Responsible to: Project Coordinator
Location: 1 post - covering WHSCT, 1 post - covering SEHSCT & BHSCT
Hours: 16 hours per week
Salary: £26,435 pro-rata
Contract: 4 years fixed term
This post supports delivery of Nexus Children’s Counselling Service. Nexus helps children from the age of 8 to deal and process issues relating to Sexual abuse and trauma.
This may be delivered through a range of therapeutic disciplines including Play, Music, Clay, Art, or Integrative children’s therapeutic approaches.
The service meets a diverse range of emotional and psychological needs that can be addressed through therapeutic support. Children present with a wide range of psychological, emotional, or social issues. The overarching aim is to increase each child’s emotional well-being and improve their learning potential by engaging them in a person-centred model, working at their pace establishing methods to help overcome past traumas.
- To work as part of Nexus team of trained child therapists who take a child-centred approach to counselling and supporting the children, their parents and carers
- To assess requests for counselling from parents or carers, by engaging with parents/carers to build an understanding of the child, their family and the situation while identifying therapeutic goals to best support the child
- To ensure an initial assessment will be completed with the child’s parent(s), caregiver(s) or legal guardian(s) to determine if this is the most appropriate service for the child
- To be familiar with assessing for informed consent for counselling given by those with parental responsibility for the child in accordance with Gillick Competence Guidelines
- To use a range of modalities including play, art and music therapies helping children to reduce stress and process feelings to help children develop and facilitate communication skills improve self-confidence and independence; enhance self-awareness and awareness of others
- To deliver face-to-face safe and confidential counselling sessions on a flexible basis meeting the needs of young children
- To attend monthly individual clinical supervision
- To promote and manage effective communication with clients and key stakeholders whilst maintaining boundaries of confidentiality
- To agree with the client and their caregiver a therapeutic contract for the work. This includes regularly reviewing progress through outcome measures recorded throughout counselling and through discussion with the client and parent/caregiver during parental reviews.
For further information and to apply, please see the downloadable documents below