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Educational Psychology

Who are we?

We are a team of Educational Psychologists working for the Local Authority.  We offer a comprehensive psychology service for children, young people and their families.  We work with educational settings, health and social care partners and other organisations as part of Gloucestershire's graduated SEND pathway. Click here to visit our website

As educational psychologists, we use our knowledge of psychology, child development and social interaction to promote young people's development, learning and well-being (0 - 25 years).  We are a highly qualified team linked closely with local university training providers offering research work and training in a variety of evidence-based approaches.

The service has four locally based area teams (Gloucester, Cheltenham, Forest of Dean, Stroud) which work closely with the Advisory Teaching Service.  There are 24 (FTE) Educational Psychologists employed by the Local Authority to deliver both statutory and non-statutory work.   The service provides training placements for up to 8 doctoral trainees (Year 2 and 3).

All staff working for Gloucestershire Educational Psychology Service who have contact with children have had the appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS formerly CRB) Check. All Educational Psychologists are members of the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

What do we do?

We work in a variety of ways including:

  • consulting with children and young people
  • consulting with families, teachers and other professionals
  • providing advice and strategies to help facilitate positive change
  • contributing to SEND support plans and reviews
  • assessment of children and young people's learning, social and emotional needs
  • working therapeutically with children, young people and families
  • providing accredited therapeutic supervision in CBT
  • providing training in evidence based approaches (including accredited Therapeutic Story Writing, CBT, Solution Focussed Approaches, Nurture Groups).
  • providing psychological advice as part of Education, Health and Care Needs assessments
    contributing to schools' inclusive practise including policy reviews and broader development work
  • providing supervision for doctoral trainees, educational staff and other professionals
  • high quality evaluation, research and project work

Therapeutic Story Writing (Accredited Training)

Next training session

Day 1: 01 October 2018 - 9am to 3.30pm
Day 2: 29 October 2018 - 9am to 3.30pm
Day 3: 26 November 2018 - 9am to 3.30pm

Course Details

An accredited 3 day course to support children with emotional, social and behavioural needs through their own storywriting. The approach provides a non-threatening way for pupils, primarily in KS1 and KS2, to process difficult feelings while also developing the child's writing skills. Click here for full details.

Understanding and Supporting Children with a Diagnosis of ASC

Next training session: 25 September 2018 - 9.30am to 3.30pm 

Course details

This course is for teachers and teaching assistants at primary and secondary level will gives participants a good understanding of Autistic Spectrum Conditions and how it may impact on students in a school environment.

Participants will feel increased confidence in both understanding students' perspectives and how best to plan effectively to accommodate needs and improve the learning experience. 

  Course outcomes

  • To understand what Autistic Spectrum Conditions are
  • To be familiar with recent research about Autistic Spectrum Conditions
  • To understand common strategies which can be used in school and the psychological theories behind these approaches

Click here for full details


Requesting Educational Psychologist Involvement

Gloucestershire Educational Psychology Service operates as a partially traded service.  All statutory work for the Local Authority is part of the core service delivery offer which also includes support for Critical incidents, a consultation service for pre-school children and children in care.  All other work is purchased through an annual subscription.  Annual Subscriptions for Educational Psychology Service involvement can be purchased through or by contacting Sharon Vidal

All educational settings have a named educational psychologist who can be contacted through their local office. If you would like EP involvement, please download, complete and return our form

Information for Parents and Carers - Parent's Leaflet

Our Parents leaflet has more information about the service we offer. The local offer is also a useful source of information.

Educational Psychology Service Training

Details about all of the training courses the Educational Psychology Service run as well as the interventions that our educational psychologists can deliver directly with children and young people.


Traumatic Events

Guidance for school staff and parents on how to support a child or young person who has experienced a traumatic event. 

Developing Sensory Interventions

Next training session: 26 September 2018 - 9.30am to 4pm

Course overview

Children and young people with sensory processing difficulties may find everyday experiences unpleasant or overwhelming. This can leave school staff feeling disempowered or anxious, especially when the young person doesn't respond to their attempts to help regulate. This full day workshop aims to provide up to date information in relation to emotional regulation, sensory processing, sensory interventions and therapeutic spaces.

Where: GLIC, 4-6 Commercial Road, Gloucester, GL1 2EA

Cost:  £110 p/p

Who is this course for?  All school staff/specialist school staff. Click here for full details

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) Course

Next training sessions: 

Day 1:  3 October 2018
Day 2: 14 November 2018
Day 3: 16 January 2019
Day 4: 13 February 2019
Day 5: 6 March 2019
Day 6: 8 May 2019
Day 7: 5 June 2019 

All days:  9.30am to 4pm (tea/coffee @ 9am)

Course details:

A 7 day therapeutic mentoring course to support practitioners in nurturing the emotional resiliency of vulnerable students. ELSA is a national programme of staff training to support children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.

The course covers: Resilience, Attachment, Emotion Coaching, Self-esteem, Active Listening/Communication Skills, Social Skills Interventions, Strengths-Based Approaches, Solution-Focused Approaches, Creative Therapeutic Interventions, Trauma, Loss, Bereavement, Family Separation, Cognitive Behavioural Approaches, Growth Mindset, Mindfulness. Click here for full details




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