Counselling and Wellbeing Practitioner

Alliance Psychological Services Limited


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Job summary

Do you want to improve the lives of young people and families facing mental health difficulties and deliver support in a dynamic and creative children’s team? If so, we would love to hear from you as we have a number of exciting career opportunities available in our busy and innovative Children, Young People’s Mental Health Support Team.

Alliance are the leading independent provider of mental health and psychological wellbeing services across Teesside and the North-East.  With a growing workforce of 160 committed and enthusiastic staff we deliver quality driven evidence-based therapies and support to over 20,000 people each year.  Commissioned through the Tees Valley CCG’s and overseen through the Mental Health & Learning Disability Partnership we lead both on the delivery of IMPACT on Teesside and the Hartlepool and Stockton National Trailblazer for Mental Health Support Teams. We do this through our commitments to working collaboratively with partners, including third sector organisations, local authorities, educational settings and other health and social care providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for those who need our support. We also provide more specialist support in particular areas that have been funded from elsewhere. We have a successful and developing employee support and wellbeing service, that provides unique support to the public and private sector across the North East.

Main duties of the job

This is a great time to join Alliance, where our team is leading on the transformation of local children’s mental health and wellbeing services, delivering psychological support and emotional well-being services in a range of educational and community settings. Our service transformation is through effective leadership and partnerships, the delivery of evidence-based therapies, use of routine outcome measures and in full collaboration with children, young people and their families.

You will share our service vision and organisation values for understanding and meeting the different needs of individuals, families, and communities across Teesside. We are a strong well-established team who are supportive and friendly. Our ethos is ensuring we provide support for our staff, including their development as we grow our service.

The post holder will operate within a wider team of psychological therapists and will deliver, with clinical supervision, high-quality; counselling to children and young people in schools and other educational settings whilst working in collaboration with their families. The post holder will have the necessary knowledge, attitude, and capabilities to operate effectively in an inclusive, value driven service.

Closing Date for Applications: 30th November 2021

Interviews: Week Commencing 6th December 2021

About us

For an informal chat about this posts, please contact Kaye Hooker at 01642 352747.

You must have right to work in the UK as we are currently unable to offer working visa opportunities.

For further details and information in relation to our Children, Young People & Families Service, please visit our website at;

Alliance offers first rate training and development opportunities, flexible working (where appropriate), 38 days annual leave per annum/pro rata, EAP health scheme and a 3% contributory pension scheme.

Alliance Psychological Services follows safer recruitment of staff for all appointments. It is a requirement that all staff understand it is each person’s individual responsibility and are committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of clients.  Please note that due to the nature of the duties of these roles, an enhanced criminal records disclosure will be sought in the event of a successful application.     

Alliance Psychological Services Limited is committed to promoting equal opportunities in our employment practice and service delivery. We are signatories to the Mindful Employers Charter. Alliance also has Investors in People status and is a Living Wage employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Therapeutic Practice

  • To create and maintain effective working relationships with Headteachers, Deputy Heads, SENCO’s, Pastoral Team, and wider teaching staff by providing advice and consultative support on emotional and mental health issues, and in relation to appropriate referral pathways for children, young people, and families with mental health needs
  • To provide assessment, including risk assessment, of children and young people and families referred for psychological therapy.
  • To work within the principles of CYP IAPT ensuring the appropriate use of routine outcome monitoring tools
  • To make use of referral pathways following assessment for children, young people, and families requiring other services, including statutory and voluntary agencies
  • To explore and evaluate clinical treatment using evaluation tools, contributing to evidence-based practice
  • Working in collaboration to support children, young people, and families in the self-management of presenting difficulties.
  • Working in collaboration with families to develop effective treatment plans and agreed outcomes.
  • To operate within the Service Referral to Discharge Protocols
  • Attend multi-disciplinary and multi-agency meetings relating to referrals for children, young people, and families in treatment.
  • Keep coherent records of all training and clinical activity in line with Alliance’s service protocols and use these records and outcome data to inform decision making.

Partnership Working

  • To work in partnership with other children’s mental health providers including CaMHS, developing and improving pathways for support.
  • To liaise effectively with other local providers, including statutory and voluntary organisations and advocate on behalf of the family where appropriate.


  • Responsible for safeguarding children and always promoting the welfare of children and young people and operating within local policies and procedures.
  • Taking appropriate safeguarding action to protect children & young people at risk of significant harm.
  • To identify and support families in accessing Early Help Services
  • To share appropriately information with parents/carers or other agencies regarding the family’s wellbeing and progress keeping within the boundaries of Confidentiality and Information sharing protocols.

A professional and ethical service

  • To maintain appropriate clinical notes and records on PCMIS and in line with Alliance policies and procedures
  • To undertake relevant Continuing Professional Development as required for the purposes of continued professional accreditation or registration and as identified through Alliance’s professional development and Appraisal System
  • To undertake clinical supervision as per Alliance supervision policy and in line with the appropriate professional body.
  • To work within Data Protection Act 1998 and Alliance Information Governance policies and procedures
  • To ensure a safe and secure working environment for self and others and to act as necessary within Health and Safety and other guidelines
  • To adhere to all Alliance Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
  • To promote and value the rights, responsibilities and diversity of people using the Service

This post may require some late evening work to meet service demand.

This job description is designed to identify principal responsibilities only. The post holder is required to be flexible in developing the role in accordance with changes in Alliance’s organisational objectives and priorities.

Person Specification



  • Diploma in Psychotherapy/Counselling or counselling psychology or recognised training / qualification in a major psychological therapy approach.
  • Membership of or registration with an appropriate professional body


  • Any additional child/young person focused qualification/training
  • Accreditation with BACP, BABCP, BAAT, UKCP, BPS or another recognised professional organisation



  • Extensive experience of working therapeutically with children and young people and their families.
  • Experience of providing therapeutic interventions within educational settings
  • Demonstrates an ability to assess and manage risk
  • Shows a willingness to work flexibly to meet the needs of both the service and children, young people, and families
  • Ability to work with an agreed caseload and manage agreed targets and performance measures
  • Demonstrates an excellent understanding of childrens mental health
  • Awareness of a range of therapeutic approaches.


  • Experience of working in a mental healthcare setting
  • Experience of using a range of evidenced based interventions including the use of Routine Outcome Measures.

Other Skills and Qualities


  • Demonstrates the effective use of clinical supervision
  • Shows responsibility for continuous professional development
  • A clear understanding of LSCB policies and procedures and commitment to the safeguarding of children and young people
  • Demonstrates an ability to effectively build and manage relationships with referrers both within schools and community
  • Demonstrate an ability to contribute and support multi agency support plans to enable positive outcomes for children and their families.
  • Demonstrates a consistently positive attitude to working within Alliance
  • Demonstrates ability to work collaboratively with children, young people and families
  • Has the ability to develop good therapeutic relationships with children, young people and families
  • Ability to work within a dynamic and developing service
  • Demonstration of self-motivation and motivation of others
  • Ability to work confidently and competently under pressure
  • Able to travel to meet the requirements of the post
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written and the ability to understand and respond to requirements of different audiences
  • Shares information, skills and practice when required
  • Excellent case recording, report writing and case presentation skills
  • Demonstrates competency in using Microsoft Office
  • Experience in using data base systems to record sessions and notes

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.

Employer details

Employer name

Alliance Psychological Services Limited


24 Yarm Road



TS18 3NA

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For help with your application, contact:

Kaye Hooker


Date posted

11 November 2021

Pay scheme



£26,000 to £27,500 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

24 Yarm Road



TS18 3NA

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