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Family & Systemic Psychotherapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum inc HCA
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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City & Hackney Specialist CAMHS/CAMHS Disability

Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

Band 7


Band 6 whilst awaiting qualification in the next 6 months, and Band 7 on successful accreditation

1.0wte - Permanent
  • Are you a qualified or soon to be-qualified Family and Systemic Psychotherapist who is passionate about using your knowledge to make a real difference to the lives of young people and their families in the City of London & Hackney?
  • Do you have experience of delivering psychological assessments/interventions and want to use your skills within an established specialist CAMHS team within a socially, culturally and economically diverse inner London borough?
  • Are you looking to work in creative ways with families and multi-agency systems to engage young people and communities who may traditionally be less well served by services?
  • Do you have strong engagement skills and are interested in working to create whole system change to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people?

If so, we would be delighted for you to join us in the Emotional and Behavioural Pathway and CAMHS Disability Team within City and Hackney CAMHS!

If so, we would be delighted for you to join us in the Emotional and Behavioural Pathway and CAMHS Disability Team within City and Hackney CAMHS!

Main duties of the job

As part of the Emotional and Behavioural pathway and CAMHS Disability, you will work collaboratively with children, young people and their families who present with multiple and complex needs relating to emotional and behavioural difficulties, such as anxiety and low mood, loss, attachment and trauma and families who have children with neurodevelopmental conditions.

You will join a supportive and experienced, multi-disciplinary team of clinicians - working together with Clinical Psychologists, Systemic Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Child Psychotherapists and CBT therapists.

The teams provide a variety of comprehensive specialist assessments and evidence-based therapeutic interventions, including individual approaches (e.g. CBT, DBT, EMDR, IPT-A, and psychotherapy), systemic and family work (e.g. Family Therapy clinics, ABFT, parenting and narrative approaches), and group work (e.g. an anxiety group). As part of the wider Hackney CAMHS Alliance, we also work closely with our partner agencies (including statutory and voluntary organisations) to provide specialist advice, consultation and multi-agency responses.

It would also be highly desirable for applicants to possess strong engagement skills, the ability to work creatively, manage risk and work effectively with complex multi-agency networks.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see JD (Job Description) and PS (Personal Specification) for full details of role requirements.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Prior qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession such as Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Nursing or Counselling.
  • Masters or Doctoral level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy or AFT agreed equivalent
  • UKCP Registered
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with children and young people with a wide range of mental health problems
  • Experience of care planning
  • Previous experience of working in CAMHS
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary way
  • Experience in crisis work
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse Inner city area
  • Experience of working with children with disabilities/and or neurodevelopmental conditions
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS
  • Knowledge of relevant research and literature relating to child development/disabiltity/ASD and systemic therapy.
  • Skills in applying theory to work with individuals, couples, family systems, groups and organisations
  • Able to manage own time and caseload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work effectively across organisational boundaries
  • Relevant computer skills
  • A high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback
  • Knowledge of and skill in using a wide variety of systemic theories and interventions and the ability to use these appropriately in relation to client need and work setting.
  • Awareness of current national guidelines and policies in the field of CAMHS.
  • Specific knowledge of pertinent issues for CAMHS
  • In depth knowledge of CAMHS issues including assessment and interventions
  • Evidence of continuing Professional Development as required by governing body guidelines
  • Knowledge of The Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and associated legislation
  • Knowledge of specific inner city issues which impact of care delivery
  • Knowledge of the Children's Act and other appropriate legislation
  • Knowledge of standard setting and audit implementation
  • A working knowledge of Child Protection Guidelines
  • Teaching skills, both in clinical and education settings
  • An awareness of different research methods
Other Essential
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Self-motivated, assertive and flexible
  • Proven qualities in sustaining the mental, emotional and physical demands of specialized therapeutic work with disturbed and distressed children, adolescents and their families/carer networks.
  • Freedom to act: Physical effort: Confined sitting position(therapy);travelling within community.
  • Mental effort: Writing reports; planning teaching; concentrating for therapy sessions /clinical supervision; managing psychiatric emergencies.
  • Emotional effort: Dealing with families in breakdown; experiencing trauma and abuse; occasional patient complaints; conveying of unwelcome news
  • Working conditions: Occasional verbal and physical abuse; unpredictable clinical scenarios eg emergency home visits; travel in community all weathers.

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