Developing Effective Leadership of Educational Psychology Services
The next programme is scheduled to run in the spring term of 2020 subject to application numbers
This innovative eight CPD session programme (3 hours per week) is directed at Principal and Senior EPs who wish to review and develop their leadership skills and understanding in the fast changing environments in which services find themselves. In Spring 2020, we will have the fifth run of the course since its launch in 2015. The programme provides structured input on current theories of leadership, group work which explores the ideas presented by these and opportunities to tackle here and now dilemmas faced by participants through reflecting team consultation. The programme features an overarching perspective of systems thinking. A development from earlier programmes follows discussion with the London PEP group who will provide additional input from across London who will bring their perspective on current challenges faced by services. The programme is an approved UCL Educational Psychology Group CPD course and a certificate of attendance is issued for evidencing CPD requirements. Please note that there will be a maximum of two people from any one service on the programme. Participants are expected to commit to attending all eight sessions to facilitate effective group working. The course is currently running for the fifth time in Spring 2020, following the previous successful runs in 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018. For further information please see below.
- What does the course cover?
Content includes consideration of:
- myths and realities of charismatic leadership
- the leader as entrepreneur of social identity
- distributed leadership
- the ethics and challenges of leading traded services
- operating in different organisational cultures
- development of leadership capacity across a service
Participants will also develop their understanding of systems thinking and systemic questioning through reflecting team consultation/coaching.
- What are the assumptions underpinning the programme?
The assumptions behind the programme are that leadership development comes from a combination of theoretical knowledge, practice, feedback, reflection and coaching. Participants will be encouraged to practice new strategies in between sessions and will be expected to keep a diary recording outcomes and feedback. Reflection and coaching will be a central function of the reflecting team discussions. Gaps between sessions will be either one or two weeks to allow time for effective practice.
- Feedback from the programmes
Some feedback from the programme's previous runs can be found below:
- "Excellent programme; I will take a great deal from it, especially in terms of enhancing confidence"
- Excellent course, well timed for our service context"
- "Really enjoyed it. Very useful and empowering. A safe space to test out ideas and learn from some very skilled colleagues and presenters"
- "A very effective programme. The key ideas will, I am sure, stay with me throughout my career"
- "I have been inspired by other leaders on the course hearing about how they have encountered, faced and tackled similar issues"
- Who is running it?
Dr Roger Booker is a part time research tutor and lecturer on the two educational psychology doctorate programmes at UCL. He has been head of service in Surrey and the London Borough of Greenwich as well as the chair of the mental health charity YoungMinds. Until 2010 he was founding co-tutor of the systemic management programme at the Tavistock Clinic. He is an accredited executive coach and has worked with clients in both the private and public sectors.
Roger recently published a review of current theories of leadership and their implications for EPSs and presented some research findings to the NAPEP Annual Conference of how their current leadership was viewed by the “millennial generation” of EPs in training. He recognises a strong need for current and aspiring leaders within educational psychology to prepare for and develop leadership skills.
- Further details - dates, fee and how to apply
The course will run between 5.00 - 8.00pm on Tuesdays in the Spring term 2020 on the following dates: February 25, March 3, 17, 31, April 21, 28, May 5,12.
The course will take place in the UCL Educational Psychology Group seminar rooms in Bedford Way.
The fee for the 8 session programme is £400. Participant numbers are restricted to 16 so early application is advised.
The spring 2020 course is currently accepting applications on a first come first served basis - the closing date is 14th February 2020. Please download a course application form by clicking here.