New developments within supervision for educational psychologists

Defining good supervision and how it works has been a challenge for psychologists. This workshop will build on the British Psychological Society’s Division of Educational and Child Psychology's Guidelines for Supervision for educational psychologists published in 2011.

Provisional timetable

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


This workshop  will include a range of topics on the subject of supervision including: a history of supervision within the profession; models of supervision, current patterns and requirements, outcomes from the DECP working party in the light of changing contexts and managerial and professional supervision; supervision competencies for Educational Psychologists (EPs) and trainees; problems within supervision and supervising the whole range of EP work, including systems and preventative work.

Developing new systems for supervision will be included using examples from a range of services. The day will also include information about research on inter-professional supervision and how this is becoming an increasing area of work for educational psychologists. This workshop will include activities and interactive opportunities.

Target audience

Educational psychologists

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To develop and improve supervisor knowledge and skills in relation to the supervision and support of colleagues, including trainee educational psychologists, qualified educational psychologists and supervision by educational psychologists of other professional groups
  • To address issues relating to practice across all contexts within which EPs work and ensure applicability to practice
  • To explore how the DECP guidelines and HCPC documentation can be drawn on to develop supervisory practices within services
  • To consider supervisory challenges and practice implications and use these as a basis for development of g systems to support supervision and contracting.

Facilitator: Dr Jane Leadbetter CPsychol AFBPsS

Jane Leadbetter has been a practising educational psychologist for over thirty years, with over 25 years of management experience. She has been involved in the training of educational psychologist for the past 17 years and is currently Director of the Doctoral programme for practising educational psychologists at the University of Birmingham. She has written a range of books, chapters and articles mainly about the professional practice of educational psychologists.  She was Chair of the DECP in 2011 and as part of her work on the committee co-chaired the working group on supervision within the profession which produced the guidelines recently published. She regularly runs training courses on supervision for Educational Psychology Services, training courses. Her wider research interests  include organisational development, using consultation skills and using socio-cultural approaches within educational psychology.

Co-Facilitator: Dr Sandra Dunsmuir CPsychol FBPsS

Sandra qualified as an educational psychologist in 1986 and completed her PhD in 2000. She is Co-Director of the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at UCL and is also a Joint Course Director on the UCL postgraduate courses in CBT for Children and Young People, teaching and supervising practitioners from a range of professional backgrounds on a regular basis.  Sandra has had extensive experience working as an educational psychologist in four different local authorities and continues to practice on a regular basis with children, their families and teachers in school and community settings. Her research integrates empirical research and psychological theory with a particular focus on relationships and communication, parent-teacher trust, interventions to support children's learning and cross-professional collaborative working.  She is past Chair of the DECP. Along with Jane Leadbetter, she led the DECP working party that developed the guidelines for supervision for educational psychologists and associated competency frameworks and has an ongoing interest in their use and application in professional development of educational psychologists.

Booking information


Early-bird rates will be available until midnight on Sunday 13 January 2013:

  • Non-Society members: £138 (£115 + VAT)
  • Society members: £104 (£86.67 + VAT)
  • DECP members: £78 (£65 +VAT)
  • Concessions: £54 (£45 + VAT)

from 14 January 2013:

  • Non-Society members: £138 (£115 + VAT)
  • Society members: £104 (£86.67 + VAT)
  • DECP members: £90 (£75 +VAT)
  • Concessions: £62.50 (£52.08 + VAT)

Persons eligible for concessionary rates are student members of the Society, graduate members registered under Rule 15.ii (studying in the UK and not subject to income tax), Rule 21 (retired) members, and members who are unemployed. For evidence of unemployment, we will require a copy of your job seekers allowance book.

How to book:

Bookings now closed.

Mon, 25/11/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

Division of Educational and Child Psychology & BPS Learning Centre