Counselling/ Clinical Psychologist/ Psychotherapist x2 for Bedford and Cheshire/ Staffordshire
3 Days a Week, £40,000
Oracle Care & Education exists to give young people with very complex histories and needs a chance to break out from a spiral of negative and sometimes risky behaviour. We provide them with the safety and positive relationships needed to build their hope and enable them to have a better future. People who work here want to make a difference and understand the needs of the young people and the behaviours they may present, as well as how to manage, support and influence change in relation to these behaviours.
Oracle Care & Education is committed to providing clinically advised, care and education in a therapeutically setting where complex social, emotional and educational needs are met by attachment aware, therapeutically informed practitioners. Our service is informed by therapeutic principles and values set out in the manifesto of The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities and Community of Community therapeutic standards.
- To provide regular, expert clinical guidance to the teams of staff who look after our children.
- To monitor and promote the development and maintenance of a positive, therapeutic environment and ethos within Oracle Care & Education services, including training and developing staff to achieve this.
- To provide psychotherapeutic input to young people within Oracle Care’s residential and education services, and provide specialist expertise in the assessment and treatment of young people presenting with trauma and attachment based difficulties.
- To assist in the continued implementing of good practice as outlined by the Enabling Environments framework.
- Maintain and manage an allocated caseload of young people in Oracle’s residential/educational services, and maintain effective records of work and planning undertaken.
- Undertake and advise on psychological assessment of young people referred to the service/admitted into placement.
- As a member of the team around the child, support the implementation and monitoring of treatment plans and progress for young people within the region to optimise the joined up therapeutic work around the child across care, education and clinical services.
- Provide professional consultation and guidance for residential and education teams to develop their understanding of, and practice around, each young person’s presentation and emotional well being needs.
- Advise the referrals team about suitability of young people for placement within the service, and residential and education managers about Oracle’s ability to safely manage and support client’s presenting problems and risk behaviours.
- Advise on and contribute to the development and implementation of effective outcome measurement frameworks for Oracle Care’s services.
- Attend and participate in statutory and other case management/professional meetings on behalf of the Clinical Team and/or Oracle Care Ltd
- Develop, deliver and evaluate training for Oracle staff and managers to develop practice skills and understanding
- Support and supervise staff in the development of their therapeutic child care practice
- Undertake and advise on service evaluation and development projects as required
- Supervise junior members of the clinical team as required
- Maintain professional accreditation and expertise as per statutory requirements and/or the codes of practice of your professional body
- Build, promote and maintain effective professional networks, and partnerships with local and national services (e.g. CAMHS) relevant to the client population within Oracle
ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
- Registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
- Significant post qualification experience, and proven abilities, in working therapeutically with young people and their families or carers, and monitoring progress and outcomes.
- Demonstrates good knowledge, expertise and experience in assessment, intervention and risk management with developmental trauma and attachment difficulties.
- Proven ability to produce high quality, well-written clinical reports.
- Experience of working effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES & SKILLS
- A self starter who demonstrates a high level of motivation and commitment, and who can work independently as well as within a team.
- Trustworthy and highly ethical
- Able to work independently and to confidently articulate their professional judgement and views in professional form.
- Skilled communicator who is able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people, and who can explain complex material in a way that others can understand.
- Ability to maintain a calm and compassionate demeanor across a variety of contexts.
DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
- Experience with young people who show potential for offending behaviour, or who show concerning anti-social behaviour. Trained in the AIM2 assessment tool and in Good Life model of treatment.
- Experience of supervising, mentoring and developing individual staff and/or teams.
- Experience of delivering training or group work.
- Experience of working therapeutically with children in the community and/ or in secure settings, and especially of young people within the Looked After system.
- Experience of working with children who have displayed sexually harmful behaviour.
- Experience of working with children and young people presenting with autism spectrum conditions and with intellectual differences or disabilities.
This job description describes in general terms the normal duties which the post-holder will be expected to undertake. However, the job or duties described may vary or be amended from time to time without changing the level of responsibility associated with the post.
Successful applicants will be required to apply for enhanced DBS disclosure. Oracle Care supports and promotes Equal Opportunities in employment and opposes all forms of unlawful discrimination on grounds of; race, nationally, ethic or national origin, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief and age.
You are expected to comply with Oracle’s policy on Equal Opportunities all times and to ensure that your work practice and actions re-enforce this at all times.
If you would like to apply for this, please call Melanie Jackson on 01260 294904 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack. For further information please visit our website www.oraclecare.com