Senior Low Intensity CBT 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 childrens 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 Peoples 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 CCGs 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 successful candidates will work across a range of educational and community-based settings.

We would welcome applications from qualified Adult Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, without necessarily the experience of working with children, young people and families. The relevant training would be provided to support you in this role and working with children, young people and families.

Closing Date for Applications: 30th November 2021

Interviews: Week Commencing 6th December 2021

About us

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 persons 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.

For an informal chat about any of these posts, please contact Kaye Hooker at 01642 352747option 2.

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;

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose

This post aims to develop the role of Educational Mental Health Practitioners and Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners. It provides an opportunity for clinicians who have formal training and experience in using evidence based low intensity interventions to develop their careers and support Alliance to develop their Mental Health Support Teams in schools.

The post holder will develop, support, and supervise Educational Mental Health Practitioners and Children’s Wellbeing practitioners to deliver evidence-based practice in guided self-help, CBT and group-based interventions.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Therapeutic practice

  • Develop the request for help pathway for Low Intensity work
  • Accept requests for help via agreed referral pathways.
  • Support LI practitioners using role modelling to assess and support young people with a common mental health problem in the self-management of their recovery.
  • Support LI practitioners using role modelling to undertake assessments, identify suitable treatment pathways, assess, and manage risk.
  • Provide a range of information and support for evidence based low intensity psychological treatments, including guided self – help. This work may be face to face, telephone or via other media.
  • Work collaboratively with parents and carers.
  • Attend multi-agency and multi-disciplinary meetings, where appropriate.
  • Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service.
  • Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols

Training and supervision 

  • Offer caseload management and skills supervision to qualified and trainee EMHPs / CWPs in the service.
  • Identify training needs across the team and assist in the development of routes for CPD
  • Offer training sessions where appropriate
  • Attend locally organised and national training appropriate to the work role.
  • To undertake searches of evidence-based literature and research to assist Clinical Supervisors and team members in evidence-based CBT practice.

Partnership Working

  • 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 liaise effectively with other local providers, including statutory, voluntary sector organisations and on behalf of the child, young person, or family.
  • To build effective working relationships with other local children’s mental health providers including CaMHS and support the development of pathways of support.
  • Attend multi-disciplinary and multi-agency meetings relating to referrals for children, young people, and families in treatment.


  • Responsible for safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children & young people at all times 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 child’s wellbeing, and progress keeping within the boundaries of Confidentiality and Information sharing protocols.

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



  • Academic/Skills/Professional Post graduate certificate in evidence based psychological treatments (IAPT pathways)
  • CBT training with extensive experience working with young children and families.
  • We would also welcome candidates who are qualified Adult working PWPs, who dont necessarily have Children, Young people, and families experience. Must hold a qualification from PWP Training Course (Post Graduate Certificate) OR UCAPD PWP qualification.


  • Accreditation with professional bodies
  • Supervision Qualification

Other Skills and Qualities


  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in children and young people
  • Knowledge of educational environments
  • Knowledge of safeguarding issues
  • Knowledge of capacity and consent issues including Gillick competence
  • Knowledge CYP-IPAT principles and I-Thrive Framework
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies, including ROMS and how it relates to this post
  • Full, enhanced and current satisfactory DBS disclosure for the role
  • Ability to personally manage a sensitive, traumatic and potentially emotionally distressing caseload
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to travel to meet the requirements of the post
  • Team player
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Able to meet the physical requirements of the role after reasonable adjustments have been made for any illness or disability.
  • Car driver


  • Continued professional development showing further understanding and knowledge working therapeutically with children, young people and families
  • Proven commitment to continuous professional development.



  • Ability to carry out 1:1 therapeutic mental health interventions with Children, Young People, Parents/Carers/Families
  • Ability to conduct group therapeutic interventions with children and their families
  • Ability to work across a range of settings to increase mental health awareness
  • Ability to conduct mental health assessments of children and young people
  • Ability to assess risk and to record and communicate it appropriately.
  • Ability to take appropriate action to mitigate or manage risk.
  • Ability to mange own case load effectively.
  • Experience of working and liaising with a wide variety of agencies and stakeholders
  • Experience of working with anxiety disorders
  • Experience of working with Conduct disorders
  • Experience of working with affective (mood) disorders
  • Experience of monitoring and recording outcome measures for childrens emotional wellbeing
  • Experience of the delivery of specific therapeutic interventions to children, young people or their families (e.g. CBT, solution focused brief therapy)


  • Ability to teach others about mental health issues
  • Experience of navigating complex social systems and environments, who may have conflicting priorities or agendas
  • Experience of working with looked after children
  • Experience of working with other vulnerable groups
  • Experience of case managing and supervising others.
  • Experience of working with children and their families in an educational or health care setting
  • Experience of working with parents/carers of children who have social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties

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



£32,000 to £36,500 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

24 Yarm Road



TS18 3NA

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