Specialist CAMHS Practitioner - Systemic Integrative Treatment (SIT)

Brandon Centre

The closing date is 10 July 2022

Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated, creative and resilient practitioner (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, CBT Therapist, Art Therapist, OT, MH Nurse) who has a track record of excellent clinical skills to join our expanding Systemic Integrative Treatment team (SIT). The postholder will provide SIT in the community for parents and carers of children aged 8-16, displaying moderate to severe behavioural difficulties, such as offending, school refusal and harmful sexual behaviour. The postholder will work within a social-ecological model, drawing on a range of therapeutic modalities including pragmatic family therapies, behavioural therapy, CBT, and other therapies as appropriate.

We are looking for experienced practitioners who share our passion for delivering intensive treatment to keep young people at home, in education and out of the criminal justice system. We are particularly interested in those who have experience of working to address behaviour across multiple systems including family, peers, school and community. In addition, they should demonstrate knowledge and experience of assessment, treatment delivery, and risk management.

Please note that training in SIT will be provided to the successful candidate. Applications from newly qualified therapists, with relevant previous experience, are welcome. 

Main duties of the job

· Conduct SIT assessment in collaboration with SIT supervisor including review of referral information, identifying and engaging key participants, identifying systemic strengths and weaknesses, and developing the SIT formulation of problematic behaviours within the ecological context.

· Implement a systemic formulation, treatment planning, intervention implementation, outcome review and strategy revision using the SIT assessment & intervention model (AIM).

· To have a caseload of 4 families, delivering SIT intervention.

· As part of the SIT model, deliver evidence based psychological interventions which will include behavioural therapy, pragmatic family therapy & CBT.

· Engage primary caregiver and other key participants in active change-oriented treatment by continuously identifying and overcoming barriers to engagement and alignment with intervention.

· During phase one of the treatment, meet with the family approx. 2 – 3 times per week to provide direct treatment using methods compatible with SIT

· Maintain clear and concise documentation of treatment that promotes peer and supervisory review and feedback, and that demonstrate compliance with the SIT Principles and the SIT AIM.

About us

The principal objective of the Brandon Centre has always been to provide a professional, accessible and flexible service which responds to the psychological, medical, sexual and social needs of young people under the age of 25.

Services include:

• individual counselling and psychotherapy for young people, using a range of evidence-based therapies

• contraception and sexual health services

• systemic integrated treatment for families

• parent management programmes

• therapeutic work in community settings (outreach)

Brandon Centre Systemic Integrative Treatment (BC-SIT) has been developed in accordance with NICE guidelines to treat antisocial and/ or harmful behaviour in children and adolescents. It is an intensive community-based family treatment model which works with the systems around the young person, including family, school and peers to address the causal and maintaining factors to the behaviour. Therapists work primarily with parents, in a collaborative and non-judgemental way, to empower them to effect change. This is achieved by building on their strengths and providing families with the tools and confidence to navigate current and future problems and reduce the risk of further antisocial/ harmful.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are looking for a creative and energetic CAMHS Practitioner to join our innovative Brandon Centre Systemic Integrative Treatment (BC-SIT) Service, offering evidence-based intensive family support to families and carers of children aged 10-14, displaying moderate to severe behavioural difficulties. The postholder will need to have a core professional qualification in mental health or social care e.g. Psychology, Psychotherapy, Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, as well as some relevant experience of working with families experiencing significant challenges. Candidates with significant experience, but without a core professional training, may also be considered. Training in our BC-SIT model will be provided to the successful candidate. Please feel free to contact us for an informal discussion if you would like to find out more before applying.

ABOUT THE MODEL

Brandon Centre Systemic Integrative Treatment (BC-SIT) has been developed in accordance with NICE guidelines for treating conduct disorder and harmful sexual behaviour. It is an intensive community-based family treatment model, developed by the Brandon Centre to achieve lasting change in children and adolescents with moderate to severe behavioural difficulties. The team works collaboratively with parents in a non-judgemental way to empower them to regain control of their children’s difficult behaviour. This is achieved by building on their strengths and providing families with the tools and confidence to deal with current and future problems and reducing the risk of further harmful, antisocial and offending behaviours. The service also works across multiple systems where the behaviour occurs including, schools, peer group and the community. There are two phases to the intervention. Phase one: intensive treatment delivery, which will include 2 - 3 visits per week and can last up to 6 months. Phase two can extend total treatment time for up to one year, and includes booster sessions with the family where necessary to prevent relapse phone/skype check in’s, attendance at professional meetings, and ongoing consultation with referrers and key professionals.

Person Specification

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working with multi-problem families with anti-social young people and adolescents across multiple systems in the young persons natural ecology, including family, peers, school and neighbourhood.
  • Knowledge of child and adolescent development and its application in treatment.
  • High level of understanding and experience of safeguarding and managing risk.
  • Sound knowledge of at least one of the following: Family systems theory and application; social ecological theory and application; behavioural therapies theory and application; cognitive-behavioural therapy theory and application; pragmatic family therapies theory and application.

Desirable

  • Experience of working in highly emotive and challenging community settings.
  • Experience in at least one of the following: Direct use of pragmatic (i.e., structural, strategic and functional) family therapies; delivering individual therapy using cognitive behavioural techniques; marital therapy using behaviourally-based approaches; delivering behavioural therapy for children and young people displaying challenging behaviour.
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention.
  • Experience working with local government, health or the voluntary sector.

Skills and Abilities

Essential

  • High level communication skills (written and verbal).
  • An ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive.
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Ability to lone work and manage own workload and time flexibly
  • Willingness for clinical work to be closely monitored
  • Sound ICT and Microsoft Office skills
  • Willingness to travel and work out of hours
  • Willingness and ability to work remotely

Desirable

  • Ability to be comfortable working with harmful sexual behaviour and associated language.

Qualifications

Essential

  • Degree and professional qualification in Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychology, Social Work, CBT, Occupational Therapy, Systemic Psychotherapy, Mental Health Nursing or an equivalent/ related subject area.
  • Registration with a relevant professional body.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Brandon Centre

Address

26 Prince of Wales Rd

Kentish Town

London

NW5 3LG


Employer's website

https://brandon-centre.org.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

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Date posted

15 June 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£39,383 a year

Contract

Fixed term

Duration

1 years

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

B0129-22-7240

Job locations

26 Prince of Wales Rd

Kentish Town

London

NW5 3LG


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