The University of Glasgow is committed to the wellbeing and success of its students. As a member of the Student Wellbeing and Inclusion Team, the Senior Therapist will work within a multi-disciplinary team of professional staff to deliver high quality support to students presenting with a range of mental health difficulties. The post holder will provide mental health assessment and short model therapeutic interventions tailored to individual needs. As required, the Senior Therapist will provide advice and consultation regarding Students' psychological care, carrying out early assessment/intervention for those at risk i.e. presenting with suicidal ideation and plans and be confident, if appropriate, in liaising with external services.
The post holder will provide training, guidance and support to staff of the University on matters concerning student mental and emotional wellbeing. Participate in service development that includes service policy and practices within the University. Provide clinical supervision to trainee practitioners and work collaboratively with the Clinical Leads and Head of Service to ensure effective and efficient service delivery.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. Provide highly specialised consultation, assessment and appropriate therapeutic intervention to clients presenting with a wide range of mental health problems, moderate to severe psychological distress, enduring mental health problems and personality disorders.
2. Make recommendations regarding the suitability of interventions, appropriateness and priority of referrals; consider alternative referral options for those cases not deemed suitable for the University Counselling Service. This may involve liaising with GPs, NHS community mental health teams, other clinicians and other university colleagues involved in pastoral care, crisis management and mental health provision.
3. Take responsibility for clinical decisions and convene case conferences where necessary in order to agree strategies for supporting students who are considered to be a risk to themselves and/or to others
4. To undertake mental health risk assessment and risk management for relevant students and provide advice on the psychological aspects of risk to the multi-disciplinary team.
5. To undertake a range of therapeutic interventions, drawing on a range of psychological models, and employing a range of modalities (individual/ groups) adapted and tailored to the needs of the student, and in line with current evidence-based practice.
6. To communicate written and orally in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment and treatment plans of clients and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of treatment.
7. Supervise and mentor trainees from professional training programmes.
8. In collaboration with the Clinical Leads and other colleagues, contribute to the development of strategies, policies and practices, which ensure a healthier learning and working environment for students and staff.
9. Be responsible for providing an informed opinion and/or verifying students' mitigating circumstances to academic colleagues and external funding bodies in accordance with the University and funding agencies regulations and service Code of Confidentiality and Management of Personal Information.
10. Engage in regular clinical and management supervision to evaluate client work in order to ensure competence, fitness to practice and to comply with good practice guidelines and professional standards.
11. To participate in the training and development of University staff involved in student support, crisis management, and pastoral care.
12. Engage with colleges and schools to ensure that frontline staff are equipped to support students and have access to advice and guidance when it is required.
To find out more and to apply please visit our vacancies page and search for Vacancy Reference 091327
Closing Date: 17 August 2022