Specialist Trauma Clinical Psychologist

Job Title: Specialist Trauma Clinical Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Darlington
Salary: £45,000-48,000 per annum pro rata (plus annual bonus)
Job Published: September 24, 2019 10:51

Job Description

Position: Specialist Trauma Clinical Psychologist (permanent)

Working Hours: 4-5 days per week

Salary: £45,000 - £48,000 per annum pro rata (plus annual bonus)

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology  
  • Experience working in a trauma service or with individuals and systems who have experienced trauma 
  • DDP level 1 

Who are we?! 

  • Are you looking for a new challenge in an innovative, creative, passionate team of specialist psychologists and trauma therapists?! 
  • Do you want to be part of a small team who help families, young people, staff teams and education providers to make a difference in the lives of traumatised individuals? 
  • Then Aspire is the team for you! 
  • Due to the ever-increasing referrals to our service and our passion and dedication to our service users, we are looking for a clinical psychologist to join our team and help us to deliver genuine, transforming and nurturing care! 
  • The post is really varied - working across a range of settings, systems and services and requiring an individual who is skilled and experienced at working flexibly, creatively and is adaptable. 
  • We provide specialist psychological assessment, integrated and person-centred therapy, consultation, training and service development. 
  • Our model of care is underpinned by trauma theories and DDP and anyone who is interested needs to have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of these approaches. 
  • We have a fantastic office base in Darlington but provide services across the North East. 
  • We offer regular CPD opportunities and reflective supervision and team building events! 

Job Purpose 

Aspire’s ethos is to provide responsive, sensitive, timely, family/person centred care and support to all our ‘customers’ and to be flexible, creative and adaptive to their needs at all times. We also promote a systemic model and approach to all our work and place emphasis on the importance of working with all those members of the system whilst keeping the family and child at the centre of everything we do. 

Working Environment 

The post holders base will be at Aspire’s office in Darlington. 

The post holder will provide a psychological service to residential homes and fostering agencies, birth families and adoptive families and schools therefore regular travel will be required between these services.   

On occasions, the post holder may be required to travel to other locations to complete initial assessments of young people referred to the service. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

Clinical Responsibilities 

To provide a therapeutic service and dedicated psychological service across a range of settings and establishments including residential, fostering, adoption, children’s services and education alongside birth families. You will be providing a range of services for young people who may have learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions, mental health problems, attachment and trauma related difficulties, emotional difficulties and who may display behaviours which challenge services. 

The clinical responsibilities include direct work with children and young people. 

  1. To be responsible for providing a specialist psychological perspective in the assessment of young people referred to the service. 
  2. To provide highly specialist psychological assessment of young people’s presenting difficulties.  Information will be gained from a range of structure psychometric and semi-structured clinical methodologies.  Specialist knowledge and skill will be required in the administration, adaptation and interpretation of assessment methods. 
  3. To formulate and implement plans for psychological treatment and management of the presenting difficulties, based on an appropriate conceptual framework and using current evidence based best practice advice and integrate this formulation within the social care support plans. 
  4. To select and undertake a range of highly specialist psychological interventions (it is essential that this includes DDP and other trauma based interventions), adapting and developing where necessary for young people with cognitive and social difficulties.  Interventions will often include collaborative working with residential staff, foster carers, education staff and parents and may involve collaborative working with other health and social care professionals from statutory, third sector and/or independent organisations. 
  5. To monitor and evaluate progress during the course of a young person’s journey with Aspire and throughout any psychological or psycho-social interventions, re-assessing and re-formulating as necessary and sharing information as appropriate. 
  6. To undertake psychologically based risk assessment and risk management for relevant young people and provide advice on the psychological aspects of risk assessment to residential home staff, foster carers and other professionals. 
  7. To consult and work closely with residential home staff, foster carers, education establishments, social workers and parents providing special psychological guidance around all aspects of a young person’s care and support needs. 
  8. To be effective in communicating psychological principles to staff groups, foster carers, adoptive parents, teaching staff and professionals and young people in a manner which facilitates growth and development. 
  9. To be able to contain and work with organisational stress and hold the stress of others (staff and service users). 

Training and Development Responsibilities/Teaching, Supervision 

  1. To provide training to residential homes, fostering agencies, adoption services, schools and other professionals on a range of psychological issues. 

  1. To work closely with residential home staff, fostering agencies, adoption services, schools and professionals to facilitate understanding of psychological issues. 

Service Development Role 

  1. To work closely with the Director and team in developing the service. 

  1. To represent Aspire at conferences, training and marketing events. 

Research and Audit Responsibilities 

  1. To use research skills for complex audit and evaluation of the service. 

Application Process 

If you would like to find out more please contact Dr Nikki Hill, Clinical Director or visit our website 

Application is via CV and covering letter followed by a formal interview.

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