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Employer: Look Ahead Care and Support

  • Reference: LACS/17/43037
  • Published on: Wed 13/09/2017 13:05 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 27/09/2017 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Permanent
  • Hours: 40 hours.
  • Salary: £30,000 Per Annum Plus 25 days Annual Leave Per Annum, Pension schemes, Staff discounts
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Hounslow

Job Overview:

This is a newly created role for an experienced counsellor/psychotherapist to facilitate therapeutic groups for customers, provide incident debriefs for staff members and offer some one to one counselling to customers. The post holder will lead on creating a therapeutically informed programme for young people to engage in across the service as well as in depth sessions with young people with the desired outcome of the young person having a clearer insight into their own emotional wellbeing.

The post holder will have a creative approach to engaging young people including group and individual art therapy and will tailor their interactions to each young person. Key information and documentation will be kept up to the required standard as expected between a therapist and a client and the post holder will adhere to all relevant legislation that governs these professional relationships. The post holder will work flexibly across the service and will use technology were appropriate to ensure time is effectively used across the service provision.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To carry out holistic assessments and provide guidance to support workers on appropriate support plans, and comprehensive risk assessments in full consultation with service-users, their families/carers and other agencies
  • To liaise with the multi-disciplinary team working collaboratively to ensure that full information is given to enable a robust assessment of service-users
  • Lead on staff team debriefs following any serious incidents, develop workshops to assist staff in managing stress and wellbeing in the workplace and advise the manager on supportive interventions for the team as a whole
  • Lead on team reflective practise sessions but also other creative activities for the team to aid reflection, insight and best practise
  • To ensure recovery focused support plans are reviewed, evaluated and amended in accordance with changing needs, presenting risks and individual preferences in order to promote recovery with an attitude of ‘positive risk taking’
  • To provide recovery focused support to achieve personal goals/aspirations in partnership with service-users, family members and statutory agencies. To work with service-users on a one to one basis to achieve positive outcomes within a given service timeframe
  • Create support/ action plans for providing appropriate services based on the assessment and reflecting the services and resources available
  • Provide structured support and guidance to other front line staff in their area of expertise, building capacity and skills within the team, and contribute to the relevant internal specialist forum
  • Lead on external relationships with Mental Health professionals, including the CRHTT maintaining excellent relationships with them
  • Develop and maintain links with key agencies and service providers in the local community
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the empowerment of service-users and a strong interest in co production and promoting people's rights
  • Knowledge and practical experience of using person centred tools to support recovery and development of service-users
  • Providing support with daily living activities, including practical assistance where skills are not yet developed, to ensure that service-users enjoy a high quality of accommodation
  • To lead groups and activities - offering a range of appropriate therapeutic, psycho-educational and recovery focused interactions and activities including art/dance/movement therapy
  • Empower service-users to ensure they receive the service and benefits they are entitled to.
  • Undertake administrative work and keep accurate and comprehensive service-user records to professional standards
  • To adhere to Look Ahead’s Policies and Procedures
  • To engage in learning and development activity to increase knowledge and skills
  • To advocate assertively to statutory and voluntary agencies to ensure that service-users needs are met
  • To maintain good relationships with all involved professionals and agencies
  • To maintain good liaison with the service-users’ immediate community and family
  • To build up and maintain contact with a full range of community workers
  • To attend and participate in weekly staff meetings, meetings with other professionals and in supervision and training as required
  • To stay up to date with regard to development and research in the mental health field, in housing support and in welfare benefits
  • To treat all information - both verbal and written - in accordance with Look Ahead’s policy on confidentiality
  • To exercise responsibilities under the current Health & Safety legislation and Equal Opportunities Policy as laid down or amended by Look Ahead Housing Association
  • To act at all times in accordance with the aims, philosophy and practice of the project
  • To undertake any other duties consistent with the basic objectives and duties of this post

    This is not an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time and is subject to change in accordance with the needs of Look Ahead.

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