Woodlands, based in Wrexham North Wales, is a holistic therapeutic placement offering therapy, education and care for up to 18 males aged between 11-18. Woodlands specialises in working with young people with sexualised histories (meaning that they could have been the victim of sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation and may have displayed concerning sexual behaviour). The young people living with us can have complex care histories, may have experienced abuse, trauma and loss and subsequently experience difficulties across all areas of their lives.
As part of our on-going development an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist to join our multidisciplinary team including Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, Family Therapist, Clinical Psychology Consultant and Psychiatry Consultant. The successful candidate will provide specialist psychological input to our therapeutic residential service. Within this role you will provide assessments and therapy for the young people and their families alongside offering consultation and advice to the staff teams supporting them. You will also be providing input to our Community Therapy Service that offers assessments and treatment to children, young people and families in the community and training/consultation to external professionals such as Local Authorities and the Youth Justice System. You will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures. Trainees due to complete doctoral training this year may be considered. You will be joining an existing team of four practitioners, meaning that you will be holding a small case load to ensure quality of practice.
Duties of the Psychologist:
Reporting to the therapy manager and receiving supervision from an experienced Clinical Psychologist you will be expected to support and enhance the psychological care of the young people by:
- Undertaking psychometric and risk assessments, developing case formulations, providing therapy and referring young people for different forms of therapy where appropriate.
- Assisting in the formulation of the young person’s care plans involving the psychological treatment and/or management of the young person to improve their mental health and levels of risk to self and others.
- To manage a small therapy case load. Within this you will be expected to develop and deliver individually tailored therapeutic interventions for the young people, and sometimes their families using appropriate evidence-based approaches such as CBT and approaches specific to working with young people with sexualised histories.
- To write comprehensive psychological/therapeutic assessment reports, session notes and progress reports and to share these with the holistic team within Woodlands.
- To communicate about psychological issues with Woodlands staff (from therapy, care and education) and external professionals involved in the young person’s life including Social Workers, Child and Adolescent Mental Health workers and the Youth Justice Service. This will be done by attendance at relevant team meetings and professional meetings.
- To represent the Woodlands therapy team within Woodlands both internally and externally.
- Providing internal and external training/consultation as appropriate.
Requirements of the Psychologist
- Doctoral level training in Counselling or Clinical Psychology allowing HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist. Alternatively, you may be a registered Forensic Psychologist with experience of working with young people in a mental health setting.
- To ensure registration and compliance to code of ethics of relevant governing bodies e.g. BACP, BABCP, UKCP, BPS, HCPC.
- Competencies, knowledge and skills applicable to working with children and families with complex presentations. Knowledge about abuse, attachment and the impact of maltreatment.
- Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessments, intervention and case management.
- Skills in providing indirect interventions such as consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
- A full induction programme and paid training opportunities to promote continued professional development.
- We pay for your enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check
- 25 days paid leave per annum plus Bank Holidays
- An employer assisted pension scheme up to 3% salary
- Free onsite parking