Psychologists in Primary Schools

Participating Schools

Scoil Colm, Armagh Road, Crumlin, D12.

Principal Mr. Barney Sheedy stated: "The inclusion of the [PIPS] service within the school is the best thing I have done in the last 5 years".

St. Agnes Primary School, Armagh Road, Crumlin, D12.

Principal Sr. Bernadette Sweeney stated: "Excellent service, immediate on site access for children in emotional need to see an Assistant Psychologist who can counsel and prepare necessary SNA reports".

St. Olaf's National School, Dundrum, D16.

Information for Parents

For parents whose child attends a school offering the PIPS service:

If you have a concern about your child, please contact the Assistant Psychologist in your school. You can make contact directly through the school. You can refer your child for many different reasons:

  • Problems with their behaviour, like aggression, defiance, hyperactivity and inattention that affects academic achievement and/ or relationships with parents, teachers and peers.
  • Academic problems in the classroom; they may need an assessment to see if learning supports are required in the classroom.
  • Children who show signs of anxiety, depression or social withdrawal.
  • Family problems like abuse, bereavement or death, bullying, family breakdown, trauma or domestic violence.

Your child may be referred to PIPS by their teacher. If you get a letter or phone call from an Assistant Psychologist, don’t worry! You can meet with the Assistant Psychologist and talk to them about your child, what they need and what you want for them. You can also ask any questions you have.

When you meet the Assistant Psychologist, they will ask you some questions about your child and what they are like at home. They may also ask you to fill in some questionnaires about your child’s behaviour. If you would like your child to receive intervention from PIPS, you will be asked to sign a consent form. This will allow the Assistant Psychologist to work with your child.

Once the consent form has been signed, PIPS can provide your child with the following services, depending on their needs:

  • Behavioural and/ or academic assessments can be carried out, followed by a written psychological report.
  • One-to-one support sessions on a weekly basis during school hours.
  • An individualised behavioural intervention that will help reduce difficult or problematic behaviours at home and at school.

Parents will be told about their child’s progress and how they are getting on. If parents need to meet with the Assistant Psychologist again, they are more than welcome to come in and talk to them about how things are going at home. Any information about your child will be kept confidential at all times.

For parents whose child does not attend a school offering the PIPS service:

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