N.E.P.E.S./EFPA  coordinated the ESPIL Project (European School Psychologists Improve Lifelong Learning) from 1. November 2009  until 31. October 2010 under the Comenius Programme of the European Union. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.




Project Summary 

The 2004 Resolution of the EU Council on ‘Strengthening policies, Systems and Practices in the field of guidance throughout life in Europe' places LL guidance/counselling at a priority level as a key strategic component for implementing lifelong learning (LLL) strategies at regional/national levels. Psychologists in the Educational System (PES) work across the entire life cycle of learning providing also guidance/counselling, education/training of teaching staff. Thus EFPA founded in 2007 the Network of European PES (N.E.P.E.S. with 20 national psychology associations in the EU/EFTA as members) in order to support LLL Policies across the EU by improved organization of PES. EFPA has developed since 2001 the European Certificate of Psychology (EuroPsy) funded by the EU as an EU quality benchmark for the education of psychologists , which is now implemented in several EU MS. EFPA wished with this project to

-raise awareness within N.E.P.E.S. for the impact of developments in EU policies in education/training during the last decade
-encourage its member associations to study the implications of these policies on education/ training/service delivery of School Psychologists (SPs) including professional profiles, competences, qualifications within new paradigms of LLL
-develop jointly policy recommendations on the basis of the debate results concerning two important  areas in LLL:
1. Improving the quality of SPs education/ training
2. Improving the quality of service delivery in lifelong guidance/ counselling

-include the viewpoints of stakeholders in education in this process.

This project intended to prepare national associations of PES to play a proactive role in the implementation of EU recommendations in education/training at national level. The project resulted in a Statusreport  of European  Psychology in the Educational System including an  EFPA Statement on Reforms in Education, Training, Professional Profile and Service delivery of SPs. The content of this paper is also based on presentations and outcomes of the two ESPIL conferences, the first in January 2010 in Brussels and the second in July 2010 in Dublin. Information on these conferences and detailed project information can be found here.  The entire Statusreport is available online in an English, French and German Version since 18th October 2010.The evaluation report of this project can be found below.

poster video clip contest 2010The project includes a video film competition on the image of SPs. Students, parents, teachers and also SPs were invited to send in a video clip on the work of SPs.  The Network of European Psychologists in the Educational System is more than happy to have received 18 video clips – some are rather great film productions than video clips- about school psychology from Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, Romania, Slovak Republic, Switzerland. The contributions will help to create a realistic picture of the profession of school psychologists across Europe. THANK YOU!

The N.E.P.E.S. independent jury has chosen one contest winner, though the jury found that this was a really challenging task. They would have liked to be able to give an award to each contest participant. The jury was composed as fair as possible in terms of profession and nationality: one German teacher, one ICT expert from Great Britain, two clinical psychologists from the Netherlands and France, one film expert from Austria.The jury has decided to give the prize of the N.E.P.E.S. video clip contest 2010 to IRENA GUDULE from Latvia for her contribution “20 years of school psychological service”. The jury was impressed by the variety and diversity of professional activities of Latvian school psychologists and wishes to congratulate Mrs. Gudule as well as the numerous school psychologists having participated in this interesting video clip production. The winner Irena Gudule has been awarded the prize at the ESPIL conference in Dublin. The video clip contributions can be found here. The contributions have been rearranged into a 35 min film on European School Psychology, which will be available online from 1. November 2010 on.

We would appreciate, if you can provide us with best practice examples in the area of education/training/supervision of school psychologists, professional activities/profile and quality of services ( accessibility, evaluation, ..)., even  beyond the  project lifetime. This will help to build a European database on school psychology. Please find the according templates to fill in attached below and please return the completed form to  You are also welcomed to send your text without any special format. Thank you very much in advance for your contribution! First examples  can be found here on education,training and supervision, here on services, here on professional profiling.

Please have a look at the ESPIL questionnaire 2010, which is also part of the ESPIL project and has been sent to all EFPA member associations with the request to fill in data on school psychology in the according country. As the titles assigned to psychologists in the educational system differ among European countries, they are referred to as 'School Psychologists' in this questionnaire.  You are welcomed to  send  completed questionaires even beyond the project lifetime in order to support the establishment of a European database on psychology in the educational system. 




RETAIN- an example of an EU funded project

In most European countries dropping out from education and training is a major issue. Young people lacking proper qualifications and exams have difficulties finding stable jobs and the risk of unemployment, especially long-term unemployment, is much higher among this group. Therefore education and training institutions need to develop methods of supporting the young people in a way that helps them to remain in education and to carry out their educational and vocational plans.
The aim of the project is to support young people in carrying out their educational and vocational plans. The project objectives are;
•    to identify successful experience and methods used to prevent drop-outs
•    to test and further develop best practice;
•    to develop training sessions that can be offered as common European work-shops/training courses or to be carried out on a national level;
•     to develop a manual/hand-book in drop-out prevention for teachers, trainers, mentors and guidance counsellors and
•    to set up a European conference on the theme of drop-outs to disseminate the results.
The main target groups for the project are teachers, trainers, mentors and guidance counsellors working with young people in Upper Secondary Schools or in Vocational training. The beneficiaries will be the young people at risk of dropping out from the education and training system.
The envisaged impact of the project will be an increased number of young people carrying out their education and training plans and a decreased number of drop-outs from schools and vocational training institutions.
The main outcomes from the project will be a manual/hand-book for teachers, trainers, mentors and guidance counsellors on the topic of drop-out prevention and training sessions built on the manual/hand-book. There will be a conference to present the results of the Retain Project, a Leonardo da Vinci project concerning prevention of school drop out in Gothenburg, Sweden 22nd to 23rd October 2009. Please visit the website for more info:

ProMenPol Database and Toolkit

The EU project ProMenPol is progressing, with the tools database now live on the website and the field trials underway. ProMenPol is collecting examples of tools for mental health promotion in three areas: Workplaces, Schools and Residential Care for Older People. The tools are presented on a comprehensive database, and during the second half of the project field trials will test tools, leading to the production of a ‘toolkit’ of well used interventions or activities, tried and tested by field trial participants. If you are interested to participate in this project and look for more information on ProMenPol visit:


N.E.P.E.S. is also developing a project on children's rights education for educational psychologists in the framework of LLP programmes. For more info, please see attachment.

If you are interested to support the different projects, you are most welcomed to send your ideas, comments, offers....