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Educational Psychology training

A wide range of Educational Psychology training and development opportunities are available to schools and other organisations as part of their programme for Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Some of this training is brokered by the Local Authority and is delivered through conferences or local events. Additionally, schools, settings and other organisations may purchase training from the Educational Psychology Services through our traded element of the service.

Training is always negotiated and tailored to specific needs. We also provide follow-up work with a view to helping new initiatives become embedded in practice.

More information about the training we offer, and costs, can be found in our Educational Psychology traded services brochure (under the training heading).

Educational Psychology courses

Our most popular courses include:

  • Attachment and Early Trauma (half day)
  • Emotion Coaching (full day)
  • Precision Teaching (twilight)

Our centralised training includes:

  • ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) 6-day annual course
  • EBSA (Emotionally Based School Avoidance) (half day)
  • Supporting Children and Young People with Complex Needs in Mainstream (3 half days)

In addition we deliver training on:

  • anti-bullying
  • anxiety
  • attention and concentration
  • circle of friends
  • dyscalculia
  • dyslexia
  • introduction to restorative practices
  • loss and bereavement
  • motivational interviewing
  • nurturing principles
  • supporting refugees and asylum seekers
  • trauma informed behaviour policies and approaches
  • understanding anger
  • working memory

Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA)

The Educational Psychology service coordinates the 6-day Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA) course.

ELSA is a nationally established evidence-based programme of training for Teaching Assistants (or other staff with pastoral responsibilities). The course covers a range of areas of emotional wellbeing and emerging mental health needs which can create barriers to learning.

ELSAs are trained to deliver individual and small group sessions which:

  • offer preventative interventions
  • promote self-esteem and resilience
  • equip children and young people with positive coping strategies

Courses are held twice a year and booking is via the CYC Workforce Development Unit (WDU).

Educational Psychology resources

Also see

Educational Psychology Service

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA