needs, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and those who are vulnerable in other ways, experiencing barriers to their learning and development. We use a Consultation model and a Plan, Do, Review, Reflect cycle in schools; working collaboratively with staff, parents and CYP to help to devise effective interventions and achieve positive change. Our service also works closely with the Bi-Borough Special Educational Needs Service.
A sample of the type of work EPs might be involved with:
Consultation: working collaboratively with staff in schools to explore concerns; making sense of situations and contexts in which CYP learn and develop, and helping to find solutions. Consultation is a process which combines exploration, assessment, intervention and review and works at the individual, group and organisational level.
Psychological assessments: either as part of Education, Health and Care Plans or as part of the Consultation process.
Interventions: For example, Video Interaction Guidance/Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (a strength based intervention using video clips to reflect on and enhance successful interactions) and Cognitive Behaviour Approaches (practical problem solving approaches to develop more helpful patterns of thinking and behaviour).
Training: For example, Understanding the needs of CYP with SEND, Play and Sleep, Wellbeing and Resilience, Critical Incidents, Bereavement and Loss, Emotional Literacy Support Assistants.
Research: For example, monitoring the progress of CYP with autism; Mindfulness in schools, Peer relations of pupils with and without SEN in mainstream schools.
Critical Incident Support: EPs offer guidance and support to schools following bereavement, trauma or frightening events.
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