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Walsall Educational Psychology Service

Walsall Educational Psychology Service provides psychological services for children and young people in Early Years settings, schools, academies and colleges in Walsall.

We offer 3 main types of support:

  • Traded service – offering a traded service to all Walsall schools/settings and academies, including a central training subscription offer and bespoke setting based training courses.  This work is funded by schools/settings, either individually or through academy chains and clusters.
  • Statutory work – contributing Psychological Advice to Education Health and Care needs assessments.  This work is funded by the Council.
  • Core work – including provision of a link EP for all Walsall schools and academies, critical incident support across the Council, direct support for individual vulnerable children and young people in exceptional circumstances and strategic work related to the Council’s Walsall Right For Children Inclusion Strategy.  This work is funded by the Council.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Emma Thornbery
Contact Position
Principal Educational Psychologist
Telephone
01922 652860
E-mail
emma.thornbery@walsall.gov.uk
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Where to go

Name
Education Development Centre
Address
Pelsall Lane
Rushall
Walsall
Postcode
WS4 1NG

Other Details

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

How do you get access the service:
Via EHCP assessment process
Via consultation with colleagues in the Early Years SEN Team
Via early years settings, school and academies and other settings

Local Offer

Description

Walsall educational psychology service provides professional psychological consultation services for children, young people (0-25 years) and families in a wide range of educational and community settings.

 

Our specialised understanding of psychological theory, research and evidence-based approaches enables us to develop an understanding of complex situations with the aim of supporting the development, learning and well-being of children and young-people. Educational psychologists work with children and young people with special educational needs but also with those who have not been identified in this way where consultation is required. 

 

As a team of Registered Educational Psychologists with multiple specialisms we have up to date

knowledge of psychological evidence-based theory and research that is shared across the team including the following areas and beyond:

• Enhancing Teaching and Learning

• Child Development/Early Years

• Complex Special Educational Needs

• Supporting Social and Emotional Development

• Organisational Change Management

• Post-16

• Adult Learning and Professional Development

• Parenting Support and Family Work

 

Educational psychologists are skilled at applying psychology to help schools and settings, families and organisations support positive outcomes for children and young people through consultation. Using our consultation skills and knowledge base, we work collaboratively with key adults to talk through complex situations and co-construct solutions that enable the achievement of better outcomes for individuals, groups and organisations.

Our Consultation Model draws upon a range of evidence based, psychological approaches and techniques including skills and knowledge in the following areas: Person-Centred Approaches, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Personal Construct Psychology, Change Models, Emotion Coaching and Trauma Informed Practices amongst others.

 

We are able to offer specific models to support with problem areas at the individual, group or strategic levels throughout your school. Some examples of these models include:

• Supervision for staff including coaching

• Circle of Adults

• PATH

• Force Field Analysis

• Solution Circles

 

We also offer holistic assessment drawing upon a range of approaches including Dynamic Assessment and using a range of specialist tools.

 

The Educational Psychology Service is the sole provider commissioned by Walsall Council to carry out statutory work in order to identify, assess and monitor children, young people and young adults with special educational needs. We contribute assessment and psychological advice as part of the statutory education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment process.

 

Walsall Educational Psychology Service also provides critical incident support and guidance to schools and settings at times of crisis.

Needs Level
High
Medium
SEN Provision Type
Specialist
Targeted
Universal
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