A Career as an Educational Psychologist (JTJS52010)



Oh Haley Thompson I'm 17 years old and go to only hunger high school I am fascinated by kids and would love to know what makes them tick so we're giving Haley a taste of the work involved in being an Educational Psychologist educational psychologists are predominantly concerned with how students learn and develop and often focus on subgroups such as children and young people with learning or behavior difficulties Haley's going to spend a couple of days in the company of Sarah McGregor who was a psychologist who works for the Ministry of Education hi Haley I'm Sarah and I'll show you around a psychologist doesn't fix an individual what we do in the case of our work with children as we go in and have a look at the environment around that child and what can we do to manage and support their environment so the child finds it easier what's your interest in children I love to work with kids they're a lot of fun to be around I'm currently a kid later which is like five and six yards and that I do that every week and it they're just so much fun to be with kind of keep you on your toes a bit so yeah okay well maybe you'll learn some tips on work with them today Jake isn't 11 year old boy whose behavior at school has been giving cause for concern for some time his case has been referred to Sarah and today Sarah and Hailey will go and see Jake's mum to find out more about him part of what we do in our job to get a better understanding it's gone speak for the family and the family invite us go into the home environment I find that really beneficial this is Haley yeah I J Kelly yo thanks for taking the time to meet us today speaking with the parent you get an idea of what the concerns are what they believe they made you know what could be impacting on their child's behavior but also things that sort of you don't necessarily see like the supports around that child what sort of resources are at home whether there's a sort of regular bedtime routine what sort of foods they may be eating I have different types of parental discipline and those all sort of pay play a part and having a look at what's impacting on that child so Haley from that meeting today you can see the importance of meeting the families and hearing their perspective of what's happened the importance of going to the home right there's also so we can build up to start to build up a relationship with the family the next day Sarah and Haley make a visit to Jake's school to observe her men were employed what we're going to do is note the target behavior so we want you to see them on task so the teacher said of writing tasks we want to see him writing okay and we're gonna sleep 10 here's the target student and we've got another comparison student which is proven with a child next to him okay the difference between working with a child and an adult is that they're a lot more open to different experiences and I don't you think about their lot more seeking your way so how did you feel about Jake's behavior in the class I noticed he was on task and then he'd go off task yeah right a bit yeah and then the teacher would come in and hit get on task again yeah it's not always obvious what is trigger or what's happening behind that child's behavior or learning that we're seeing so I sort of a liken at the tools we used is to use in your keyboard and your mouse to get into a computer to get into how the child's feeling or thinking we're using a range of different assessments sara has now gathered enough background material on Jake to call an IEP meeting at this meeting Sara will share her assessment information and facilitate the development of a behavior plan and IEP as an individual education plan meeting and the people that attend there are those that are had any sort of immediate sphere and influence on that child and the educational settings we had the resource teacher of learning behavior provides assistance on learning and behavior your head Jake's teacher the headmistress who's also the sinkhole or special needs coordinator we have the parent there it's really important for the parent to be there the purpose of the IEP meeting is for us to share our knowledge of what we've learned he's got four out of escheat calling out he really struggles to follow anything through I found his reading and math so good and from the appalled that knowledge won't pull out a few key things to work on and what are our next steps for Jake's what do we need to do to try and ease some of the pressure in that classroom environment to make school a more successful in heaven found out more about his background it's time to meet up with Jake himself what do you think thus happening things and class few there might be a bit difficult calling out yeah yeah that's one of the things I noticed and also another thing I noticed was you could out of your seat a lot because I have needles or pins on the bottom of it now Sarah has quite a lot of information on Jake she feels she needs to talk through the case with her supervisor who was always there to help just to confirm you know we're not sleeping in too soon sometimes students come in with really severe and challenging behavior or really difficulties with learning and over a period of time you are putting in intervention and you are influencing thinking of educators of parents of the child you so you do have the capacity to influence change and it's really rewarding at the end of it to see that gosh you know change has been made and look at this young person this person is now achieving hasn't been excluded from school you were able to make a difference what I would do is I would continue with the monitoring and do a few more observations being a psychologist as a career you can take anywhere we valued overseas very highly these other organizations and government departments that also value the skills that we bring to so there's a lot of scope for practice there's a lot you can learn in so many different avenues you can go down to specialise in the ministry psychologists that I work with seem to really enjoy the job and the challenge of actually finding and working with teams of people and getting positive outcomes for students he would see progress she would yeah he'd really see that you're making a difference Haley was great over the last couple of days she's enthusiastic outgoing and brought up a great relationship with Jake those are all traits that would stand in good stead as a psychologist so I've discovered that there's a lot more to being an educational psychologist than what I thought it's a very varied role and there's lots of rewards and I've definitely think it's career for me to become an Educational Psychologist you will need a bachelor's degree in psychology educational teaching followed by a recognized postgraduate qualification in educational psychology a one-year post masters University qualification and educational psychology with supervised internship work in a field as approved by the New Zealand psychologists board is also necessary useful subjects to study at school include English and maths with statistics previous experience and teaching Social Work behavior support or vocational guidance counselling is helpful Jake's situation in this program was staged and Jake and his family were played by actors supporting local content so you can see more of New Zealand on air

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