Lead Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
£32,236-£38,460 (Grade 5)
Thursday, 10 October 2019
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Application closing date: 23/10/2019
Salary: £32,236-£38,460 (Grade 5)
Package: plus excellent benefits

Job description

Further your career with Edinburgh Napier University

We are currently looking to recruit a Student Lead Cognitive Behavioural Therapist on a full time permanent basis. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with the experience and passion in this area to support our students.

Edinburgh Napier University is a forward thinking institution home to forward-thinking people, inspired by the world around them. The Student Wellbeing and Inclusion Department provides high quality, professional services to support potential and current students from their initial enquiry to Edinburgh Napier University through to graduation. As a University committed to creating an inclusive environment for all, we aim to provide a positive and supportive environment for all students and staff on the basis of individual merits, ability and potential. A wide range of support for students is embedded across the University, provided through a variety of services. These include Disability Inclusion, Student Funding, Counselling and Mental Wellbeing, Student Accommodation, Academic Skills, Widening Participation and School Personal Development Tutors.

The role

The post holder will work within a multi-disciplinary team to develop and deliver a range of proactive support to assist students to develop skills to manage and maintain their mental health and wellbeing.

You will provide effective service triage, clinical and risk assessment to assess students' suitability for short term counselling, CBT or Mental Health Advice and refer to internal and external services as suitable.

The appointed person will carry an individual caseload and, working with the Wellbeing Services Manager and clinical leads, respond to students causing significant concern, implement emergency and safeguarding procedures, and offer clinical advice to colleagues in line with the safeguarding framework, ensuring safe and ethical practice for the services' most vulnerable students.

The post holder will also be asked to take a lead role together with Wellbeing Services Manager and Counselling Lead engage and motivate part time staff and so create a coherent and positive staff culture. This includes support and advice part time counsellors, CBT practitioners, guaranteed hours counsellors and mentor-student trainees on clinical matters.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone with a proactive, positive and collaborative approach when working with both internal and external stakeholders alike, and someone who, ideally, has extensive experience providing professional, sensitive and student focussed one to one CBT. The successful candidate will have demonstrable skills in providing advice and guidance to students with mental health issues and have a sound understanding of the range of concerns facing an increasingly diverse student body.

Candidates must evidence the essential criteria for the role, such as:

  • A degree or professional qualification in cognitive behaviour therapy, counselling, psychology or a related field and hold registered membership of BACP or COSCA and/ or working towards /accredited with BABCP, BACP or COSCA.
  • Significant experience of providing brief one to one CBT and in-depth experience of service triage and counselling assessments
  • Experience of offering trauma informed CBT with an understanding of trauma responses. 
  • Experience of working in a clinical team setting, with proven ability in managing a caseload and maintaining records in line with GDPR.
  • Thorough knowledge of mental health issues, services, practices, provision and legislation in the UK.
  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise work effectively, to manage own workload and to balance competing demands in order to meet agreed deadlines.

It would be desirable for candidates to possess:

  • Experience of working in Further/Higher Education and or Social/Community work
  • Mindfulness training
  • Child and Adult Protection Training Level 2

To know more about this exciting opportunity please click here to view the role profile.

Benefits we offer

In return, we offer a great working environment where we support ambition, recognise achievement and offer an attractive benefits package. This includes a minimum of 36 days annual leave (includes bank holidays), a generous pension scheme, professional development opportunities, discounted access to onsite sports facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts

Salary: GBP 32,816-GBP 39,152(Grade 5)

Additional Information

  • Closing Date : Wednesday 23rd October (midnight GMT)
  • Interview Date : Early November

Please note that the successful candidate must have permission to work in the UK by the start of their employment. We are unable to sponsor any candidate for this role.

Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG)

This post is subject to registration with the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme, for regulated work with children and/or protected adults as appropriate. Employment in this post is conditional on the successful post holder being able to obtain/holding PVG scheme membership. The successful candidate will not be permitted to commence employment until this has been confirmed.

Information provided will be kept confidential and individuals will not be discriminated against unnecessarily due to non-relevant offending background. If you require further information on the PVG scheme, please visit Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme

The University is committed to inclusion, demonstrated through our work in respect of our diversity awards and accreditations (Advance HE's Athena SWAN Charter) and holds Disability Confident, Carer Positive and Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion status. More details can be found here.