Consultation sessions are in themselves psychological interventions which support those who know the child/young person best to find collaborative solutions and ways forward. When appropriate Educational Psychologists may support the delivery of direct interventions with young people e.g. solution focussed sessions, person centred planning. An intervention is a strategy designed to overcome barriers to learning and teaching.
Before engaging in any form of direct intervention, in line with our core intervention principle of being minimally intrusive, EP’s will always consider whether:
- the work is programmatic in nature-i.e. teaching and learning and as such is better delivered by school staff
- there is another practitioner who has a relationship with the child/young person and who would be better placed to undertake the piece of work
- the task can be undertaken collaboratively with another practitioner to develop their future skills and expertise
- the rationale for the direct work is to add to the EPS assessment
- the basis of the direct work is to inform intervention work to be carried out by another practitioner
Everyone has a Brilliant Brain
Aberdeenshire EPS has been supporting schools to use the My Brilliant Brain programme. This helps children and young people to understand how they learn and how to use their brains better. My Brilliant Brain has evolved from Carole Dweck’s work around mindsets and how children learn best. By teaching people to have a growth mindset, and focusing on the process of learning, rather than the outcome, this supports higher achievement in school (Dweck, 2007).
Following an identified need, the programme is run as 3 interactive sessions (each approximately an hour long). The sessions aim to increase pupils’ understanding of brain structure/function, and consider how to develop it in order to increase learning. Topics covered include:
What your brain does and how we can help it to ‘grow’
What your brain needs and how to help it work better
Mindsets – what they are and how they can help us to learn
Aberdeenshire Educational Psychology Service utilises Person Centred Planning and Solution Focussed Approaches as part of our intervention work.
Family Nurture- Family Learning
Promoting the development of connected, securely attached and resilient families across Aberdeenshire
As part of our work on Supporting Nurturing Approaches we have developed leaflets on key topics which contain tips and advice for parents/carers. They may also be a helpful resource for schools and multi-agency partners in their work with families. Click here to find out more on our training on supporting nurturing approaches.
A loving, responsive, and safe parent/carer-child relationship is important for healthy development in childhood. We have selected topics which can help build resilience, connection, and secure attachment in all families. Our leaflets draw from the research in these areas and translate it into easily accessible small steps for families.
Click here to look at our series of Family Nurture Leaflets.
We have also developed a 5-10 minute presentation, which can be used to share with staff groups, parent councils and via your usual communication channels to raise awareness of the leaflets and the key themes underpinning these. Click here to view this presentation.
Video Interaction Guidance
Aberdeenshire EPS continues to develop the implementation of Video Interaction GuidanceTM (VIG). Educational Psychologists trained in VIG use it as a tool to work with a variety of service users (e.g. children and young people, professionals) to improve positive interactions and communication. VIG involves analysing short clips of video in different social situations and provides opportunities for individuals to observe, analyse and reflect on their positive interactions with others. It is sometimes used for interactions between children/young people and adults, with either parents or professionals. It can also be used within pairs (or even groups) of adults. When it is used by professionals to reflect on their own communication with service users it is usually referred to as Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (VERP) (or VIG for Professionals). In both versions, the aim is to give individuals a chance to reflect on their interactions, drawing attention to elements that are successful, and supporting clients to make changes where desired.