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Systemic Family Practitioner

As a Systemic Family Practitioner, you will deliver individual assessments and systemic family work for young people aged 2-17 years, with their families or carers, who are experiencing mild-to-moderate mental health difficulties.

You will work closely with the clinical staff and managers across the CYP team to plan and deliver a range of evidence-based psychological interventions for children and young people

The Children & Young People’s (CYP) Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service is an innovative service, delivering primary care mental health interventions to children and young people aged 2-25 years. The Wellbeing Service is a collaboration between YMCA DownsLink Group, Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and Southdown. For more information, please visit:

As part of the CYP Wellbeing Service, YMCA DownsLink Group (YMCA DLG) offer a range of short-term interventions tailored to young people’s presenting needs and age. These include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling, online counselling, low intensity psychological interventions, group treatments, creative arts & play therapies, social prescribing and family therapy.

To combat COVID-19 risk, YMCA DLG have increased the ability to deliver face-to-face and group therapies through secure online platforms. As part of YMCA DLG’s recovery plan, face-to-face interventions are being risk-assessed in readiness for a return to a ‘new normal’ in the future.

The ideal candidate will be AFT/UKCP registered and have a qualification in Systemic and/or Family Therapy for example:

  • Postgraduate Diploma Children & Young People’s IAPT Therapy – Systemic Family Practice.
  • MSc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy
  • MSc Systemic Psychotherapy

The position comes with excellent benefits, including 27 days annual leave per annum (plus bank holidays), a company sick pay scheme, a life assurance policy of 2x your annual salary, a health and wellbeing cash plan, and a cycle to work scheme. Please download a job pack for more information about other benefits offered.

If you are an applicant interested in this post and would like an informal discussion having read the job pack below/on the YMCA DLG Website, please contact Conrad Foote (Wellbeing & Therapeutic Services Manager) by emailing or Rebecca Wilson Green (Wellbeing Team Manager)

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work. As BAME groups are currently under-represented in this service, we particularly encourage applications from these communities.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Closing date for applications: Monday 30 November 2020 at 9am

Interview date: w/c 7 December

How To Apply…

You can download an application pack and an application form below. Please return your form to us by email at

Job Pack

Application Form