Information and registration for upcoming webinars
2024 EP Reach-Out webinars
Thursday 25th January 2024 4pm – 4.30pm
“Does that mean we’re middle class now?” Experiences of educational psychologists who identify as coming from a low socioeconomic status background in accessing, training, and practicing within the profession with Dr Nicole Thomas
Overview: Nicole will be speaking about the findings of their thesis research, sharing important implications and offering suggestions for future research.
Thursday 8th February 4pm – 4.30pm
Title: The EP role in addressing inadequate housing with Dr Paige Garbett
This session explores the educational psychologist’s role in supporting children, young people, and their families with housing. It aims to discuss our relevance and remit to support and work within the area of housing, drawing on community psychology and social justice initiatives to explore how EPs may work and influence practice in the housing sector. The first part of the seminar will talk through the national context of housing, pre-existing literature before a walk through of the housing structures within the local area I work as an EP. It will go onto discuss relevant legislation relating to addressing children living in inadequate housing situations, responsibilities of multi-agency teams and explores the literature surrounding inadequate housing and child development. The session aims to discuss and reflect on:
- EPs current practice - identifying perceived barriers to this line of work as well as perceived benefits,
- Identifying the relevant psychological theory and how this may impact on our formulations of children's experienced/presenting needs
- Identifying and discussing potential avenues of support around housing needs for the children and families we may work with.
The session will also explore suggestions for further research, policy development and the feasibility of incorporating this work into practice within educational psychology services as well as the education sector as a whole.
Thursday 29th February 4pm – 4.30pm
Title: Autistic children and young people’s experiences of imaginary friends and imaginary worlds with Dr Kate Boyle
Kate Boyle outlines her thesis research which explores autistic children and young people’s experiences with and perceptions of their imaginary companions (ICs) and paracosms (imaginary worlds). Kate undertook qualitative interviews with autistic individuals aged 7-17; the children and young people used their ICs and paracosms for a range of purposes including to meet their needs for connection and control, to support their well-being and to help them make sense of themselves and their learning. There is limited research about autistic children engaging in such imaginary activities, due to the long-standing belief that autism is synonymous with imagination difficulties. This research challenges the imagination deficit discourse, the theory of mind hypothesis and the theory of sustained imagination.
Thursday 14th March 2024 4pm – 4.30pm
Title: Beat the Traffic – targeting air quality to improve educational outcomes for children with Dr Aoibhe Kieran
Overview: Evidence indicates that traffic-related air pollution acts as a developmental neurotoxicant. In addition to well-documented negative impacts on child respiratory development, there is accumulating evidence of detrimental effects of air pollution on child cognitive development and emotional wellbeing.
This webinar will outline relevant research and identify constructive approaches to reducing this risk factor for children.
Aoibhe has also written a blog for edpsy.org which can be read here https://edpsy.org.uk/blog/2023/air-pollution-and-cognitive-development-in-children/
This webinar adds to a series of webinars that have been presented for EP Reach-Out on the topic of climate change – view the other webinars on the EP Reach-Out YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/EducationalPsychologyReachOut
Please get in touch with us if you would like to present your work. We love providing the space for people to share and celebrate the work they are doing to support children and young people.
Email us using the link below and we can arrange a short meeting to discuss details.
We look forward to hearing from you.
We are very excited to host an ongoing series of webinars focused on the environment - including wellbeing in nature, climate change and what we can do as EPs, educators and parents / carers... Visit the EP Reach-Out YouTube channel to watch the webinars already presented.
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Educational Psychology (EP) Reach-Out was created by Dr Nicole Schnackenberg and Dr Sarah Sivers in April 2020 in their role as Educational Psychologists working for Southend-on-Sea Educational Psychology Service (EPS). EP Reach-Out was developed in response to the changes in working brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, with the hope of building online connections in a time of physical distance. EP Reach-Out is still going strong 3 years later and we have recently welcomed a group of volunteers, who will help us keep EP Reach-Out innovative and exciting.
EP Reach-Out is aimed at young people, families, education settings, trainee Educational Psychologists, Educational Psychologists, aspiring Educational Psychologists and other professionals including social care, occupational therapy and child and adolescent mental health services.
The aim of EP Reach-Out is to ‘reach out’, share and learn from psychological theory, research and insights on a range of topics. EP Reach-Out is a community of practice welcoming friends from across the world to present and view the webinars. We are so grateful for the connections and friendships we have made through hosting EP Reach-Out.
EP Reach-Out collaborates with the wonderful Dan O'Hare and team at edpsy.org.uk This involves linking webinars and blog posts to give a wider audience to the innovative research, projects and ideas being created by education professionals. Read more about our collaboration in this edpsy & EP Reach-Out blog
We would also like to thank the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) for their support in promoting the webinars.
EP Reach-Out continues to have a close connection with Southend EPS and the Southend-on-Sea City community; we appreciate their support, which has been provided from the very start of this project. We are also very proud to have written a journal article (Sivers and Schnackenberg, 2021) and a book chapter (Schnackenberg, Sivers & Powell-Davies, 2022) which provides an overview and evaluation of EP Reach-Out.
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This is a beautifully presented webinar providing ideas to gently support children to ask for help. Dr Mary Stanley-Duke, with the support of her rabbits, gives an overview of 3 skills (ANT) that parents (and teachers) can use. There is an emphasis on listening, scaffolding and working together. Really useful and useable ideas.
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