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DBT Psychological Therapist in Training

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year once qualifie after the two years training would then be a band 7
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are delighted to offer an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic practitioner to train in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) with a view to transitioning to band 7 upon completing their training and accreditation in DBT.

You would be joining a friendly and supportive team of clinicians, who pride ourselves on delivering high quality care and promoting recovery. We are committed to continuing professional development and self-care, and ensuring staff are able to achieve the right work-life balance. All psychological therapists within the service are embedded within clinical teams, contributing to MDT care planning and the delivery of trauma informed care, and offering psychological assessment and evidence-based therapies. Within the service, we offer a range of therapies, including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), family interventions, Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Main duties of the job

You would complete postgraduate training in DBT, alongside offering a clinical service to patients under supervision. You will specialise in offering therapy to service users experiencing emotional dysregulation, including those with a diagnosis of emotionally unstable personality disorder. You will deliver full-package DBT as part of a team, including group work and coaching. You will also help deliver DBT-informed interventions such as emotional coping skills groups. You will attend DBT consult regularly, which will be a further source of learning and support. You will help deliver a Family Connections group for relatives and carers of those experiencing difficulties linked to emotion dysregulation. Alongside your direct clinical work, you will offer consultation, supervision and training to other team members.

We are seeking applicants with a core professional training in mental health (nursing, occupational therapy or social work) and some experience of working with people with a diagnosis of emotionally unstable personality disorder. Applicants should have solid experience in mental health and strong interpersonal skills, together with the motivation and aptitude to complete a postgraduate qualification in psychological therapy.

Flexible working arrangements are possible, including some remote working according to clinical need.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and keen to increase the diversity of our team.

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

With a workforce of more than 7000 and a footprint that spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, we're wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities, whilst placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

We are currently working closely with other NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services. Our new organisation, to be known as Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Foundation Trust, is set to launch in July 2024.

The transformation will happen in staggered stages Hampshire CAMHS, part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust joined Southern Health in February 2024, with Isle of Wight NHS Trust mental health and community services transitioning in early May 2024. The final combination of Southern Health and Solent Trusts is anticipated to occur in July 2024, when the new organisation will be formed.

Our new Trust will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, making healthcare across the county more accessible, as well as offering staff more opportunities for career development, training and partnership working.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • A recorded/registered qualification in one of the following at graduate level in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, art therapy or within a psychological therapy.


  • Training in DBT, DBT-informed interventions or other approaches to working with people with emotional dysregulation or a diagnosis of personality disorder
  • Training in delivering Family Connections



  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services.Experience of working with people who experience emotional instability and have a diagnosis of emotionally unstable personality disorder.Experience of effectively managing own caseload and time.


  • Experience of facilitating DBT or DBT-informed skills groups.
  • Experience working in a psychological therapy service.
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes

Additional Criteria


  • Demonstrable competencies in working with people with a personality disorder, to match the & quot generic& quot competencies in the UCL competency framework: Competencey Frameworks for people with personality disorders map (
  • Ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer literate
  • Skills in risk assessment within scope of practice.
  • Ability to remain calm in crisis situations and make sound risk management decisions.


  • Fluent in languages other than English
  • Experience of working with diverse communities within a multicultural setting

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Tatchbury Mount




SO40 2RZ

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