Applying Psychology to Education and Learning for 16 to 25 year olds with complex needs

The workshop aims will focus upon education and learning for young people aged 16 to 25 years. The workshop will explore and discuss how psychological theory and research can be applied in practice, supporting young people in accessing and benefitting from continuing education beyond school. This is a field of educational psychology which is opening up due to a number of factors, including the inclusion of youngsters with complex needs in continuing education as well as proposed legislative changes with regard to special educational needs and disabilities (DfE, 2011) and other relevant guidance.


  • 09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
  • 10:00 Workshop starts
  • 12:30-13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Workshop ends


Whilst there are some practitioner psychologists delivering services up to and beyond the age of 25, the application and extension of principles derived from the field of educational psychology and pedagogy can be under-utilised. The programme, therefore, will highlight relevant literature and draw on case examples to illustrate specific issues and aspects of effective practice. This will be linked to discussion with regard to assessment, case conceptualisation, intervention and evaluation of outcomes. There will be an exploration of concerns and needs that are raised for this age group, particularly those with severe and complex needs, as well as consideration of advice required by Local Authorities including relating to Section 139 assessments, relevant legislation and guidance on best practice. 

The course is an opportunity to share experience and ideas relating to applying psychology in this expanding field.

This course is suitable for those concerned with assessing and advising on the educational and psychological needs of young people and in providing support to this population. This includes educational psychologists who consider they need to extend their thinking and experience to young people aged 16-25 years.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To  consider the application of psychological theory and research to understand and support young people with special educational needs
  • To consider the continuing educational needs of young people with significant needs post school
  • To consider approaches to assessment including for young people with severe and complex difficulties
  • To develop awareness of types of course programmes and educational establishments post school
  • To consider how educational psychology advice can support local authority decision making and provisionincluding awareness of relevant guidance documents, section 139 assessments, and implications of the SEND Green Paper.

Facilitator: Vivienne Clifford CPsychol AFBPsS

Booking information


  • Concessions: £45 + VAT
  • DECP members: £65 + VAT
  • Society members: £90 + VAT 
  • Society non-members: £115 + VAT

Persons eligible for concessionary rates are student members of the Society, graduate members registered under Rule 15.ii, Rule 21 members, and members who are unemployed. For evidence of unemployment, we will require a copy of your job seekers allowance book.

How to book:

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests more than 6 weeks before the event date.

Tue, 06/11/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel. +44(0)116 252 9925

BPS Learning Centre, Division of Educational and Child Psychology