Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist - Infant Mental Health Pathway
Livewell Southwest
Plymouth, GB
4d ago

Job summary

22.5 hours per week. An exciting opportunity hasarisen for a post within the CAMHS Infant Mental Health pathway to workalongside a small team of dedicated professionals.

The role will add to anexisting 0-5 team by focusing the 0-3 years age range offering assessment andpsychotherapy.

The post holder will provide a highstandard of service to infants, children and their families and toprofessionals from other organisations.

The post-holder will be responsible forassessing and treating infant, young children and their families in relation toa range of highly complex emotional, psychological and behavioural problems.

The post holder will work autonomously and jointly within professionalguidelines. The post holder will take an important role within Child& Adolescent Psychotherapy pathway within Plymouth CAMHS and take a part in thefuture development of this service.

The post holder will ensure that thestandard of the service is maintained at all times. The post-holder willdevelop knowledge and skills in teaching, training and provide consultation toCAMHS colleagues.

CAMHS services are changing vastly and demands for the serviceare high. The post holder is expected to embrace change and be flexible intheir approach in accordance with service developments.

Main duties of the job

This post will support the provision of a specialist Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy service within the CAMHS infant mental health pathway to young people across Plymouth within CAMHS.

To hold an autonomous caseload of young children aged 0-3 years and theirparents / carers who are experiencing highly complex mental health difficulties,providing treatment, assessment and consultation.

To provide assessment and treatment of infants, young children and their families based on psychoanalytic principles and techniques.

To provide supervision to Livewell Southwest staff (as appropriate).

Promote and participate in professional reflection and Clinical Supervision.

Post holder will currently be located at Tamar Folk Children's Centre, Plymouth but may be required to work in other areas of the service when needed and there will be some hybrid working.

About us

Livewell Southwest values its staff and makes investment intheir development a priority. Currently we offer the following developmentopportunities for staff :

  • A minimum of three days protected CPD for registered staff
  • Development pathways for unregistered staff from apprentice to bands 2, 3 and 4 and for registered staff in bands 5, 6, 7 and 8
  • Leadership programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Medicines Management, leg Ulcer Management and Assessment Training
  • Access and funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course and Scholarship Into Nurse Training
  • Robust Preceptorship
  • An induction programme tailored to your needs
  • Relocation package may be considered for the right candidate for certain roles
  • Livewell Southwest can allow existing members of the NHSPension Scheme to continue their membership when they join the organisation.

    Salary

    £40,057 to £45,839 a year pro-rata

    Working pattern

    Part-time, Job share, Flexible working

    Job locations

    Tamar Folk Children's Centre

    Victoria Road Primary School

    Job responsibilities

    Participation in the provision of high quality evidence-based supervised assessment and treatment of service users with highly complex emotional and behavioural difficulties.

    Assisting with the management of referrals to the child psychotherapy service, ensuring they are appropriately managed and in consultation with CAMHS team colleagues determining the most appropriate treatment for patients.

    The maintenance of an appropriate specialised caseload, including children and young people and their families with a wide variety of difficulties and ages (0 -5).

    To work as an independent practitioner and have regular clinical professional supervision on their caseload in accordance with good practice guidelines as well as discussion of management of cases.

    Work as a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist within professional guidelines & overall framework of Service policies & procedures & in conjunction with a clinical supervisor(s) and line manager.

    Work within an small multi-disciplinary team that offers a comprehensive range of intervention including parent & infant psychotherapy (individual & group) psychology, targeted interventions, assessments and groups within I-THRIVE frmaework.

    To provide consultation with Plymouth CAMHS and external agencies where appropriate.

    To work within CAMHS service to provide psychoanalytic assessment and treatment. The role may also include generic assessments.

    Be responsible for adhering to the administrative procedures within Livewell Southwest CAMHS, including keeping clear & up to date case notes.

    Utilise research skills for audit, policy & service development.

    Assist with teaching & training activities within CAMHS Psychotherapy pathway.

    Clinical responsibility :

    Be responsible for high quality evidence-based assessment and treatment to service users referred into the infant mental health pathway.

    To participate in a team approach to working with highly complex emotional and behavioural difficulties. Manage emotional situations with sensitivity, skill and have an understanding of unconscious processes.

    Service users will include those with complex, severe and enduring mental health needs.

  • Manage organisation of a complex clinical case-load (including arranging weekly consultations in a weekly appointment system;
  • System1), WTE contacts 15 per week in line with targets agreed by your line manager.

    Work flexibly and cooperatively, with colleagues within the infant mental health pathway and other pathways across CAMHS service .

    Apply specialist knowledge and experience of mental health assessment and treatment, and of psychoanalytic models of psychotherapy, to formulate a treatment plan, consulting with relevant colleagues as appropriate.

    Communicate with service users about outcome of assessment, treatment recommendations and informed discussion of options.

    Assess and manage clinical risk within appropriately defined frameworks. Recognise need for additional mental health team input where appropriate.

    Undertake risk assessment and management with service users in line with principles of child psychoanalytic psychotherapy and in conjunction with a clinical supervisor.

    Engage and communicate with service users and carers sensitively and clearly over sustained periods of time. Understand, contain and manage severe difficulties with communication, including unconscious factors, and high levels of emotional disturbance and arousal.

    Engage and communicate with service users across a wide range of social, language and cultural barriers. Engage and communicate with interpreters and advocates for service users about the specific needs of users of specialist psychotherapy services.

    Receive and utilise regular clinical supervision of work in accordance with good practice guidelines.

    Maintain relevant and up-to-date clinical records. Ensure that the outcome of assessment and treatment is communicated appropriately to referring and other agencies.

    Execute such responsibility with sensitivity to, and understanding of, issues concerning confidentiality and risk assessment / management.

    Be responsible for developing and maintaining knowledge of local resources and developing effective working relationships with relevant statutory and non-statutory services and organisations.

    Please see JD attached for more detail

    Job responsibilities

    Participation in the provision of high quality evidence-based supervised assessment and treatment of service users with highly complex emotional and behavioural difficulties.

    Assisting with the management of referrals to the child psychotherapy service, ensuring they are appropriately managed and in consultation with CAMHS team colleagues determining the most appropriate treatment for patients.

    The maintenance of an appropriate specialised caseload, including children and young people and their families with a wide variety of difficulties and ages (0 -5).

    To work as an independent practitioner and have regular clinical professional supervision on their caseload in accordance with good practice guidelines as well as discussion of management of cases.

    Work as a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist within professional guidelines & overall framework of Service policies & procedures & in conjunction with a clinical supervisor(s) and line manager.

    Work within an small multi-disciplinary team that offers a comprehensive range of intervention including parent & infant psychotherapy (individual & group) psychology, targeted interventions, assessments and groups within I-THRIVE frmaework.

    To provide consultation with Plymouth CAMHS and external agencies where appropriate.

    To work within CAMHS service to provide psychoanalytic assessment and treatment. The role may also include generic assessments.

    Be responsible for adhering to the administrative procedures within Livewell Southwest CAMHS, including keeping clear & up to date case notes.

    Utilise research skills for audit, policy & service development.

    Assist with teaching & training activities within CAMHS Psychotherapy pathway.

    Clinical responsibility :

    Be responsible for high quality evidence-based assessment and treatment to service users referred into the infant mental health pathway.

    To participate in a team approach to working with highly complex emotional and behavioural difficulties. Manage emotional situations with sensitivity, skill and have an understanding of unconscious processes.

    Service users will include those with complex, severe and enduring mental health needs.

  • Manage organisation of a complex clinical case-load (including arranging weekly consultations in a weekly appointment system;
  • System1), WTE contacts 15 per week in line with targets agreed by your line manager.

    Work flexibly and cooperatively, with colleagues within the infant mental health pathway and other pathways across CAMHS service .

    Apply specialist knowledge and experience of mental health assessment and treatment, and of psychoanalytic models of psychotherapy, to formulate a treatment plan, consulting with relevant colleagues as appropriate.

    Communicate with service users about outcome of assessment, treatment recommendations and informed discussion of options.

    Assess and manage clinical risk within appropriately defined frameworks. Recognise need for additional mental health team input where appropriate.

    Undertake risk assessment and management with service users in line with principles of child psychoanalytic psychotherapy and in conjunction with a clinical supervisor.

    Engage and communicate with service users and carers sensitively and clearly over sustained periods of time. Understand, contain and manage severe difficulties with communication, including unconscious factors, and high levels of emotional disturbance and arousal.

    Engage and communicate with service users across a wide range of social, language and cultural barriers. Engage and communicate with interpreters and advocates for service users about the specific needs of users of specialist psychotherapy services.

    Receive and utilise regular clinical supervision of work in accordance with good practice guidelines.

    Maintain relevant and up-to-date clinical records. Ensure that the outcome of assessment and treatment is communicated appropriately to referring and other agencies.

    Execute such responsibility with sensitivity to, and understanding of, issues concerning confidentiality and risk assessment / management.

    Be responsible for developing and maintaining knowledge of local resources and developing effective working relationships with relevant statutory and non-statutory services and organisations.

    Please see JD attached for more detail

    Essential

  • Recognised postgraduate level training in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy conferring eligibility for full membership of the Association of Child Psychotherapists.
  • This post is suitable for Psychotherapy Trainees who qualify in September all application will be considered. Professionally registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists.

    Evidence of relevant continuing professional development.

    Desirable

  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Essential

  • Extensive experience of delivering specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (assessment, formulation and treatment) maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • A high level of competence in applying a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy to complex difficulties and a proven track record of delivering positive outcomes in this therapy.

    Substantial experience in mental health & experience working with infant / young children & families gained during and / or after child psychotherapy training.

    A clear and theoretically informed approach to supervision. Significant experience of working with the particular client group served by the service Knowledge of guidance and legislation in relation to the client group.

    High level specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychoanalytic psychotherapy, as applied to the client group using this service.

    Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy SKILLS Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.

    Proven ability to establish, maintain and conclude therapeutic relationships with clients Good inter-personal and inter-professional skills and ability to work autonomously as a single discipline practitioner in a multi-disciplinary setting Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation and intervention frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups A capacity to reflect upon the therapeutic process and upon ones own part in it.

    An ability to make effective use of clinical supervision and to utilise these skills in contributing to clinical consultation within the team and to other professional and non-professional groups.

    Ability to work within a large geographical area effectively, managing travel arrangements and using creative working solutions.

    Ability to plan and manage a work load Ability to assist or take a lead in specific service development projects

    Desirable

  • Experience of delivering group interventions. Experience of conducting formal research, audit or service evaluation in a healthcare setting.
  • Experience of offering teaching, training and supervision within a demanding organisational context. Experience of representing Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care within a complex organisational context.

    Experience of the application of child psychotherapy in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework.

    SKILLS Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.

    Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings

    Essential

  • Recognised postgraduate level training in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy conferring eligibility for full membership of the Association of Child Psychotherapists.
  • This post is suitable for Psychotherapy Trainees who qualify in September all application will be considered. Professionally registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists.

    Evidence of relevant continuing professional development.

    Desirable

  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Essential

  • Extensive experience of delivering specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (assessment, formulation and treatment) maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • A high level of competence in applying a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy to complex difficulties and a proven track record of delivering positive outcomes in this therapy.

    Substantial experience in mental health & experience working with infant / young children & families gained during and / or after child psychotherapy training.

    A clear and theoretically informed approach to supervision. Significant experience of working with the particular client group served by the service Knowledge of guidance and legislation in relation to the client group.

    High level specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychoanalytic psychotherapy, as applied to the client group using this service.

    Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy SKILLS Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.

    Proven ability to establish, maintain and conclude therapeutic relationships with clients Good inter-personal and inter-professional skills and ability to work autonomously as a single discipline practitioner in a multi-disciplinary setting Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation and intervention frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups A capacity to reflect upon the therapeutic process and upon ones own part in it.

    An ability to make effective use of clinical supervision and to utilise these skills in contributing to clinical consultation within the team and to other professional and non-professional groups.

    Ability to work within a large geographical area effectively, managing travel arrangements and using creative working solutions.

    Ability to plan and manage a work load Ability to assist or take a lead in specific service development projects

    Desirable

  • Experience of delivering group interventions. Experience of conducting formal research, audit or service evaluation in a healthcare setting.
  • Experience of offering teaching, training and supervision within a demanding organisational context. Experience of representing Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care within a complex organisational context.

    Experience of the application of child psychotherapy in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework.

    SKILLS Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.

    Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings

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