An Education Psychologist is a trained professional that is concerned with human functioning in terms of learning and development. In order to become an educational psychologist, one needs to complete a Masters degree in education (M.Ed) and specialize in educational psychology. Educational psychologists have skills in the areas of assessment, psychotherapy, research, and individual, group and systemic interventions.
Educational psychologists are particularly skilled in the areas of learning and development across the lifespan. Some areas of activity for educational psychologists within their specialized focus on learning and development may include, but not be limited to the following:
Preventative work – promoting psychological well-being, learning and development across the life span;
Assessments – Psychological, psycho-educational, psycho-legal, custody, career, vocational, neuropsychological, developmental, scholastic accommodation and concession, and diagnostic assessments;
Interventions – psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, family therapy, group work, community interventions, parental guidance, couples counselling, marital therapy, play-therapy, parent-infant psychotherapy, case management, parent co-ordination, and treating psychopathology.
This information was updated with special thanks to Martin Strous of the Educational Psychologists South Africa Facebook group.