NEPS psychologists work with both primary and post-primary schools and are concerned with learning, behaviour, social and emotional development. Each psychologist is assigned to a group of schools.
NEPS psychologists specialise in working with the school community. They work in partnership with teachers, parents and children in identifying educational needs. They offer a range of services aimed at meeting these needs, for example, supporting individual students (through consultation and assessment), special projects and research.
NEPS operates a regional structure with local offices serving schools in its immediate catchment area: list of office and staff contact details.
NEPS has adopted a consultative Model of Service. The focus is on empowering teachers to intervene effectively with pupils whose needs range in a continuum from mild to severe and transient to enduring. Psychologists use a problem solving and solution focused consultative approach to maximize positive outcomes for these pupils. This process is described in the Model of Service.
In certain circumstances, NEPS may grant schools access to the Scheme of Commissioning of Psychological Assessments (SCPA) as an interim, supplementary measure to address identified need for psychological assessments of children and young people.
NEPS also provide advice and assistance to school communities dealing with Critical Incidents or traumatic events.