To provide Clinical/Counselling Psychology provision within the Counselling and Psychological Service (CaPS) at The University of Glasgow. This includes working autonomously, both independently and as part of a team, to provide highly specialised psychological assessment, formulation and interventions to students and staff. This includes providing psychological therapies, to students presenting with a range of mental health problems in both individual and group formats. To provide liaison, joint working, consultation, expert advice and supervision of other professionals internal and external to Glasgow University. A key role is providing advice and consultation regarding Students' psychological care and needs. To practice within a multidisciplinary team and provide advice and guidance to other professionals as needed. To provide training, guidance and support to staff of the University on matters concerning student mental and emotional well-being. Participate in service development that includes service policy and practices within the University. Provide clinical supervision to various trainee practitioners including psychologists, counsellors, CBT therapists, assistant psychologists.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. In line with NICE guidelines and other sources of evidence based practice, provide highly specialized consultation/drop in, psychological assessment, formulation and treatment to clients presenting with a wide range of psychological problems, from moderate psychological distress to severe and enduring mental health problems, developmental disorders and personality disorder.
2. Make recommendations regarding suitability of treatment, collaborative interventions, appropriateness and priority of referrals, and alternative referral options for those cases not deemed suitable for the CaPS such as, liaising with GP¿s, NHS community mental health teams, other clinicians and other university colleagues involved in the pastoral care, crisis management and mental health provision at the University.
3. To undertake psychologically based risk assessment and risk management for relevant students and provide advice on the psychological aspects of risk to the multi-disciplinary team.
4. To undertake a range of psychological 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.
5. To communicate written and orally in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and psychological treatment plans of clients and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of treatment.
6. Supervise and mentor trainees from professional training programmes.
7. In collaboration with the service director and other colleagues, contribute to the development of university strategies, policies and practices, which ensure a healthier learning and working environment for students and staff, this includes holding responsibility for specific areas of service development and delivery.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. To participate in the training and development of University staff involved in student support, crisis management, and pastoral care.
11. Work autonomously exercising responsibility and accountability for both, the governance of psychological practice within the service, and that personal and professional actions within CaPS are in line with the Code of Ethics and statues laid out by the professional practice guidelines of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), the British Psychological Society (BPS) and service clinical governance for practice, the professional guidance framework of the University.
12. To maintain a high standard of clinical record keeping such as; electronic and written session notes and records of contact with other relevant parties. This should be in line with HCPC and BPS regulations.
13. To work within the framework of the policies and procedures of the University and to undertake continued professional development opportunities, and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in the mandatory training stipulated in relevant university policies, internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with both Line Manager, Deputy Head of Service and Service Director.
14. To be aware of legislation, national and local policies and to keep abreast of theoretical developments in Clinical/Counselling Psychology.
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
A1 Ability to demonstrate the competencies required to undertake the duties associated with this level of post having acquired the necessary knowledge and skills in a similar or number of different roles. Or, 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).Post-Graduate Doctoral degree in Clinical or Counselling Psychology.
A2 To be registered with HCPC.
A3 Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health.
A4 Evidence of continuing CPD as recommended by BPS and HCPS.
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, formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
C2 Ability to select and administer relevant psychometric measures.
C3 Consultation skills (face to face and telephone) with clients and other professional and non- professional groups.
C4 Liaison, negotiation and referral skills.
C5 A high level ability to communicate effectively at both written and oral level complex, highly technical and clinical sensitive information to clients and wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside NHS.
C6 Ability to work on own initiative.
C7 Developed aptitude for self-awareness and reflective practice.
C8 Empathy with students and having a good understanding of the emotional and developmental aspects of learning.
C9 Ability to work cooperatively within a team.
C10 The confident ability to work cooperatively with a range of university staff (academic and colleagues from the other support services).
C11 Emotional resilience and stamina, and the ability to work calmly under pressure.
C12 Fully IT literate.
C13 Ability to work effectively with students from diverse cultural and social backgrounds.
C14 Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health.
C15 Evidence of continuing CPD as recommended by BPS and HCPS.
D1 Group therapy skills.
D2 Crisis management skills.
D3 Supervision skills for work with trainee and/or honorary counsellors on placement.
D4 Online counselling skill.
D5 Ability to demonstrate leadership sand management skills.
E1 Relevant clinical experience within an agency context or part of a defined network. This experience could be accrued before or during the post graduate qualification in Counselling Psychology. Experience gathered either through employment, voluntary organisations or as part of a degree course will be accepted.
E2 Proven and comprehensive experience of working in a short-term / brief therapy model.
E3 Proven and comprehensive experience of clinical assessments.
E4 Experience and understanding of issues facing students.
F1 Experience of counselling students in higher education.
F2 Experience of facilitating psycho-educational groups (particularly CBT based) and other workshops.
F3 Experience in public speaking and delivering training.
Counselling Psychologist Part of a team of Counsellors, Mental Health Advisors, CBT therapists, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Consultant Psychiatrist and Administration team. In addition, there will be a number of volunteer counsellors and trainees on placement. The position of counselling/clinical psychologist is line managed by the Deputy Head/ Clinical Psychologist and Service Director. While accountable to the Service Director, holds full professional responsibility for ensuring ethical practice and best standards in casework (individual and group work) and also in the delivery of all other related services to students, parents and staff of the university. Full responsibility for relevant aspects of casework administration and also cooperative participation in regular management and clinical supervision. Along with other members of the team, assist the Service Director in setting and advancing the strategic direction for the service.
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 GP's, CMHT, funding bodies and other relevant internal and external sources of help. Active membership of professional associations.
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 CAPS 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
Skills and experience in these areas are therefore an advantage
Annual leave to be agreed with Line-manager and other members of staff, to ensure continuity of cover for the service. Annual leave is generally taken out of semester times. The service can operate up to 20:00, so flexibility in hours of work will be required.
A Disclosure/PVG check is 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 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.
Vacancy reference: 047625; closing date: 3 February 2021.
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