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Mental Health Practitioner/Counsellor South Wales (ID: 1189)

As part of our growth and development in Wales we are delighted to be moving into new areas and setting up cluster based working across a number of schools.

Fixed Term for 1 Year
Hours: Both part time and full time considered
Days: Mon - Fri

We welcome applications from bilingual (Welsh/English) speakers.

In Rhondda Cynon Taf we are setting up two clusters which will each contain five primary schools. We are seeking Mental Health Practitioners / Counsellors to work within each cluster.

What does this look like?

We are open to each cluster of five schools being supported by either one full time practitioner or two part time practitioners. Two part time practitioners could mean either two 2.5 day posts or one 3 day post and one 2 day post.

The successful candidate(s):

Will have a recognised counselling or therapy qualification with post-qualifying experience, along with a good knowledge of the school environment and experience of working with children and young people.

Your mindset is important; we are an exciting, dynamic organisation doing amazing work so we're looking for people with the enthusiasm and commitment to match our own.

Whilst the role in therapeutic in nature we are also looking for candidates with strong self-management, prioritisation and organisational skills as the role will entail working with multiple schools, requiring project and relationship management.

You will:

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/BAPT)
Have a minimum of one year’s experience of working therapeutically with children, young people and schools (Place2Be placement will be considered)
Have experience of safeguarding/child protection policy and procedures as well as a commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
Take an active approach to self-development and demonstrate understanding of up to date research and emerging best practice in children and young people’s mental health services
Show an ability to make use of your own line management and clinical supervision to reflect on and learn about your own practice
be able to manage multiple tasks, be well organised and able to prioritise

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
Self-referral drop in sessions for students
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’.

All successful applicants to clinical roles will be asked to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS/PVG.

1st Interview: Friday 9th September, via Zoom

Please feel free to contact Emma Bell, Area Manager for South Wales, for an informal conversation or to find out more about these roles (emma.bell@place2be.org.uk)

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.

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