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Psychologist - Educational

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An educational psychologist assesses the needs of children and young people in educational and early years settings who have behavioural, learning or emotional problems and treats them with appropriate therapies, counselling or learning support programmes.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

In Scotland, the most recent yearly pay rates for educational psychologists (January 2018) are as follows:

Conditions

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Getting In

In Scotland, all educational psychologists must be Chartered Members of the British Psychological Society (BPS), or probationers working towards chartered status. They must also be full members of the Scottish Division of Educational Psychology (or the Division of Child and Educational Psychology).

You would normally begin by working towards the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

You then need to complete a postgraduate professional training course accredited by the BPS. In Scotland you would study for the postgraduate MSc in Educational Psychology. This is currently only available at the University of Dundee.

The next stage is to spend a period of time as an educational psychologist (probationer) doing supervised practice as an employee of a local authority psychological service.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of work. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
3411
1.8 %
RISE
2024
3474
  United Kingdom
2019
31547
2 %
RISE
2024
32186

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What Does it Take?

You need:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of Educational Psychologists
Tel: 0191 384 9512
E-mail: enquiries@aep.org.uk
Website: http://www.aep.org.uk/careers

British Psychological Society
Tel: 0116 254 9568
E-mail: enquiries@bps.org.uk
Website: http://www.bps.org.uk
Website (2): http://careers.bps.org.uk
Twitter: @BPSOfficial
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialBPS/

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 4472
E-mail: registration@hcpc-uk.org
Website: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/
Twitter: @The_HCPC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hcpcuk

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Dramatherapist; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.

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