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|
|Senior Educational Psychologist - Fermanagh|
|Mrs S Burns||T: 028 6634 3900||E: email@example.com|
|Senior Educational Psychologist - Derry|
|Mrs J Finn||T: 028 7186 4780||E: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Senior Educational Psychologist ASAS - Derry|
|Mrs M Martin||T: 028 7186 4780||E: email@example.com|
WHERE TO CONTACT THE EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY SERVICE?
|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|
WHAT IS AN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST?
Typically an educational psychologist working within Northern Ireland will have the following qualifications:
An Honours degree in Psychology or equivalent
A recognised teaching qualification
(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:
assessment and testing
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
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 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.
Regarding referrals to the Educational Psychology Service procedures are laid down in the Code of Pr