We are seeking a practitioner Psychologist who is motivated to help change the lives of some of the most vulnerable families in Surrey.
The post will be based within the Family Safeguarding Service of Surrey County Council (permanently seconded from Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Trust). You will be managed and supervised by the Lead Clinical Psychologists within the Safeguarding service and work alongside a team of social workers and other professionals with parents and their children where there is high risk of severe parenting problems including maltreatment and neglect.
Our ground-breaking family safeguarding model will bring together all the professionals we need, under one roof, to provide intensive support to parents to address the mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse that place children at risk of significant harm. As part of the mental health team, you will be working alongside parents experiencing a wide range of mental health needs that may be impacting upon their parenting role. There are opportunities to use a range of psychological models including systemic, CBT and trauma focused models to understand and meet parents’ needs and the social contexts that are impacting upon them. Alongside this direct work, a powerful part of the role is disseminating psychological knowledge within a multi-agency context. This includes providing training and consultation to Social Work colleagues to develop understanding of parents’ psychological needs and support relationships within the professional system. An important focus of our model is to invest in training all team members, with Social Work colleagues trained in motivational interviewing and excellent opportunities for CPD and training for psychologists.
The post will include professional development opportunities including supervising mental health practitioners within the service and developing group work. You will join a dedicated and enthusiastic multi-disciplinary team committed to developing the highest standards of assessment and treatment for the most vulnerable infants, children and parents. There will be ample opportunity to develop and apply a wide range of skills.
The post holder will be expected to work flexibly in line with the hours of operation and travel to and from other locations, including to family homes.
This post is suitable for candidates due to qualify this year.
The candidate must have a full and valid driving licence due to the community element of the role and the large geographical area this Team covers.
For further information, please contact: Dr Liana Hadleigh, Liana.firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Freddie Byrne, Freddie.Byrne@sabp.nhs.uk
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