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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
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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
Vacant  
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

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?

Qualifications

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

Training

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
  • informat