School & Parent Therapist - West Oaks

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd

The closing date is 30 June 2021

Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference to the lives of the children and families that attend West Oaks SEN Specialist School and College.

Northpoint have been commissioned by West Oaks to recruit a therapist who will provide short-term, evidence-based therapeutic interventions with individuals, informed by a family systems approach. The post-holder will deliver one-to-one and group-based short-term, evidence-based therapeutic interventions to primary and secondary school pupils who attend West Oaks. The post-holder will also provide therapeutic input and assessment to the school staff and team and make onward referrals to specialist services where required, as well as work with parents/carers.

Main duties of the job

The therapist will have the flexibility to use a range of interventions, as specified by the evidence base, to meet the spectrum of emotional and behavioural issues referred by the schools. The therapists approach will need to be tailored to suit the often immediate needs of individual children and families while remaining within the capabilities of the practitioner. It is anticipated that interventions will include cognitive-based work, creative techniques, restorative practice and supportive and exploratory counselling. All interventions will need to take into account the dynamics of school and home life.

About us

Northpoint Wellbeing is a charity which provides a range of services to promote emotional wellbeing. We believe that timely access to appropriate support, particularly talking therapies, is an effective way of promoting emotional wellbeing and relieving mental distress, for people of all ages and backgrounds. Our mission is to improve access to a range of talking therapies, in a timely manner, for everyone. Our vision is to provide therapeutic & preventative services, which help people experiencing emotional distress to make changes in their life, to as wide a group of people as possible. Our values are to be client-focused, committed, responsive, and supportive

Job description

Job responsibilities

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job title: School & Parent Therapist West Oaks SEN Specialist School and College

Contract: Permanent contract

Salary: £26,260 - £32,830 pro rata

Pension: Eligible employees will be auto-enrolled in a defined contribution scheme

Hours and days: 14 hours per week Term Time Only. Exact days to be arranged to suit applicant and West oaks on appointment.

Holidays: 28 days annual leave per year plus statutory holidays pro rata and up to 3 discretionary leave days at Christmas.

Location: Working across the West Oak SEN Schools in Leeds. It is envisaged that desk/office space will be made available within the schools. Therapeutic work will normally take place within schools and community venues.

Accountability and reporting: The post-holder is ultimately accountable to the Board of Northpoint, through the Director of Northpoint. The post-holder will be line-managed by Northpoints School Services Manager. Direction on a day-to-day basis will be provided by the Head of School or other named person.

Start date: September 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate: Due to the nature of the work, this post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. Northpoints policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders is available on request a past criminal conviction will not necessarily be a bar to employment.

Approach/Interventions

The therapist will provide short-term, evidence-based therapeutic interventions with individuals, informed by a family systems approach. The post-holder will deliver one-to-one and group-based short-term, evidence-based therapeutic interventions to primary and secondary school pupils who attend West Oaks. The post-holder will also provide therapeutic input and assessment to the school staff and team and make onward referrals to specialist services where required, as well as work with parents/carers.

Work will normally last for 6 to 12 weekly sessions, but may be extended depending on factors such as the degree of engagement/clinical need/likelihood of CAMHS involvement etc.

The therapist will have the flexibility to use a range of interventions, as specified by the evidence base, to meet the spectrum of emotional and behavioural issues referred by the schools. The therapists approach will need to be tailored to suit the often immediate needs of individual children and families while remaining within the capabilities of the practitioner. It is anticipated that interventions will include cognitive-based work, creative techniques, restorative practice and supportive and exploratory counselling. All interventions will need to take into account the dynamics of school and home life.

The approach used by the therapist should be consistent with the following:

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework, and specifically BACPs Good Practice Guidance for Counselling in Schools

Professional requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (if registered)

Evidence base contained within the Department for Education guidance Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future

Client group

The focus will be on referrals from identified priority groups (including looked-after children, poor attendees, vulnerable boys, those experiencing bullying, young carers, those affected by loss/ bereavement/parental separation, children who are anxious/depressed, those displaying behaviour management problems/conduct disorder, those experiencing deprivation, asylum seekers, refugees, etc).

Referral criteria will be agreed with West Oaks to ensure interventions are prioritised to meet the needs of the service. It is envisaged that the referrals will be for pupils as well as for parents/carers. The therapist will be able to refer/signpost to other local and citywide services.

Caseload

The caseload will be dependent on a number of factors. It is envisaged that a therapist working 5 days (35 hours) would normally hold a caseload of 17/18 clients who are seen weekly. The exact size of the caseload may vary and will be dependent on the nature of the work, client needs and other factors including the number of venues, travel time and room availability.

Main duties

The duties and responsibilities of the post will include:

1. Delivery of the therapeutic service in the West Oaks Schools, working with colleagues to promote the service, liaising with school staff and other stakeholders.

2. Building and maintaining good, effective working relationships with management teams and pastoral staff in the schools and venues.

3. Liaising with West Oaks school staff on referrals, assessing and determining the need for intervention with children and families referred.

4. Holding a caseload of children and young people (aged 5 to 19) and parents/carers at any one time.

5. Holding a caseload of referrals and gathering information to allow accurate assessment and formulation of emotional and mental health needs for children and young people.

6. Delivery of short-term (normally 6 to 12 sessions), evidence-based individual interventions in the school setting to children and families who are referred through the Family Support Manager or a member of SLT, and where consent and motivation criteria are met.

7. Delivery of group interventions where appropriate.

8. With a developed understanding of local services, assisting the family support team to establish the most appropriate therapeutic intervention, or providing supporting information for onward referrals into specific CAMHS pathways.

9. Offering consultation and advice to school staff and other professionals as and when appropriate.

10. Working peripatetically across the West Oaks school sites.

11. Providing clinical support, guidance and input to school.

12. Attending/contributing to referral and planning meetings with school and other staff.

13. Taking a proactive approach to ensuring safeguarding concerns are raised appropriately, and contributing to EHCP/safeguarding processes.

14. Ensuring that all records are kept confidentially, in line with Northpoints procedures.

15. Working with other professionals to ensure therapeutic input is appropriate to the needs of the client group, and that all therapeutic services follow the evidence base.

16. Communicating with parents/families in line with Northpoint guidance.

17. Any other duties as required by the evolving nature of the project (primarily keeping integrated case management information in line with other project members, undertaking relevant assessments, completing monitoring and evaluation reports, and attending team meetings and other forums).

General

Northpoint will provide regular line-management supervision and the post-holder will take day-to-day direction from West Oaks nominated staff as appropriate.

Northpoint will provide an appropriate level of clinical supervision (within work time) or will pay for an agreed supervisor to provide supervision.

Peer support and CPD workshops are provided (occasionally on Saturdays).

A joint induction will be carried out by Northpoint and West Oaks. As part of the Northpoint induction, an online handbook which provides policy and guidance documents will be available electronically on the Northpoint intranet.

Work will be provided across the two current West Oaks School sites, Woodhouse and Boston Spa.

Travel expenses will be provided at the standard Northpoint rate.

Staff are expected to participate in service promotion. This may involve their name and identifying details, including photographs, being included in promotional material.

Additional expenses will be claimed through Northpoint as agreed.

Northpoint will supply a mobile phone for work purposes.

It is envisaged that access to a computer which is linked to the school network and configured to school security standards will be provided by the school.

All employees must be familiar with and adhere to Northpoints operational policies, service protocols and practice guidelines as required, taking account of any relevant partner protocols and procedures.

All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that information processed for both clients and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with the Data Protection Act (2018) and Security and Confidentiality policies.

All employees have a duty and responsibility for their own health and safety and for the health and safety of colleagues, clients and the general public.

All employees will undertake statutory and mandatory training as deemed appropriate and have a willingness and commitment to professional development.

Northpoint Wellbeing is committed to ensuring that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital status, gender reassignment or pregnancy/maternity. We fully support the right of all staff to equal opportunities and are committed to the development of a diverse workforce. All employees are expected to be familiar with and adhere to Northpoints Equal Opportunities policy.

All employees will adhere to Northpoint Wellbeing safeguarding procedures.

It is the responsibility of all staff that they do not abuse their professional position for personal gain, to seek advantage of further private business, or for other interests, in the course of their official duties.

This job description does not provide an exhaustive list of duties and may be reviewed in conjunction with the post-holder in light of service development.

Revised May 2021

Person Specification

Other

Desirable

  • Car driver with clean driving license and access to own vehicle (D)

Professional Registration

Essential

  • The relevant qualifications, experience and willingness to achieve registration/membership with a relevant professional body within 12 months (E)

Desirable

  • Registration/membership with a relevant professional body (e.g. NMC/GSCC/HCPC/UKCP-registered, BACP membership) (D)
  • Accreditation with a professional body (e.g. BACP-accredited) (D)

Knowledge

Essential

  • Knowledge of initiatives, priorities and agendas facing staff working in schools and childrens services, such as CAF/Early Help Initiative, Children & Young Peoples Plan, Child Protection Plan etc (E)

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the Leeds area and local services including CAMHS, children and family services, and other relevant agencies (D)

Skills

Essential

  • Ability to provide advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals on matters of childrens mental health and emotional wellbeing (E)
  • Ability to work positively and inclusively with families while retaining the confidentiality and privacy of young people (E)
  • Ability to participate in a multi-agency approach around matters of importance to childrens wellbeing (e.g. NHS, social services and other universal services) (E)
  • Ability to write positive and professional reports and letters (e.g. referral letters, discharge summaries) (E)

Desirable

  • Fluent in languages other than English (D)

Experience

Essential

  • A minimum of one years post-qualification experience of working with children and young people with emotional/behavioural issues (E)
  • Experience of working collaboratively with children and young people across different age groups with a range of presenting mental health difficulties (E)
  • Experience in the delivery of short-term supportive approaches (e.g. CBT, brief solution-focused therapy, family work, creative/play interventions etc) (E)
  • Experience of demonstrating outcomes in client work, and in using monitoring, evaluation, and wellbeing measurement systems (e.g. Goodmans SDQ) (E)
  • Experience in carrying out comprehensive mental health assessments including assessment of risk, analysis of strengths and protective factors (E)
  • Experience in assessing child protection concerns and the ability to act on these in accordance with relevant safeguarding procedures (E)

Desirable

  • Experience or knowledge of specialist schools/SILCs (D)
  • Experience of working with children with learning disabilities, complex needs and neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and ADHD (D)
  • Experience of delivering training (D)
  • Experience of organising and delivering groups (D)

Qualifications

Essential

  • A relevant professional* qualification OR a relevant therapeutic** qualification (E)
  • * A relevant professional qualification would include nursing, occupational therapy, social work or a similar allied health profession.
  • ** A relevant therapeutic qualification would include a diploma from a BACP-accredited training (or equivalent***) OR a relevant HCPC-registered title (i.e. art therapist, arts psychotherapist, drama therapist, counselling psychologist, clinical psychologist).
  • *** NB Equivalent therapy qualifications from non-accredited courses should be of a level that would be recognised for professional accreditation purposes and sufficient to practise as a counsellor/therapist (i.e. minimum of 450 taught hours over at least 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, supervised practice within a therapeutic organisation, with teaching which covered elements of theory, skills practice, professional issues and personal development).

Desirable

  • Post-registration training in relevant evidence-based/NICE guideline-indicated mental health interventions (e.g. CBT, brief family work, group work) (D)

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

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd

Address

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd

Hunslet Road

Leeds

LS10 1JN


Employer's website

https://northpoint.org.uk

Date posted

01 June 2021

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£26,260 to £32,830 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Part-time, Term time hours

Reference number

B0173-21-6278

Job locations

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd

Hunslet Road

Leeds

LS10 1JN


Westwood Way

Boston Spa

Wetherby

West Yorkshire

LS23 6DX


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