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 CYPFamilies@alliancepsychology.com 01642 352747 option 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; https://www.alliancepsychology.com/young-people/

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose

The post-holder will work within a Mental Health Support Team delivering high-quality; brief outcome focused evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties, including psychoeducation, self-help, and work with a range of presentations such as anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties. You will hold the necessary knowledge, attitude, and capabilities to operate effectively in a diverse and value driven service. The post holder will deliver LI CBT interventions both individual and psycho-educational groupwork to children, young people, and parents and within both an education and community setting.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To provide assessment, including risk assessment, of children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
  • To support management of waiting lists playing a proactive role in educational settings.
  • To operate within Alliance Service Referral to Discharge Protocols and within a Consultation Approach to supporting settings and children in getting the right support at the right time.
  • To make use of referral pathways following assessment for children young people and families requiring other services, including statutory and voluntary agencies, working closely with Schools Cluster Leads in the development of pathways to specialist CaMHS Services.
  • To explore and evaluate clinical treatment using evaluation tools, contributing to evidence-based practice
  • To deliver groupwork in school and community settings with the aim of facilitating the learning of others E.G., teaching and support staff and supporting the sustainability of evidence informed programs within these settings.
  • To select and deliver a range of appropriate low-intensity therapeutic interventions for children, young people and families experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and delivered in collaboration with the child, young person, and family.
  • Working in collaboration to support children, young people, and families in the self-management of presenting difficulties.
  • Working in collaboration with children young people and families to develop effective treatment plans and agreed outcomes.
  • Through close case management and supervision, escalate cases where the level of need becomes beyond scope, or more severe ensuring adherence to other relevant elements of service delivery.
  • Provide a range of information and support for evidence based psychological treatments. This may include guided self-help. This work may be face-to-face, by telephone or via other media.
  • To work with families involved with social care liaising closely with Social Workers and other professionals working across Children, Young People and Family Services.
  • Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the overall number of children and young people contacts offered, and sessions carried out per week to improve timely access and minimise waiting times.

Training and Supervision

  • Attend and fulfil all the requirements of the training element of the post including practical, academic, and practice-based assessments.
  • Apply learning from any CPD training to practice
  • Collaborate in clinical supervision and case management, to meet the required standards.
  • Prepare and present case load information to supervisors and case managers within the service on an agreed and scheduled basis, to ensure safe practice and the governance obligations of the trainee, supervisor and service are delivered.
  • Respond to and implement supervision suggestions by supervisors in practice.
  • Work within the boundaries of service delivery and support to meet the requirements of the service needs.
  • Engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improve competences and practice.

Partnership Working

  • To create and maintain effective working relationships within the MHST and develop close working relationships with partner agencies including staff in educational settings, 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 experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
  • 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 childrens mental health providers including CaMHS and support the development of pathways of support.


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

A Professional and Ethical Service

  • To work within CYP IAPT Delivering with and Delivering Well Values and Standards
  • To work within the 5 Principles of transforming children, young people mental health services, including participation, evidence-based practice, raising awareness, collaboration through routine outcome monitoring tools and proactively engaging with individuals to improve access
  • 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 and case management as per Alliance supervision policy and in line with the appropriate professional body - BABCP
  • To work within Data Protection Act 2018, GDPR and Alliance Information Governance policies and procedures
  • To ensure a safe and secure working environment for yourself 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 Alliances organisational objectives and priorities.

Person Specification

Other Skills and Qualities


  • Demonstrates an understanding and ability to work with low-intensity CBT approaches and willing to support the implementation of Alliance model and integrate within practice.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of assessment and risk
  • Shows a willingness to work flexibly to meet the needs of both service, children, young people and families and university requirements.
  • Ability to work with an agreed caseload and manage agreed targets and performance measures
  • Demonstrates an understanding of childrens mental health
  • Demonstrates a willingness to undertake clinical supervision and case management
  • Shows responsibility for continuous professional development
  • A clear understanding of LSCB policies and procedures and commitment to the safeguarding of children and young people
  • Case Management & Line-Management
  • Under supervision demonstrates a willingness to challenge assumptions and practice and with guidance can provide alternative and creative solutions
  • Demonstrates commitment to deliver high quality services
  • Demonstrates an ability to effectively build and manage relationships with referrers both within schools and community
  • Strong working relationships with school leadership teams to support and maintain contracts
  • Demonstrates a consistently positive attitude to working within Alliance
  • Demonstrates willingness to work collaboratively with children, young people and families
  • Has the willingness under supervision 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
  • 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



  • Holds a recognised CYP-IAPT qualification in Low-Intensity CBT Interventions (CWP/EMHP)
  • Holds a recognised membership of a relevant professional body (ie BACP/BABCP BAAT/UKCP/BPS)
  • If you do not hold a recognised CYP-IAPT qualification, we can accept candidates who are qualified PWPs. Must hold a qualification from PWP Training Course (Post Graduate Certificate) OR UCAPD PWP qualification.


  • Is accredited with a relevant professional body (ie BACP/BABCP/BAAT/UKCP/BPS)



  • Demonstrates an understanding of CYP IAPT


  • post qualification experience as a practicing counsellor/psychological therapist
  • Demonstrates an understanding of Alliance children, young people and families service, including referral pathways and criteria for access
  • Experience of working within a childrens mental health service
  • Experience of working within educational establishments
  • Experience of working with children and young people

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

Employer's website

https://www.alliancepsychology.com/ (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Kaye Hooker



Date posted

11 November 2021

Pay scheme



£24,500 to £27,000 a year



Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

24 Yarm Road



TS18 3NA

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