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Mental Health Practitioner/ Online Counsellor

  • Part time
  • £26,000 pro-rata
  • Anywhere in the UK
  • Closing 13th August 2021


  • Advertised from 6th August 2021
  • Fixed Term: 9 months with possibility of extension. Hours: 24hrs p/w home-based, Online School Counsellor/ Mental Health Practitioner. Days: 3 days TBC. £15,600 pro rata (from FTE of £26,000 p.a)

Role

Please note: You will need to have a good understanding of the Scottish Education System

As an Online School Counsellor/ Mental Health Practitioner, you will effectively manage the Place2Be counselling provision in partnership with the high school and children in P6/P7 from associated primaries ensuring that the children and young people are provided with therapeutic and emotional support, and high quality clinical practice. This includes undertaking clinical assessments and formulations.

You will undertake one to one online counselling with children and/or young people and may provide Place2Be services such as Groupwork, Place2Talk, Place2Think and Parent Partnership interventions, also online, as agreed with the Area Manager and school leadership team.

This is a home-based role delivering services remotely.

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.

You will be responsible for 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.

Diversity and Inclusion

Place2Be is committed to equal opportunities and anti-discrimination practices and we positively encourage applications from all sections of the community. We are particularly interested in attracting applications from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

Additionally, for our clinical roles we are particularly keen in attracting male candidates to reflect the diversity of the partner schools and communities we work in.

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

About You

The successful candidate:

Will have a recognised counselling or psychotherapy 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 or psychotherapy. Because of the funding stream for this post, we cannot accept applications from arts therapists or play therapists.)
  • Must have an understanding of the Scottish System
  • 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

Application notes

1st Interview: TBC August 2021 ZOOM Video Interview

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.

To apply or to view/download the full Job Description and Person Specification, please visit our website for further details careers.place2be.org.uk/vacancies/291/mental-health-practitioner-online-counsellor--scotland.html

School URL: thursohighschool.org.uk