This role supports the University's revised wellbeing framework, taking a proactive approach to encouraging good mental health and wellbeing, promoting the education and support networks available and ensuring that those in need of specialist care or advice can access this as required.
Reporting to the Head of Student Wellbeing and Inclusion, the Mental Health & Wellbeing Campaigns Adviser will work collaboratively with the Counselling and Psychological Services team to support the University in meeting student's wellbeing needs, through facilitating and coordinating access to appropriate education and advice as well as delivering mental health awareness training sessions to colleagues across the University.
The post holder will contribute to the development and promotion of mental health and wellbeing services, ensuring effective liaison with key stakeholders, by developing campaigns and implementing focused initiatives to support students with a range of mental health and wellbeing concerns, promoting the University's support services and other useful agencies.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Provide mental health and wellbeing education to students, promoting resilience and self-care. Increasing understanding on a variety of common issues e.g. anxiety, perfectionism, sleep routine, procrastination etc.
Publicise and promote the breadth of student services, maintaining a focus on the student experience, through the design and coordination of a range of initiatives/campaigns. Work collaboratively to incorporate the views of key stakeholders, evaluate outcomes and enable students to develop positive behaviours and maintain good mental health.
Act as a referral point for students and staff, providing expert advice and support, signposting to appropriate sources of advice and/or treatment. Working with Counselling and Psychology Service and other colleagues in Student and Academic Services, to deliver a high-quality customer focussed service, in line with university objectives.
Plan and provide guidance and training to colleagues working with students who are experiencing mental health difficulties, aiding their understanding of appropriate referral and signposting pathways both internally and externally.
Liaise with colleagues across the Student and Academic Services Directorate to facilitate joint working and ensure a holistic approach to student wellbeing, promoting the support available to students and staff to enable full engagement with all aspects of university life.
Be informed on emerging policy and practice within the field of student mental health and wellbeing to contribute to appropriate internal/external forums.
Contribute to the review and development of policies and practices relating to student welfare issues generally but particularly in the area of mental health.
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9 clinical qualification relating to mental health (Ordinary Degree, Scottish Vocational Qualification level 4), or equivalent (including professional accreditation with relevant formal training), and experience of personal development in a similar or related role(s).
A2 Registered with a relevant professional body such as NMC, HCPC, BABCP/BACP or registered with the Health & Care Professions Council as a Counselling/Clinical psychologist
A3 Knowledge of the changing Higher Education context and student mental health issues
A4 A good understanding of mental health services and the interface / integration between different working practices (counselling, CBT, clinical psychology, psychiatry)
A5 Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to mental health
A6 Knowledge of the Equality Act (2010) as it applies to Higher Education.
B1 Postgraduate qualification in Counselling or Psychotherapy or Doctorate in Counselling /Clinical Psychology
B2 Qualification in staff training
B3 Recognised post graduate qualification in clinical supervision
C1 A high level ability to work collaboratively and provide information and guidance to other professional and non-professional groups
C2 Ability to communicate effectively, at both a written and oral level to clients, senior management, and a range of lay and professional persons within and outside the University.
C3 Ability to negotiate effectively in the context of highly emotive issues
C4 Ability to make decisions and problem solve in complex settings, applying appropriate clinical knowledge.
C5 Demonstrable emotional resilience, having the ability to work calmly under pressure particularly when dealing with vulnerable/at risk clients.
C6 An understanding of mental health and wellbeing considerations in a higher education context.
C7 Computer literacy
D1 Competence in clinical supervision and development
D2 Experience and training in clinical practice e.g. CBT,DBT etc,
E1 Experience of working with people with mental health problems
E2 Evidence of responding proactively to mental health needs and promoting resources to assist self-care
E3 Experience of working collaboratively in complex environments
E4 Experience of researching and leading new developments/projects
E5 Experience of working with clients from varied backgrounds
F1 Experience of working in higher education
F3 Experience of training
Planning and Organising
¿ Plan and organise own workload, balancing conflicting demands while delivering longer term projects
¿ Developing evaluation criteria and reporting on the outcomes of planned mental health initiatives
¿ Respond to the sometimes conflicting needs of students and staff in a manner that maintains high quality service in a context of limited resources
¿ The postholder is guided by principles and broad occupational policies and has some discretion to work within a set of defined parameters
¿ Operational matters can be escalated to the Head of Student Wellbeing and Inclusion for guidance.
¿ Clinical matters can be escalated to Clinical Leads in the event that further guidance is required.
¿ Communicate effectively with all key internal and external stakeholders building relationships to promote a holistic approach to student wellbeing e.g. Student Services teams, academic advisors, wellbeing coordinators, communications advisors and student representatives.
¿ Encourage and develop integration and good working practices with relevant support services across the University
¿ Manage barriers to acceptance or understanding which need to be overcome using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills.
¿ To resolve problems with intervention including when the intervention is not working, or when systems are not in place to facilitate implementation.
¿ Select the most appropriate method and scope for delivering information, advice and support from an organisation, agency or professional colleagues.
The remit of Counselling and Psychological Services extends beyond interventions with students and staff and includes the provision of staff and parent consultation work (usually carried out by telephone); induction talks; group work with students; staff training for academic and other support services' staff, to enhance their understanding and skills in student mental health and wellbeing; and supervision and mentoring of trainees from professional training courses
A PVG check will be required for this role
Terms and Conditions
Salary will be on the Management, Professional and Administrative Grade, level 7, £35,845 - £40,322 per annum.
This post is full time (35 house) and offered on a fixed term basis to 31 July 2024.
Vacancy reference: 040005; closing date: 26 August 2020.
Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme
The post for which you are applying is considered “registered work” in terms of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act. It requires the successful applicant to become a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme member prior to appointment. This check is necessary to ensure that the University of Glasgow fulfils its legal duties under the Act.
If you are successful in your application, the offer of employment will be subject to PVG Scheme membership. Further information is available at: https://www.mygov.scot/pvg-scheme/
Please note that under Section 34(1) of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 it is a criminal offence to apply to carry out or to carry out regulated work from which that individual is barred.
New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.
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