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Educational Challenges

Educational and Developmental Psychology is concerned with lifelong wellbeing, in particular, development and learning throughout life.

The Clinic's Educational and Developmental Psychologists work with children, adolescents, adults, parents, teachers and a wide range of carers and other professional agencies. Through this collaborative approach, we help promote the acquisition and development of information, theories, evidence, strategies and skills which are based on psychological theory and research, and which are relevant to:

Enhancing effective learning and teaching
Promoting positive social, emotional and behavioural development
Supporting lifelong inclusion in education settings and the community
Encouraging positive co-operative problem-solving

Educational Psychologists conduct direct assessment and intervention in a wide variety of contexts. They also have the skills to engage effectively in indirect work, through consultancy, training, research and evaluation, and policy development. This can be in relation to all children and young people, not just those with additional support needs. This is often preventive rather than reactive intervention.

Accordingly, our Educational and Developmental Clinical Psychologists work at:

The individual casework level, focused upon children and young people in the family, pre-school, school, college or other contexts
The whole class level perhaps supporting behaviour management approaches
The whole school level helping develop systemic guidelines
The school cluster or pyramid level
Larger systems such as local and national government providing psychological perspectives when developing policies and guidelines.

In educational settings, Educational and Developmental Psychologists are ideally situated to identify and assist individuals with psychological distress. Wherever possible, early identification and intervention is optimal for the treatment of mental health disorders. Using various therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural and Acceptance Commitment Therapies, supporting the development of teacher skills or adapting the educational environment, Educational Psychologists employ a contextual, person-centred framework during assessment and intervention.

Skills of Educational and Developmental Clinical Psychologists include:

Problems with the transition to school, or from one phase of education to another
Separation anxiety
School avoidance or phobia
Assessment of each individual to identify their unique pattern of difference (both strengths and challenges)
Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of learning, language and motor difficulties and disorders (e.g., Dyslexia, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia)
Diagnosing disabilities and disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
Differential diagnosis
Identifying and implementing the most appropriate evidence-based interventions, whether this is through direct or indirect casework
Psycho-educational training
Peer relationships and social inclusion
Behaviour management planning
Low self-esteem
Well-being concerns
Assistance with identity formation
Mental health problems (e.g., mood disorders)
Assessment of higher level learning abilities
Family relationship issues
Physical or sexual abuse
Assistance with treatment planning and support
Consulting with relevant individuals and groups
Designing training programs for individual or group intervention
Evaluating programs and interventions
Designing and implementing professional development programs
Case management and liaising with other professionals
Writing reports for multiple audiences (e.g., parents, teachers, and other services)
Psychological consultancy and professional learning
Whole school consultancy or intervention (e.g., school staff training and critical incident intervention)

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