Profession educational psychologist

Educational psychologists are psychologists employed by educational institutions to provide psychological and emotional support to students in need. They are specialised in the provision of direct support and interventions to students, conducting psychological testing and assessment, and consulting with families, teachers and other school-based student support professionals, such as school social workers and educational counsellors, about the students. They may also work with the school administration to improve practical support strategies in order to improve the students' well-being.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Investigative
  • Investigative / Enterprising
  • Investigative / Social

Knowledge

  • Developmental psychology

    The study of human behaviour, performance, and psychological development from infancy to adolescence.

  • Psychology

    The human behaviour and performance with individual differences in ability, personality, interests, learning, and motivation.

  • School psychology

    The study of human behaviour and performance with respect to various school processes, the learning needs of young individuals, and the psychological tests accompanying this field of study.

  • Crisis intervention

    Coping strategies in crisis cases which allow individuals to overcome their problems or fears and avoid psychological distress and breakdown.

  • Psychological counselling methods

    The various psychological counselling, training and coaching methods for persons of all ages, groups and organizations considering medical aspects.

  • Adolescent psychological development

    Understand the developments and the development needs of children and young persons, observing the behaviour and the attachment relationships in order to detect developmental delay.

Skills

  • Interpret psychological tests

    Interpret psychological tests in order to obtain information on your patient`s intelligence, achievements, interests, and personality.

  • Communicate with youth

    Use verbal and non-verbal communication and communicate through writing, electronic means, or drawing. Adapt your communication to children and young people`s age, needs, characteristics, abilities, preferences, and culture.

  • Counsel students

    Provide assistance to students with educational, career-related or personal issues such as course selection, school adjustment en social integration, career exploration and planning, and family problems.

  • Perform educational testing

    Carry out psychological and educational tests on the personal interests, personality, cognitive capabilities, or language or mathematic skills of a student.

  • Diagnose education problems

    Identify the nature of school-related problems, such as fears, concentration problems, or weaknesses in writing or reading.

  • Apply crisis intervention

    Respond methodologically to a disruption or breakdown in the normal or usual function of a person, family, group or community.

  • Monitor student's behaviour

    Supervise the student's social behaviour to discover anything unusual. Help solve any issues if necessary.

  • Test for emotional patterns

    Discern patterns in the emotions of individuals by using various tests in order to understand the causes of these emotions.

  • Monitor therapeutic progress

    Monitor therapeutic progress and modify treatment according to each patient's condition.

  • Consult student's support system

    Communicate with multiple parties, including teachers and the family of the student, to discuss the student's behaviour or academic performance.

  • Test for behavioural patterns

    Discern patterns in the behaviour of individuals by using various tests in order to understand the causes of their behaviour.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Liaise with educational staff

    Communicate with the school staff such as teachers, teaching assistants, academic advisors, and the principal on issues relating to students' well-being. In the context of a university, liaise with the technical and research staff to discuss research projects and courses-related matters.

  • Liaise with educational support staff

    Communicate with education management, such as the school principal and board members, and with the education support team such as the teaching assistant, school counsellor or academic advisor on issues relating the students' well-being.

Optional knowledge and skills

communication disorders write research proposals assessment processes assist in the organisation of school events conduct psychological research secondary school procedures behavioural disorders keep up to date with subject knowledge oversee extra-curricular activities guarantee students' safety support children's wellbeing education law publish academic research psychiatric disorders scientific research methodology learning difficulties learning needs analysis show consideration for student's situation communicate on the youth's well-being consultation