Counselling Psychological Therapist (Schools Wellbeing)

Alliance Psychological Services Limited


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Job overview

Alliance are the leading independent provider of mental health and psychological wellbeing services across Teesside. 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.

Are you an enthusiastic qualified practitioner wanting 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 for qualified practitioners in our busy and innovative Children, Young Peoples Mental Health and Wellbeing Teams.

This is a great time to join Alliance, MHSTs are leading the way in the transformation of local childrens mental health and wellbeing services and delivering psychological support and emotional well-being services in a range of educational and community settings.

Main duties of the job

1 x Counselling Psychological Therapist (Schools Wellbeing)

Part Time 22.5hrs

Salary £26,000 - £27,500 per annum pro rata

We are looking for a qualified counsellor to work in a number of primary and secondary schools, supporting children and young people experiencing a range of emotional and mental health issues such as low mood, anxiety, friendships, bereavement and loss.

For an informal chat about this post, please contact Lynne Massam at or 01642 352747 option 2.

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 inthe 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

Alliance is a leading local childrens mental health provider delivering psychological support and emotional well-being services in primary and secondary schools and supports a whole school approach to improving childrens mental health and wellbeing. We also provide psychological therapies to children and families with multiple and complex needs. Through the Children and Young Peoples Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) Programme our service transformation is through the delivery of evidence-based therapies, use of routine outcome measures and in full collaboration with children, young peoples and families.

Job Purpose

The postholder 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 postholder will have the necessary knowledge, attitude and capabilities to operate effectively in an inclusive, value driven service.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Therapeutic Practice

  • To create and maintain effective working relationships with Headteachers, Deputy Heads, SENCOs, 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 Alliances service protocols and use these records and outcome data to inform decision making.

Partnership Working

  • To work in partnership with other childrens 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 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 familys 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 Alliances 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 take action 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 Alliances organisational objectives and priorities.

Person Specification

Personal Qualities


  • 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
  • Communication
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written and the ability to understand and respond to requirements of different audiences

Partnership Working


  • 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

Child Protection and Safeguarding


  • A clear understanding of LSCB policies and procedures and commitment to the safeguarding of children and young people



  • 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.



  • 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 other recognised professional organisation

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


Alliance Psychological Services Ltd

24 Yarm Road



TS18 3NA

Employer's website

Date posted

24 March 2021

Pay scheme



£26,000 to £27,500 a year



Working pattern

Part-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

Alliance Psychological Services Ltd

24 Yarm Road



TS18 3NA

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Lynne Massam


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