This seminar is provided by three members of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychology, Karen, Paul and Sally, reporting on their travels to the United Kingdom to meet with senior psychologists and paediatricians from the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development (ARICD), in preparation for the release of the new developmental test, the Griffiths-III. This is a revision of the previous GMDS-ER, a widely-used developmental assessment tool favoured by psychologists and paediatricians around the world.
They were supported in this training by the Department of Education, and the Tasmanian section of the APS College of Educational & Developmental Psychologists. Karen, Paul and Sally also travelled to the UK Headquarters of the test manufacturer Hogrefe, to see the new tool and to learn about developments in the training of users. The Griffiths-III has now been released in Australia, and many psychologists and paediatricians in Tasmania have been trained in its use.
While in the UK they also attended training with:
- Sleep Scotland - at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London (for helping families with children who have developmental delays and disabilities with sleep difficulties)
- Tavistock Clinic - Camden, London
They also visited other hospitals and other special clinics:
- Oxford’s Children Hospital
- Child Bereavement UK (for helping children cope with the death of a loved one) and
- Great Ormond St Hospital
For this presentation in Hobart Karen, Paul and Sally will speak about their experiences and about the links and learning that they have brought back to Tasmania, including some follow-up training that is available via e-learning.
This presentation will be of interest to psychologists, paediatricians, allied health and nursing staff who work in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children who have developmental delays or disabilities.
Afternoon tea will be provided
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will have:
- Learned about new practices in educational and developmental psychology.
- Gained knowledge about a new developmental assessment tool (the Griffiths-III)
- Learned about how they can be trained to use this new tool.
- Learned about programs and resources offered through Sleep Scotland and Child Bereavement UK
- Learned about training available online (through ARICD, and Child Bereavement UK) which can be accessed from Australia.
Paul Bertoia, FAPS MCEDP is a Senior School Psychologist and former Chair of the CEDP. Karen Gee, MAPS MCEDP is a former Senior School Psychologist, and is currently a Trustee, and a member of the Training Committee, with the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development (ARICD). The ARICD oversees the Griffiths-III test. Sally Cashman, MAPS MCEDP is a School Psychologist.
All three have worked in educational and developmental assessment for many years. They are currently registered tutors for the Griffiths-III.