What is a Psychopedagogist?



A  Psychopedagogist is a prevention and intervention consultant. It also means so much more.

Before getting into that, there is a couple of important points you need to know first.

Children learn differently

Due to the evolution of technology, a new era has emerged. The children of today are known as the 21st century learners. They relate differently with others and have formed a connection with technology.

Social emotional learning is the new social skills

Social emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions (CASEL, 2017).


Emotional intelligence, what is the big deal?

Children that practice social emotional learning skills have shown increases in pro-social behaviour, reductions in behaviour problems and improvements in academic performance. Social emotional learning is an important skill in all aspects of life. It is how emotional intelligence is formed. It is defined as a process for helping people develop fundamental skills for life effectiveness, and is divided into the five core competencies: self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making (CASEL, 2017).

Emotional literacy refers to an individual’s attitudes, knowledge, and expertise regarding « social intelligence » that enables individuals to distinguish their emotions from the resulting action (Brackett et al., 2009). This type of educational philosophy will help bring about a supportive and aspiring learning environment, where there will reign a sense of belonging, positive reinforcement, self confidence, independence and resilience.

Defining Psychopedagogy:

PSYCHOPEDAGOGY is an experiential process that helps all parties (family, school and child) involved with the child. The focus is to address areas in which the child may be lacking skills and work collaboratively to help solve problems at hand. The main focus is on social emotional learning skills to help build emotional intelligence. The process involves working on yourself to provide (child and/or parent/teacher/educator)  with intrinsic motivation, a sense of mastery, autonomy and purpose to equip you for a positive change


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1st annual School Based Mental Health Conference -2017. #WeCare approach at Edward Murphy

Supported by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Edward Murphy students and staff are implementing the #WeCare approach by using the RULER by Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence and the 4 Pillars (strategies to self-regulation). They created a culture within the school that promotes emotional intelligence to cater to our 21st-century learners. This helps everyone think critically, self-regulate emotions independently to better focus on academics. #WeCare was initially a Masters thesis project by Elizabeth Triassi that became a school-wide climate shift being lead by Cristina Celzi (principal) and Marie-lynn Lebel (teaching assistant) along with all the dedicated and hard-working staff members. The The #WeCare approach was presented at the 1st annual School Based Mental Health Conference -2017. 

Because communication is key, Edward Murphy created a culture in the school that encourages social emotional learning skills collaboratively by building empathy through program implementation, day-to-day interaction, classroom management, crisis intervention, communication with parents to foster intellectual and emotional growth. The students and staff at Edward Murphy practice skills by recognizing emotions in self and others, understanding the causes and consequences of emotions, labelling emotions accurately, expressing emotions appropriately and regulating emotions effectively.

Edward Murphy has an interactive sensory room called the Harmony room. It is a harmonious environment that reflects the school’s culture while using interactive digital media and other materials to learn self-regulation. Children practice self-regulation skills within the room and everywhere else in the school to help them deal with everyday situations and prepare them to proactively cope life’s challenges. 

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