School Therapist - Inner West Cluster Leeds

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd

The closing date is 10 July 2022

Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of children, young people and families. We are currently recruiting a  School Therapist roles to join the established team in the Inner West Cluster.

The therapist will deliver one-to-one short-term therapeutic interventions to primary and secondary school children referred through the cluster.

The exact nature of the therapeutic work will depend on the presenting issues and on the theoretical orientation of the post-holder. Work will normally last for 6 to 8 weekly sessions, but may be extended depending on factors such as the degree of engagement/clinical need/likelihood of CAMHS involvement etc. Any group interventions would also be consistent with the above approaches.

Main duties of the job

The therapist will deliver one-to-one short-term therapeutic interventions to primary and secondary school children referred through the cluster.

The focus will be on referrals from identified priority groups where consent and motivation criteria are met (including looked-after children, potentially NEET at 16, 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).

A limited amount of work with adults (parents and carers) may be required within the role and the therapist will be able to refer parents (if need be) to other services within the area, including Northpoint’s other provision.

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

We deliver services which help people to: better understand the issues they are experiencing and consider choices and solutions open to them take steps towards making changes.

Interview Date: interviews will be held in person on the 18th July.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the post will include:

  • Delivery of the therapeutic service in the cluster, working with colleagues to promote the service, liaising with school staff and other stakeholders.

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

  • Liaising with cluster and school staff on referrals, assessing and determining the need for intervention with children and families referred.

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

  • 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.

  • Delivery of short-term (normally 6 to 8 sessions), evidence-based individual interventions in various school settings, to children and families who are referred through the cluster, and where consent and motivation criteria are met.

  • Delivery of group interventions where appropriate.

  • With a developed understanding of local services, assisting the cluster team to establish the most appropriate cluster practitioner to work with specific referrals, or providing supporting information for onward referrals into specific CAMHS pathways.

  • Offering consultation and advice to school staff, cluster and other professionals as and when appropriate.

  • Working peripatetically across schools in the cluster.

  • Providing clinical support, guidance and input to school and cluster-based staff.

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

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

  • Ensuring that all records are kept confidentially, in line with Northpoint’s procedures.

  • 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.

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

  • 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).

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • A relevant therapeutic qualification OR a relevant professional 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)

Experience

Essential

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

Desirable

  • A minimum of one years post-qualification experience of working with children and young people with emotional/behavioural issues
  • Experience or knowledge of specialist schools/SILCs, AIPs
  • Experience of working with children with learning disabilities, complex needs and neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and ADHD
  • Experience of delivering training
  • Experience of organising and delivering groups

Skills

Essential

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

Desirable

  • Basic IT skills
  • Fluent in languages other than English

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

Desirable

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

Other

Desirable

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

Professional Registration

Essential

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

Desirable

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

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

Hunslet Road

Leeds

LS10 1JN


Employer's website

https://northpoint.org.uk (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Theresa Passey

theresa.passey@northpoint.org.uk

07874864771

Date posted

16 June 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£26,920 to £33,650 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Part-time, Term time hours

Reference number

B0173-22-2642

Job locations

Hunslet Road

Leeds

LS10 1JN


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