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Community Mental Health Practitioner/Counsellor (Carrick and Girvan Academies)

  • Part time
  • £26,000 pro-rata
  • South Ayrshire - Carrick Academy & Girvan Academy
  • Closing 31st October 2021

  • Advertised from 20th October 2021
  • £10,400 - 14hrs p/w (days TBC). Fixed Term Contract for 2 Years.


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As our Community Mental Health Practitioner, you will work in partnership with the Carrick Academy and Girvan Academy school communities in South Ayrshire, with an outward facing priority towards community collaboration ensuring that the young people are provided with therapeutic and emotional support, high quality clinical practice and delivery of a full and effective service. This includes undertaking clinical assessments and formulations.

This is a new role which is embedded within the local community, as such the successful candidate will be highly motivated and flexible, to help develop an innovate service across Carrick and Girvan community in collaboration with the schools and our staff in those schools. A key part of this role will be identifying and building effective links with the local community, including statutory and third sector partners, who work with young people in the area. Evening work and travel to both school communities, is expected.

You will receive referrals from our community partners, undertake clinical work with young people and possibly provide Place2Be services such as Place2Talk, Place2Think and Parent Partnership interventions as agreed with the Area Manager, and school based Mental Health Practitioners within each school. This work may take place in a school or community setting during business hours. Input to community groups will take place in evenings.

You'll ensure high quality clinical practice and delivery of a full and effective service, by undertaking clinical assessments and formulations, identifying and delivering appropriate clinical interventions for young people, establishing positive, active and effective relationships with the school and community partners and Place2Be management team and actively participating in staff meetings to share best practice and develop clinical thinking, knowledge and learning.

About You

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.

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)
  • 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

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.

Application notes

Please view/download the full Job Description and Person Specification and apply via our website

Closing date: 31st October 2021

1st Interview: TBC November 2021 ZOOM Video Interview