Becoming a Senior EP: Making sense of the role. A systems thinking approach to the management of psychological services
This seven session course is intended for senior EPs (management or specialist) and EPs with 3 years’ experience who are considering a senior EP role. It is designed to develop and clarify ideas about psychological service management and leadership. The programme is an approved UCL Educational Psychology Group CPD course and a certificate of attendance is issued for evidencing CPD requirements. Applicants should be committed to attending all seven sessions to ensure that continuity of membership for the work groups can be maintained. Course membership is restricted to 16 on a first come first served basis; no more than two members from any one service should apply for the current course. A waiting list for future courses will be created if interest exceeds this number of places. For further information please see below.
- What are the course aims?
The aims of the course for participants are:
- to develop thinking about the service as a system operating in a dynamic and complex environment
- to acquire a systemic framework for management and leadership which enhances their management practice
- to provide opportunities to explore individual challenges and dilemmas arising from their specific contexts in a secure and separate setting
- to learn from the experience of other participants
- Who is running it?
The course leader is Dr Roger Booker, staff member of the UCL Educational Psychology Group and developer of the highly successful Leadership Programme for Principal EPs. Roger has been head of service in Surrey and the London Borough of Greenwich, and is an accredited executive coach.
- What is the course design?
The design of the course is both didactic and experiential. There will be opportunities to reflect on experience through small coaching groups – a major resource for the course will be the experience of the participants. Each three hour session will be divided between a formal input and work groups of four which will either explore the implications of what has been presented or provide a coaching opportunity to explore a specific individual dilemma through a reflecting team structure. At least one session will be an input from an EP with significant senior management experience.
- What is the programme outline?
The outline of the course is as follows:
- Session 1: A systems thinking approach to the service and its context; the manager located on the boundary of the system
- Session 2: The manager as a systemic questioner; making sense of specific incidents
- Session 3: Purposive systems; aims, values and accountability; management and leadership; taking on the role of manager/leader
- Session 4: Input from experienced Senior EP
- Session 5: Conflict management – theory and practice
- Session 6: Supporting staff
- Session 7: Leadership
- Feedback from the programme
Feedback from the previous management course included the following:
- "The course has been so helpful .... It has felt like career coaching and not just about the senior role."
- "Thank you - an excellent and informative springboard into the world of senior EP leadership."
- "Made 5-8pm sessions very manageable. Testament to your ability to engage."
- "Very helpful and enabled me to really have the time and space to reflect on my role as a SEP, which is still very new for me. It has been very helpful to attend with another SEP from our team."
- "Just what I needed!"
- Further details - dates, fee and how to apply
The course is scheduled from 5.00 – 8.00pm on Tuesdays in the summer term 2019 on the following dates: April 30th, May 7th, 14th, 21st, June 4th, 11th, 18th.
The course will take place in the UCL Educational Psychology Group seminar rooms in Bedford Way.
The fee for the seven session programme is £380. Participant numbers are restricted to 16 so early application is advised.
Applicants interested in future runs of the course should contact us to be put on a mailing list.