Clinical, Clinical & Forensic, or Counselling Psychologist
Status: Permanent roles 2020
Salary: £52,788 - £67,486 depending on experience and qualifications
Full or part-time, Secondment, Flexible working, Job share and Compressed hours all considered.
As a Practitioner Psychologist in MI6, you’ll be helping to keep the country safe from threats to national security including terrorism, espionage and cyber attacks.
Your work will be challenging, varied and of national and international importance – plus you’ll have access to an excellent programme of professional and personal development. As your experience grows, you will have the chance to work across the UK intelligence community (MI6, MI5 and GCHQ) as well as other government departments.
Making behavioural science research, theory and practice relevant and accessible is a core part of what we do. Depending on your skills and experience, you could provide specialist consultancy advice, undertake individual assessments, design and facilitate training, conduct in-house research on threats to national security, advise MI6 policy makers or collaborate with external researchers and international partners.
It goes without saying that you will make a significant contribution to ensuring that our work is grounded in the best available scientific evidence.
This is a rewarding opportunity for experienced psychologists who are confident working in both familiar and unique settings. Our Practitioner Psychologists support Wellbeing, Occupational Health, Personnel security, HR and Recruitment. The breadth of the role, and the high value with which psychological consultancy is regarded, mean this is a post like no other.
The main task is to provide expert advice on the risk and risk management of individuals. You will use a range of psychometric measures to inform your clinical and risk assessments. You will also be involved in the development and facilitation of bespoke training courses. The team use their clinical expertise to engage with, assess and train a diverse range of people who are typically working in challenging roles.
This role requires autonomous clinical risk assessment and decision making, and the confidence to provide consulting to senior colleagues on a wide range of subjects. It’s fast-paced, with quick turn-around times for detailed reports, designing and facilitating training interventions and assisting with high risk casework. If you’re right for the role, you will enjoy networking, be very open to learning and new challenges, and to working with multi-disciplinary colleagues. You will also be highly resilient, digitally savvy and open to innovation.
You will join a well-established, energised and highly stimulated team of senior clinicians with expertise across neuropsychology, forensic psychology, occupational psychology, trauma and addictions. High-level peer supervision is embedded within the team and there are a range of CPD options, including some unique opportunities.
Direct experience in Intelligence or National Security isn’t essential. If you are a competent clinical/counselling psychologist in your area with strong formulation, risk assessment and interpersonal skills, we’ll welcome your application.
We are an all-inclusive employer, committed to diversity in our workforce. We would be particularly interested in receiving applications from clinicians from a BAME background.
- Keen to work as part of a team, and yet confident enough to work autonomously.
- Natural gravitas and credibility when presenting a psychological perspective to non-psychologists.
- Customer focus plus enhanced listening, empathy and communication skills.
- Resilient enough to work under pressure and turn around assessments and advice within short time scales.
- Committed to evidence-based practice and psychological codes of conduct, and pragmatic when it comes to delivering client solutions.
- Willing and able to travel and be away from home for short periods of time.
- A proven commitment to ethical, evidence-based practice and to continuous professional development.
Specific skills and capabilities
- Master’s or Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology.
- Registration as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist with the HCPC.
- Substantial and wide-ranging clinical experience as a Registered Psychologist.
- Established expertise in employing a range of assessment techniques - including psychometric testing - to assess personality, risk and mental health.
- A working knowledge of personality disorder and mental health difficulties, and an awareness of best practice treatment protocols.
- Coaching and supervision skills.
- A very constructive approach to learning and development (both self and others)
- The cognitive flexibility and motivation to design training programmes, sometimes on previously unfamiliar topics, ensuring that these are grounded and evidenced in psychological theory.
- A natural ability and interest in developing the behavioural science knowledge of non-psychologists, with the aim of augmenting the quality and efficacy of other people’s practice.
- A rigorous approach to considering cross-cultural, religious, gender and personality differences in producing psychological formulations and risk management plans.
- Basic IT competence.
Preferred additional experience or qualifications
- Forensic experience and/or qualifications.
- Neuropsychological assessment.
- Occupational assessment.
- Working knowledge of personality psychometrics.
- Experience of delivering and/or leading high-quality behavioural science research.
- Experience of working with other government departments and/or in military/police/security settings.
- Experience of, and commitment to, public service.
- Experience of using new technology to enable clinical psychological or behavioural science-based assessments, interventions and research.
- Experience of working cross-culturally and/or working or living overseas.
- Foreign language skills.
- Advanced IT skills.
Join us, and you’ll enjoy access to a variety of benefits throughout your career. These include an excellent work-life balance with flexible working hours and a good pension scheme. We also have part-time working opportunities where business need allows. In addition to a fulfilling and rewarding career, we offer a structured environment that offers extensive support, ongoing professional development and peer review.
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To apply to MI6, you must be a born or naturalized British citizen, over 18 years old and normally have been based in the UK for six of the last ten years. You should not discuss your application with anyone other than your partner or a close family member providing that they are British. They should also be made aware of the importance of discretion.
MI6 strives for diversity in the workplace and is committed to the creation and maintenance of a climate in which all staff are treated fairly on the grounds of merit and ability.