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Counselling Psychology Placement

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Location : Feltham , Rochester , Stoke-on-Trent , Wetherby
Salary : £ £ Negotiable
Type : Graduate Placement
Closing Date : 2021-01-28
Date Posted : 2020-08-16
Reference : 35996  

The placements are unpaid but there may be an agreement to pay travel if required.

Trainee Counselling Psychologist Placement with Youth Custody Service (YCS)

The YCS is offering Trainee Counselling Psychology placements.

The placement is to work with children aged 15-18 years with complex needs within a custodial setting. Some work is likely to be short-term, but there is scope for longer term work.

The placement is a rich opportunity for a Trainee Counselling Psychologist to work within a large organisation and demonstrate the benefits of a Counselling Psychology approach. It’s a rewarding placement where a Trainee will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and will provide therapeutic input with children who may not have previously engaged with talk therapy.

Environment, population and challenges

There are four Youth Offenders Institutions (YOI) across the UK and they are HMYOI Cookham wood, HMYOI Feltham and HMYOI Wetherby and Werrington. Each has their own unique culture and service.

Trainee Counselling Psychologists interested in a placement at either of the YOIs are advised to consider that the environment and population will present practical and emotional challenges not experienced in other environments. The children will often have experienced extremely adverse conditions and events, including abuse, which may have resulted in emotional regulation issues, trauma and engagement difficulties.

The placement is within a custodial setting so Trainees will be required to carry keys and keep all gates locked at all times. The children are encouraged to attend a range of activities so Education, the gym, family visits and interventions, such as psychological counselling. Given the emphasis on education and on the system having to respond quickly to violence and risk there may sometimes be delays to sessions, difficulties access young people, so booked sessions may need to be rescheduled. The environment is challenging but is one in which a Trainee counselling psychologist will build on their resilience, clinical experience and partner with a creative and dedicated specialist staff team. A team comprised of custodial officers and a multi-disciplinary CAMHS team.

The fundamentals

The Trainee Counselling Psychologist (s) on placement will work from the Psychology Department made up of Trainee Forensic Psychologist at various stages of training, Registered Psychologist and at some sites there is also a Family Therapist. Clinical supervision will be provided by a registered Psychologist.

The Trainee(s) can agree to a 6 month placement, however a 12 month contract and longer is preferred because it provides a better depth of experience and learning. The Trainee will attend the placement once a week. Days are negotiable. They can see up to four clients, depending on experience and gaining familiarity with the setting. If the YOI has a family therapist the Trainee may want to join the Family Therapy team. There are opportunities for assessment, formulation, treatment planning and therapy.

Application process

The placement will be advertised on the civil service jobs website. Due to the security of the environment it is important that a good fit between the Trainee Counselling Psychologist and the placement is found. Therefore applicants will be asked to provide a CV and covering letter explaining how they see their experience and skills fit this placement. Interviews will be offered in order to further ensure a suitable fit. Interviews will focus on the Trainee’s understanding of what it means to work in a secure environment, responding to the children’s needs and dealing with challenges to resilience that this placement may pose as well as on multi-disciplinary team working within such a setting. The interview panel will likely include a child.

The successful Trainee will need to have enhanced DBS clearance. Undertaking Prison Service security checks after the interview will also be necessary. This process is slow and can take several weeks. The successful Trainee will undertake a brief (4 day) induction programme to ensure they know about Prison Service processes and about the teams that they will be working with as well as feel confident in the environment. The Induction programme normally takes place once a month Monday-Thursday. You will also be required to produce a Covering Letter.

Contact / questions welcome so if you are interested in finding out more before applying. Please email: hradmin.psychology@Justice.gov.uk

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