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Project: the role of assistants in EP services in England

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This study aims to explore the role of assistants in EP services across England and possibly provide a starting point for future research to build on. We also hope to gain a snapshot of the diversity of participants to contribute to wider conversations in the profession on equality, diversity and inclusion.

How you can help

If you are:

  • a current Assistant Educational Psychologist or Assistant Psychologist
  • working within an Educational Psychology Service in England

We are asking participants to complete a short questionnaire looking into the different aspects of the role.

Project focus

There is significant variation in the role of Assistant Educational Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists across different EP services and little current literature exists which documents this (Woodley-Hume & Woods, 2019). Discussions at regional and national assistant network meetings between December 2021 and May 2022 highlighted this variation across the UK. 

Our focus is on:

  • Exploring how the assistant EP role varies across England
  • Contributing towards the profession around equality, diversity and inclusion at the assistant EP level
  • Providing a current summary of tasks AP and AEPs undertake

Researchers

Sophie Elder, Debra Harland & Kate Kitchingman – Assistant EPs at Gateshead Council

If you have queries please email Debra or email Sophie

This project is being supported within the LA by Maxine Caine (Senior EP).

Research Questions

  1. What is the current role of assistant EPs across England?
  2. What are the demographics of current assistant EPs in England?

Involvement

Online survey to complete, open to all assistant psychologists and assistant educational psychologists, working in EP services in England

Deadline

Friday 8th July 2022



About Sophie Elder

Sophie is an Assistant Educational Psychologist working in Gateshead EPS. Prior to this she has worked in further education settings supporting and teaching young people with SEN and specialist schools for children with SEMH needs. She is interested in complex developmental trauma, supporting the emotional wellbeing of children and young people as well as using personal construct psychology to elicit children’s views.

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About Kate Kitchingman

Kate is an Assistant Educational Psychologist working in Gateshead EPS. Prior to this role Kate trained and worked as an EMHP. Within this role Kate delivered CBT interventions in both 1-1 and group settings, staff training, parent groups and supported schools with developing their whole school approach towards mental health. Kate has interests in SEMH needs, attachment and relational approaches between school staff and students.

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