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Band 8a Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist

Website Domus Recruitment

Key Responsibilities

  • To provide the CAMHS team with a high quality, evidence based, systemic psychotherapy service to children, their families, carers, and professional networks in keeping with CYP-IAPT principals.
  • To provide highly specialist systemic assessment and therapy to families with children and adolescents who are referred to CAMHS.
  • To provide specialist advice and consultation regarding diagnoses and treatment to CAMHS colleagues, external agencies, working autonomously within professional guidelines and within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to overall service delivery as required.
  • To provide supervision both retrospectively and live to systemic psychotherapists and trainee psychotherapists.
  • To contribute to the development, implementation, and audit services for families with children presenting highly challenging behaviours.

Key Task and Responsibilities 

  • To provide a highly specialist systemic assessment of referrals of a significant and complex nature in order to formulate and implement plans for the treatment and/or management of a child’s or adolescent’s mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and employing methods based upon evidence.


  • To assess children, adolescents and their families as part of a risk assessment.


  • To consult to parents/carers (including foster parents) as part of a treatment plan.


  • To work in ways which are sensitive to and appropriate for the needs of families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds. This includes abilities to understand and offer therapeutic interventions to a variety of family forms including single parents, same sex couples and their wider family networks, accommodated children and their network of care, children with learning difficulties, and children who are on the ‘Child Protection Register’, and parents with mental health difficulties. Competence is required in undertaking systemic therapy with families through the use of an interpreter where families do not yet have sufficient understanding of the English language.


  • To provide evidence based highly specialist systemic psychotherapy with clinical autonomy drawing on a range of models and wherever possible brief interventions. To practice in a way which is inclusive and considerate of the needs of each individual in the system including family members in their varying developmental stages and current emotional state.


  • To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the child, family or group, and their difficulties.


  • To be responsible for implementing a range of systemic psychotherapeutic interventions for children, adolescents and their families, including couples and groups, drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses in reaching a formulation and treatment plan. Interventions may include family therapy, individual work, chairing professionals and network meetings, liaising with other agencies, observations of patients in different settings, and the use of a range of systemic models.


  • To exercise full autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment, and discharge of clients, and formulate effective care plans in collaboration with the client, family and external agencies. To undertake risk assessment and risk management relevant to individual patients, including protective and risk factors present in the network of significant relationships, and to do this using the knowledge of the multi-disciplinary CAMHS Team.


  • To work jointly and collaboratively with other team members to enhance and develop work with families by providing highly specialist knowledge and skills.


  • To provide highly specialist consultation, supervision advice and guidance to other professionals working with families both within the service and in partner agencies. This will include liaison and working with professional networks involved with highly complex, emotive and often conflictual issues such as those involving child protection, deliberate self-harm, violence, trauma, suicide risk, criminal offending behaviour, sexualised behaviour, and mental health problems of parents.


  • To maintain current knowledge of the operation of video equipment and promote ethical and effective use in line with Directorate policy. To introduce this practice to families in a sensitive way, and to advise and instruct clinicians in other disciplines and systemic psychotherapy trainees on the fitting and appropriate use of this therapeutic tool. To use video tape review to enhance the skills of colleagues and to help parents understand their family’s difficulties, dilemmas, and traumatic experiences.


  • To act as care coordinator, as required, taking responsibility for initiating, planning and review of care plans and giving consideration to the views of patients, their family, carers, referring agents and other professionals involved in the network of care. This includes organising complex professional network meetings.


  • To work in accordance with CAMHS and team objectives by adhering to Trust and Directorate policies, including risk assessment in all work, ensuring care plans are in place, recording up to date, attending and contributing a systemic view in case discussion and team meetings.


  • To take part in the systemic psychotherapy training clinic of the locality team, providing systemic live supervision in the team as agreed with the Head of Systemic Psychotherapy and the Principal Family Therapist in the Borough Service.


  • To contribute to overall service delivery and development as required.


  • Monday-Friday 37.5 hrs

If you are intersted in this role then please contact Kiana at Domus Recruitment. 

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