As a centre of excellence in the delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety disorders and depression, we are committed to supporting CBT therapists to minimise the effects of the pandemic on their working lives, and to maximise their wellbeing. We offer flexible, blended working practices that enable therapists to retain the convenience of home-working, whilst also supporting them to deliver face-to-face behavioural experiments with clients to ensure effectiveness and maintain their clinical skills. We prioritise professional development for our therapists, who are each allocated an annual training budget with travel and accommodation expenses to allow attendance at wide range of specialist CBT workshops. We are an extremely friendly team who prioritise team wellbeing activities and supportive group events to maximise connectivity with colleagues and promote a positive inclusive culture. The service covers the whole North Staffordshire geographical area (apart from Stoke-on-Trent), which includes the Leek/Staffordshire Moorlands, and parts of the Peak District National Park.
Main duties of the job
We are seeking a BABCP accredited/accreditable CBT Therapist who can deliver clinical sessions from home, in designated GP practices/primary care clinics, and also spend some time in the Wellbeing Team clinical base as required. All CBT Therapists are linked to a specific GP Practice, and also work as part of a multidisciplinary team providing a range of effective psychological therapies for a range of common mental health problems and physical health problems in primary care.
As one of the best performing IAPT teams in the Midlands, we have a proven track record in excellence, fuelled by our commitment to the CBT evidence base and NICE/IAPT guidance. Our focus on clinical excellence ensures that staff are not managed through targets, but through regular, supportive clinical supervision and training/development. We are a centre for research as well as clinical practice, working in partnership with Staffordshire and Keele Universities to publish studies in high impact clinical journals. All therapists contribute to ongoing clinical research projects, and are actively encouraged to pursue their own research interests.
Job description Job responsibilities
You will provide high intensity cognitive behavioural interventions to clients who have a range of common mental health problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective.
You will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Qualification from High Intensity IAPT Course (Post Graduate Diploma) OR Equivalent: e.g. A recorded/registered doctoral level qualification in clinical or counselling psychology/ a recorded/registered qualification in one of the following - nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or a psychological therapy - plus further post graduate qualification training in a psychological therapy which may be CBT and significant experience working as a psychological therapy practitioner and demonstrating the competences as required.
- Accredited or working towards accreditation with a professional psychological therapy organisation
- Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
- Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
- Ability to manage own caseload and time
- Demonstrates high standards in written communication Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
- Experience with routine outcome monitoring
- Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups
- Experience of working in Primary Care Services
- Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
Knowledge and skills Essential
- Full range of skills and competencies as laid out in the competence framework for CBT (Roth and Pilling 2007)
- Computer literate
- Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
- Has received training (either formal of through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
- Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
- Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in Primary Care
- Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post
- Trained in provision of supervision for CBT
- High level of enthusiasm and motivation.
- Advanced communication skills
- Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
- Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
- Ability to work under pressure
- Car driver and/or ability and willingness to travel to locations throughout the organisation
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