The Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP) promotes the professional interests of educational and child psychologists.
We aim to develop psychology as a profession and as a body of knowledge and skills.
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What do Educational Psychologists do?
Educational Psychologists work with children and young people aged 0 - 25 with a range of different needs. In addition educational psychologists support schools and local authorities to help them improve and develop their systems for supporting children and young people.
Educational Psychologists look at how children and young people experience life within the context of their school and home environment and how different factors in these environments interact with each other. We then work collaboratively with parents, schools and other proffesionals to identify strategies to support children. Much of an educational psychologist's work is focused on supporting children and young people in educational settings however educational psychologists can also offer support to parents to help meet their children's needs at home. If you are a parent and think your child may need support from an educational psychologist it will be helpful to speak to your school's special educational needs co-ordinater and to look at the Local Offer on your local authority's website. All educational psychologists are practitioner psychologists registered with the Health Care Professionals Council. You can check if an educational psychologist is HCPC registered by clicking the following link. http://www.hcpc-uk.co.uk/
Educational Psychologists support young people and children with:
Ways in which Educational Psychologists support children and young people include:
To become an educational psychologist you need to have experience of working with children and young people and an accredited undergraduate psychology degree or master's degree. Educational Psychologists have completed their training by undertaking an accredited proffesional training programe, either a doctorate degree or masters degree in educational psychology. It takes at least six years to train as educational psychologist.