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DBI Practitioner (2 posts)

  • Full time
  • £21,634
  • West Dunbartonshire
  • Closing 31st January 2022

  • Advertised from 20th January 2022
  • Salary Point 22. Permanent. 35 hours per week
  • W686


Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.

SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for more than 90 years.

Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances

Scottish Government has announced an extension to the programme of Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) across Scotland. The extended programme will be available to support people whose mental health has been impacted as a result of the pandemic. SAMH are looking to recruit DBI practitioners to provide a Level 2 DBI service to West Dunbartonshire.

A Distress Brief Intervention is a time limited and supportive, problem solving contact with an individual in distress and is a two-level approach. DBI level 1 is provided by staff in the mental health , primary care and education and involves a compassionate response, signposting and offer of referral to a DBI level 2 service.

DBI level 2 is provided by trained SAMH staff who receive referrals from front line level 1 staff and respond accordingly within 24 hours. The DBI Practitioner will contact the person within 24-hours of referral and provide compassionate, problem solving support, wellness and distress management planning, supported connections and signposting for a period of up to 14 days. The DBI Practitioner role is an exciting and challenging post which makes a real difference to young peoples lives. You will use your great communication skills and mature attitude to support people to achieve their identified outcomes. Previous experience and knowledge of supporting people with their mental health would be desirable.

We are looking to recruit 2 very highly motivated individuals to join our West Dunbartonshire DBI team. DBI practitioners provide support, advice and personal support planning for Young people referred from –frontline services, carrying out a 14 day intervention to people in distress. The role of the DBI Practitioners is to review the reasons for the individuals distress, and support the person to develop immediate coping strategies and link them into a range of appropriate community services and facilities.. The DBI Practitioner will also support the person in distress to develop their Distress Brief Intervention Management Plan and link individuals into a range of appropriate community services and facilities as appropriate

  • You will have the skills provide compassionate connected direction and guidance to people referred to the DBI from Primary Care , Education and Police Scotland
  • Support the Team Leader to co-ordinate, evaluate and review this support while providing accurate data information and completed distress management plans .
  • Have the ability to communicate constructively and confidently with multiple partner agencies such as Primary Care , Education and Police Scotland.
  • You will have the skills and knowledge to ensure safe and effective provision of support to those people who use the DBI service through the promotion of outcomes focused person centred approaches
  • You will have experience Working with children and young people and families with complex issues including trauma, mental health and child protection

Training in Level 2 Distress Brief Intervention, specific to the post, will be provided.

Application notes

Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties . A PVG check is required for this post, along with a Right to Work in the UK check. Candidates will also be required to provide proof of qualifications declared on the application form.

Closing date for all applications will be Monday 31st January at 12 noon.

PVG Scheme Membership, a Right to Work in the UK check and proof of qualifications declared on the application form are required.

Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties.

Application forms, job descriptions and guidelines are available to download from our website

Please note that your application should be completed electronically and emailed back to, no other form of application will be accepted.