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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Employer
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Worthing or Chichester
Salary
£47,126 to £53,219 a year Pro rata
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Band 8a Child Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

0.6 WTE at Coastal CAMHS, West Sussex

Base: Worthing Hospital, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing BN11 2DH and / or 72 Stockbridge Road, Chichester, PO19 8QJ, some hours dedicated to work remotely. .

The Coastal CAMHS team are excited to be able to advertise this new post for an enthusiastic and innovative Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist to join us in delivering and developing psychotherapy across our care pathways. The committed multidisciplinary teams based at Worthing and Chichester work with children and their families aged 5 -18 with the full range of presenting mental health difficulties and include child psychiatrists and psychologists, nurses, art psychotherapists, systemic family therapists and social workers. The team hosts assistant and trainee child psychotherapists and anticipates that this role will include the service supervision of one or more trainees, alongside providing individual or group supervision to other qualified CAPts.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for receiving, assessing and allocating internal referrals for specialist psychodynamic psychotherapy at Coastal CAMHS, and for providing treatment for some of the most complex children and young people. The local demographic includes families from both affluent and more economically deprived areas. There is also a significant child refugee and asylum seeking population. Child psychotherapists have a dedicated role in offering STPP as a core treatment for adolescents experiencing depression, in working with children who are suffering cPTSD consequent on early life trauma, and in engaging and assessing high risk treatment resistant young people. Initial assessments, brief work, work with parents, group work and consultation to networks of professionals are also offered by the child psychotherapy team, alongside traditional longer term interventions with individual children and young people. SPFT welcomes innovation and creativity in a context of high quality governance and finite resources, so that there will be opportunity for group initiatives, research and care pathway development commensurate with the successful applicant's interests, skills and experience.

You will be accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapists and have at least 2 years' post qualifying experience.

About us

We are a large NHS Mental Health Trust in South East England and are looking for people to help us provide high quality services for the patients, carers and local communities that we serve.

We want patients and staff to recommend our organisation as a place where they would be happy for their friends and family to be treated. You can help us to do this by bringing your skills, experience and commitment to Sussex Partnership.

What colleagues say about working for SPFT as a child psychotherapist ...

.... a team of stimulating, supportive, warm, reflexive practitioners that appreciate psychoanalytic thinking ...

... SPFT is a really friendly working environment, colleagues are welcoming, down-to-earth and dedicated ...

... lovely supportive team; lots of opportunity for creativity and innovation with young people from a diverse range of backgrounds ...

... I really enjoy being able to work with such interesting children and young people - families who wouldn't access this kind of work anywhere else ...

The successful psychotherapist will be fully supported by our 'New to CAMHS training', local Consultant Therapy and Clinical CAPy leadership, and our team of child and adolescent psychotherapists. We value and protect our time to think together, to share learning experiences, theoretical practice and work together on new models of care and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Coastal CAMHS team are excited to be able to advertise this new post for an enthusiastic and innovative Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist to join us in delivering and developing psychotherapy across our care pathways. The committed multidisciplinary teams based at Worthing and Chichester work with children and their families aged 5 -18 with the full range of presenting mental health difficulties and include child psychiatrists and psychologists, nurses, art psychotherapists, systemic family therapists and social workers. The team hosts assistant and trainee child psychotherapists and anticipates that this role will include the service supervision of one or more trainees, alongside providing individual or group supervision to other qualified CAPts.

You will be accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapists and have at least 2 years' post qualifying experience.

The post holder will be responsible for receiving, assessing and allocating internal referrals for specialist psychodynamic psychotherapy at Coastal CAMHS, and for providing treatment for some of the most complex children and young people. The local demographic includes families from both affluent and more economically deprived areas. There is also a significant child refugee and asylum seeking population. Child psychotherapists have a dedicated role in offering STPP as a core treatment for adolescents experiencing depression, in working with children who are suffering cPTSD consequent on early life trauma, and in engaging and assessing high risk treatment resistant young people. Initial assessments, brief work, work with parents, group work and consultation to networks of professionals are also offered by the child psychotherapy team, alongside traditional longer term interventions with individual children and young people. SPFT welcomes innovation and creativity in a context of high quality governance and finite resources, so that there will be opportunity for group initiatives, research and care pathway development commensurate with the successful applicants interests, skills and experience.

For further information regarding this post please contact Dr Jo Russell, Professional Lead for Psychotherapy 07920544839 or Sam Rogers, Locality Manager: Samantha.rogers@spft.nhs.uk

Person Specification Criteria Essential
  • Recognised postgraduate level training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy conferring eligibility for full membership of the Association of Child Psychotherapists.
  • Professionally registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists
  • Evidence of relevant continuing professional development.
  • Extensive experience of delivering specialist psychoanalytic psychotherapy (assessment, formulation and treatment) maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • A high level of competence in applying a child psychotherapy to complex difficulties and a proven track record of delivering positive outcomes in this therapy
  • Substantial experience in mental health gained during and/or after child psychotherapy training.
  • Experience of offering teaching, training and supervision within a demanding organisational context.
  • Experience of delivering group interventions
  • Experience of representing psychoanalytic psycho therapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care within a complex organisational context.
  • Experience of the application of child psychotherapy in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation and intervention frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability to work within a large geographical area effectively, managing travel arrangements and using creative working solutions.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
Desirable
  • Experience of conducting formal research, audit or service evaluation in a healthcare setting
  • Lived experience of mental health issues.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.


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