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Trainee CBT Therapist x2
  • Employer: West Berkshire Council
  • Reference: V4930
  • Published: Thu 15/09/2022, 10:44 AM
  • Closing on: Thu 29/09/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: From £30,984 to £37,568 per annum (Grade I)
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, Berkshire

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Trainee CBT Therapist x2

The Trainee CBT Therapist roles will be part of West Berkshire’s multi-disciplinary Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) and are full-time posts.  The successful candidates will be undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment for Children and Young People (CBT Route) at Reading University; this is a year-long course which will include a mix of university and work placement days and includes a significant academic component. 

The MHST is a multi-disciplinary team that offers a range of services under the Thrive Elaborated Model. The team includes a range of early intervention workers comprising of Primary Mental Health Workers, Education Mental Health Practitioners and an Outreach Worker.  The team has specialist support from a Senior BHFT CAMHS Practitioner and are led by Senior Educational Psychologists.

The teams are based in Market Street in Newbury but the post holder will be working across schools involved in the MHST project.

The post holder will be expected to work as part of a dynamic mental health team in a creative environment where evidenced-based interventions, new ideas, ways of working and supporting young people are actively encouraged. This approach requires flexibility and adaptability, and above all a passion for working and building effective working relationships with young people. The post-holder will employ a range of evidence based interventions for mental health problems via direct individual and group support. Support will also be provided to parents.

A committed team worker, the post holder will carry a caseload and work on their own initiative.  Time management skills are essential given the variety of this challenging yet rewarding role.

The course the post holder will be completing at the University of Reading as part of this role is a Level 2 accredited course with BABCP. This means that upon completion trainees will meet criteria to apply for provisional accreditation as a CBT therapist with the BABCP.

To apply, you must meet the criteria for CBT training and also have a BABCP-recognised professional background in mental health or related areas. This means having a recognised Core Profession. You can find out whether you have a recognised Core Profession at

If you do not have a Core Profession, you must complete a portfolio of evidence to show that you have equivalent training and experience. This is known as the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes portfolio (KSA). You can find out more on the KSA portfolio here:

Prior to this interview, you must have completed a self-statement for KSA criterion 4. Please see the BABCP website for guidance and exemplars.

West Berkshire Council offer excellent employment benefits such as flexible working, access to a wide range of relevant training, local government pension scheme, family friendly policies, a range of local discounts and much more. You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement of 28 days per annum rising to a maximum of 33 days.

Please contact Kate Pike on (01635) 519026 for an informal chat about this role.