Assistant Psychologist, Young Peoples Services
£22,119 - £24,815 depending on experience
23rd Oct, 2022
Job description

Assistant Psychologist

Full Time 37 Hours

Temporary 12 month

Grade 7 £22,119 - £24,815 depending on experience

An exciting opportunity has arisen to for a full time Assistant Psychologist to be recruited to the newly developed therapy, assessment and psychology service within Doncaster Council’s Young People’s Service (YPS).

The YPS has worked hard in developing a systemic and psychologically based culture within the existing structure. This is an opportunity for the post-holder to be involved in an innovative method of working with young people and their families across the borough, which may include those involved in criminal behaviours, those who have experienced trauma and invalidation and those who present with challenging behaviours.

This is a challenging role but if you enjoy working with young people and their families and making a difference to children’s lives then you will find this post rewarding and fulfilling.

We are committed to developing and supporting the workforce and if you are employed by us then you can look forward to on-going professional development and training.

The YPS Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) approach will provide the post-holder with a unique insight into working with young people who have experienced invalidating and traumatic environments. The post-holder will work under the direct of qualified psychologists, within a range of settings including Youth Justice, Fostering, Children in Care, Care Leavers and the wider social care teams, enabling the integration of psychologically informed thinking within existing pathways.

The key role will be to facilitate group based, and where required 1:1, interventions to young people within all aspects of YPS, having the opportunity to gain experience in using different psychological models (e.g., CBT, Motivational interviewing and DBT). There will also be the opportunity to provide psycho-education sessions for clients and provide staff training to support cohesive communication and integration of psychological models and knowledge. There will be a requirement for the post holder to undertake psychological assessments with young people.

The role of the assistant, through direct supervision of qualified psychologists, will be to assist the MDT with the development of psychological case formulations, which inform enhanced risk assessments and intervention plans.

The post-holder will be supervised to support the development of psychological case formulations and undertake specific assessments where required.

The team is looking for an enthusiastic, robust, committed individual who has a keen interest in working with complex and challenging young people. The role will require regular travel across Doncaster.

Within this role you will have the opportunity to work in a flexible and dynamic way to meet the needs of this challenging client group. You will have the opportunity to enhance psychological insight in relation to this client group, through development of assessment and formulation skills. Development of clinical skills will also be supported. Furthermore, under the supervision of qualified psychologists, the post-holder may have the opportunity in supporting in the delivery of teaching and training to partner agency staff.

The post-holder will be provided with opportunities to expand their experience with conducting audits, collection and analysis of statistics, development of audit and/or research projects and clinically related administration.

Within this role the post-holder will be required to aid in building confidence, independence, resilience and role model appropriate interventions with the young people being supporting.

The post-holder will be required to attend and contribute to a variety of multiagency meetings relating to young people, including writing professional reports when requested.

We are committed to safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you are interested in this post and require more detail, please contact Dr Jodie Howarth-Beal on 01302 736100/07817 087942.

Should you wish to apply please read the Job Description & Person Specification and complete the online application form by:

Closing Date: Sunday 23rd October 2022 (Midnight)

Interview Date: To Be Confirmed

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