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Mental Health Practitioners

  • Part time
  • £26,520 pro-rata
  • Various locations
  • Closing 28th June 2022


  • Advertised from 8th June 2022

Role

Mental Health Practitioner Scotland Various roles available:

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.

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.

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

Please feel free to contact our Recruitment team via jobs@place2be.org.uk if you have any questions about this role, or would like to speak to someone.

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.

About Us

Place2Be is the leading children's mental health charity providing in-school support and expert professional development to improve the emotional wellbeing of children and young people, families, teachers and school staff. The charity currently provides an embedded mental health service in almost 400 UK primary and secondary schools supporting a school community of around 225,000 children and young people.

Our teams provide a range of services in our partner schools to build resilience early in life through counselling, creative work and play and support a child’s ability to engage in school life. Our work, focused on early intervention, is part of the ‘comprehensive CAMHS system’.

Through our professional development programme, we are training c1200 Counsellors on Placement each year who build their mental health and counselling skills and experience through practice in our partner schools. We also provide a range of professional development programmes on mental health and wellbeing for school leaders, teachers and other professionals who work with children and young people, so we can help to build ‘mentally healthy’ schools and communities where all children can thrive and flourish.

We continue to pilot, trial and explore new ways in which we can develop our practice as well as share learning, expertise and findings from the robust evidence and evaluation we gather. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is our Royal Patron and Place2Be is one of the founding charity partners of Heads Together. We also work collaboratively with a range of charities and expert organisations to leverage best-in-class knowledge and expertise to inform, develop and improve outcomes for the children, families and schools we support. We ask our staff team to share our core values of perseverance, integrity, compassion and creativity, and to have the skills and patience to support some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and families.

Application notes

Please view/download the full Job Description and Person Specification on our website for further details.