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, many schools use time from the Educational Psychology service as part of the Service Level Agreement to meet their own training and development needs.
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.
Educational Psychology courses
Available courses have previously included:
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Attachment and Early Trauma
- Behaviour Management
- Bereavement and Loss
- Children in care
- Circle of Friends
- ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants)
- Life-limiting Illnesses
- Peer Mediation
- Multi-element Plans
- Nurturing Principles
- Portage Training
- Precision Teaching
- Restorative Practices
- Self esteem and Resilience
- Solution-focused Conversations
- Study Skills
- Understanding Anger
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).