IAPT High Intensity Psychotherapeutic Counselling Trainee x 2

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£29,553 to £43,994 a year Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
17 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 5
Full Time
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This programme is funded by Health Education England (HEE) (NHS) and offers a new training pathway that provides trainee Psychotherapeutic Counsellors with advanced conceptual understanding and skills in the practical application of psychotherapeutic counselling and a defined standard of competency in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) for depression.

You will train to work as psychotherapeutic counsellor delivering Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) for adults with depression in NHS IAPT services. During training, you will be employed Sutton Uplift and you will be expected to carry out an average of two to three days per week of clinical practice in our IAPT service. The 20-Day Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy training component will be provided by theAnna Freud Centrein years 2 and 3 of the PGDip.

In addition to receiving fully funded training, you will be salaried at NHS Band 5 for year 1 and Band 6 for years 2 and 3.

Career Progression pathways and development opportunities:

We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties. For this role, on condition of completion of the course, trainees will be offered a permanent Band 7 High Intensity Psychotherapeutic Counsellor/ DIT therapist roles within one of the SWLSTG IAPT services.

Main duties of the job

Trainees will develop the qualities and skills to engage in and sustain strong therapeutic relationships and work effectively with IAPT service users with depression.

This includes developing core psychotherapeutic counselling practitioner competencies and the integration of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), in line with the needs of service users, families and carers.

The training will also promote personal and professional development and self-awareness essential to successful psychotherapeutic counselling.

Sutton Uplift is a partnership between the NHS and local voluntary sector organisations focusing holistically on supporting your mental, physical and social needs. Our teams work closely with GPs, social services, the voluntary sector and other organisations to offer personalised treatment and care in a more joined up way.

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage.

In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 9am to 8pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

Trainees must be available to attend university lectures, using a blended model of online and in-person teaching at Roehampton University.

About us

Sutton Uplift is hiring two trainees to be on placement in service. Sutton Uplift is an integrated community based mental health and wellbeing hub which is accessible to anyone over the age of 18 living in the borough of Sutton or registered with a Sutton GP.

The service has the following key elements: The Primary Care Liaison and Recovery Service, IAPT (Improving access to Psychological therapies) and Wellbeing and two Integrated Recovery Hubs. We offer services to those with common mental health problems or with severe mental illnesses such as psychosis, bipolar disorder and to those with personality disorders.

The successful applicants will work within our IAPT service. Our high performing IAPT team provides evidence-based psychological treatments (CBT, IPT, DIT, BCT, EMDR) to people with common mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD and eating disorders within a stepped-care model.

The clinical team includes qualified IAPT High Intensity CBT Therapists, Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. It is professionally led by a Consultant Clinial Psychologist and operationally managed by a Service Manager.

About our location:

Our community hub is based at the Jubilee Health Centre in Wallington, close to a vibrant high street with easy walking distance from Wallington station.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached document IAPT DIT trainee 3 year Program Detailsfor further details of what Trainees will be expected to achieve.

Person Specification Qualification 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 Essential
  • Show a commitment to working with people with common mental health problems
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills and values consistent with providing hopeful, person-centred care within the IAPT stepped model of care
  • Evidence of working within a team environment
  • Evidence of communicating with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters
  • Evidence of working with people who have experienced a common mental health problem.
  • Previous clinical or professional expertise in mental health
  • Worked in a setting where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Experience managing own caseload and time
  • Evidence of working in the local community
  • Experience of working in partnership with other services
Skills & Competencies 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
  • Capacity to cope with the emotional demands of the course
  • Ability to cope with the intellectual and academic requirement
  • Ability to be self-critical and use both positive and negative feedback
  • Awareness of and ability to explore issues of difference and equality and the nature of prejudice and oppression
  • Ability to recognise the need for personal and professional support and self-care
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships and maintain professional boundaries
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills including ability to manage conflicting demands and work under pressure
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including telephone skills
  • Computer literate - with skills required to manage electronic patient records
  • Received training in and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development activity positively and effectively
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
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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