What are Educational Psychologists?
Educational Psychologists have degrees in psychology (the study of how people think, feel and behave) and higher degrees in Educational Psychology which is the practical application of psychology to children and schools. Educational Psychologists currently employed in the service are trained teachers and have a minimum of two years teaching experience. They are bound by an international Codes of Ethics, and both our Educational Psychologists are registered to practice by the Health Professionals Council UK (HPC). They are also Chartered Psychologists with the British Psychological society.
About the ESF Educational Psychology Services
The ESF Psychology Services provide a range of services in assessing children and young people with additional educational needs and supporting schools to plan interventions and implement supportive strategies. The service offers training for school staff to build the capacity and confidence of schools to respond to specific needs.
Our Educational Psychologists
Moira has worked as an Educational psychologist for 12 years. For the last 3 years she has been working with families and schools within ESF and across Hong Kong. Prior to that, she worked in the UK. She is also an experienced teacher and youth counsellor and her knowledge of both inform her practice as an Educational Psychologist. She specialises in mental health issues including raising self-esteem and resilience in children and young people, particularly those who experience anxiety. She has a particular interest in using solution focused techniques to support parents and children. She has been instrumental in promoting an awareness of self- harming behaviour in young people; researching and producing resources to help secondary schools in the UK. Moira regularly contributes, on a variety of topics, to the training needs of schools and other groups within Hong Kong. Moira is a Chartered Educational Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a member of the Health Care Professions Council of the UK and an Associate Fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society.
Jean worked as an Educational Psychologist in the UK prior to joining the team in January 2017. She is a qualified primary school teacher and has previous experience working in the areas of children’s mental health and psychological research. In her most recent position, Jean was a Senior Specialist for Early Years as well as co-lead researcher on an Autism research project. Jean has enjoyed working with children and young people, schools and families to promote person-centred approaches to inclusion and well-being across early years, primary and secondary settings. She is currently undertaking Stage 1 of her Video Interactive Guidance (VIG) training. Jean is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, the UK regulatory body for practising psychologists.
Prior to joining ESF, Dean worked as a Senior Educational Psychologist for five years with the UK Ministry of Defense based in Germany. A key aspect of this role was the development of Special Educational Need support for the pre-school population, with a focus on the psychology of mobility and transition. Dean provided a consultation service to MoD schools in Europe and delivered central training on topics such autism awareness, emotional literacy support assistants, and grief and loss. Dean has research experience in autism and cognitive behavior therapy. His current interests include supporting the development of student’s self efficacy and becoming resilient learners. Before joining the MoD Dean worked in a number of Local Authorities as an Educational Psychologist in the UK.
Our Educational Psychologists have a range of interests and specialisms which include:
- Cognitive assessment
- Attachment difficulties
- Personal construct psychology
- Emotional Literacy
- Children’s Mental Health and wellbeing
- Autistic spectrum disorders
- Critical incidents
- Early Years
- Play-based assessment
- Counselling techniques and mentoring of young people
- Working with parents and carers to support children
For students at ESF schools, accessing Educational Psychology services costs no additional charge. Each school will prioritise children for the Educational Psychologist’s attention on the basis of needs.