- FACTS Associate
YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
Primary Play Therapists / Secondary Counsellors
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Overview: Are you looking for an exciting opportunity in your Play
Therapy or Counselling Career? Looking for an organisation who can offer great
benefits and regular work during the school day? The YMCA Menu of Services offers 1:1 therapy
and early intervention programmes (group work, mentoring, family work) to
children and young people aged between 5 & 18. We provide therapeutic interventions for
children and young people who have social, emotional and behavioural
difficulties. Due to demand, we are now
looking to expand the service across neighbouring areas, and require more
therapists to cover both existing and new clients, particularly in Northants
& Suffolk. You will also have the
opportunity to become one of our seasonal trainers to deliver our existing portfolio
of mental health training to teachers (presentation experience required).
have the following qualities:
- Previous experience
of working with children
- Have a minimum of: Certificate in Therapeutic Play
(Primary School work); or have a L4 in Child & Adolescent Therapeutic
Counselling (Secondary school work) or equivalent
- Be registered with PTUK, BAPT, BACP or equivalent
having obtained a minimum of 120 hours of clinical experience
- Be able to travel
- Be able to work on a self employed basis during the
day for one or more days a week for the duration of each school contract
- Demonstrate a commitment to continued
CPD (minimum of 30 hours pa)
In return we
- £20-23 per session (50hrs experience), £25-30 (120hrs
- £30ph to deliver teacher training.
- Access to training opportunities and peer support
- Management support
- Potential for regular blocks of work (i.e. 3-5
sessions per day)
This is an ongoing recruitment process, but early
application will give greater access to work opportunities.
To receive a Word version of the application pack for
this vacancy please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Outreach Associate Therapist Role Description
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Blue Smile is a Cambridge charity which tackles the growing mental health problem among our children by providing therapy and mentoring. We have delivered a well-regarded service in local partner schools for over 5 years and have expanded this to provide an Outreach Service, which can take on referrals from a wider range of organisations and therefore support more children.
The self-employed Outreach Associate Therapist’s role involves liaising with the school and taking referrals, maintaining a clinical caseload, supporting this with appropriate clinical administration (including outcome measures), meeting with parents/carers, attending supervision, training and CPD, and adhering to Blue Smile’s policies, procedures and Practice Standards in order to ensure the most effective support of children and young people. Though line-managed by the Outreach Project Leader, and the Outreach Team Manager, the role requires an ability to work independently, while being aware when it is necessary to seek advice and support.
1. Clinical work
The Outreach Associate Therapist attends referral meetings relating to the child they are to support and makes clinical assessments of the most appropriate therapeutic intervention. They work with parents/carers and teachers to inform this work, ideally arranging twice termly meetings with parents/carers and on a regular basis with teachers.
The role requires the maintenance and storage of accurate and up-to-date records and the preservation of appropriate confidentiality. (If records need to be transported, this is in hard copy form only in lockable cases. Any temporary storage outside the office or therapy venue is always under lock and key.)
It is the responsibility of the Outreach Associate Therapist to ensure they fulfil professional supervision requirements and attend Blue Smile supervisions. They are also expected to take up opportunities for continuing professional development.
The Outreach Associate Therapist abides by BACP’s Ethical Codes of Practice for therapy, by Blue Smile’s policies, procedures and Practice Standards, and by the rules and regulations of the referring organisation. It is particularly important that they follow Blue Smile child protection procedures assiduously.
The Outreach Associate Therapist is required to support
their clinical work with appropriate admin, including ensuring consent is in
place, comprehensive client files are maintained and adequate casework notes
are kept, in line with Blue Smile Practice Standards.
Monitoring of the
work through statistics and feedback is central to Blue Smile’s performance
appraisal and funding applications, so the Outreach Associate Therapist
completes assessments and outcome measures on their cases to provide this
anonymised data to the Project Leader, Outreach Team Manager and Operations manager.
Specifically, it is expected that they will:
Make appropriate assessments of children,
completing assessment forms and the MCAM
Complete SDQS and BSAMs
The Outreach Associate
Therapist works relatively independently in allocated venues, but it is
expected that they will liaise closely with the Project Leader, Team Manager
and other Blue Smile colleagues to support best practice and that they attend
Outreach team meetings as required.
The Outreach Associate
Therapist reports to the Project Leader and Outreach Team Manager. In consultation with the Project Leader, they
also liaise with the agency/school’s senior management and a referred child’s
teachers in support of their work with their clients, always maintaining good
working relations and communications.
They are responsible
for reporting any child protection concerns immediately to the agency’s/school’s
designed person for child protection and to the Project Leader, in keeping with
Blue Smile’s Child Protection Policy.
They are encouraged to take advice from Blue Smile’s Child Protection
Consultant in support of this safeguarding work.
flexibility and development
This description is a
general outline of the role’s responsibilities and may be amended as reasonable
by mutual discussion to support the development of the Blue Smile Outreach
Service. The Outreach Associate Therapist
may be required to take on/undertake other reasonable extra duties from time to
time, but only by mutual agreement between them and the Project Leader.
If unable to attend
the school or agency because of illness or similar, the Outreach Associate Therapist
may need to arrange a substitute for some portions of the role, but only as
agreed in advance with the Project Leader.
Therapists have an important role to play in potentially contributing to good
practice by offering up ideas and suggestions for development of the Outreach
Expected criteria for the role are:
current membership of BACP, UKCP or equivalent
a professional liability insurance policy
a recognised Masters level qualification in
counselling or therapy with children and young people (or, occasionally, a
lower level qualification backed up by significant relevant direct therapeutic work
at least one year’s post-qualification
experience as a practising counsellor or therapist with children and young
people (or sometimes, if not at this stage, previous extensive direct
therapeutic work experience)
competency in working within a recognised
an understanding of working with vulnerable and
disadvantaged children and young people
knowledge of best practice and an ability to
apply this to the role
good interpersonal skills and the ability to work
as part of a team in work settings, including under a line manager who may be located at a
distance from the therapy venue
efficiency in managing clinical administration
an understanding of equal opportunities and an
an ability to operate within Blue Smile’s
policies, procedures and Practice Standards
a willingness to take up continuing professional
an ability to keep good and confidential
Outreach Associate Therapists work on a self-employed basis
with reasonable expenses paid (agreed in advance and not including travel
expenses to and from the designated therapy venue).
£20 per session for each clinical session, plus £20 for one
admin hour per working day. This work to take place mainly during term time and
any work during school holidays to be agreed in advance.
Further information is available from Jess Manley, Project
Leader, at: email@example.com - or on 01223 314725.