School Staff Consultation
A Consultation involves the psychologist facilitating a solution-focused, collaborative, problem-solving discussion. The aim is to increase knowledge and understanding of what the issues are, generate future plans and empower those involved to take appropriate action.
At an individual child level, this may take the form of individual meetings with a child/young person and/or their families, contributing to a support plan. At the school level, this might involve joint work with a class teacher, staff member or groups of staff or attendance at a review meeting. At an organisation level (eg educational setting), consultation may take the form of contributing to strategic planning, or the creation of new policies. Educational psychology assessment is not always necessary, with consultation sufficient in many situations.
As part of an annual contract the school can request specific 1 to 1 consultation e.g. between SENCO and educational psychologist, or between psychologist and a group of staff.