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Arts Music/Drama Psychotherapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and compassionate Arts psychotherapist to join our Psychological Services. We are excited to broaden our psychological services offer to include Arts psychotherapies (Art, Music, Drama, Drama and Movement Psychotherapy) provision for older people in inpatient settings in South Essex.

The post will part of existing psychological service provision in the inpatient and community settings. The post holder be working autonomously to provide Arts psychotherapy service within an area of practice with multi-disciplinary colleagues on the wards (one acute mental health and the other specifically to support clients with dementia). The post holder will be joining two experienced multi-professional teams focused on delivering a quality service for adults with diagnoses of dementia and acute mental health needs and their carers/families. Where appropriate, the post holder will continue to work with service users in the community to comprehensively support their recovery post discharge from the wards.

The post holder will receive specialist clinical supervision and link in with colleagues working in acute and community settings within the Trust.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a highly motivated and committed colleague to develop a new and exciting psychotherapy offer that differs from current provision available to older people in South Essex.This post offers you diversity in clinical practice, supporting and enabling your professional development. You will provide individual and group arts psychotherapy for older people with complex mental health needs and adults with dementia in the inpatient wards You will enable service-users' transition back home and into community services through the continuous provision of the arts psychotherapy interventions as appropriate and agreed with the multi-disciplinary teams. You will work collaboratively with our multi-disciplinary teams (including attending MDT meetings) and develop referral pathways and work with psychologists on the ward to support development of a trauma-informed therapeutic environment. Clinical research, teaching and specialised interests are actively encouraged and you will have opportunities to contribute to service improvement and develop your clinical leadership skills.

About us

South Essex Psychological Services for Older People, are a well established, respected and compassionate team of qualified, trainee and assistant psychologists. We are passionate about working with older adults and challenging ageism as as well as health inequalities. We have clear objectives, roles, and are committed to quality and innovation. We have caring, safe and supportive team culture and ensure protected time and space for reflection as a team.

We are committed to delivering equitable services and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds, especially from under-represented groups, as we are keen to bring diverse life experiences to our teams and expand who we are and what we have to offer.

We value and care about the wellbeing of our staff and see this as priority. We will support you to work flexibly. We look forward to receiving informal enquiries (telephone, online video conference, visits) and your application.

Join EPUT for a wealth of benefits, including:
  • A commitment to develop your career
  • A generous relocation package of up to £8000 (offered under specific terms)
  • Flexible working
  • CPD funding
  • Support for overseas candidates

A range of well-functioning Staff Networks, including: BAME; LGBTQ+; Faith; Carers; Disability (please contact staff for more information on Staff Networks

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached documents for detail job description and main responsibilities of the post holder.

Person Specification Skills/Experience Essential
  • Ability in organising and managing a clinical caseload.
  • Ability to contain and manage high levels of emotional distress and disturbance on self and others.
  • Ability to recognize and respond appropriately to risks such as suicide or harm to others.
  • Experience in offering consultation and staff support to multidisciplinary staff teams and other professionals groups.
  • Experience in providing specialised arts psychotherapy for clients with complex presentations
  • Specific experience of assessment, formulation and intervention for people with dementia, their carers and families
  • Specific experience of assessing and delivering interventions with behaviours that challenge in dementia
  • Experience of the application of art psychotherapy in different cultural contexts
education and resigtration Essential
  • Recognised specialist Arts psychotherapy training to Masters Level or equivalent in arts psychotherapy modality
  • HCPC registration
  • specialist psychotherapy qualification
  • Evidence of CPD in relation to a clinical speciality
knowledge Essential
  • Comprehensive knowledge of theory of human behavior, development and psychopathology.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialized arts psychological therapies for difficult types of complex needs
  • Knowledge of recovery principles and the contribution arts psychotherapy can make to this ethos.
  • Experience or willingness to develop skills in providing therapy in group setting
  • Ability to select and apply arts psychotherapy interventions within the context of MDT working
Leadership Essential
  • Ability to cope with increasing demands and work under pressure.
  • Self-motivated and the capacity to motivate others.
  • Ability organize, manage and support trainees, other mental health students or honorary therapists.
communication skills Essential
  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Capacity to negotiate successfully with others
  • Capacity to critically reflect and accept constructive criticism and use supervision effectively

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