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Counselling Psychologist/CBT specialist

Counselling & Mental Health Support

London, Strand Campus


  • Posted on: 22nd Dec 2021
  • Salary: £46,934 - £55,299 including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 039166
  • Closes: 16th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job Description

King’s College London Counselling and Mental Health Support Service is seeking to recruit 2.5 FTE Counselling Psychologists/CBT specialists with at least two years post accreditation experience, preferably in a higher education setting.

You will have a post-graduate degree or equivalent, with membership and accreditation with a professional body such as BPS, BACP, UKCP or BABCP. We would expect Counselling Psychologists to be registered with the HCPC.

You will join a multi-disciplinary team comprising psychodynamic counsellors, group analysts, counselling psychologists, mental health advisors, clinical assessors and a consultant psychiatrist.

You will possess specialist knowledge of issues relating to student mental health, including the assessment and management of risk, mental health assessment, crisis management and external referral of cases where appropriate. You will be expected to provide high-quality, confidential, 50-minute counselling sessions, primarily using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, following assessment and triage of students who have completed their registrations with the Service. Students are currently offered up to 6 sessions, including assessment, although these may be extended on a case-by-case basis.

Experience of psycho-educational or short-term group work will be an advantage.

You will work closely with colleagues in the Counselling and Mental Health Support Service to ensure the appropriate referral of cases and an effective multi-disciplinary approach to all aspects of clinical work. Referrals to the college psychiatrist and/or external services, where appropriate, will also be part of your post-assessment tasks. You will present more complex cases at the weekly team meetings and have regular (pro-rata) supervision with an external supervisor.

Where appropriate, you will provide students you have assessed with letters supporting Mitigating Circumstances Form requests eg for extensions. You will also write to the student’s GP with the assessment outcome if appropriate.

You will be expected to work within professional Codes of Practice relating to confidentiality, the Mental Health Act and Fitness to Practice issues in all aspects of your clinical work. These standards recognise the professional codes of Practice and Ethics of External Professional Bodies such as the BAPC, BPC, BPS, UKCP.

The Counselling Service is part of the Students and Education Directorate, and you will play a key role in a large and diverse team. You will be expected to be aware of the university’s EDI policies and The Directorate expects all staff to work to high professional standards, with a strong focus on quality service delivery. You will be expected to positively engage with and seek opportunities to enhance the student experience agenda.

The university and the C&MHS service have Covid safety measures in place, based on both King’s research, and government guidance. Therefore, you will be expected to provide in-person appointments to students – with a minimum of 40% of your time spent on-campus. You may choose to work from home for up to 60% of the week and, should there be another lockdown, you may be required to work from home only. Please apply on the basis that you might be working from home either some or all of the time and already have a secure, confidential home-working environment. You will be provided with all the necessary equipment, including laptop, separate mouse and keypad (optional).

These posts will be offered on an indefinite contract.

Both full and part-time posts are available – please specify at application.

Key responsibilities

  • To undertake a full psychological assessment of students applying to the Counselling and Mental Health Support Service, in order to ascertain the nature of their presenting problems and how best to meet their needs: for instance, by short term work, referral to a group, referral to the College Psychiatrist or external specialist services.
  • To provide 50-minute counselling sessions in accordance with the original assessment.
  • To participate in and contribute to departmental programmes designed to meet the wider aims of the Institution.
  • To participate in weekly clinical case discussion of worrying students and collective decision making.
  • Within the bounds of confidentiality, to liaise as appropriate with academic and non-academic staff regarding individual students.
  • To participate in staff development and training workshops for tutors, residence staff, departmental administrators, professional services etc.
  • To liaise as appropriate with external professionals and institutions for example, GPs, psychiatric or other mental health services, specialist services e.g. Eating Disorder Clinics.
  • To support students with mitigating circumstances requests and write letters to GPs or current NHS teams.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
Essential criteria

  • Professional qualification and current professional accreditation in the field of counselling psychology and/or high intensity CBT training.
  • Expert knowledge and skills of undertaking mental health and risk assessment and management, including standardized assessment protocols and relevant clinical outcome measures (such as CORE).
  • Expert knowledge of the mental health issues and support needs of students and/or young adults.
  • Knowledge of legislation relating to mental health.
  • Strong advocate of diversity and inclusion and promoting access for people with mental health issues.
  • Understanding of the issues that students face in Higher Education and the types of support/advice that students require beyond mental health support.
  • Experience of managing a complex caseload of students presenting with a wide range of mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of referring cases into NHS and voluntary sector bodies and working closely with such services on complex cases.
  • Experience of balancing the need to share information appropriately to ensure the effective management of risk with the need for confidentiality and data protection legislation compliance.
  • Excellent IT and administration skills, including administrative self-sufficiency (e.g. diary management, letter writing, etc.)

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of working in a HE institution.
  • Experience of delivering training, presentations and/or group-work.

Further information

Your application should clearly set out how you meet the skills, knowledge and experience criteria listed, along with relevant examples. Candidates will be shortlisted based upon these criteria.

Interviews will be held on Friday 28th January 2022. It is expected that they will be conducted remotely.

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