Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapist


Recruiting Organisation: YMCA DownsLink Group

Working hours: 37.5 (half training, half practice)
Salary: £27,270 per annum
Location: West Sussex

Contract: Fixed term for 1 year


This is a unique and exciting opportunity to embark on a training role within the Child and Young Persons Improving Access To Psychological Therapies Programme (CYP-IAPT) in YMCA Dialogue. The post-holder will work within the Dialogue service providing interventions whilst undertaking a programme of training for this role. This intensive training post will equip the post – holder to provide interventions based on CYP-IAPT care principles and also interventions consistent with their CBT training course. The post- holder will work in the service for at least 2.5-3.0 days of the week using the newly developed skills whilst attending the training program for the remaining 2.0-2.5 days.

The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

Key Responsibilities:

• Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service
• Assess clients for suitability for the treatment for which training is provided.
• Make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the department’s referral protocols, and refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary.
• Formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients.
• Involve family members and others in treatment as necessary, conveying therapy formulations with sensitivity in easily understood language.
• Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols
• To liaise with, and make referrals to, external organisations such as MASH, CAMHs and specialist third sector services as and when necessary
• To contribute to the development of best practice within the service.
• To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures in relation to children’s mental health and social care needs.

Key Requirements:

• Experience working with children/young people in a mental health setting
• Experience of managing administrative tasks.
• Experience and/or knowledge of local statutory and voluntary agencies.
• Experience of managing safeguarding concerns within the therapeutic relationship.
• Experience of using Routine Outcome Measures (ROMS) (Desirable)

• Capability to complete academic work at postgraduate diploma level, including IELTS or equivalent to the appropriate level for students with English as a foreign language (BAND D)
• Flexible interpersonal attitude; self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team.
• Good written and verbal communication skills. IT competent and confident.
• Ability to communicate effectively with young people, parents/carers and professionals
• To have ability to assess client need, both mental health, physical health and social needs

• A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant subject e.g. psychology AND/OR a registerable professional qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. medicine, psychology, social work, nursing) from a UK university or overseas professional qualification of an equivalent standards.
• Evidence of continuing professional development

• A sound understanding of Child Protection & Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding issues, policies and procedures.
• An understanding of Child developmental processes.
• An understanding of Attachment theory and practice.
• Knowledge of IAPT principles and NICE guidelines (desirable)

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. They value diversity and promote inclusion, which is demonstrated through activities, as well as in the policies and working practices. Reinforced by the culture and values, they seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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Closing date: 25 October 2021.

Interview Date: 8 November 2021.

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