Community. Engagement. Creativity.
Bringing EPs together is the aim of edpsy.org.uk.
edpsy.org.uk is the online space for educational psychologists to share, create, engage, debate, enthuse and work together, across boundaries to develop and improve the lives of children and young people.
The plan for edpsy.org.uk is ambitious and community engagement makes it all possible. edpsy.org.uk is built on the contributions of EPs from across the country at all levels of the profession. It’s currently in a stage of rapid expansion but for now it delivers:
- Up to date information and signposting for anybody interested in training to be an educational psychologist
- A features section with fully referenced articles about practice relevant topics, tools and materials
- A blog section driven by personal reflection and commentary from a range of contributors.
- An events calendar that allows anybody running a course for EPs to advertise it for free.
In the UK over 3000 Educational Psychologists work to improve the lives of children, young people and their families. They work in wide ranging contexts with many different professionals. Most work in Local Authorities, although with recent changes to school funding, the number of private practices, social enterprises and charities providing EP services has greatly increased.
Some EPs are members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) or the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) (or both). The BPS is the learned society for professional psychologists, whilst the AEP is the trade union for EPs in the UK. Membership to both of these institutions, while highly useful, is voluntary and carries a cost that many EPs would be required to meet themselves. Online, there are some fantastic examples of community spaces for EPs. Educational Psychology Today is a social media page that EPs can ‘like’ and EPNET is a forum for the exchange of ideas and information for those working within the field of educational psychology.
Regarding EP training, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all do something a little different from each other.
What is missing right now is a coherent, creative community that serves all EPs regardless of what country they work in, what organisation they work for or what professional body they belong to.
edpsy.org.uk fills this gap.