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Psychology for Education Day 2019

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PSYCHOLOGY FOR EDUCATION DAY

A day of FREE workshops for experienced, new and aspiring Education Professionals

SATURDAY 29TH JUNE 2019

10am - 5pm


Birkbeck building


Birkbeck College’s Foundation Degree in Psychology for Education Professionals and the BA Psychology for Education are aimed at people working (or aspiring to work) with children and young people and focus on psychological topics directly relevant to the everyday experience of educators.

We will be holding our 6th annual Psychology for Education Day on 29th June 2019 and, as in our previous events, the day will comprise a range of workshops exploring how psychological understanding can enhance professional practice.

The workshops offered showcase our work on the Foundation Degree and BA and includes two workshops specifically requested by last year's delegates. The workshops will be led by lecturers from these programmes. Our focus this year is young people's learning, their experiences, their mental health and wellbeing and professional practice, particularly the challenges of making sense of research in our personal and professional lives.

If you work with children and young people and have an interest in psychology, join us for an interesting and informative day.

Plan for the Day

10.00am - Registration

10.15am - Introduction and welcome

10.45am - Workshop 1

12.15pm - Lunch break – Please bring your own lunch. Soft drinks provided

1.15pm - Workshop 2

2.45pm - Refreshment break – Tea/coffee/soft drinks and biscuits provided

3.15pm - Workshop 3

4.45pm - Plenary, questions, certificates

5.00pm- End

WORKSHOPS

You will be able to attend 3 workshops of your choice and will be prompted to choose your preferred workshops during the registration process. Although we hope to accomodate everyone's first choice, please note that workshops that are fully booked are shown as "not available". The workshop planned for this year are:

WORKSHOP 1 OPTIONS:

A - Academic potential: the role of intelligence, learning styles and environmental factors

LEVEL: INTRODUCTORY/INTERMEDIATE

Whether intelligence is innate or dependent on contextual and external factors has been a central debate within the psychology field of individual differences and has led to many controversial and contested debates. These debates, however, have also shaped how society approaches education and views those who appear to be ‘struggling’.

This workshop will explore this debate and associated evidence. We will also consider what the debate means for education and teaching, and what is most effective in assisting those who struggle academically.

B - Using technology to support children and young people’s mental health

LEVEL: INTRODUCTORY

According to the Mental Health Foundation, “50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14” and “10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem.” This interactive and educational workshop aims to explore and improve our understanding of mental health in young people, which includes how to identify symptoms. We will talk about talk about the various types of NHS approved technologies (i.e. websites & apps) which can be used to monitor and improve student’s mental health and demonstrate how these technologies work. We will go on to consider how technological support can be used alongside other support that students receive in schools today.

C - Insights into the adolescent brain – how can it inform classroom practice and pastoral care?

LEVEL: INTRODUCTORY

The aim of this workshop is provide insight into some key aspects of brain and cognitive development in adolescence. It will address how brain development shapes adolescent behaviour in school, family and community. The workshop will also provide opportunities to reflect and explore these ideas as a group.

D - Nurturing resilience in children and families

LEVEL: INTRODUCTORY

Research indicates that an individual’s resilience has a significant impact on their wellbeing, their engagement with work or study and their mental health.

This workshop will discuss the theoretical basis of resilience, the research evidence and consider possible interventions that can be used in schools to enhance the wellbeing of children, young people and families.

WORKSHOP 2 OPTIONS:

A - The internet and social media: psychologically beneficial or dangerous?

LEVEL: INTRODUCTORY

Many people have strong opinions about the effects of using electronic devices and the impact of social media, and the evidence can be contradictory.

This workshop will explore the relevant psychological theories and research and consider the evidence of an impact on behaviour, communication, social interaction, and identity. We will then consider whether the risks are real and widespread or simply an overreaction to a new medium of information and communication.

B - Applying attachment theory to your work

LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

This workshop will provide an overview of attachment and focus on the key critiques of the theory. There will be group discussions throughout to reflect on how these ideas may or may not be useful in education settings.

C - Figuring out what works in your classroom

LEVEL: INTRODUCTORY

How can we know whether a new approach to working with students is better than the current way? In this workshop we will explore techniques for testing your ideas to determine if they really are better, and demonstrate that to your peers and senior staff.

WORKSHOP 3 OPTIONS:

A - Childhood attachment: the basis for later psychological wellbeing?

LEVEL: ADVANCED

From Bowlby onwards, there has been an assumption that early attachments impact many aspects of human behaviour and psychology including mental wellbeing.

This workshop will outline the theoretical claims that secure attachment and emotional regulation provide a solid basis for psychological wellbeing that extends beyond childhood. We will consider whether there is evidence to support this assumption and explore the association between insecure childhood attachment and a higher risk of adult psychopathology. We will then discuss whether attachment theory and research provide any clues to possible strategies that may help insecure children become more secure and possibly decrease the risk of later psychopathology

B - Education and culture: how do we understand 'naughty' children?

LEVEL: INTRODUCTORY/INTERMEDIATE

This workshop will draw on cross-cultural research to explore the differences around the world in understanding, interpreting and responding to children's behaviour in the classroom. There will be a chance to discuss the implications and reflect upon how awareness of these differences might affect our own practice.

C - Supporting children and young people’s emotional health

LEVEL: INTRODUCTORY

Emotional health plays a central role in children and young people’s psychological/mental well-being, cognitive development, and general health.

This workshop will introduce current research, theory and practice in supporting children and young people with their emotional health and expression. We will discuss how we can apply this knowledge to educational settings by exploring approaches to talking to children and young people about their feelings in practice, reflecting on the position of the child in society, and considering how we can foster an environment that empowers children and young people in developing their emotional health

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development at the end of the event.



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