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Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 8A
Part Time
The post holder will work alongside two other systemic therapists, and systemic and clinical psychology trainees in the team. The systemic team is embedded within a psychotherapy service offering a range of therapies for clients experiencing complex, severe and enduring mental health difficulties, including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, integrative therapy, arts therapy, trauma-focused interventions and mentalization-based therapy.

The post holder will be responsible for delivering specialist systemic psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families, groups and carers; and for offering consultation, training and teaching to colleagues from other professional backgrounds in the Primary Care Network. The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service policies and procedures.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will work autonomously delivering specialist assessments and family psychotherapy interventions to service users with complex needs, their families and carers.
  • The post holder will supervise both qualified staff and trainees and provide specialist advice and consultation to other colleagues in Secondary Care Psychological Services (SPS) and the post holder will be involved as well as in the provision of indirect work, group interventions, teaching and training, and to deputise as required with the support of theSystemic Lead.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and persons specification attached to this vacancy for further details

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Family and Systemic Psychotherapy: Recognized and accredited training in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy.
  • Accredited with the AFT/UKCP as a Systemic and Family Psychotherapist Presentation on Systemic Therapy and/or associated interventions at local and/or regional level
  • Engagement in an ongoing Continuing Professional Development Systemic Therapy programme (including recent attendance at Systemic/Family Therapy conferences or training)
  • Core professional training in any mental health field e.g. psychology, nursing, social work, OT.
  • Formal basic training in teaching, lecturing or supervision.
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience working with a wide range of psychological problems within the systemic family therapy model.
  • Experience working within a diverse cultural setting.
  • Experience of working with patients from moderate to complex mental health conditions in number of settings.
  • Experience of conducting risk assessments, preparing risk management plans and initiating appropriate action where indicated
  • Experience of working within multidisciplinary settings
  • Experience of providing teaching, training or supervision in Systemic Family Therapy
  • Experience delivering therapy through an interpreter.
  • Experience providing group treatments.
  • Previous experience of working within the NHS
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of generic and specialist psychological assessments and range of therapeutic interventions required for people with mental health problems.
  • Ability to undertake appropriate risk assessment and formulate risk management plans and implement these plans.
  • Assess, formulate care plans, implement interventions and evaluate interventions using predominately Systemic Family Therapy approaches.
  • Ability to engage services users and contribute to the service development
  • Ability to work autonomously and to manage conflicting demands between service users, the health care system and broader contexts
  • Advanced knowledge of more than one area of clinical practice, e.g. work with complex and persistent anxiety or depression, psychosis or personality disorder.
Other Essential
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills relevant to a wide range of audiences. Ability to engage patients with different language and cultural needs.

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