Who are we?
Educational psychologists in our School Division work as part of multidisciplinary team that consists of other clinicians, school resource teachers, guidance counsellors, teachers and parents while helping children and adolescents to reach their full potential.
In an attempt to fulfill that goal Educational psychologists apply psychological theories, models and research. Besides that, they carry out a wide range of tasks with the aim of enhancing children's learning and enabling teachers to become more aware of the social factors affecting teaching and learning. These tasks involve:
Cognitive and socio-emotional assessments:
The assessment often includes tests of cognitive ability, school achievement, adaptive behavior, and social-emotional adjustment. Such assessments also involve interviews with parents and teachers, observations and a review of school records. Each assessment is summarized in a written report.
This is an indirect method of providing services in which the psychologist makes recommendations about ways to improve learning experiences and the emotional wellbeing of young people while working closely with teachers and parents to help prevent problems arising.
Psychologists spend their time in direct interventions as well, which include remediation and therapy conducted individually or in groups. These services are intended to alleviate academic and emotional problems.
Psychologists also devote their time to in-service education of divisional personnel or parents. This activity may be directed at many topics, including reducing problems in child study and improving teaching or parenting skills.