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Title: A developmental model of supervision for educational psychology : from training through to professional practice
Author: Robinson, Mary
ISNI:       0000 0004 2699 0946
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2006
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This study gives a snapshot of supervision of Educational Psychologists in Training at the point when training enters a period of major change (the move to a three-year Doctorate programme) and where the profession itself is at a crossroads in terms of a shift towards more defined multi disciplinary practice under the umbrella of Every Child Matters. The study first explored the role, status and training of supervisors of Educational Psychologists in Training through a short survey and content analysis of material on supervision provided by 10 of the 13 MSc Educational Psychology Programmes and used this to devise an agenda for Focus Groups with supervisors in the Joint London Placement Group and with Educational Psychologists in Training at one London University. The themes emerging from the Focus Groups were used to devise a questionnaire that was sent out to all supervisors of Educational Psychologists in Training on the core or major placement for that year. Grounded theory was used to begin to build a model of supervision that would meet the needs of psychologists working at a number of levels and allow a framework to be provided for both supervisor and supervisee regardless of the predominant or espoused psychological theory. Results indicated that there was almost universal interest in having a model of supervision that was developmental in nature and which allowed for a range of supervision activities and interventions to be planned, used within the supervision sessions and reviewed. The questionnaire showed a high proportion of respondents who received little or no support when supervising an Educational Psychologist in Training, a paucity of supervision models within services, and a generally low status accorded to supervision. One method suggested for both improving the quality of supervision and increasing its status was to extend supervision courses and insist that qualification in this is a pre-requisite of supervising Educational Psychologists in Training. The model was presented at a meeting of MSc Educational Psychology Programme Leaders in December, 2005, and written feedback was received from the group. The model was generally welcomed as appearing to fit those going on placement in Year 1 and for their work under supervision at Years 2 and 3. The model lends itself to specific supervision training and it is now hoped to trial it as a supervision model within services.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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