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Child Psychotherapist job description

To provide systematic high quality, evidence based Child and Adolescent  Psychotherapy service  to children, adolescents  and  their families/carers  referred for assessment and treatment. To supervise and support the assessment and therapy provided by other clinical members of the team who provide psychotherapy.


Master’s level pre-clinical training at a training school recognised by the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) and Post –graduate training at doctoral level in clinical child psychotherapy at a training school accredited by the ACP


Maintenance of  ACP





Substantial experience of working as a qualified psychotherapist within an ORGANISATIONS clinic.


Advanced knowledge and skills in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and its effective application to the mental health problems of children and adolescents with complex disorders and diagnosis including pervasive and severe emotional and psychological difficulties.



Experience of working regularly and intensively with children and adolescents and family members.



Communication and relationship skills of the highest level in working with hostile patients and their families in situations of sexual abuse and where complex formulations need to be explained


Analytic and judgment skills in processing the great complexity of information arising from clinical work. Skills in formulation and forming of Care Plans.


Advanced skills in professional supervision . And an ability to deliver regular supervision to a range of professionals and psychotherapy trainees.


Highly developed skills in providing consultation to other professionals.



Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team.  


Sufficient knowledge of other modalities to engage appropriately with colleagues and their work with clients


Masters or Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology consistent with psychoanalytic work.


Well developed skills to communicate effectively, orally and in writing at an age appropriate level (including use of play, drawing, role play, metaphor and stories) complex, highly technical and /or clinically sensitive information to adults, children, adolescents, their families, carers and professionals within and outside the ORGANISATION including reports for the Courts


Knowledge of child development/ mental health issues


Ability to work with a racially and culturally diverse community in a wide variety of contexts including highly specialist skills for working therapeutically in family homes


Up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation , and ethical issues, and their implications for both clinical practice and professional management to the full range of client groups.


Skills in flexibly planning and organising own working week, prioritising case load, balancing clinical sessions appropriately with other workload


Physical skills in use of keyboard, video equipment, car driving


Basic IT skills


Ability to work autonomously, setting appropriate goals, in accordance with professional ethics guidelines and OrganisationOrganisation policies


Ability to manage working in situations of multi-level stress, eg client’s experience of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, organisational transitions


Ability to move between different levels of context in a single day, switching between clinical work, live supervision, consultation, teaching, strategic thinking and planning and able to conceptualise at the highest level in order to assist colleagues who are experts in their particular field.


PERSONAL Capacity to sit in the same position for up to 50 minutes.


Capacity for frequent intense concentration


Capacity to remain emotionally contained, thoughtful and empathic when working with highly distressed patients who may be verbally abusive.


Capacity to remain focussed, collaborative and constructive in the face of organisation stress together with the capacity to help contain the feelings of other colleagues


Must be capable of professional autonomy ie holding full case responsibility, being accountable for own professional actions


Must be capable of working to the highest ethical standards as defined by the ACP code of professional ethics and OrganisationOrganisation policies


Capacity to implement policy and to proactively contribute to their development in the wider service


Current driving licence / ability to drive between sites, or to make alternative workable travel arrangements.


1. Working as  part of a community team involved in multi disciplinary assessment  and treatment of clients in a Clinic Base.


2. The post involves some independent travel between clinics and there may be potential risk of exposure to aggressive or unpredictable behaviour from clients and carers or family members in distress.  The post holder should be guided by the local team lone worker policy and TrustOrganisationOrganisation risk policy and their supervisor when undertaking any home visits.


3. On some occasions the post holder may be required to use their own vehicle to transport clients for attendance at meetings or as part of the therapeutic process.


4. The post holder’s office base will be with other team members and will have access to suitable treatment space to undertake clinical work. They will have access to support from the team secretary.


5. There is a need to use effective an efficient keyboard skills in the recording of clinical information and in communicating with colleagues.






1. To undertake initial generic assessments as appropriate, including risk assessment and risk management plans in conjunction with the team, involving other agencies or services as appropriate to ensure patient safety.


3. To provide psychoanalytic  psychotherapy assessments of referrals of a significant and complex nature in order to formulate and implement plans for the treatment and management of patients` mental health difficulties based on an appropriate conceptual framework and employing research based evidence.




To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of policies. To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of clinical practice within the service in collaboration with the team manager. To take a lead in coordinating specialist therapeutic activity within the CAMH’s  team and participate in disseminating skills to the wider service.  


To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research. To propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the team/service. To provide teaching, consultation and supervision to qualified and trainee therapists and other disciplines as agreed with the line manager.


4. To formulate effective care plans in collaboration with the client and families and work in ways which are sensitive to the needs of families from a range of social, cultural and religious backgrounds.

5. To provide enhanced psychotherapy and assessment, delivering in depth long term and short term interventions to children, adolescents  and their families.


6. To work closely with education, the local authority and other professionals to communicate sensitively and increase the understanding of complex emotional, behavioural and psychological issues for children presenting with complex difficulties and disorders.




7. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account highly complex factors concerning historical, relational and developmental processes.


8. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients  in line with their Care Plans.


9. To work jointly and collaboratively with other team members in order to enhance and develop work with children, adolescents and their families by providing  specialist  knowledge and skills.


10. To undertake risk assessment and risk management relevant to individual patients including protective and risk factors present in the network of significant relationships.


11. To act as care coordinator as appropriate, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, coordinating the work of others involved with care, taking responsibility for arranging CPA reviews as required and communicating effectively with the client, his/her family and all others involved in the network of care, and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.














13. To provide highly specialist consultation, advice and guidance to other professionals at all levels working with families both within the service and in partner agencies. This will include liaison and working with professional networks involving complex issues such as those involving child protection, deliberate self harm, violence, trauma and suicide risk.



14. To maintain clinical records and communicate effectively verbally and in writing especially with referrers via written reports.


15. To communicate complex clinical information in a skilled and sensitive manner including assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients and families to monitor progress during the course of uni and multi-disciplinary treatment.


12. To attend team referral meetings and business meetings to offer advice on the psychoanalytic understanding of clients.


13. To take part in the duty rota, as agreed with service manager




Teaching, Training and Supervision


1. To develop core skills in professional  pre  and post-qualification training and supervision and provide structured in-house supervision and training to the multi-disciplinary team, including doctors, psychologists and other mental health professionals regarding psychoanalytic  work with patients, their families and other professional networks.



2. To provide highly specialised professional supervision as agreed by the CAMHS psychotherapy lead and Service Manager to other qualified  psychotherapists in ways that fit with the individual’s stage of professional development and are in accordance with standards prescribed by  the ACP.


3. To act as a highly specialist psychotherapy  resource by providing  supervision, consultation and training including academic presentations to the team members and to other agencies as agreed with professional lead / line manager.



Management, recruitment, policy and service development


1. To participate as a senior clinician in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service including advising both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychoanalytic therapy and/or organisational matters need addressing.


2. To exercise delegated responsibility for managing the resources available to a team in the form of psychological materials or equipment  employed in the assessment and treatment of patients














3. To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the area delegated by the locality manager


4. To participate as appropriate in staff recruitment, both in the short-listing process and as a member of interview panels as appropriate to experience.


5. To provide a specialist lead within the service for a delegated  area of clinical responsibility.



6. To work co-operatively with statutory and non-statutory agencies for client benefit.


Research and Service Evaluation


1. To use theory and research to inform evidence based practice in work with children, adolescents and their families in line with current and best practice.


2. To undertake or participate in relevant clinical research, service evaluation and audit in line with service objectives.


3. To undertake project management including complex audit and service evaluation with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.


General and Professional


1. To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes in accordance with TrustOrganisationOrganisation’s clinical governance standards and the codes of practice and ethical guidelines of the ACP.


2. To contribute to the development of best practice in psychotherapy by taking part in regular supervision and appraisal and maintaining awareness of current developments in the field.


3. To maintain and promulgate the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice


4. To maintain ACP registration as a clinician and as a supervisor.


5. To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health