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Western Education & Library Board,
1 Hospital Road,
Omagh, Co Tyrone,
BT79 0AW

Telephone: 028 8241 1411
Fax: 028 8241 1400
Email: info@welbni.org
Textphone: 028 8241 1550

Educational Psychology

Statement of Purpose

"To provide an effective, efficient, equitable, high quality service to children and young people in the age range 0 - 19 in the context of learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties and where possible to prevent these difficulties arising"

Principal Educational Psychologist
Senior Educational Psychologist - Omagh
Mrs C Coburn T: 028 8241 1394

E: claire_coburn@welbni.org

Senior Educational Psychologist - Fermanagh
Mrs S Burns T: 028 6634 3900 E: sue_burns@welbni.org
Senior Educational Psychologist - Derry
Mrs J Finn T: 028 7186 4780 E: joan_finn@welbni.org
Senior Educational Psychologist ASAS - Derry
Mrs M Martin T: 028 7186 4780 E: marie_martin@welbni.org




Child Guidance Centre   
24 Dublin Road, ENNISKILLEN, Co Fermanagh, BT74 6HN   T: 028 6634 3900   
Educational Psychology Service   
Maydown House, 1 Maydown Road, Londonderry, BT47 6UF T: 028 7186 4780
Educational Psychology Service    
WE&LB, 1 Hospital Road, OMAGH, Co Tyrone, BT79 0AW  T: 028 8241 1411  



Typically an educational psychologist working within Northern Ireland will have the following qualifications:

  • An Honours degree in Psychology or equivalent

  • A recognised teaching qualification

  • Either:
    (a)   not less than 2 years full time teaching experience; or
    (b)  5 years full time experience of working as an Educational Psychologist with a recognised Education Authority in Great Britain or elsewhere

  • A post-graduate professional training - currently MSc in Educational and Developmental Psychology


During their professional training an educational psychologist will study:

  • normal and abnormal child and adolescent development

  • the development of children's cognitive, social, physical, emotional, behavioural, play and communication skills

  • the psychological aspects of educating children with disabilities, special needs and specific syndromes

  • children's attitudes, self-concepts, motivation and personality styles

  • the psychology of learning and teaching

  • family influences on development and functioning

  • the rights of parents and children

  • legislation relating to Education, Special Education and Child Welfare

  • neglect, deprivation and abuse

  • school influences on child development and educational progress (e.g. classroom management, parent involvement, school organisation, teacher expectation, teaching methods)

  • specific issues such as inclusion of children with special needs in mainstream education, bilingualism, bullying, grief, loss and trauma, special schools and units, travellers' children

  • the role of other relevant professionals

Educational psychologists acquire skills in:

  • teaching

  • assessment and testing

  • problem solving

  • training others

  • counselling

  • intervention

  • research

  • information and communication technology

Educational psychologists enhance and develop their knowledge and skills through professional development which includes attending courses, keeping up to date with current research and developments and acquiring additional qualifications.


Referrals to the Educational Psychology Service may be made by those who have concerns about a child's social, emotional and educational development. The Educational Psychology Service recognises that while there are many children who might be considered for referral it should be borne in mind that the Service has the capacity to carry out individual assessments on approximately 2% of children and young persons in the age range from birth to 19 years.

Pre-school referrals
Pre-school children whose development is causing concern may be referred by a number of people, for example, parents, doctors, paediatricians, health visitors, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and nursery teachers.

School-age referrals
Regarding referrals to the Educational Psychology Service procedures are laid down in the Code of Pr