Clinical psychology supports children and young people with physical and mental health challenges through applying psychological theories, techniques and strategies. Our clinical psychologists bring their experience and knowledge from medical settings into our multidisciplinary service in order to provide education settings with a unique holistic service that maximises impact.
Clinical psychology aims to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological wellbeing.
Clinical psychologists deal with a wide range of mental and physical health problems including addiction, anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, relationship issues, etc.
They may undertake a clinical assessment to investigate a clients' situation, utilising a variety of methods including psychometric tests, interviews and direct observation of behaviour.
British Psychological Society
Our clinical psychology services are provided by HCPC registered clinical psychologists and supervised assistant psychologists.
SENCo and specialist assessor
Dr Julie Alfrey
Educational and child psychologist
Dr Kelly Ward
Educational and child psychologist
Assistant educational psychologist
EHP is registered with all major professional memberships.
We offer a broad range of clinical psychology services to education settings. Specialist assessments, interventions, consultations and training are all included within our clinical psychology services.
Our clinical psychologists carry out assessments to identify needs which impact a child or young person's development, including mental health needs. Clinical psychologists can assess for needs within the four areas of need mentioned within the SEND code of practice (2015):
Assessments can also be carried out in relation to the education setting environment and screening to identify needs within a group.
There are many interventions and groups which can be provided by our clinical psychology team. Interventions and groups are designed according to identified needs, ensuring that they are bespoke to those taking part in the intervention. Individual and group interventions are available. Education staff may be able to deliver some interventions following training from a member of our clinical psychology team. All four areas of need mentioned within the SEND code of practice (2015) can be supported through interventions and group work.
Our specialist multidisciplinary services can be commissioned through a service level agreement and as standalone input.
Our clinical psychology team offer training related to various areas of needs, psychological strategies and techniques to improve function and wellbeing. Training is bespoke according to the requirements of an education setting making it relevant, to promote long-term impact. Training is available for specific conditions and general principles depending on requirements.
Our training is available on and off site for education settings and organisations in relation to health, psychology and education.
Whole school approaches based in clinical psychology are available by our team. Sustainable changes are promoted by whole school approaches. Our clinical psychology team offer whole school services, examples include:
Our specialist services can be accessed by education, health and other professions working with children and young people.
EHP's clinical psychology team works with children and young people who require specialist support. Examples of children and young people we work with include those who have:
The above list is not exhaustive as we work with many children and young people who have different conditions and varying levels of need. If you are unsure whether our clinical psychology team would be appropriate to support a specific child or young person then please get in touch to talk to a member of our team. As a transparent service we will direct you towards the most appropriate professional if it is different to the one you have selected.
Our services can be funded through a variety of ways.
The multi-disciplinary child health team, including paediatricians, therapists, clinical psychologists, dieticians and specialist nurses such as health visitors, school nurses and community children's nursing teams, provide intervention and review for children and young people with SEN and disabilities and should contribute to supporting key transition points, including to adulthood. They aim to provide optimum health care for the children, addressing the impact of their conditions, managing consequences for the families and preventing further complications.
SEND code of practice
a UK study published by the Department for Education (DfE) found that pupil wellbeing predicted their later academic progression and engagement in school.
The link between pupil health and wellbeing and attainment, 2014
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