The purpose of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology is to promote the professional interests of educational and child psychologists and to develop psychology both as a profession and as a body of knowledge and skills.
We support our members by:
- keeping them up to date with all the latest news from the Division and the Society
- organising regular events to support their continuing professional development
- providing training and advice on matters of research and practice
What do Educational Psychologists do?
Educational psychologists look at how children and young people experience life within the context of their school and home environment and how different factors in these environments interact with each other.
Much of an educational psychologist's work is focused on supporting children and young people in educational settings however educational psychologists can also offer support to parents to help meet their children's needs at home and to schools and local authorities to help them develop and improve their systems.
If you are a parent and think your child may need support from an educational psychologist it will be helpful to speak to your school's special educational needs coordinator and to look at the Local Offer on your local authority's website.
All educational psychologists are practitioner psychologists registered with the Health Care Professionals Council.
How do Educational Psychologists support children and young people?Show content
Educational Psychologists support young people and children with their:
- concentration difficulties
- emotional and behavioural needs
- learning needs
- physical disabilities
- sensory needs such as problems with eyesight or hearing.
- social skills difficulties
The ways in which Educational Psychologists support their clients include:
Meeting with parents or carers and other professionals to discuss a child or young person’s needs and how best to help them.
Multi agency work
Leading and/or participating in a range of multi-agency and multi-disciplinary panels and child-centred planning meetings.
One to one and small group interventions
Educational psychologists may deliver one to one or small group interventions to promote learning and emotional wellbeing.
They may also train and supervise school staff to enable them to deliver these interventions.
Visiting educational settings to gather information about a child or young persons needs using methods such as observation, pupil interviews and one to one assessment.
Research and evaluation
Designing and carrying out research to enhance practice and improve outcomes.
Educational psychologists support schools and local authorities to improve all children’s emotional wellbeing and experiences of learning.
Jointly identifying strategies to use at home, setting up and running training, delivering therapeutic interventions to help support parents' relationships with their children.
Supporting staff development
Examples include delivering training, staff coaching and providing professional supervision for specialised interventions.