Who are we?
We are Educational Psychologists (EPs) registered with the HCPC who work for Plymouth City Council. We have expertise in psychological theory and research that helps to understand how children and young people develop, learn, think, feel, and behave.
What do we do?
As Educational Psychologists we use psychology to support the educational progress, development, mental health and wellbeing of children and young people from 0-25 years with complex special educational needs and, or a disability. The range of specialist psychological skills and knowledge covers the four areas of need identified in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice. These are:
- Communication and interaction
- Cognition and learning
- Social, emotional and/or mental health
- Sensory and/or physical
We support families, early years settings, schools and colleges. Our role usually involves joint working with a range of other professionals as part of a Team Around the Child or Young Person. The service also supports a wide range of needs by providing training, consultation and project work for adults, such as carers, teachers and early years practitioners, who work with children and young people.
Examples of specific approaches include:
- Consultation for individuals and groups
- Solution-focused approaches
- Clinical supervision
- Person-centred planning
- Precision teaching
- Motivational interviewing
- Restorative approaches
- Understanding working memory
- Dynamic assessment
- Therapeutic approaches, for example, cognitive behavioural psychology, narrative approaches and personal construct psychology