We would like to invite applications from Clinical Psychologists with experience of working with children and young people to join our hardworking, multi-disciplinary team. The Starfish Team delivers a countywide service offering assessment and intervention for children aged 5-18 with a diagnosed learning disability who are experiencing significant behavioral and/or mental health difficulties. The person will be passionate and enthusiastic in their approach to service delivery and committed to improving the lives of children and young people. We welcome applications from newly qualified Psychologists, on the understanding that the post will be rated at Band 7, until completion of preceptorship.
Main duties of the job They will work alongside experienced Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists, Lead and Specialist Children's Learning Disability Nurses, Specialist Family Support Workers, an Occupational Therapist, a Speech & Language Therapist, a Systemic Family Psychotherapist, a Communication and Therapy Assistant Practitioner, a Clinical Coordinator and other professionals involved in the assessment and planning of interventions for children and their families. You will be expected to use a range of assessment skills, interviews with parents and carers, and observations in a range of settings, to inform the assessment and diagnostic process as well as the planning and provision of interventions. There will be opportunities to contribute to the supervision, teaching and training of other professionals within the team.
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Job description Job responsibilities
To provide a qualified clinical psychology service to clients of the learning disability and development integrated teams with Learning Disabilities who have complex and challenging needs)/
To provide specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention at the same time as offering advice and consultation on the psychological care of children and young people to non-psychologist colleagues and to other nonprofessional carers.
To act as lead specialist within the team on matters relating to psychology, cognitive impairment and learning, challenging behaviour and psychological approaches in mental health in children with learning disabilities.
To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of each teams policies and procedures.
To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the teams.
Person Specification Experience Essential
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment of children and young people
- Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
Skills, Ability & Knowledge Essential
- Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment
- Skills in family work, individual and group work and in programme planning
- Planning and organising skills for caseload management
- Skills in self-management, including time management
- Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
- Good understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of children and young people.
- Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision
- Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group
- Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
- Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology
- Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
- Ability to teach and train others using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public
- Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in children with autistic spectrum disorders
- Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
- Knowledge of safe guarding children and The Children's Act 2004.
- Able to drive and access to vehicle
- Able to speak English Language
- Enhanced CRB check
- To implement Norfolk Steps physical interventions
- Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence.
- Training in the supervision of clinical psychologists (inc. trainees)
- Chartered Clinical Psychologist
- Training in diagnostic assessment of Austic Spectrum Disorders e.g. DISCO, ADOS & ADI).
Personal Attributes Essential
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Able to contain and work with high levels of distress from children and their families
- Able to contain and work with organisational stress
- Interpersonally calm and able to defuse difficult, volatile situations
- Able to tolerate ambiguity and to take decisions in situations of incomplete information.
- Ability to exercise appropriate levels of self-care
- Good organisational skills
- Motivated towards personal and professional development with a strong CPD record
- Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
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