Would you like to make a real difference and enrich young people’s lives? Are you resilient, empathetic, attentive, able, and willing to invest in the children that you are caring for?
Halliwell Homes are looking for a Child Psychotherapist/Play Therapist to join our team based in Greater Manchester and Staffordshire. You will join us on a full time, permanent basis and in return, we will offer a competitive salary of £35,000 - £42,000 per annum.
Who are Halliwell?
Halliwell Homes is a social enterprise offering clinically informed practice. Our objective is to improve the psychological health and wellbeing of looked-after children.
Halliwell operates the Restorative Parenting Programme which focuses on therapeutically addressing the emotional, behavioural, social, and developmental needs of children in our care. Our Restorative Parenting approach sets us apart from standard residential childcare providers in that it is clinically informed in every aspect of the child’s lived therapeutic experience with the aim of helping traumatised children achieve recovery and psychological wellbeing. The RP Programme seeks to deliver recovery to the child within a time-limited period (24 months) achieving measurable improvement that enables children to achieve their local authority care plan (most commonly to move to sustainable long-term fostering or kinship placements).
About the Child Psychotherapist/Play Therapist role
You will be a key member of the clinical team at Halliwell providing direct, trauma-informed psychotherapy to children aged 5-14 living in our homes.
You will also provide reflective practice and consultation to our teams of Restorative parents and Teachers who work with children going through our restorative Parenting Programme.
You will also liaise with internal and external professionals and family members and will engage, develop and support our therapeutic practice model as well as conducting research in this subject matter.
Key responsibilities of our Child Psychotherapist/Play Therapist:
- Provide specialist support to children suffering with the impact of trauma and attachment difficulties, through a variety of creative modalities
- Contributing to the formulation and implementation of plans of specialist psychological treatment and management of the children’s mental health needs.
- Provide a specialist psychological perspective in the assessment of children referred to the programme
- Provide reflective practice sessions for teams working with and educating traumatised children
- Consult with and provide specialist psychological guidance and training to carers and, where appropriate, families and professionals
- Undertake training where necessary in the various theoretical aspects of the Restorative Parenting programme and associated psychology subjects.
- Consult with and advise colleagues from other professions on the progress and emotional well-being of children
- Participate in meetings concerned with the delivery and developments of clinical services and contribute a psychological perspective as appropriate.
- Develop and maintain good communication links with the NHS, Social Services, and other appropriate agencies
- Participate in regular clinical supervision.
- Work within the Code of Ethics and the relevant professional practice guidelines of the British Psychological Society and the professional guidance frameworks of Halliwell Homes
- Work within the framework of the policies and procedures of Halliwell.
- Collect and collate relevant data on work activities, as required, and maintaining a high standard of clinical record keeping
Benefits of joining us as our Child Psychotherapist/Play Therapist:
- Perkbox Employee Benefits scheme.
- Excellent Career Progression.
- Free access to the staff counselling service.
- Workplace pension.
- Employee Assistance Programme.
If so, click ‘Apply’ now to be considered as our Child Psychotherapist/Play Therapist!
Halliwell is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Services (DBS) Disclosure