Counselling for Depression Therapist
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
High Wycombe, UK
4d ago

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression (CfD) therapist or an experienced counsellor already trained in person-centred or humanistic approaches wishing to undertake further training in CfD.

Buckinghamshire Healthy Minds is nationally recognised as a high performing Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.

We are an exciting, innovative and diverse service to work for. We are based amongst the Chiltern Hills, making Buckinghamshire and the surrounding area stunning places to work and live.

Counselling for Depression (CfD) is an evidence based form of person-centred psychological therapy for the treatment of depression, which is NICE approved for use at High Intensity.

CfD targets the emotions underlying depression along with the intrapersonal processes, such as low self-esteem and excessive self-criticism, which often maintain depressed mood.

It aims to help clients contact underlying feelings, make sense of them and reflect on the new meanings which emerge. By offering an accepting, empathic and authentic collaborative stance, the therapist helps the client to bring about positive change and growth within the explicitly contracted time-limited period of therapy.

If not already trained in CfD, we are looking for someone who has a professional mental health qualification (e.g. clinical and counselling psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists), and at least two years post qualification experience of providing brief counselling for people with mental health problems.

You will be accredited or registered with a professional or regulatory body (e.g. BACP, HCPC, BPS, RCN) and willing to undertake further CfD training.

The selection process will be in 2 stages :

  • An interview
  • A follow-up process to ensure candidates meet the requirements of the CfD training course, if required, which is likely to include the following :
  • A reference evidencing the appropriate level of experience prior to being accepted onto the training.A statement of support from a current supervisor on your practice of psychological therapy.
  • Availability to attend the training course and complete all requirements within six to twelve months.

    CfD training will include :

  • Confirmation of availability to attend a short, intensive training programme five days
  • Complete 80 hours or supervised practice (approximately six months) with at least four training cases worked on simultaneously and submitted for assessment.
  • Following the successful completion of a training programme, CfD trainees will complete a period of supervised clinical practice within Healthy Minds.
  • This is an excellent opportunity to join Oxford Health, a large and innovative NHS Foundation trust, which has a strong track record for supporting the development of psychological therapy services.

    The Trust has two IAPT services, a range of specialist psychological therapy services and employs over 300 psychological therapists.

    Healthy Minds and the Trust provide regular high quality CPD and training. The Trust hosts the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology.

    Healthy Minds is actively involved in research, participating in a number of local and national studies. The service benefits from being a member of the Oxford Academic Health Sciences Network Anxiety and Depression Network led by Professor David Clark.

    We value applications from all, but particularly from local people and from a diverse range of backgrounds.

    Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include :

  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study.
  • Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services.
  • This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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