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Emeritus Professor Irvine S. Gersch

Professor of Educational and Child Psychology

BA (Hons), PGCE, DipEdPsych, PhD, CPsychol, FBPS, FHEA, HCPC Registered. Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Wollongong, Australia., University of East London

Irvine is a professor of educational and child psychology interested in the voice of the child and young person as well as mentorship and coaching (of adults and children) using spiritual and philosophical listening techniques. 



    Irvine is currently an emeritus professor of educational and child psychology at UEL where he previously held the post of Director of a professional doctorate programme. He is a qualified coach and supervisor, providing services to psychologists and others. He has helped develop role-play training methods for psychologists using professional actors.

    Irvine graduated in Psychology from University College North Wales Bangor, before completing his training in educational psychology at Swansea University. He has worked as a schoolteacher, university lecturer, educational psychologist, senior and principal educational psychologist, mentor, supervisor, and coach. His PhD was in the area of school leadership and pupil behaviour, and he has acted as a consultant to schools. He has worked as an educational psychologist for more than 25 years, before taking up his university post in 2000. He also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching at UEL.

    He served as chairperson of the British Psychological Society Training Committee for educational psychology and was a member of a government working group on the future role and training of educational psychologists, and the audit commission working group on poorly performing schools, as well as an Adviser to the Home Office on the Lower Moor Enquiry into water pollution and special needs in Cornwall.

    He has co-edited or written five books, (on Behaviour, Mediation, Parent Coaching, Parenting and Drama-therapy) and published chapters in books and articles in the fields of listening to children and pupil involvement, behaviour management, school leadership, systems analysis, management, educational psychology training, conciliation and mediation in Special Needs, teacher stress and the future of educational psychology. In 2002, he received the British Psychological Society’s annual award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology. In 2016, he received the BPS DECP Award for Distinguished Contribution to Educational and Child Psychology.

    His current research interests include listening to children, spiritual listening, SEN mediation and the role of children, parenting and the future of the profession of educational psychology. His publications in 2012 and 2015 include the Little Box of Big Questions and the Little Box of Big Questions 2: Learning, Behaviour and My Future. In 2016, Little Box of Big Questions 3 – philosophical questions to help you think about your study choices and career plan, was published. These tools aim to facilitate meaningful and philosophical conversations with children and young people. They are the subject of national and international research and aim to empower and help children, young people plan their lives through deep listening to their motivations. He is currently working on a version for adults and to support life coaching.

    His passion throughout his career, guiding all his work, has been and remains, pioneering and developing new methods of listening to, respecting and amplifying the innermost voice of the child, with a view to empowering children and young people, especially those who are vulnerable and whose views might be unheard. He is now extending this work with adults, through supervision, mentoring and coaching.

    2016 : ANNUAL AWARD: BPS Division of Educational and Child Psychology: for Distinguished Contribution to Educational and Child Psychology (2016) . Accepted at Conference. Harrogate. January 2017

    2002 : ANNUAL AWARD : British Psychological Society : for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology.  (2002).

    Chartered Educational Psychologist
    Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    Member of the BPS’s Division of Educational and Child Psychology
    Past member of the BPS working group on the future of training in educational psychology
    Past Team Inspector (OFSTED)
    Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
    Various consultancies

    Overview

    Educational Psychology
    Special Needs
    Listening to children
    Parenting
    SEN mediation
    Little Box of Big Questions — using philosophical conversations with children


    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    Robinson, N., Bunn, H., & Gersch, I.  (Pending). A Preliminary Study on Using the “Little Box of Big Questions (2012) for Children with Social, Emotional, Behavioural and Moderate Learning Needs. Educational Psychology Research and Practice. R, 

    Ramsay, J.M., Cowell, N. and Gersch, I. (2018) How School Staff Understand the Relationship between Problem Behaviours and Language Difficulties. Educational Psychology in Practice. DOI: 10.1080/02667363.2017.1367647. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02667363.2017.1367647 

    Gersch, I. S., Lipscomb, A., Potton, A. I., & Publication, A. (2017). The history of research by educational psychologists into ascertaining the voice of the child and young person. In J. Hardy & C. Hobbs (Eds.), Using qualitative research to hear the voice of CYP: The work of British educational psychologists. Leicester, England: BPS Publications. 

    Gunetilleke, S, Gersch, I.S. and Cahill, S ( 2017) Helping Young People Make Career and Subject Choices about the Future with the Little Box of Big Questions 1 & 2 and the Development of Little Box of Big Questions 3. In preparation

    Gersch, I. S., (2016) Book Review. Worth more than a thousand words! Review of books by Jones Eves : An Angry Mood, An Excited Mood, A Loving Mood. Axxiom 2014-5. The Psychologist. BPS. October 2016. Vol. 9.

    Florence, Ian (2016) : Little Box, big questions. Ian Florence talks to educational psychologist Irvine Gersch, The Psychologist. 27 (7) 564-565.

    Thorne, L. and Gersch, I. S. ( 2016) Empowering Children to Learn ; An Exploratory Study Using a Philosophical Listening Tool ( The Little Box of Big Questions). Educational Psychology Research and Practice. 2 (2) Dec 2016, 8-18. Published by the University of East London

    Florence, Ian (2016) : Little Box, big questions. Ian Florence talks to educational psychologist Irvine Gersch, The Psychologist. 27 (7) 564-565. 

    Gersch, I. S., (2016)  Book Review. Worth more than a thousand words! Review of books by Jones Eves : An Angry Mood, An Excited Mood, A Loving Mood. Axxiom 2014-5. The Psychologist. BPS. October 2016. Vol. 9.

    Thorne, L.  and Gersch, I. S. ( 2016) Empowering Children to Learn ; An Exploratory Study Using a Philosophical Listening Tool ( The Little Box of Big Questions). Educational Psychology Research and Practice. 2 (2) Dec 2016, 8-18.  Published by the University of East London .,

    Butcher, R. L., & Gersch, I. S. (2014). Parental experiences of the “Time Together” home visiting intervention: an attachment theory perspective. Educational Psychology in Practice, 30(1), 1–18. doi:10.1080/02667363.2013.867254|

    Gersch, I. S., Lipscomb, A., Stoyles, G., & Caputi, P. (2014). Using philosophical and spiritual conversations with children and young people: a method for psychological assessment, listening deeply and empowerment. Educational and Child Psychology, 31(1), 32–47.|

    Gersch, I. S., & Cowell, N. (2014). Future careers: a study of the future aspirations of recently qualified educational psychologists. DECP Debate, 152, 30–43.|

    Connolly, M., & Gersch, I. S. (2013). A support group for parents of children on a waiting list for an assessment for autism spectrum disorder. Educational Psychology in Practice, 29(3), 293–308. doi:10.1080/02667363.2013.841128|

    Gersch, I. S., & Lipscomb, A. (2013). Listening to children’s views about life’s ‘big questions’: Is there a role for spiritual and philosophical questioning within educational psychology practice? DECP Debate, 46, 15–23.|

    Gersch, I. S., Lipscomb, A., & Howarth, I. (2013). [Review of the book Resources for developing self-esteem and social emotional skills]. DECP Debate, 146, 32–33.|

    Robinson, N., Bunn, H., & Gersch, I.  (Pending). A Preliminary Study on Using the “Little Box of Big Questions (2012) for Children with Social, Emotional, Behavioural and Moderate Learning Needs. Educational Psychology Research and Practice. R, Cowell, N.

    Gersch, I. S. (2012). Power to the pupils [Review of the book The learning powered school : pioneering 21st century education, by G. Claxton, M. Chambers, G. Powell and B. Lucas]. The Psychologist, 25(7), 530.|

    Lipscomb, A., & Gersch, I. S. (2012). Using a ‘spiritual listening tool’ to investigate how children describe spiritual and philosophical meaning in their lives. International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 17(1), 5–23. doi:10.1080/1364436X.2011.651713|

    Carelse, B., Gersch, I. S., Cameron, S., & Lloyd Bennett, P. (2010). Mindfulness and educational psychology: a review of two conferences. DECP Debate, 136, 21–30.|

    Lloyd Bennett, P., Cameron, S., Gersch, I. S., & Carelse, B. (2010). Spirituality in education: is it worthwhile? DECP Debate, 136, 31–35.|

    Bennett, P. L. (2009). Professor Irvine Gersch: reflections on his career. DECP Debate, 132(September), 12–17.|

    Bennett, P. L. (2009). An interview with Professor Irvine Gersch on the training of educational psychologists. DECP Debate, 132(September), 7–11.|

    Gersch, I. S. (2009). A positive future for educational psychology — if the profession gets it right. Educational Psychology in Practice, 25(1), 9–19. doi:10.1080/02667360802697555|

    Axup, T., & Gersch, I. S. (2008). The impact of challenging student behaviour upon teachers’ lives in a secondary school: teachers’ perceptions. British Journal of Special Education, 35(3), 144–151. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8578.2008.00388.x |

    Gersch, I. S., Dowling, F., Panagiotaki, G., & Potton, A. (2008). Listening to children’s views of spiritual and metaphysical concepts: a new dimension to educational psychology practice. Educational Psychology in Practice, 24(3), 225–236. doi:10.1080/02667360802256782|

    Books

    Herman, M. and Gersch, I.S (2016) Everyday Parenting for Everyday Parents. London: SEED

    Gersch, I. S. and Gunetilleke, S. (2016) Little Box of Big Questions 3. Some philosophical questions to help you think about your study choices and career path.  Northants: Small World, Big Imaginations Ltd.  ISB : 978-1-910966-26-6
     
    Gersch, I. S. and Conolly, A (2016) Little Box of Big Questions 1 and 2: A Workbook and Guide for Adults. Northants: Small World, Big Imaginations Ltd.  ISBN : 9781909207943
     
    Herman, M. and Gersch, I.S (2016) Everyday Parenting for Everyday Parents. London :SEED 

    Gersch, I . S. and Lipscomb, A (2015) Little Box of Big Questions 2 – My Learning, My Behaviour. My Future.  Small World Publishing: Northamptonshire.  ISBN 978-1-909207-92-9

    Golawski, A., Bamford, A., & Gersch, I. S. (2013). Swings and roundabouts: a self-coaching workbook for parents and those considering becoming parents. London: Karnac Press.|

    Gersch, I . S. and Lipscomb, A (2012) A Little Box of Big Questions. Philosophical conversations with children and young people. Small World Publishing: Northamptonshire.  ISBN 978-1-909207-17-2

    Edited Books

    Leigh, L., Gersch, I. S., Dix, A., & Haythorne, D. (Eds.). (2012). Dramatherapy with children, young people and schools: enabling creativity, sociability, communication and learning. London: Routledge.|

    Book Chapters

    O'Donnell, G. M., & Gersch, I. S. (2015). Professional and ethical issues when working with children and adolescents: an educational psychology perspective. In R. Tribe & J. Morrissey (Eds.), Handbook of professional and ethical practice for psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists. (2nd ed.). Hove, UK: Brunner-Routledge.|

    Gersch, I. S. (2013). Educational psychology. In R. Bayne & G. Jinks (Eds.), Applied psychology: research, training and practice (2nd ed., pp. 290–292). London: Sage.|

    Gersch, I. S. (2012). Educational psychology, listening to children and dramatherapy. In L. Leigh, I. S. Gersch, A. Dix & D. Haythorne (Eds.), Dramatherapy with children, young people and schools: enabling creativity, communication, emotional wellbeing and learning (pp. 218–226).|


    Listening to children and young people

    Coaching and mentorship

    Development of Little Boxes of Big Questions 3 and 4

    Research

    Current research and publications

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    1. Gersch, I. S. ( 2018) Its not what you learn – it’s its how you learn! Book review of The Learning Power Approach: Teaching Learners to Teach Themselves by Guy Claxton. Crown House. The Psychologist, July 2018. July. p74 
    2. Robinson, N., Bunn, H., & Gersch. (2017). A preliminary study on using the “Little Box of Big Questions (2012)” for children with social, emotional, behavioural and moderate learning needs. Educational Psychology Research and Practice, 3(2), 2–18. Available at: https://www.uel.ac.uk/schools/psychology/research/educational-psychology-research-and-practice/volume-3-no-2-2017
    3. Ramsay, J.M., Cowell, N. and Gersch, I. (2018) How School Staff Understand the Relationship between Problem Behaviours and Language Difficulties. Educational Psychology in Practice. DOI: 10.1080/02667363.2017.1367647. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02667363.2017.1367647
    4. Gunetilleke, S, Gersch, I.S. and Cahill, S ( 2017) Helping Young People Make Career and Subject Choices about the Future with the Little Box of Big Questions 1 & 2 and the Development of Little Box of Big Questions 3. In preparation. 
    5. Gersch, I. S., Lipscomb, A., Potton, A. I., & Publication, A. (2017). The history of research by educational psychologists into ascertaining the voice of the child and young person. In J. Hardy & C. Hobbs (Eds.), Using qualitative research to hear the voice of CYP: The work of British educational psychologists. Leicester, England: BPS Publications.
    6. Florence, Ian (2016): Little Box, big questions. Ian Florence talks to educational psychologist Irvine Gersch, The Psychologist. 27 (7) 564-565. 
    7. Gersch, I. S., (2016)  Book Review. Worth more than a thousand words! Review of books by Jones Eves : An Angry Mood, An Excited Mood, A Loving Mood. Axxiom 2014-5. The Psychologist. BPS. October 2016. Vol. 9.
    8. Thorne, L.  and Gersch, I. S. (2016) Empowering Children to Learn; An Exploratory Study Using a Philosophical Listening Tool (The Little Box of Big Questions). Educational Psychology Research and Practice. 2 (2) Dec 2016, 8-18.  Published by the University of East London 
    9. Connolly, M. & Gersch, I. (2016). Experiences of parents whose children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are starting primary school. Educational Psychology In Practice, 1-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02667363.2016.1169512
    10. Gersch, I. S. (2016). Listening to children and young people and empowering them - some new techniques using philosophical and spiritual listening. An educational psychologist's story. BPS South West of England Branch: South West Review, 2016(Spring), 38–43.
    11. Butcher, R.L., & Gersch, I.S. (2014). Parental experiences of the “Time Together” home visiting intervention: an attachment theory perspective. Educational Psychology in Practice, 30(1), 1–18. doi:10.1080/02667363.2013.867254
    12. Gersch, I.S., Lipscomb, A., Stoyles, G., & Caputi, P. (2014). Using philosophical and spiritual conversations with children and young people: a method for psychological assessment, listening deeply and empowerment. Educational and Child Psychology, 31(1), 32–47.
    13. Gersch, I.S., & Cowell, N. (2014). Future careers: a study of the future aspirations of recently qualified educational psychologists. DECP Debate, 152, 30–43.
    14. Connolly, M., & Gersch, I.S. (2013). A support group for parents of children on a waiting list for an assessment for autism spectrum disorder. Educational Psychology in Practice, 29(3), 293–308. doi:10.1080/02667363.2013.841128
    15. Gersch, I.S., & Lipscomb, A. (2013). Listening to children’s views about life’s ‘big questions’: Is there a role for spiritual and philosophical questioning within educational psychology practice? DECP Debate, 46, 15–23.
    16. Gersch, I.S., Lipscomb, A., & Howarth, I. (2013). [Review of the book Resources for developing self-esteem and social emotional skills]. DECP Debate, 146, 32–33.
    17. Gersch, I.S. (2012). Power to the pupils [Review of the book The learning powered school : pioneering 21st century education, by G. Claxton, M. Chambers, G. Powell and B. Lucas]. The Psychologist, 25(7), 530.
    18. Lipscomb, A., & Gersch, I.S. (2012). Using a ‘spiritual listening tool’ to investigate how children describe spiritual and philosophical meaning in their lives. International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 17(1), 5–23. doi:10.1080/1364436X.2011.651713
    19. Carelse, B., Gersch, I.S., Cameron, S., & Lloyd Bennett, P. (2010). Mindfulness and educational psychology: a review of two conferences. DECP Debate, 136, 21–30.
    20. Lloyd Bennett, P., Cameron, S., Gersch, I.S., & Carelse, B. (2010). Spirituality in education: is it worthwhile? DECP Debate, 136, 31–35.
    21. Bennett, P.L. (2009). Professor Irvine Gersch: reflections on his career. DECP Debate, 132(September), 12–17.
    22. Bennett, P.L. (2009). An interview with Professor Irvine Gersch on the training of educational psychologists. DECP Debate, 132(September), 7–11.
    23. Gersch, I.S. (2009). A positive future for educational psychology — if the profession gets it right. Educational Psychology in Practice, 25(1), 9–19. doi:10.1080/02667360802697555
    24. Axup, T., & Gersch, I. S. (2008). The impact of challenging student behaviour upon teachers’ lives in a secondary school: teachers’ perceptions. British Journal of Special Education, 35(3), 144–151. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8578.2008.00388.x
    25. Gersch, I.S., Dowling, F., Panagiotaki, G., & Potton, A. (2008). Listening to children’s views of spiritual and metaphysical concepts: a new dimension to educational psychology practice. Educational Psychology in Practice, 24(3), 225–236. doi:10.1080/02667360802256782

    Books

    1. Gersch, I. S. and Gunetilleke, S. (2016) Little Box of Big Questions 3. Some philosophical questions to help you think about your study choices and career path.  Northants. : Small World, Big Imaginations Ltd.  ISB : 978-1-910966-26-6 
    2. Gersch, I. S. and Conolly, A (2016) Little Box of Big Questions 1 and 2 : A Workbook and Guide for Adults.  Northants: Small World, Big Imaginations Ltd.  ISBN : 9781909207943 
    3. Herman, M. and Gersch, I.S (2016) Everyday Parenting for Everyday Parents. London : SEED  
    4. Gersch, I. S., & Lipscomb, A. (2015). Little box of big questions 2: my learning, my behaviour and my future. Northants: Small World-Big Imaginations Ltd.
    5. Golawski, A., Bamford, A., & Gersch, I.S. (2013). Swings and roundabouts: a self-coaching workbook for parents and those considering becoming parents. London: Karnac Press.
    6. Gersch, I.S., & Lipscomb, A. (2012). A little box of big questions: cards to encourage meaningful and philosophical conversations with children and young people. Northants: Small World Publishing.

    Edited Books

    1. Leigh, L., Gersch, I.S., Dix, A., & Haythorne, D. (Eds.). (2012). Dramatherapy with children, young people and schools: enabling creativity, sociability, communication and learning. London: Routledge.

    Book Chapters

    1. Gersch, I. S., Lipscomb, A., Potton, A. I., & Publication, A. (2017). The history of research by educational psychologists into ascertaining the voice of the child and young person. In J. Hardy & C. Hobbs (Eds.), Using qualitative research to hear the voice of CYP: The work of British educational psychologists. Leicester, England: BPS Publications.
    2. O'Donnell, G.M., & Gersch, I.S. (2015). Professional and ethical issues when working with children and adolescents: an educational psychology perspective. In R. Tribe & J. Morrissey (Eds.), Handbook of professional and ethical practice for psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists (2nd ed., pp. 184–196). Hove, England: Brunner-Routledge.
    3. Gersch, I.S. (2013). Educational psychology. In R. Bayne & G. Jinks (Eds.), Applied psychology: research, training and practice (2nd ed., pp. 290–292). London: Sage.
    4. Gersch, I.S. (2012). Educational psychology, listening to children and dramatherapy. In L. Leigh, I.S. Gersch, A. Dix & D. Haythorne (Eds.), Dramatherapy with children, young people and schools: enabling creativity, communication, emotional wellbeing and learning (pp. 218–226).

    Research archive

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    1. Turner, M., & Gersch, I.S. (2007). Scoping the profession: evidence of changing times for educational psychology, 2002 to 2006. BPS DECP Debate, 124(September), 6–13.
    2. Gersch, I. S., & Turner, M. (2006). Psychologists united: catching up with achievements, innovations and developments in applied psychology. DECP Debate, 118, 23–29.
    3. Gersch, I.S., & Teuma, A. (2005). Are educational psychologists stressed? A pilot study of educational psychologists’ perceptions. Educational Psychology in Practice, 21(3), 219–233. doi:10.1080/02667360500205909
    4. Soar, K., Burke, K., Herbst, K.R., & Gersch, I.S. (2005). Pupil involvement with special educational needs disagreement resolution: some perceived barriers to including children in mediation. British Journal of Special Education, 32(1), 35–41. doi:10.1111/j.0952-3383.2005.00367.x
    5.      Gersch, I.S.  (2004).  Educational Psychology in an age of uncertainty . The Psychologist. 17 (3).  142-145.

    6. Gersch, I.S., & Hardy J. (2004). A unique programme for principal educational psychologists : PEPS need support and training too! Debate. Division of Educational and Child Psychology, British Psychological Society(111), Sept.
    7. Turner, J., & Gersch, I.S. (2004). Interview: Jane Turner in conversation with Irvine Gersch. Division of Educational and Child Psychology. British Psychology Society, 109, 7–12.
    8. Williams, M., & Gersch, I.S. (2004). Teaching in mainstream and special schools: are stresses similar or different? British Journal of Special Education, 31(3), 157–162. doi:10.1111/j.0952-3383.2004.00347.x
    9. Gersch, I.S. (2003). A Review of “Listening to young people in school, youth work and counselling” by Nick Luxmoore. Division of Educational and Child Psychology, 105, 31–32.
    10. Massey, C., Taylor, A., Gersch, I.S., & Gibbs, S. (2002). A possible method for operationalising the BPS DECP quality standards. A case study in one educational psychology service and an evaluation. Educational and Child Psychology, 19(4), 27–34.
    11. Gersch, I.S. (2001). Book review of M. Jelly, A. Fuller & R. Byers (2000) Involving pupils in practice — promoting partnerships with pupils with SEN. Educational Psychology in Practice, 17(3), 295–296.
    12. Gersch, I.S. (2001). The London Course Directors Views on EP effectiveness. DECP, 100, 7–8.
    13. Gersch, I.S., Kelly, C., Cohen, S., Daunt, S., & Frederickson, N. (2001). The Chingford Hall screening project. Can we have more EP time please? Educational Psychology in Practice, 17(2), 135–156. doi:10.1080/02667360120059346
    14. Gersch, I.S. (2001). University of East London. In K. Cullen (Ed.), Educational psychology effectiveness: the London course directors' views. DECP Debate, 100, 7-8.
    15. Rowley, J., & Gersch, I. S. (2001). SEN conciliation: is there a pattern to referrals? Educational Psychology in Practice, 17(4), 361–374. doi:10.1080/02667360120096705
    16. Stoker, R., Gersch, I.S., Fox, G., Lown, J., & Morris, S. (2001). Educational psychology services and their future — some responses to the DfEE working party report. British Journal of Special Education, 28(2), 86–88. doi:10.1111/1467-8527.00224
    17. Farrell, P., Gersch, I. S., & Morris, S. (1998). Progress towards three year professional training courses for educational psychologists. Educational Psychology in Practice, 14(1), 44–51. doi:10.1080/0266736980140109
    18. Gersch, I.S., Casale, C., & Luck, C. (1998). The Waltham Forest SEN Conciliation Service: one approach to reducing tribunal appeals. Educational Psychology in Practice, 14(1), 11–21. doi:10.1080/0266736980140102
    19. Gersch, I.S. (1997). Extension and improvement of training in educational psychology: letter to editor. Educational Psychology in Practice, 13(3), 204–205.
    20. Gersch, I.S., & Gersch, B. (1997). The Birmingham criteria: throwing out the baby with the bath water? Educational Psychology in Practice, 12(4), 212–214. doi:10.1080/0266736970120404
    21. Gersch, I.S., M’Gadzah, H., Frederickson, N., & Lokke, C. (1997). The Resurrection of psychometrics: fact or fiction? Educational Psychology in Practice, 12(4), 222–233.
    22. Gersch, I.S., Gersch, A.N., Lockhart, R., & Moyse, S. (1997). The child witness pack: an evaluation. Educational Psychology in Practice, 15(1), 45–50. doi:10.1080/0266736990150108
    23. Gersch, I.S. (1996). Involving children in assessment: creating a listening ethos. Division of Educational and Child Psychology, 13(2), 31–40.
    24. Gersch, I.S. (1996). Teachers are people too. Support for learning: special issue on children with emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. British Journal of Learning Support, 11(4), 165–169. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9604.1996.tb00253.x

    Non-peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    1. Gersch, I. S. (2006). Revolutionising applied training. Letter to the editor. The Psychologist, 19(2), 74.
    2. Gersch, I.S., & São João Gonçalves, S. (2006). Creative arts and educational psychology: let?s get together. International Journal of Art therapy, 11(1), 22–32. doi:10.1080/17454830600674050
    3. Soar, K., Gersch, I.S., & Lawrence, J.A. (2006). Pupil involvement in special educational needs disagreement resolution: a parental perspective. Support for Learning, 21(3), 149–155. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9604.2006.00421.x
    4. Currie, J., & Gersch, I. S. (2005). Obituary: Arthur Thomas Ravenette. Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) Newsletter.
    5. Gersch, I.S. (2004). Educational psychology: in an age of uncertainty. The Psychologist, 17(3), 142–145.
    6. Gersch, I.S. (2001). Dramatherapy in education: opportunities for the future — a view from the outside. Dramatherapy (Special ‘Education’ Edition), 23(1), 4–8. doi:10.1080/02630672.2001.9689566
    7. Lown, J., Fox, G., Gersch, I.S., Morris, S., & Stoker, R. (2001). Reconstructing educational psychology practice. Support for Learning, 16(3), 135–139. doi:10.1111/1467-9604.00205
    8. Kelly, C., & Gersch, I.S. (2000). How newly trained psychologists see the profession developing: a crystal ball gaze towards the Year 2010. Division of Educational and Child Psychology Newsletter — British Psychological Society, 94, 10–19.
    9. Morris, S., Fox, G., Gersch, I.S., Lown, J., & Stoker, R. (2000). Educational Psychologists are valued — it’s official. Special Children, 132(Oct), 25–27.
    10. Frederickson, N., Gersch, I. S., Lokke, C., & M’Gadzah, H. (1998). Resurrection of psychometrics 11. Division of Educational and Child Psychology Newsletter, 87, 3–7.
    11. Gersch, I.S., & Casale, C. (1998). The Waltham Forest SEN Conciliation Service. National Parent Partnership Network Newsletter.
    12. Gersch, I.S. (1997). Radical change in educational psychology training. The Psychologist, 10(10), 467–468.
    13. Gersch, I.S. (1997). Training matters — the future needs of educational psychology training. Division of Educational and Child Psychology Newsletter, 77, 12–16.
    14. Nolan, A., & Gersch, I.S. (1996). Special needs assistants: a valuable resource in meeting children’s needs. Special Children, 91, 10–15.
    15. Portsmouth, R., O’Riordan, S., Morris, S., & Gersch, I.S. (1996). Training matters — extending and improving professional training. Division of Educational and Child Psychology Newsletter, 73, 10–12.

    Books

    1. Gersch, I.S., & Gersch, A. (2002). Resolving disagreement in special education needs: a practical guide to conciliation and mediation: London: Routledge Falmer.

    Book Chapters

    1. Dowling, E., Gersch, I., & Gower, M. (2005). Parenting adult children, a project combining narrative, clinical and empirical methodologies. In A. Vetere & E. Dowling (Eds.), Narrative therapies with children and their families: a practitioners guide: concepts and approaches. London: Routledge.
    2. Gersch, I.S., & Ni’Dhomhnaill, G. (2004). Professional and ethical considerations when working with children and adolescents. In R. Tribe & J. Morrisey (Eds.), Handbook of professional practice and ethical considerations for psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors: London: Brunner-Routledge.
    3. Curran, P., Gersch, I., Labram, A., Robinson, M., Turner, M., & Wolfendale, S. (2003). Practice and training: educational psychology. In R. Bayne & I. Horton (Eds.), Applied psychology: current issues and new direction: Sage.
    4. Gersch, I.S. (2003). Experts round table on applied psychology. In R. Bayne & I. Horton (Eds.), Applied psychology: current issues and new direction: Sage.
    5. Gersch, I.S. (2001). Listening to children. In J. Wearmouth (Ed.), Special educational provision in the context of inclusion: policy and practice in schools. London: David Fulton Publishers with the Open University.
    6. Gersch, I.S., Pratt, G., Nolan, A., & Hooper, S. (1996). Listening to children in educational contexts. In R. Davie, G. Upton & V. Varma (Eds.), The voice of the child: a handbook for professionals. Falmer Press.

    Magazine Articles

    1. Gersch, I.S. (2003, June). Testing times: exam survival guide. She Magazine, 209–210.
    2. Gersch, I.S. (1996, March). “Good advice” feature on homework. Family Circle, 108.

    Publications

    Educational Psychology
    Special Needs
    Listening to children
    Parenting
    SEN mediation
    Little Box of Big Questions — using philosophical conversations with children
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    Interests



    Interpersonal and Professional Skills
    The Practice and Future of Educational Psychology Research
    Philosophy, Epistemology and the Profession of Educational Psychology
    Special Educational Needs
    Research
    Coaching and Mentoring
    Professional Doctorate in Applied Educational and Child Psychology: for qualified educational psychologists (Programme Director)
    Chartered Educational Psychologist
    Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
    Member of the Association of Educational Psychologists
    Member of the BPS’s Division of Educational and Child Psychology
    Past member of the BPS working group on the future of training in educational psychology
    Past Team Inspector (OFSTED)
    Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

    Teaching