Information for schools, consultation and advice

In what way can the Educational Psychology Service offer consultation?
The psychologist can support the work being done with children and young people by helping to generate strategies leading to solutions. Consultation is also offered widely through inter-disciplinary working groups.

Why is there a need for consultation?
Through consultation the psychologist can have an influence on a greater number of children. Very often, it can be helpful to take advantage of the educational psychologist’s expertise through focused discussion when a difficulty arises. Difficulties can then often be dealt with quickly and effectively without the need for more time-consuming and intrusive intervention.

What issues may be the subject of a consultation?
The psychologist will help clarify and interpret the whole range of learning, social and emotional issues. This may result in direct assessment and intervention, advice on referral to other services, training for teachers or other professionals, in school programmes and research.

How can consultation be most effective?
Effective consultation can be done at various levels with: parents/teachers; interagency groups; policy groups.

Examples of consultation:

Parents and other professionals:

  • Consultation on pupils’ additional support needs
  • Advice on teaching and management strategies for specific types of difficulty, such as complex learning difficulties, specific learning difficulties, behaviour difficulties, autism
  • Advice on thinking skills or emotional literacy
  • Solution oriented approaches
  • Resilience training
  • Social skills

The education authority:

  • Additional support needs
  • Psychological issues
  • Assessment
  • Literacy
  • Children’s development
  • Curriculum development
  • Policy development

Membership of inter agency groups concerned with specific issues:

  • Child protection
  • Team around the Child meetings
  • Inclusion
  • Adoption and fostering
  • Specialist placements

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