Two part-time qualified school therapists required for an immediate start to support 11 to 18 year olds in West Oxfordshire on a pilot initiative launching March 2022
The Help Hub is looking to secure the services of a number of qualified therapists to work part-time on a pilot project aimed at providing immediate, preventative support to children and young people in Secondary Education within West Oxfordshire. The role will be paid at £30 - 50 per hour depending on experience. We will be working in partnership with two local schools, and require therapists to work with pupils for a minimum of 12 hours per week in school face to face providing tailored support to each pupil over a 6 - 12 week period. Working with care givers, parents and schools we will endeavour to promote trust in therapy and foster a strong collaborative approach with other local mental health services such as CAMHS. If the pilot proves to be successful, there is scope for this to become a permanent position.
You will be signposted pupils via the schools’ pastoral teams and will work to promptly address their emerging mental health needs. You will work closely with them over the initial 6 week period, whilst also informing the partnership schools and parents of the journey. You will be asked to evaluate pupil wellbeing at various stages and produce reports using a variety of recognised measures to ensure a positive outcome and improve overall mental wellbeing for students.
This role supports the Government's priority of increasing access to and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people.
As part of this work, you might:
- provide education for managing anxiety and depression
- promote approaches to improve emotional health and wellbeing
- advise and signpost education staff on further information to ensure children and young people get the right support
You will provide support to children and young people on a one-to-one basis. You will work alongside professionals trained to support schools with whole-organisation approaches to mental health and wellbeing. The work may also involve liaising with parents, carers and pastoral teams via The Help Hub.
Note: Therapists will be independent providers, and not employed by The Help Hub
Estimated Pilot Start:
March 2022 ongoing
- Registered Member of the BACP or equivalent governing body (required)
- A Certificate in Counselling Young People (ages 11-18) from a BACP registered course (required)
Skills and Experience:
You will have prior experience of assessing and supporting children and young people with common mental health difficulties, and be able to recognise mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and behaviour difficulties.
- You must be an experienced, fully accredited counsellor with BACP (or equivalent) registration
- Have demonstrable experience counselling children and young people
- A private environment for conducting sessions
- Excellent written communication
- Must pass a DBS background check
- Reliable Internet connection
- Currently residing in Oxfordshire and surrounding areas
It is also desirable to have:
- Knowledge of the school and education system
- Experience providing telehealth services
- Professional liability insurance
- Will be provided for the ongoing research and evaluation you provide for the project charged at an hourly rate commensurate with experience, in addition to expenses.
- Resources to keep you connected: The Help Hub aims to create a strong and accessible peer community of therapists to share experience along with group supervision once a month
- Resources to support you: The Help Hub Programme Manager, the Board of Trustees and Advisors and local partner community services such as the WODC Healthy Communities team
To apply for the the position or to find out more about the pilot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and a covering letter
About The Help Hub
The Help Hub was established at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic with the aim of easing the detrimental mental health impact of the pandemic. Through qualified volunteer psychotherapists and counsellors, free online emotional support sessions were offered to adults throughout the UK. Feedback from those who have used the service has been overwhelmingly positive and The Help Hub has received recognition for its achievements including a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister for outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community and ITV’s One Million Minutes Frontline Hero award.
As the pandemic crisis eases in the UK, The Help Hub’s mission for the future is to provide professional mental health support to people who cannot access help because of long NHS waiting lists or because they cannot afford private therapy.
The Help Hub is a small registered charity managed by a group of Trustees and a Programme Manager.