Trainee High Intensity CBT (HI CBT) Therapist

Alliance Psychological Services Limited

The closing date is 23 September 2021

Job summary

Are you 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 have a number of exciting trainee opportunities available both within Alliance and ABC Counselling, Play Therapy & Family Solutions.

This is a great time to join both our organisations, where our teams are both leading on and involved 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. We support a whole school/college approach to improving mental health and wellbeing. We also provide psychological therapies to children and families with multiple and complex needs.

You will share our services vision and organisation values for understanding and meeting the different needs of individuals, families, and communities across Teesside.

You must have right to work in the UK as we do not currently offer working visa opportunities.

Closing Date: 23/09/2021

Interviews: 04/10/2021

Main duties of the job

You will be employed by either Alliance Psychological Services or ABC Counselling, Play Therapy & Family Solutions. Alongside employment you will undertake an academic programme with Northumbria University, and you will be trained to deliver high-intensity evidence-based CBT therapy. During training and with effective guidance and supervision you will provide a range of interventions in schools and across local communities, helping to develop a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing and supporting the wider delivery of Childrens Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Services through the Thrive Framework and the Getting Help offer across Teesside.

You will be supporting the delivery/ development of a range of groupwork and 1:1 intervention with children, young people and parents and building the offer of mild-moderate mental health interventions.

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.

ABC Counselling, Play Therapy & Family Solutions offers first rate training and development opportunities, flexible working (where appropriate), 38 days annual leave per annum/pro rata, high quality support and a 3% contributory pension scheme.

We both follow 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.

We are both committed to promoting equal opportunities in our employment practice and service delivery. We are signatories to the Mindful Employers Charter.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The postholder will operate within a wider team of psychological therapists and will deliver, with Clinical supervision, high-quality; outcome focused evidence-based CBT interventions for children and young people who are experiencing mental health disorders such as anxiety & depression. The postholder will have the necessary knowledge, attitude and capabilities to operate effectively in an inclusive, value driven service. The post holder will attend university based taught and self-study days required by Northumbria university as the HEI, as specified within the agreed national curriculum and deliver therapies and support for the remaining days of the week, using their newly developed skills.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Therapeutic Practice

  • Be supervised, supported and assessed in the delivery of outcome focused, evidence-based cognitive behavioural interventions for depressive disorders in children and young people and anxiety disorders in children and young people.
  • Support with identifying suitability of presenting cases of Anxiety and Depression.
  • Demonstrate skilled competence in the ability to work collaboratively with children, young people and their carers in assessing and formulating/conceptualising the nature of presenting anxiety disorders.
  • Demonstrate skilled competence in the ability to work collaboratively with children, young people and their carers in developing and implementing Cognitive Behavioural treatment plans for the range of anxiety disorders and presentations
  • Demonstrate skilled competence in the ability to work collaboratively with children, young people and their carers in evaluating the outcomes of Cognitive Behavioural treatment for anxiety disorders, utilising appropriate outcome measures.
  • Critically engage with clinical supervision processes relating to the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety disorders in children and young people.
  • Show evidence in a variety of forms that interventions are provided from an inclusive values base, which recognises and respects diversity.

  • Discuss with supervisors and agree to accept appropriate referrals for children and young people in a wide range of settings, according to agreed referral routes, processes and procedures.
  • Under supervision, undertake accurate assessments of risk to self and others.
  • Learn, understand, rationalise and adhere to the policies and protocols within Alliance and any other multi-agency establishments where you may be attached.
  • Engage along with more senior staff in the signposting of referrals for children and young people and families with more complex needs to the relevant service.
  • Engage in robust managerial and clinical supervision and case management, identifying the scope of practice of the individual postholder within the role, and working safely within that scope.
  • Practice, evidence and demonstrate an ability to manage ones own caseload in conjunction with the requirements of the team.
  • 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.
  • Complete all requirements relating to data collection.
  • Show evidence of working within a collaborative approach, involving a range of relevant others when indicated. Specifically, work in collaboration with parents, children, young people and the wider community to enhance and broaden access to mental health services.
  • Contribute to the development of individual or group clinical materials or training materials and go on to develop further such materials as falls within own degree of competence.

Training and supervision

  • Attend and fulfil all the requirements of the training element of the post including practical, academic and practice-based assessments.
  • As well as attendance at the University for training, fulfil private study requirements to enhance learning and prepare assignments for examination, for at least one day a week.
  • Apply learning from the training programme directly to practice through the course.
  • Receive practice tutoring from mentors within Alliance in relation to course work to meet the required standards.
  • Prepare and present case load information to supervisors/case managers within the service on an agreed and scheduled basis, in order to ensure safe practice and the governance obligations of the trainee, supervisor and service.
  • Engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improve competences and practice.
  • Be involved in the evaluation of the course and case studies from service


  • Ensure the maintenance of standards of own professional practice according to both the postholders employer and the Higher Education Institution in which they are enrolled.
  • Ensure appropriate adherence to any new recommendations or guidelines set by the relevant departments.
  • Ensure that confidentiality is always protected.
  • Ensure that any risks or issues related to the safety and wellbeing of anyone the postholder comes into contact within the course of their professional duties are communicated and shared with appropriate parties in order to maintain individual safety and the public interest.
  • Ensure clear objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with supervisor and line-manager and senior colleagues on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.
  • Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives.
  • Keep all records up to date in relation to Continuous Professional Development and the requirements of the post and ensure personal development plans maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.
  • Attend relevant educational opportunities in line with identified professional objectives.
  • To work within Data Protection Act 1998 and Alliance Information Governance policies and procedures

Partnership Working

  • 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 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.
  • 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 childs 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 Alliances organisational objectives and priorities.

Person Specification

Personal Qualities


  • 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



  • It is essential that the applicant will have previous experience of working with children and young people families and in a therapeutic setting
  • Knowledge of the national, regional and local programmes for childrens mental health & wellbeing
  • Delivery of evidence based programmes to parents/carers
  • Experience delivering therapeutic interventions in a psychological therapy or mental health service
  • Experience of working therapeutically with children, young people and families
  • Ability to learn in a variety of settings and using a variety of learning methods
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to study as a self-motivated learner who can formulate their own progress towards learning objectives and negotiate pathways to achievement with supervisory teams



  • A relevant degree in Psychology or other health/social care/youth undergraduate degree
  • A Counselling qualification or other relevant psychological therapy qualification
  • BACP, UKCP, BPS, HCPC or other professional membership.
  • Ability to study at postgraduate/degree level.
  • Proven record of previous academic attainment.

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

For help with your application, contact:

Kaye Hooker


Date posted

07 September 2021

Pay scheme



£26,000 a year This is the salary whilst training



Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

24 Yarm Road



TS18 3NA

ABC Counselling

23a The Green



TS23 1ES

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