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IAPT Psychotherapeutic Counsellor Foundation Trainee

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
Edgware / Enfield
£29,553 to £36,265 a year per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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We have 2 training roles within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT). One for Barnet IAPT Services and one for Enfield IAPT Services

IAPT Psychotherapeutic Counselling trainees will work in either Barnet and Enfield IAPT Services and complete the IAPT national curriculum for High Intensity Psychotherapeutic Counsellors. They will provide high intensity interventions within the service, delivering an IAPT-approved modality based on the specific training pathway that they undertake within the national curriculum, Person-Centred Experiential - Counselling for Depression (PCE-CfD).

The IAPT Psychotherapeutic Counselling national curriculum will provide a Foundation level, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7) training in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, leading to a qualification to practise as a High Intensity Therapist in IAPT services delivering NICE-recommended evidence based psychological therapy for adults with depression. This position is for trainees undertaking the foundation stage of the training. Recruitment for the courses will be aimed at graduates (and those who can demonstrate professional and academic equivalence) with a commitment to the IAPT model.

The trainees will be recruited by Barnet or Enfield IAPT Services. On completion of the foundation training, trainees will be eligible to apply to continue on to the Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma.

Closing date : 7th August 2022

Interview date: 30th August 2022

Main duties of the job

  • Develop high intensity psychotherapeutic counsellors with the qualities, skills and competences to develop, engage in and sustain strong therapeutic relationships and work effectively with IAPT service users with depression, and their families where appropriate.
  • Develop core psychotherapeutic counselling practitioner competency, including integration of practical competency in PCE-CfD, in line with the needs of service users, families and carers.
  • Ensure clinical practice in accordance with local and national IAPT Service policy, including working to create inclusive and effective services for all.
  • Promote personal and professional development and self-awareness essential to successful psychotherapeutic counselling.

About us

BEHMHT is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million. In Enfield, we provide a full range of child and adult community health services, which over the last few years has been integrating with its mental health services to provide better and more holistic care. BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS) which delivers MH care across some of the prisons and provides MH services as HM Young Offenders Institutions in Aylesbury. We are rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. We have also been appointed as the lead provider of forensic mental health services across North London managing the devolved New Models of care budget of £170m from 2018/19

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the job description and course information document included in the supporting documents for further information relating to this post and the training provided by the Metanoia Institute.

As a reminder, these posts are recruit to train positions and so all candidates will need to apply via the Metanoia website using the following link:

The closing date for applications is

PleaseDO NOTapply direct to BEH IAPT Services or via NHS Jobs, only applications made via the Metanoia website will be considered. Metanoia Institute will carry out initial academic short listing of applications and then pass this short list on to us for further consideration, short listing and interviews.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised degree at 2:2 or above in any relevant subject, or equivalent, or Demonstrates competency via a portfolio of evidence, which meets specified academic equivalence requirements
  • Completed a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, (minimum of 10 days or 60 hours of face-to-face tuition at level 2 or level 3). Note: Online courses are not acceptable. L2 Award, Helping Skills and Introductory courses are not acceptable
Experience & Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrates an understanding of and commitment to evidence based practice (as outlined in NICE guidance) and the IAPT stepped care model.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression including the wider impact for the whole person
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and meaningful occupation and the impact it can have on mental health
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post.
  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Ability to integrate training into practice
  • Demonstrates warmth, kindness, compassion, empathy.
  • Demonstrates authenticity, self-awareness, maturity and stability.
  • Ability to listen, be present and attentive
  • Ability to come alongside people experiencing emotional and psychological distress
  • Capacity for reflexivity
  • Ability to be vulnerable and make use of and reflect upon own life experience.
  • Awareness of and ability to explore issues of difference and equality and the nature of prejudice and oppression
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships and maintain professional boundaries.
  • Received training in and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development activity positively and effectively.
Training Essential
  • Able to meet all the requirements of the IAPT Psychotherapeutic Counsellor training.
  • Able to complete academic components of the full training programme including Foundation course, and postgraduate diploma.
Other Requirements Essential
  • High level of motivation to work within IAPT services and complete the psychotherapeutic counselling training.
  • Ability to foster good working relationships
  • Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision.
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
  • Willingness and ability to travel to locations throughout the organisation
  • Willingness and ability to work through interpreters
  • Fluent in languages other than English.

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