The University of Glasgow is committed to the wellbeing and success of its students. As a member of the Student Wellbeing and Inclusion Team, the Senior Therapist will play an important part in achieving this, working within a multi-disciplinary team of counselling and psychology professionals.
This includes working autonomously, both independently and as part of a team, to provide mental health assessment and to develop solutions and short model interventions tailored to individual needs. The post holder will provide therapeutic support to students presenting with a range of mental health problems in both individual and group formats. As required, the Senior Therapist will provide early assessment/intervention to those at risk i.e. presenting with suicidal ideation and plans and be confident, if appropriate, in liaising with external services.
The post holder will provide advice and consultation regarding Students' psychological care and needs. Provide training, guidance and support to staff of the University on matters concerning student mental and emotional wellbeing. Participate in service development that includes service policy and practices within the University. Provide clinical supervision to trainee practitioners and work collaboratively with the Clinical Leads to ensure effective and efficient service delivery.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide highly specialised consultation, assessment and appropriate therapeutic intervention to clients presenting with the wide range of mental health problems, moderate to severe psychological distress, enduring mental health problems and personality disorders.
- Make recommendations regarding the suitability of interventions, appropriateness and priority of referrals; consider alternative referral options for those cases not deemed suitable for the University Counselling Service. This may involve liaising with GPs, NHS community mental health teams, other clinicians and other university colleagues involved in pastoral care, crisis management and mental health provision.
- Take responsibility for clinical decisions and convene case conferences where necessary in order to agree strategies for supporting students who are considered to be a risk to themselves and/or to others
- To undertake mental health risk assessment and risk management for relevant students and provide advice on the psychological aspects of risk to the multi-disciplinary team.
- To undertake a range of therapeutic interventions, drawing on a range of psychological models, and employing a range of modalities (individual/ groups) adapted and tailored to the needs of the student, and in line with current evidence-based practice.
- To communicate written and orally in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment and treatment plans of clients and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of treatment.
- Supervise and mentor trainees from professional training programmes.
- In collaboration with the Clinical Leads and other colleagues, contribute to the development of strategies, policies and practices, which ensure a healthier learning and working environment for students and staff.
- Be responsible for providing an informed opinion and/or verifying students' mitigating circumstances to academic colleagues and external funding bodies in accordance with the University and funding agencies regulations and service Code of Confidentiality and Management of Personal Information.
- Engage in regular clinical and management supervision to evaluate client work in order to ensure competence, fitness to practice and to comply with good practice guidelines and professional standards.
- To participate in the training and development of University staff involved in student support, crisis management, and pastoral care.
- Engage with colleges and schools to ensure that frontline staff are equipped to support students and have access to advice and guidance when it is required.
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9, (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 Accredited 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 Thorough knowledge and understanding of the BACP/HCPC ethical frameworks for the professional practice of counselling, psychotherapy, clinical/counselling psychology and supervision.
A4 Demonstrable knowledge of the specific challenges of mental health care within an HE environment.
A5 Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by professional body.
B1 Further accredited training in evidence based psychological therapies (e.g. IOT, CBT, CAT and EMDR).
B2 Training in supervision.
C1 Skills in the use of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
C2 Excellent interpersonal, oral presentation and communications skills, with the ability to form positive working relationships with a wide range of staff within the University community and externally.
C3 Ability to select and administer relevant psychometric measures.
C4 Able to recognise urgency, make clinical judgements on complex cases and take decisive action when required.
C6 Able to manage risk and adapt approaches to suit the HE setting, demonstrating clinical competence in assessment and working with a breadth of client problems using a range of therapeutic interventions and techniques.
C7 Analytical and problem-solving capabilities, ability to work on own initiative.
C8 Able to work flexibly and creatively while maintaining personal and professional resilience.
C9 Competence in providing clinical supervision and development.
C10 Ability to work effectively with students from diverse cultural and social backgrounds.
D1 Skills in the use of CORE NET or similar to record the outcomes of therapeutic interventions.
D2 Leadership skills.
E1 Extensive experience of providing counselling and or mental health care, including working with people with complex difficulties/experiencing crisis.
E2 Proven and comprehensive experience of working in a short-term / brief therapy model.
E3 Proven and comprehensive experience of clinical assessments.
E4 Experience of working with external agencies operating in the field of mental health and wellbeing.
E5 Experience of managing difficult and complex cases.
F1 Experience of working with clients from different ethnic backgrounds.
F2 Online/telephone counselling experience.
F3 Experience of facilitating psycho-educational groups (particularly CBT based) and other workshops.
F4 Experience in public speaking and delivering training.
F5 Experience and understanding of issues facing of counselling students in a Higher Education setting.
Be part of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Counsellors, Psychologists, Mental Health Advisors, CBT Therapists, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Wellbeing Officers, Consultant Psychiatrist, Administration team and trainees.
Accountable to the Clinical Leads and Head of Service, holds professional responsibility for ensuring ethical practice and best standards in the delivery of services.
Full responsibility for all relevant aspects of casework, administration and liaison.
Cooperative participation in regular service meetings and line management 121s.
Work collaboratively with colleagues in Wellbeing and Inclusion and across student services to support and progress the wellbeing agenda.
Planning and Organising
• To plan and organise a large workload encompassing the various aspects of the job effectively and efficiently and meet specified deadlines for particular projects.
• Responsible for prioritising all aspects of the workload, and for making clinical judgements and decisions regarding the most appropriate support or treatment options to recommend or offer.
• To provide professional clinical assessment, psychological therapy and other related support to students; consultation to academic staff, colleagues from the other support services and parents.
• Collaborate with other university colleagues and student bodies in furthering development work within the university. Referral to and liaison with GPs, CMHT, funding bodies and other relevant internal and external sources of help. Active membership of professional associations.
• Assessment, clinical decision making, treatment selection and treatment evaluation, operating within defined service principles and policies, but with significant discretion to adapt approach to the needs of the client
• Recognise urgency, make clinical judgements and take decisive action when required
• Convene case studies when necessary to agree strategies for supporting students
• Know when to escalate
• Select the most appropriate method and approach for student mental health intervention
• To be responsible for the decision-making encompassed within a large and varied workload and to do so in accordance within professional standards and also department and university policy
The remit of the University Counselling Service extends beyond individual interventions with students and staff and includes the provision of:
• Staff and parent consultation work (usually carried out by telephone)
• Student and staff induction talks
• Group work with students
• Staff training (academic and other support services' staff) to enhance their understanding and skills in student mental health and wellbeing
• Supervision and mentoring of trainees from professional training courses
• Liaising with and developing collaborative projects with colleagues from other support services
Terms and Conditions
Salary will be on the Management, Professional and Administrative Grade, level 7, £36,382 to £40,927 per annum.
This post is full time and open ended.
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.
The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.
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