An intervention is a strategy or an approach designed to improve learning and well-being for young people. The main role of an Educational Psychologist is to support those who know the child best to provide an effective intervention. They do this through Consultation. When appropriate Educational Psychologists may carry out direct interventions with young people e.g. solution focussed sessions, person centred planning.
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
Aberdeenshire Educational Psychology Service utilises Person Centred Planning and Solution Focussed Approaches as part of our intervention work.