As a Mental Health Practitioner/Counsellor, you will effectively manage all aspects of the Place2Be provision in partnership with the school ensuring that the children and young people are provided with therapeutic and emotional support, high quality clinical practice and delivery of a full and effective service in Place2Be schools. This includes undertaking clinical assessments and formulations.
Hours: 35 hrs p/w
Days: Monday- Friday
Location: Ark Charter Academy
Our teams provide a range of services in our partner schools to build resilience early in life through a range of universal and targeted interventions:
therapeutic and psychoeducational group work
brief structured one to one work
digital platforms in partnership with external providers
online and face to face parenting training and advice
consultation with school staff
All of these support a child’s ability to engage in school life and also support the mental health of the whole school community. Our work, focused on early intervention, is part of the ‘comprehensive CAMHS system’.
You will also undertake one to one or clinical or group work with children and/or young people and provide Place2Be services such as Place2Talk, Place2Think and Parent Partnership interventions as agreed with the Area Manager and school leadership team.
You'll ensure high quality clinical practice and delivery of a full and effective service in Place2Be schools, by undertaking clinical assessments and formulations, identifying and delivering appropriate clinical interventions for children and young people, establishing positive, active and effective relationships with the school and Place2Be management team and actively participating in staff meetings to share best practice and develop clinical thinking, knowledge and learning.
The successful candidate:
Will have a recognised counselling or therapy qualification with substantial post-qualifying experience, along with a good knowledge of the school environment. Most important of all is your approach; we are an exciting, dynamic organisation doing amazing work so we're looking for people with the enthusiasm and commitment to match our own.
hold a recognised clinical qualification (in counselling, psychotherapy, clinical psychology, Art/Dance/Drama/Music Therapy)
hold a recognised membership of a relevant professional body (e.g. BACP / UKCP/NCS/BPS/HCPC)
experience in a clinical role with experience and understanding of working with children, young people and schools
demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the importance of embedding Assessment and Formulation in clinical practice
experience of safeguarding child protection procedures and policy and commitment to safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
show an understanding of how to run an effective school based mental health project and managing and accounting for overall caseload
have previous experience in developing project plans into sensible, timely actions that meet the expectations of the school and more senior colleagues
1st Interview: 31/08/2022 ZOOM Video Interview
In return we offer you a range of fantastic benefits including:
Enhanced Annual Leave entitlement
Robust Learning and Development Programme
Contributory Pension Scheme
Life Assurance, 4x Annual Salary
Employee Assistance Programme
Mobile Phone Discounts (EE Network)
Cycle purchase and season ticket loan schemes
Extended Maternity/Paternity Pay
If you share our core values of perseverance, integrity, compassion and creativity and have the counselling skills and patience to support some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people and families, we would love you to join us. It’s sensitive and demanding work – but hugely rewarding and fulfilling - you will be helping to give young people a brighter future.