Educational Psychologists focus upon the development of children, young people and young adults seeking to support their needs across the 0-25 age range.
They apply psychological theory and research to support children and young people in a range of settings such as schools, nurseries, community centres and within their home or care environments.
Educational Psychologists commonly have backgrounds in teaching and education and are extensively trained with a degree in psychology and further professional training to masters or doctorate level.
Who would we typically work with ?
We work collaboratively with children, young people and young adults individually and in groups. We also work with a range of stakeholders and clients including educational professionals, health and social care professionals and parents and carers.
How do we work and what can we do to help?
We work in a vast range of ways using techniques such as the following to support children, young people and young adults:
- Therapeutic intervention
- Systemic work with whole organisations or departments
- Training and professional development
- Professional Supervision
We can draw upon psychology to help to navigate clients through a situation or difficulty using a range of techniques and skills. We frequently seek to help our clients understand and make sense of complex issues or needs in order to help them to maximise their potential for the future whether that be at an organisational, individual or family level.
What type of work do we undertake?
- Assessing and recognising unidentified learning difficulties, and providing advice and support for educational provision
- Facilitating relationships between groups of people or individuals to support social and emotional development.
- Direct intervention work with children, young people and families, applying techniques such as Motivational Interviewing or Solution-Focused approaches.
- Supporting a department within an organisation, working as a consultant to monitor, review and evaluate performance to maximise proposed outcomes.
How are Educational Psychologists accredited?
- An undergraduate degree in psychology, which gives graduate basis for registration as recognised by the British Psychological Society.
- Typically a minimum of two years professional experience and professional qualification in an educational, care or other environment working directly with children and young people e.g PGCE and teaching experience
- A British Psychological Society accredited postgraduate qualification in educational psychology to either masters or doctorate level, leading to registered status with the Health Professions Council.
All registered practitioner psychologists are listed on the Health & Care Professions Council website. This can be checked by members of the public.