Specialist Systemic Family Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are offering an exciting opportunity for dynamic, ambitious, and motivated Systemic & Family Psychotherapists to join West London NHS Trust CAMHS teams based in Hounslow, and Ealing

We are delighted to invite applications from newly qualified systemic psychotherapists. The post holder will provide systemic interventions for young people and their families known to the service, and in need of prevent LAC or reunification as identified. They will receive individual systemic supervision from a Highly Specialist Systemic Family Psychotherapist based in the Specialist Intervention Support Programme (SISP) also within social care. The post holder will attend weekly group supervision in SISP, provide clinical consultations to frontline social workers, deliver therapeutic interventions, support reflective practice groups and be a part of the family therapy clinic in Hounslow CAMHS.

West London CAMHS employs family therapists across many specialties including generic CAMHS, Eating Disorders, Neurodevelopmental Conditions and Learning Disabilities, providing ample opportunity for networking with colleagues and sharing expertise. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to work alongside other family therapists in a family therapy clinic. You will receive regular clinical, professional and management supervision from a Highly Specialist Systemic & Family Psychotherapist. We offer a range of in house and external training opportunities e.g. Narrative therapy; NVR; CYP-IAPT.

Main duties of the job

As a Specialist Systemic Family Psychotherapist you will work as an autonomous clinician to provide mental health assessments, specialist diagnostic assessments of children and young people and/or complex mental health presentations. You will document the outcome of these assessments, providing formulation, diagnosis, and recommendations for interventions. In addition, you will offer a range of individual, family and group therapeutic interventions, including risk management, appropriate for children and young people attending the service. You will also participate in the team's duty rota. Being part of the team, you will be expected to contribute to the development of the team. You will be offered the opportunity to undertake training in specialist assessments depending on the team.

We are a large, dynamic group of family therapists and hold meetings both at a local level and at a tri-borough level where you have the opportunity to meet other family therapists. Systemic training and further systemic development is encouraged and supported. You will also contribute to the development of the CAMHS Systemic Family Psychotherapy team and you will have the opportunity to be involved in service development, audit, research and quality improvement projects. All systemic family psychotherapists in West London CAMHS are members of a family therapy clinic where team and screen are used, in addition to their other clinical responsibilities. Monthly supervision is mandatory.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • The post holders will provide assessment and interventions to families and young people working collaboratively within multi-disciplinary teams across systems including working with complex cases and inter-agency liaison drawing on other models as appropriate.
  • Ability to engage confidently with complex networks is essential, as well as being able to communicate effectively at the interface with other services, and being able to effectively negotiate relationships with other care agencies.
  • The post holder must be able to work effectively and imaginatively with families of young people with a mental health problem, taking account aspects of social difference (e.g. cultural heritage, language, religion).
  • Skills in risk assessment, risk management, and the formulation of treatment plans will be essential.
  • To provide advice, support and consultation to colleagues in the team about systemic frameworks and approaches.
  • To communicate and discuss information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under the post holders care in a skilled and sensitive manner, to monitor and evaluate progress through responding effectively to feedback from members of the patients system.
  • To participate in the duty system.
  • The ability to work in ways sensitive to the needs of families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds will be important as well as a sensitivity to issues of sexuality, disability, class and age.

  • Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
    • Post-graduate (qualifying level) training in systemic family psychotherapy as accredited by IFT or AFT.
    • Professional registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
    • Previous qualification in a relevant profession such as social work, nursing, teaching, psychology or counselling.
    • Or the equivalent (e.g. the equivalence criteria laid down by UKCP for the grandparent and APEL routes to qualification as Family Therapists) including experience of safe-guarding children.
    • Evidence of accredited courses in child and adolescent mental health practice
    Experience Essential
    • Relevant experience of working with children, young people and families whose social circumstances and family contexts are complex and have resulted in behavioural and mental health presentations.
    • Experience of assessment and working therapeutically with children, young people and their families with mental health and behavioural difficulties.
    • Experience of other treatment approaches
    • Experience of research and audit.
    Knowledge Essential
    • Evidence base in relation to child and adolescent mental health
    • Research and research methodology at post-graduate level in relation to children and adults with mental health and social problems
    • The impact of abuse, trauma and other adverse experiences on children, young people and families.
    • Legislation and DOH guidelines relevant to child and adolescent mental health e.g. Mental Health Act 1983, Children Act 1989
    • Child protection policies and procedures.
    • Child development in relation to mental health difficulties.
    • Knowledge of other modalities (i.e. psychoanalytical, biological, cognitive, behavioural etc.) sufficient to engage appropriately with colleagues and their work with clients
    • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised systemic family therapy with vulnerable and hard to reach families.
    Skills Essential
    • Skills in working with children and families with mental health and social problems using a variety of approaches coherent with a systemic perspective.
    • Ability to apply analytical skills to multi-layered complex cases.
    • Ability to formulate comprehensive assessments and offer effective treatment based on systemic principles.
    • Ability to provide ongoing treatment in complex, often unstable, and frequently changing circumstances.
    • Ability to liaise with and manage complex professional networks in relation to individuals and families.
    • Skills in consulting to professional colleagues within social care and other relevant agencies such as CAMHS, Education
    • Ability to withstand high levels of emotional distress and think clearly in emotionally charged situations.
    • Ability to manage the risk of verbal and physical aggression.
    • Ability to manage and plan own workload of complex cases.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    Administration and Record Keeping Essential
    • Clinical Recording Systems: Competent in the use of clinical recording systems.
    • Understands the process for keeping safe, secure and relevant clinical records.
    Attitude, Aptitude and Personal Characteristics Essential
    • Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills
    • Enthusiastic, flexible and confident approach to working
    • Able to prioritise own workload
    • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and adapt to change
    • Ability to maintain professional standards at all times.

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