Clinical Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist
Clinical Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist
5% contribution from MOT
3-5 days per week (flexible)
25 days + 8 bank holidays (pro-rata)
Birthday off, World Mental Health Day off, company laptop, self-care audio therapy subscription + 4 vouchers for family and friends
Permanent (subject to 6 month probationary period)
Clinical Leads and Clinical Coordinators, My Online Therapy
Enhanced Level of Disclosure
Remote working, post-holder must be based in the UK
Purpose of the job
The post-holder will provide a highly specialist psychology service to clients of My Online Therapy (MOT), a UK based online therapy platform. They will provide, remotely via the MOT online platform, highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy for clients from diverse backgrounds presenting with complex difficulties including medically unexplained symptoms, personality difficulties, eating disorder symptomatology and trauma. They will provide high quality evidence based psychological treatments tailored to the needs of their clients. They will be expected to see 5 clients per 7.5 hour day and to work within the protocols and frameworks as set by MOT. There will also be opportunities to offer supervision and training on clients’ psychological care to qualified psychologists within the service; direct clinical contact time will be adjusted as needed to reflect this. The post-holder will be able to determine their own working pattern, provided this fits with and is responsive to the needs of MOT.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- To accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service
- To provide highly specialist psychological assessments of clients of MOT based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including self-report measures, rating scales, observations and interviews with clients, as appropriate
- To offer formulation-driven, evidence-based psychological therapy to MOT clients, which may include individuals, couples and/or families, presenting with complex psychological difficulties (e.g., features of personality disorder, trauma, medically explained symptoms and eating disorders).
- To provide psychological therapy in a flexible way that is centred around the needs and preferences of the client; this will include the provision of text-based interventions, where appropriate
- To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes.
- To plan and prioritise workload effectively and autonomously; to be responsible and accountable for managing one’s caseload
- To conduct risk assessments, prepare risk management plans, and initiate appropriate action where indicated (including referrals to relevant services, if appropriate)
- To adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of clinical sessions carried out per week (this is set at 5 clients per 7.5 hour day, dependent upon other commitments within the service).
- To evaluate therapeutic outcomes via agreed protocols within the service
- To undertake such other duties and responsibilities, appropriate to the post, as may be agreed with the Clinical Lead/Clinical Coordinator
Communication and Relationship skills
- To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording and report writing
- To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients
- To develop and maintain professional therapeutic relationships with clients using advanced psychological therapy skills to bring about lasting psychological change
- To communicate as appropriate with external agencies and provider partners
- To proactively develop robust professional relationships within MOT
Mental and Emotional Effort
- Frequent requirement for intense concentration in the delivery of high quality therapy by being aware of the client’s psychological state, assessing this and responding appropriately.
- Frequent exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances arising from therapeutic contact with clients requiring emotional engagement with the material discussed, emotional self-regulation by the therapist and the delivery of a therapeutic response within professional boundaries
Training and supervision
- To receive regular clinical supervision from a senior psychologist
- To proactively take responsibility for attending supervision, case management and line management regularly, participate in objective setting, performance review, and respond to agreed objectives
- To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychological methods across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective practitioner, through engaging in continued professional development activities and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of applied psychology and related disciplines
- To provide clinical supervision for qualified psychologists within the service
- Support peer learning through attending and contributing to training webinars/CPD events
General and Professional
- To exercise personal responsibility for the systematic clinical governance of your own professional practices, in accordance with relevant professional codes of practice and MOT policies, protocols and standards.
- To attend professional meetings as appropriate
- To take a positive and constructive attitude towards change
- To ensure client confidentiality is protected at all times
Audit and service evaluation
- To participate in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service
- To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in clinical work
- To participate in clinical audit and service evaluation with colleagues within the service, to help evaluate and improve service provision
- To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to mental health. For this post these specifically include current mental health legislation, risk assessment and management, clinical governance, and NICE guidelines
- Health and Safety: Under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 it is the responsibility of individual employees at every level to take care of their own health and safety at work and that of others with management in complying health and safety obligations
- Equal Opportunities: MOT is committed to equity of opportunity for all employees, job applicants and clients. We are committed to ensuring that no one will be discriminated against on the grounds of race, colour, creed, ethnic or national origin, disability, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation or marital status. We commit ourselves to promote equal opportunities and value diversity and will keep under review our policies, procedures and practices to ensure that all employees, users and providers of our services are treated according to their needs.
- Alcohol: To recognise that even small amounts of alcohol can impair work performance and affect one’s ability to deal with clients in a proper and acceptable manner. Consumption of alcohol during work hours is not permitted.
- Data Protection Act: To maintain the confidentiality of all electronically stored personal data in line with the provision of the Data Protection Act. To carry out responsibilities with regard to the Access and health Records ACT 1990 as per Data Protection Act.
- Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults: To carry out responsibilities in such a way as to minimise risk of harm to children, young people and vulnerable adults and promote their welfare in accordance with current legislation.
Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist
Doctoral level training (or equivalent) in clinical/counselling psychology as accredited by the BPS
HCPC registration as a Counselling or Clinical Psychologist
Evidence of Continuing Professional Development as recommended by the BPS
Additional post-qualification training in evidence based psychological therapy approaches, particularly DBT, Schema Therapy, Systemic approaches, trauma-informed approaches and/or CAT
Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
Knowledge and Experience
Experience working as a qualified psychologist within the NHS for a minimum of 2 years, working with adults within mental health or physical health settings.
High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies in relation to working with specific difficult to treat groups (e.g., personality disorder, dual diagnoses, trauma, people with additional disabilities etc.)
Experience of the application of psychological approaches in diverse cultural contexts
Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting with problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
Experience of highly specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, day services and inpatient settings
Experience of providing psychological therapy online
Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received appropriate clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical/counselling psychologist
Experience and knowledge of providing clinical supervision to qualified practitioner psychologists
Understanding of issues surrounding clinical risk
Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients’ psychological care, treatment and discharge
Knowledge of legislation relevant to mental health
Experience of working in private practice
Experience of delivering text-based interventions
Experience of working clinically outside of the UK
Skills and Competencies
An ability to provide highly specialist psychological assessments based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources
An ability to draw on a range of explanatory models to develop flexible, compassionate psychological formulations of clients’ difficulties, incorporating information including relationship to help, developmental background, trauma, interpersonal patterns of relating, and diagnostic issues.
Ability to implement a range of formulation-driven psychological interventions for clients presenting with complex difficulties
Ability to carry out high quality risk assessments
Ability to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
Ability to work as part of a team and develop good working relationships both within MOT and with related organisations
Ability to use clinical supervision and case management positively and effectively
Ability to meet agreed service targets
Ability to maintain sustained and intense concentration over long periods of time
Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal abuse
Excellent IT skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Good organisational and time management skills, ability to plan and prioritise own workload
Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice
Skills in working therapeutically with couples
Passionate about offering therapy in non-traditional formats
High levels of enthusiasm and motivation
A positive approach to working with people with mental health difficulties
Willingness to work flexibly
Interest in working with a relatively new, dynamic organisation
Self-reflective, whilst working with clients, and in personal and professional development and in supervision
A willingness to engage with issues relating to structural and systemic inequality in the professions of clinical/ counselling psychology
From diverse background underrepresented in service delivery
Fluent in languages other than English