We are seeking to recruit a Band 7 Specialist Family Therapist, to undertake our Band 7 to Band 8a Training and Progression Pathway.
The post holder will be supported to undertake training and gain experience in:
- One or more therapeutic modalities
- Advanced/ Specialist assessment and the use of standardised assessment tools such ADI-r and ADOS
- Leadership and supervision
- Service Development
- Teaching and training
On successful completion of this training and demonstrating the advanced clinical skills and leadership skills necessary for the post, the post holder will progress to a Band 8a Highly Specialist Family Therapist role.
This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, ambitious, and motivated Family Therapist who has demonstrable experience working with children, adolescents and families.
The post located Ealing Specialist CAMHS 1 Armstrong Way, Southall UB2 4SA. The post holder will join the well-established multidisciplinary Neuro-development Team
The successful candidate will also join a thriving network of family therapists across West London CAMHS who are dedicated to changing the future outcomes for children and young people who present to mental health services
Main duties of the job
As a Specialist Family Therapist you will work as an autonomous clinician to provide mental health assessment and specialist intervention for children, young people and families referred to the Service. You will also contribute to the leadership and development of the CAMHS family therapy team and you will have the opportunity to be involved in service development, audit, research and quality improvement projects.
Ealing CAMHS is a borough-located service, and operates as part of a wider three-borough CAMHS service, including Hounslow and Hammersmith and Fulham, within West London NHS Trust. The Ealing CAMHS Team is strongly aligned with the core values of the Trust; togetherness, responsibility, excellence, and caring. The Team is committed to providing services that are accessible to everyone, and it prides itself on its creative and innovative ways of delivering high quality evidence based care for children, young people and families referred to the service.
West London CAMHS is committed to supporting the development and progression of its staff. In addition to receiving regular supervision, all staff have access to training and development opportunities in line with their agreed development needs. Staff are also encouraged to be involved in quality improvement projects, audit and research, as well as to take a lead for areas of special interest, such as safeguarding, transitions, SEND.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic West London CAMHS has had to develop new and innovative ways of working. Our staff are currently providing a blend of face to face clinical contact as well as clinical contact via virtual platforms, resulting in a combination of onsite and remote working. All staff are provided with a laptop and mobile phone to support this way of agile working.
Job description Job responsibilities
We are looking to appoint a Specialist Family Therapist. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a commitment to creative engagement with a culturally diverse population of young people, show initiative, and be a team player. They will be able to communicate ideas clearly to both professionals and young people alike. Ability to demonstrate knowledge, competence and an interest in working with children who present with neuro-developmental conditions is essential for this role. The Specialist Family Therapist will also need to be flexible and have the necessary skills and experience to provide high quality care that is both evidence based and client focussed.
Post qualifying experience working within a multidisciplinary CAMHS or equivalent settings and evidence of professional development relevant to child and adolescent mental health practice are essential criteria for this post.
We welcome applicants with limited experience of working with Neurodiversity who are willing and eager to develop knowledge and skills in this area.
Please see the Job Description and Personal Specification for more information.
Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
- Degree in Systemic Family Psychotherapy
- Active Professional registration with The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Evidence of accredited courses in child and adolescent mental health practice
- Specialist neurodevelopmental assessment skills e.g. ADOS, ADI-R
- Training in the prevention and management of violence and aggression in children and young people
- Post registration training in CAMHS
- Mentorship/Teaching & assessing qualification
- Significant post registration experience in mental health
- Extensive experience of assessment and direct work with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties in a Community Child Adolescent Mental Health Service or equivalent settings
- Experience of providing consultation and liaison support to colleagues, referral agencies and services responsible for the care, support and wellbeing of service users and their families/carers.
- Experience in assessing and managing high risk behaviours and in developing and implementing risk management plans
- Experience of management of child protection emergencies
- Experience of working in a number of ways i.e. assertive outreach, clinic based settings, home, school or other appropriate environments
- Experience of using therapeutic skills, such as CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Family Work
- Post qualifying experience working within multidisciplinary CAMHS settings and evidence professional development relevant to child and adolescent mental health practice are essential criteria for this post.
- Experience of neurodevelopmental assessments
- Experience of preparing comprehensive neurodevelopmental assessment reports
- Experience of working with children and young people with ASD, ADHD and tic disorders
- Working knowledge of psychological therapy CBT and DBT techniques
Other Recruitments Essential
- Evidence of continuing professional development as expected by the relevant professional body.
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