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Educational Psychology

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Dr Laura McAvinue at the PSI & NIBPS Careers Day 2019

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Educational Psychology

  1. 1. Dr. Laura McAvinue Mar 2019 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
  2. 2.  Mission statement of the Irish National Educational Psychology Service NEPS role is to support the wellbeing, academic and social and emotional development of all learners through the application of psychological theory and practice in education. NEPS prioritises support for learners with special educational needs and those at risk of educational disadvantage. EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
  3. 3. Casework Support & Development Research Advocacy & Policy THE WORK OF AN EP IN NEPS
  4. 4. 2 – 5% 10 – 20% 80 – 90%
  5. 5. SUPPORT & DEVELOPMENT WORK • Critical Incident Support • Incredible Years Training • Friends
  6. 6. SUPPORT & DEVELOPMENT WORK
  7. 7.  Development of a Behaviour Support Plan  Managing anxiety in the classroom  Social skills training  Enhancing attention in the classroom  Including children with ASD SUPPORT & DEVELOPMENT
  8. 8. CASEWORK
  9. 9.  Psycho-educational assessment  Interview of parents, teachers, child  Standardised assessment tools  Cognitive functioning  Overall intellectual level  Cognitive profile  Academic attainments  Literacy & numeracy  Drawing upon literature on relationship between cognition & learning  Understand child’s learning difficulties & make recommendations for remediation  Diagnosis of General Learning Difficulty or Specific Learning Difficulty in Literacy or Numeracy …LEARNING
  10. 10.  Information-gathering  Interview with parents, teacher, child  Observation of child  Work with teacher to develop Behaviour Support Plan to address challenging behaviour  Approaches  Incredible Years  Functional Behaviour Analysis  Collaborative & Proactive Solutions …BEHAVIOUR
  11. 11.  Support the teachers in supporting the student in the school and class environment  Advice to teachers regarding strategies or accommodations  Solution Focussed Brief Therapy  Screening for potential underlying conditions  Autism Spectrum Disorder  ADHD  Refer on… …SOCIAL / EMOTIONAL
  12. 12. External Support Services Primary Care OT Primary Care SLT CAMHS TUSLAAON Disability Teams Primary Care Psychology
  13. 13. NEPS Problem-solving Framework
  14. 14. Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory Biopsychosocial Model
  15. 15.  Recommendations  Placement  Referral  Access to additional support / resources  Irish exemption  Reasonable accommodations  DARE route  Recommendations to overcome / compensate for learning difficulties  Classroom management / teaching approach  Specific programmes  Working memory, attention, language PRACTICE OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
  16. 16.  Large part of doctoral studies  Whole range of topics to be studied  Eadaoin Slattery (UL)  An Evaluation of an Attentional Training Scheme  Eilis Wallace Chisholm (UCD)  Understanding the Cognitive Subtypes underlying Dyslexia  Michelle Kelly (UCD)  Case Study of an Academically Resilient DEIS School  NEPS  Research Advisory Committee  Research in NEPS 2018 Publication RESEARCH
  17. 17.  NEPS as part of the DES  Wellbeing Policy Statement 2018  Advocacy  Competencies for Child Rights Advocacy ADVOCACY & POLICY WORK
  18. 18.  Interaction between Psychology & Education  Grounded in Psychological Theory  Determined by / Influenced by the Education System & Changes in Educational Policy ED PSYCH AS UNIQUE…
  19. 19.  Informed by knowledge from Psychology  Cognitive Psychology / Cognitive Neuroscience  Developmental Psychology  Psychometrics  Counselling Psychology  Organisational Psychology  Ethics GROUNDED IN PSYCHOLOGY
  20. 20.  Educational Policy  Government Circulars  Social / Cultural Movements  Shifting concepts of Disability  Medical to Social to Rights-based model  Ethos of Inclusion  1994 UNESCO Salamanca Statement  92 governments  Endorsed principle of Inclusive Education  Enrolling all children in regular schools, unless there are compelling reasons for doing otherwise SHAPED BY SYSTEMS & POLICY
  21. 21.  14 schools  Primary, Post-primary, Special  Casework, Support & Development, Project Work WEEK IN THE LIFE
  22. 22. TRAINING IN IRELAND
  23. 23. TRAINING IN IRELAND
  24. 24. TRAINING IN IRELAND UCD
  25. 25. TRAINING IN IRELAND MI
  26. 26. Two routes TRAINING IN IRELAND Teachers Psychologists Teaching qualification Psychology Degree Experience with SEN Psychology Degree Experience with SEN
  27. 27.  Cognition & learning  Individual differences  Working with people  Children  Practical  Responsible A LOVELY PROFESSION!

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