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Webinar 18 March 2023: Climate change & sustainability in psychology education. 10.00-12.00 (CET)

Join our spring webinar on Saturday 18 March! The theme of climate change and sustainability is highly topical, and psychologists and psychology educators are increasingly concerned about the effects of the climate crisis on the wellbeing of young people. Should all schools in Europe teach about climate change and sustainability in the core curriculum? Will psychological literacy help young people to understand and cope with the challenges they will face in their future lives due to climate change?

Join our webinar to explore these questions on the role of psychology and psychology teaching in helping to address the most serious problem facing humankind. The programme will feature a presentation by a psychologist who is an expert in the field, plus teacher-led workshops and open discussion.

Psychology and climate change is a theme currently prioritised by the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations (EFPA), to which EFPTA is affiliated.

You can register to attend, here: https://forms.gle/cx3V2Ei4SQg7FnYk6 

Documents and Resources

Download the webinar poster.

EFPTA Board meets in England

EFPTA Board's bi-annual full meeting took place on 18-19 November in England, hosted by Jock McGinty, EFPTA Vice President and England & Wales rep, at his school, Watford Boys Grammar School. It was so good to be able to meet in person again! Representatives from Denmark, England, Germany, Finland, Scotland and Sweden took part, with several other country reps able to join remotely. Mairi Rice was welcomed as new Scotland rep. A busy Agenda included planning for the spring 2023 webinar, the next Board meeting in April to be hosted by our Sweden rep in Stockholm, and preliminary planning for EFPTA 2024 conference in Helsinki. Watch this space for more news of these events!  

Meet EFPTA's new President!

At the Board meeting on 30 April in Odense, Denmark, EFPTA members elected Mette Eggertsen as our new President for 2022-24. Mette, of the Danish psychology teachers' association, was previously EFPTA Vice-President. Most Board members attended in person - the first in-person meeting since November 2019 - and a small number attended virtually. An unusual 'hybrid handover' took place when outgoing President Lenka Sokolová (2019-22), from the Slovakian association, who attended via Zoom, handed over the role to Mette who was there in person - see the photo! The Board thanked Lenka for the huge amount of work she has put into advocating for high school level psychology teaching in Europe, and promoting EFPTA amongst psychology educators and practitioners. Fortunately, Lenka is continuing on the Board as representative for Slovakia.

The other three Officers elected /re-elected at the meeting are: Vice-President - Jock McGinty (England and Wales); Treasurer - Wolfgang Augustin (Germany); Secretary - Morag Williamson (Scotland). 

The main business of the meeting was to plan activities for 2022-24 - watch this space for news of events! 


EFPTA webinar 19 February 2022: thanks for taking part!

On 19 February we held a webinar with the theme: Mental health at school: what is the role of psychology teachers?

Around 50 people took part - psychology teachers, university academics, mental health professionals - from c.16 European countries, and presenters from five countries talked about their approaches to mental health education for young people. It was very interesting, and inspiring, to learn about these different perspectives, with a clear focus on practical strategies for supporting young people through these very challenging times.  

Sadly, the global covid-19 pandemic since early 2020 has led to an increase in mental health problems especially among young people. This webinar forms part of a project by EFPTA and the EFPA Board of Educational Affairs on mental health education in secondary schools in Europe, including the role of psychology teachers in supporting students' mental health. 

Presentations are available here

Saturday 19 February 2022, 10.00-12.00 (CET). This event has now ended.   

Click the link below for full programme information.  


Documents and Resources

Webinar flyer /poster - full programme

Collaborate! webinar presentation

In the EFPTA webinar on 6 March, Anne Riekkinen (Finland) took us on a fascinating journey through recent projects with collaborative partners in various countries. She presented both her own experiences and those of her Finnish colleagues Teija Jokinen-Luopa and Helena Haranen, in projects mostly facilitated by the EU programme Erasmus+. Anne left us in no doubt as to the value of such experiences, and the Erasmus+ programme itself, for her professional practice, a sentiment strongly echoed by the event participants. Take a look at Anne's presentation, and be inspired!    

Documents and Resources

Collaborative projects presentation 06-03-21

EFPTA Newsletter 2020 is published!

You'll find a great mixture of articles, news and reports of events of interest to psychology teachers. Thanks to all contributors - who are psychology teachers and researchers from across Europe - and thanks to new Editor, Jock McGinty (England / Wales representative), taking over from Jackie Moody (Luxembourg). Enjoy!

Documents and Resources

EFPTA Newsletter 2020