The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) currently has two Educational Psychologists who have supervisor accreditation in Video Interaction Guidance (VIG), and three Educational Psychologists who are either trained in VIG or are in training .VIG uses video to help people understand and improve their communication with others. It is primarily used with parents/carers to help bring about positive change in their important relationships with children.
Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (VERP) VERP uses the VIG approach to increase effective professional – client communication, attunement and relationships. It is an effective way of building on strengths and looking at the impact of change. VERP can be used within a small group setting to reflect on video clips of practice and skills. Evidence to date shows that a cycle of three VERP sessions brings about sustainable change and grows confidence.
The Educational Psychology Service has previously implemented VIG and VERP in various contexts such as in individual casework with children and young people; leading VIG training with an external supervisor, for Alloa Family Centre staff to enhance parent-child interaction; using VERP to help staff of the Big Noise Project consider interactions around pupil behaviour.
This session the service provided an increased focus on the use of VERP to support identified establishments who are embedding nurturing approaches. Video Enhanced Reflective Practice was used in 2 nurseries by the Educational Psychology Service to support them to embed the Nurture principles in their establishments.
Educational psychologists will continue to offer VIG as an approach to be used for direct work related to children and young people.
The Educational Psychology service has produced a leaflet which outlines these approaches in more detail:
This video from AVIGuk also provides more information on VIG :
Introductory Training Course
The Educational Psychology Service have trained 5 practitioners in Video Interaction Guidance this session including family support workers, social workers and other Psychologists. After this 2 day introductory training course, they will continue to be supervised by Stirling Educational Psychologists as they begin to use the intervention with families.