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Complex cPTSD Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year Per annum, inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 7 full-time (potential to consider a part-time 3 day/ 0.6 role with cPTSD only)

Haringey Secondary Care Psychological Therapies serves a client group with severe and complex, non-psychotic illness. Presenting issues range from a single diagnosis such as depression requiring a single psychological therapy intervention, through to those requiring intensive treatment packages and/or with co-morbid difficulties requiring multi-disciplinary packages of care.

This vacancy is for a full-time clinical or counselling psychologist. Please note, this role includes working 3 days a week within the complex PTSD team and 2 days a week working with the Psychological Therapies pathway. Whilst you will be offering clinical interventions within the psychological Therapies pathway you will be based very much within the Complex PTSD Team. Whilst we are keen to find a full-time candidate there may be potential to consider a part-time role - 3 days a week with the cPTSD team only.

The complex-PTSD treatment Pathway is a small, supportive, and contained team of staff, including Psychologists, Psychiatrists, an Associate Mental Health Worker and an Assistant Psychologist. We believe in the importance of multidisciplinary working that is collaborative, respectful, and integrative, with a particular focus on therapeutic interventions.

Main duties of the job

You will provide specialist input into the PTSD Treatment Pathway and the Psychological Therapies Pathway. The cPTSD pathway provides a phased treatment programme for service users presenting with complex and comorbid PTSD symptoms. Treatment modules include values based behavioural activation, group psycho-education work and trauma focused therapies including Narrative Exposure Therapy, EMDR and Trauma Focused CBT. The service users worked with may have experienced extreme and on-going trauma, are often refugees or have a history of childhood neglect and/or abuse.

Haringey Psychological Therapies Pathway offer evidence-based psychological therapies as recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Your role would include assessment and treatment of patients with depression, anxiety, or other common mental health problems and/or a long-term condition or medically unexplained symptoms or insomnia.
  • Specialist screening, assessment and treatment of patients within the specialist Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment pathway.
  • Working with the PTSD lead and other PTSD Stream clinicians to support and innovate in the development of the treatment programme.
  • Together with the Lead, serving as the 'face' of the PTSD treatment stream in liaising with members of the wider team, patients, referrers and other external organisations.

Note interviews will he held on Monday 13th February 2023

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 kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Doctoral-level training or equivalent in Clinical or Counselling Psychology including specific models of psychopathology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council as a Practitioner psychologist.
  • Post graduate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychotherapy practice.
  • Training in Trauma focused model of therapy (particularly trauma-focused CBT, EMDR or Narrative Exposure Therapy)
  • Experience of working with trauma-focused therapy models.
  • Experience of PTSD assessment and specialist assessment and treatment of a wide variety of client groups presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Substantial experience of treating clients with CBT.
  • Experience of delivering treatment in a group format.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Experience of working with Patients with complex PTSD presentations particularly those with adult experience of torture or domestic violence and/or with childhood histories of abuse or neglect
  • Qualification/ accreditation in a trauma-focused model of therapy.
  • Experience of developing therapeutic approaches and treatment programmes in response to patient need.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of therapy in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working with asylum seekers and of providing therapy with the aid of interpreters
  • Experience of leadership responsibilities particularly in a multi-disciplinary team context.
  • An ability to formulate and provide treatment within one main psychological model and the experience and knowledge of at least two other approaches to psychological intervention.
  • Advanced postgraduate level knowledge of psychological therapy including highly-developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Skills in psychological assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Ability to develop flexible and innovative treatment approaches to suit client group.
  • Turkish Speaking
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Committed to equal opportunities
  • Is able to work using a non-judgemental manner
  • Contribute to improving the quality of life for service users
  • Any physical capabilities needed. Car driver for business use (must define if need to provide own vehicle)

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