Assistant Psychologist Induction and Training Process

APs observe assessments, attend EP consultations, talk through casework with the psychologist, complete structured observations and assessments under EP guidance, support and train school staff on areas EdPsychs have trained them on and work directly with students to implement EP recommendations, strategies, interventions and programmes and evaluate impact of their work.

Direct contact work with students takes up around 50-75% of an APs time depending on the school they are working in.

APs also train teaching assistants and gather informed consent, EP questionnaires and associated paperwork.

APs also work directly with the SENCo and Inclusion Manager of their host school on a daily basis, and SENCos and Inclusion Managers have been trained on how best to use and support an AP in their school. 

Each Assistant Psychologist (AP) is under the direct supervision of an experienced educational psychologist for at least 20 days a year in term time.

In addition, APs receive additional supervision from:

  • Their link Senior AP
  • The AP team more widely
  • John Hepburn, Company Director
  • Other EPs supporting the company 

AP induction and ongoing support and training 

Pre-induction all APs must:

  • Complete our online child protection training programme
  • Register for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS
  • Complete the EdPsychs' DBS process
  • Read and understand all relevant HCPC and BPS guidelines
  • Complete core reading on the work of an educational psychologist and EP casework
  • Visit schools with an attached AP and shadow them for at least two days
  • Set up an EdPsychs' portal access account with our IT team led by Aaron
  • Set up on the EdPsychs' payroll account led by Tereza and Isabella

INITIAL AP INDUCTION AND ONGOING SAP AND AP TRAINING

APs will complete their initial induction training in both Highgate and Harley Street. On occasion, we may also complete some training sessions in other locations off site. Training sessions are run by a team of experienced educational psychologists, CBT practitioners, professional coaches and former doctoral course directors.

All AP and SAP training sessions are open to EPs and Trainee Educational Psychologists (TEPs) currently supporting schools with EdPsychs' contacts.

The AP induction programme is a professional training programme developed by a team of educational psychologists to allow APs to support EPs effectively in a school with an EdPsychs’ EP contract, rather than a programme of study.

APs are expected to develop personally and professionally during their time with EdPsychs (which has a one-year minimum commitment) and each AP must work in a way that protects the company, the profession, the school, our client group and the AP themselves.

This ongoing ethical, professional, compliance orientated 'safety first' approach runs through the entire functioning of a professional psychologist in private practice and APs are also expected to maintain these standards of professional conduct (at BPS level) in their own work.

The 2018-19 running order is presented below. Each day runs from 9am to 5pm with breaks and lunch built in.

It should be noted that EdPsychs run an interleaved problem based teaching approach where skills are taught, practised, embedded and developed over time.

Much of the additional ongoing training and support an AP receives is built into their daily work, and the following training package is the starting point of the training process rather than the training process itself. APs and SAPs will have an additional 20-40 days per year working alongside an experienced educational psychologist in their attached school, and additional supervision, training and learning opportunities will occur there also (and these experiences will be different for each AP and SAP as individual EPs and schools work differently).

The core AP and SAP training is outlined below.

AP Induction and Training Process 2018 - 2019

This year EdPsychs have 17 APs and 7 Senior APs employed by the company. TEPs can attend SAP and EP training days. All training is based on the EdPsychs’ cognitive learning structures model and the social development models for APs and SAPs are interleaved throughout the process. The full training program is:

  • 22nd August: APs. Welcome to EdPsychs for new APs. Introduction: EdPsychs’ expectations and core values. Thinking about your core values, problem-based teaching, the role of an AP and an EP, evidence-based practice and where to find key information. The BPS and HCPC Codes of Conduct. The AP journey and the nature of informed consent. Developing philosophical questioning skills and critical reasoning skills. Introducing the EdPsychs’ gifted, talented and able skills curriculum. Highgate. JH (EP) and MC (TEP) and SOH (TEP).
  • 23rd August: APs. Part 1: What is good mental health? What does the research say? What do mentally healthy people do? When were you happiest? The company book club and key reading materials. Part 2: Anxiety, assessments and using evidence-based interventions. Using an IFF in case analysis and to support your EP. Baselining and tracking impact and effectiveness. Highgate. Session run by JH (EP) and SOH (TEP).
  • 24th August: APs. Dyslexia, theory, background and evidence-based AP interventions to support reading, spelling, phonics and reading comprehension skills. Systemic models of support and helping teachers develop a dyslexia friendly classroom. Highgate. Session run by JH (EP) and SOH (TEP).
  • 28th August: APs. The Code of Practice and the graduated response model. Using the graduated response model to help schools use their resources more effectively. How EdPsychs’ EPs build provision maps and develop high quality SEN provision in schools using systemic, whole school approaches that are externally audited. Measuring impact and long-term evaluation structures. Highgate. Session run by KM (EP).
  • 29th August: APs. Baselining, tracking and measuring impact. How EdPsychs’ EPs use literacy, numeracy, SEMH, ADHD and ASD screeners to build personalised, tracked programmes of support. Initial introduction to P4C and developing an ongoing understanding of the voice of the child. Highgate. Session run by JH (EP).
  • 30th August: APs. FRIENDs for Life training. Highgate. Session run by two EPs from ‘Psychology Tree’.
  • 30th August: SAPs. Introduction to coaching and supervision approaches. Using the EdPsychs’ ‘seven layers of supervision’ model for APs. Using motivational coaching techniques in your work. Highgate. Session run by JH (EP).
  • 31st August: APs. Cognitive Behavioural Approaches in Education at Tier 2 Level Part 1. Highgate. Session run by JM (EP).
  • 31st August: SAPs. Using the consultation approach effectively in EP practice. Using the EdPsychs’ SFBT consultation model. Using coaching models effectively within consultations. Building baselining, tracking and evaluations into consultations. Highgate. Session run by JH (EP).
  • 3rd September: APs and SAPs. Training to Train Training session 1. Using cognitive learning models to build high quality training using EdPsychs’ models. GDPR session 1: keeping clients’ data safe and reviewing the EdPsychs’ GDPR policy. Using the online portals and libraries. Highgate. Sessions run by AB (IT), KM (EP) and JH (EP).
  • 4th September: APs and SAPs. Using solution focused brief therapy in schools. Joint work around the EP/AP supervision model. Highgate. Session run by KM (EP).
  • 5th September: APs. Mindfulness 1. Introduction to MAP. Highgate. Session run by JM (EP).
  • 5th September: SAPs. Core Skills for Successful Difficult Conversations. Highgate. SG, Educational Leadership Coach, supported by a team of actors.
  • 28th September: APs. Part 1: Ethical and Professional Practice: doing the right thing. Part 2: Negotiation skills: using negotiation skills to promote best practice and ethical conduct. Highgate. Session run by Emeritus Professor IG.
  • 28th September: EPs and SAPs. Using the lesson study model in schools. Harley Street. KM (EP).
  • 6th October: APs. Voice of the Child: Little Box of Big Questions 1 and 2 interventions: P4C and future of the profession. Highgate. Session run by Emeritus Professor IG.
  • 19th October: APs and SAPs. Training to Train Training session 2. Using evidence-based practice in the classroom. Highgate. KM (EP), TM (TV presenter) and JH (EP).
  • 16th November: APs and SAPs. Training to Train Training session 3. Using evidence-based practice in the classroom. Highgate. KM (EP), TM (TV presenter) and JH (EP).
  • 30th November: APs. Mindfulness 2. Review of using MAP in schools to date. Case review. Next MAP sessions and then a Q and A session. Highgate. Session run by JM (EP).
  • 30th November: SAPs and EPs. Using coaching with senior leaders and teachers in schools. Harley Street. Session run by KM (EP) and JH (EP).
  • 14th December: APs and SAPs. Training to Train Training session 4. Using evidence-based practice in the classroom. Highgate. KM (EP), TM (TV presenter) and JH (EP).
  • 14th December: AP and SAP evening dinner. Islington.
  • 15th December: APs and SAPs. TEP Q and A day. Highgate. Session run by SOH (TEP) and two other guest TEPs.
  • 25th January:EPs and APs. Equalities and Inclusion in EP practice Part 1. Promoting equality and inclusion in EP practice: legislation and frameworks, multi-cultural awareness, bilingualism, EP assessments. Highgate. Session run by ET (EP).
  • 26th January: APs and SAPs. TEP Q and A day. Highgate. Session run by SOH (TEP) and two other guest TEPs.
  • 15th February: APs. Cognitive Behavioural Approaches in Education at Tier 2 Level Part 2. Highgate. Session run by JM (EP).
  • 15th February: EPs and SAPs. ‘Life Compass’ coaching training Part 1. Harley Street. Session run by Emeritus Professor IG with a team of actors.
  • 1st March: EPs and SAPs. ‘Life Compass’ coaching training Part 2. Harley Street. Session run by Emeritus Professor IG with a team of actors.
  • 29th March: EPs and APs. Equalities and Inclusion in EP practice Part 2. Promoting equality and inclusion in EP practice: inequalities and disadvantage in education, working with diverse cultures and communities, the role of the EP in promoting social justice. Highgate. Session run by ET (EP).
  • 5th April: APs. Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches with Groups. Highgate. Session run by AC (EP).
  • 5th April: EPs and SAPs. ‘Life Compass’ coaching training Part 3. Harley Street. Session run by Emeritus Professor IG with a team of actors.
  • 26th April: EPs and APs. Strengths based assessments. The use of positive psychology with students and teachers. Harley Street. HM (EP) and JH (EP).
  • 26th April: SAPs. Cognitive Behavioural Approaches in Education Part 1. Vignettes and case analysis. SAPs will be split into two groups of 4. One group will work directly with JM and the second group will complete peer supervision and case analysis and the groups then switch around. Highgate. Session run by JM (EP).
  • 23rd May: EPs and APs. Attachment Theory Day 1. 'Recognition, potential causes and psychological theories and models'. Harley Street. Session run by LW (EP).
  • 24th May: EPs and APs. Attachment Theory Day 2. 'Assessment tools, interventions, support, evaluation and evidence-based practice'. Harley Street. You must have attended day 1 to attend day 2 as they are follow on sessions. Session run by LW (EP).
  • 24th May: SAPs. Cognitive Behavioural Approaches in Education Part 2. Vignettes and case analysis. SAPs will be split into two groups of 4. One group will work directly with JM and the second group will complete peer supervision and case analysis and the groups then switch around. Highgate. Session run by JM (EP).
  • 21st June: SAPs. Cognitive Behavioural Approaches in Education Part 3. Vignettes and case analysis. SAPs will be split into two groups of 4. One group will work directly with JM and the second group will complete peer supervision and case analysis and the groups then switch around. Highgate. Session run by JM (EP).
  • 12th July: SAPs and APs. Full year evaluation (Harley Street) and then the end of year evening dinner in Islington.

EdPsychs will run a number of additional Saturday sessions for EPs, APs and SAPs. The dates for these have still to be confirmed. These will be on:

  • Using spiritual listening, P4C and the voice of the child in psychology. Emeritus Professor IG.
  • Using Personal Construct Psychology (PCP) in schools. SF (TEP).
  • Running ‘Zones of Regulation’ in schools. KM (EP) and SOH (TEP).
  • Running the ‘Happiness Curriculum’ in schools. ED (SAP)
  • The role of philosophy in applied psychology. TBC.
  • EdPsychs’ ‘Study skills’ and ‘Prepare to succeed’ training courses. TBC.

All sessions run throughout the year are free for EPs registered with EdPsychs Ltd and for APs, SAPs and TEPs employed by EdPsychs Ltd.

 

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