CBT Therapist Ref 10084

School/department: Division of Student Experience: Wellbeing, Therapeutic & Residential Life Services: University Therapeutic Service
Hours: Full time hours considered up to 1 FTE 
Contract: permanent.
Reference: 10084
Salary: starting at £44,414 and rising to £52,841 per annum pro rata
Job posted: 28 February 2023
Closing date: 28 April 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of this date.
Interview date: to be arranged
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

The Department of Wellbeing, Therapeutic and Residential Life Services, within the Directorate for the Student Experience, is seeking to appoint an experienced clinical practitioner to the roles of CBT therapist.

We are looking, in particular, for mental health practitioners with possible backgrounds of nurse/ social worker and/or with experience of working within acute mental health services and/or secondary mental health services.

The successful candidate will have a post-graduate level therapeutic qualification; current accreditation as a counsellor/psychotherapist with BABCP in addition to relevant experience of brief therapy and group-work in a similar organisational setting. You will need to provide your accreditation/registration certificate at interview.

The University Therapeutic Service has recently become part of a larger team focusing on student mental health, encompassing student wellbeing more widely, and including residential life. You will be joining a team of experienced therapists and a number of post-qualified and trainee Counsellors. Each year, over 2000 students are seen for therapy, either individually, in therapy groups, or in workshops offering strategies for managing in different situations.

You will utilise a range of therapeutic interventions and techniques appropriate to the needs of the students, provide short-term focussed therapeutic and wellbeing interventions for students working as part of an integrated Student Experience Division. You will manage student cases collaborating and consulting with the wider divisional staff including disability support, as well as NHS professionals as required, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students. Your contribution to the delivery of proactive initiatives around mental health and wellbeing as part of the wider mental health strategy will be critical in the development of the service.

An innovative, risk conscious approach, sound judgement and diplomacy, as well as the ability to work under pressure within a complex organisational structure are essential attributes required of the post holder.

Confidentiality, and be able to navigate complex situations in a sensitive and professional manner will be required. Highly developed written and oral communication skills are essential as well as a positive and flexible approach to the role and the service.

Due to Covid-19, we have added telephone and video consultations to our offer, but our aim is to work on the University campus to deliver the flexibility students desire. You will need to take this into consideration as you do need to be able to work in a secure environment where information can be managed confidentially at all times. Experience of working online/by telephone is essential.

For full details please see the Person Specification and Job Description. If you have any queries which are not addressed here, please email Jane Hoyle (Lead Therapeutic Practitioner) at jh898@sussex.ac.uk  

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 10084) (PDF 124.3KB)

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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This role may be eligible for sponsorship. For a job to be eligible for sponsorship it needs to be assigned an eligible SOC code & meet minimum salary requirements and be full time. Please contact HRCompliance@sussex.ac.uk so they can check if this role can be assigned to an eligible SOC code and meets the minimum salary requirements. You can also consult our Skilled Worker Visa Information page for further information"

How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to jobapps@sussex.ac.uk

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as google.docs or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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