Primary Therapists / Secondary Counsellors (Self Employed)

Website YMCA Trinity Group

YMCA Trinity Group is part of a federation of over 116 YMCAs across England and Wales. Our vision is to help create supportive, inclusive and transforming communities where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

Job Reference: MHPT-TC

About the Role

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity in your Counselling or Therapy Career? Looking for an organisation who can offer great benefits and regular work during the school day?

Our Mental Health service 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 and non-therapeutic interventions for children and young people who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and support for schools to develop well-being strategies.

Due to demand, we are now looking to expand the service and require more therapists and counsellors to cover therapeutic and non-therapeutic programmes, across the region. We are also looking for people that can work with school staff, including 1-to-1 and drop-in sessions. You will also have the opportunity to become one of our sessional trainers to deliver our existing portfolio of mental health training to teachers or workshops and assemblies to students (presentation experience required).

Current work opportunities include:

  • 1 day a week in each of Ipswich, Woodbridge and Eye/Halesworth areas (primary schools)
  • Various half day or full day a week vacancies in Peterborough and Cambridge areas (primary and secondary schools)
  • Various short-term support across Cambridgeshire & Suffolk (primary and secondary schools

As a school therapist you will work in a therapeutic capacity with children & young people from 5 to 18 years of age

You will also have the opportunity to deliver non-therapeutic early intervention programmes such as group work, mentoring, family work
and awareness workshops or assemblies. These include semi-structured, non-therapeutic Building Resilience Programmes utilising a semi-structured syllabus over a period of 6-8 weeks.

In addition, appropriately experienced and competent staff can deliver health & well-being training and qualifications to either school staff
or students as part of our training offer as well as well-being consultations with senior school staff as part of our whole school programmes.

Responsible to: Menu of Services Project Manager

Pay: £20-£25 per session (Certificate in Therapeutic Play)
         £25-£30 per hour (Diploma in Play Therapy or min Level 4 in Counselling– 120hrs experience

         £30 per hour to deliver staff training

Rates depend on the intervention provided and number of sessions per day

Hours: The working hours are TBA

Place of Work: Various schools – Peterborough, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk (within 30mile radius from your location)

Main Responsibilities: 

  • Assess each referred child and young person as appropriate and liaise with schools regarding their needs
  • Carry out SDQ / CORE testing or other outcome and feedback measures at the start and end of intervention as advised by the service
  • Provide the appropriate number of sessions as supported by the service based on the requirements of the school and young persons needs
  • Appropriately identify and transition referrals between relevant programmes as necessary
  • In the case of building resilience programmes, deliver one or more of the following as appropriate:
    • Group Work – a semi-structured scheme of work for up to 4 students on your own, or 8 students with another worker/staff member; and adapt to client need
    • Mentoring – 1to1 outcomes focused work for those that may struggle in a group
    • Family Work – working with individual parents or together to facilitate positive parenting focussed on addressing the child’s resilience needs
  • Offer evaluation forms to relevant stakeholders including key school staff, clients and parents as part of the organisation’s approach to 360 feedback
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders, including schools and YMCA to provide updates on levels of engagement and review progress
  • Complete paperwork as required to show progress made and impact of provision
  • Monitor provision to ensure contracts are maintained appropriately and schools/stakeholders are kept informed about what is required
  • Promote other YMCA services where appropriate
  • Maintain levels of confidentiality within the limitations of the Schools Safeguarding Policy
  • Report Safeguarding concerns to the designated school Safeguarding officer and YMCA Protection from Abuse Officer in line with YMCA Protection from Abuse Policy
  • Document all Protection from Abuse concerns

About the Applicant:

In summary, the successful applicant will have the following qualities:

  • Previous experience of working with children
  • Have a minimum of: Certificate in Therapeutic Play, or had some training in play or arts based therapy alongside a L4 in Counselling (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, and with a clinical supervisor
  • Be able to travel as required for the role
  • Be able to work on a self-employed basis during the day for the duration of each school contract
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continued CPD (min. 30 hours pa)

Please note: You are required to have a current and satisfactory Enhanced DBS certificate which covers; the Adult Workforce for supervision and Child & Adult Workforce for counselling work. Your DBS certificate should be registered with the DBS Update Service. If you do not have a DBS certificate which meets the criteria set out above, we would be able to facilitate a DBS Application for you, at your cost.

For full details of all essential and desirable applicant criteria, please see the Job Description here.

About the Organisation:

YMCA Trinity Group strives to create a fulfilling and enjoyable place to work; we know how staff & volunteers feel directly translates to the quality of service & care we give our clients, and we also recognise the crucial role each and every one of us plays in helping to fulfil our Mission.

Our Mental Health Programme Team offer a range of mental health services for schools and other settings including counselling, therapy, staff training and whole school approaches.


  • Continued professional development training opportunities will be supported
  • Management support and induction
  • Access to peer support
  • Opportunities to be involved in additional programmes – e.g. teacher training, student qualifications, wellbeing consultations

How to Apply:

Please complete the online Application Form, in order to apply.

Unless stated otherwise, we do require an application form, completed in full, should you wish to be considered for a role with YMCA Trinity Group. Applications are scored against the relevant job description. CV’s will not be considered as an application.

Occasionally we fill a role sooner than expected, we reserve the right to withdraw vacancies before an advertised closing date. Early application is advised. An email will be sent to confirm receipt of applications, please contact if you have a problem submitting your application.

Application deadline: There is no deadline due to the recruitment for this role is ongoing (although we will shortlist applications as and when they are received – early application is advised).

First Interview Date: By Arrangement

We would be grateful if you could also complete our Equality and Diversity Form.

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