Job Vacancies

British Psychoanalytical Council

Communications Manager

Salary: £30,000 to £34,000 (dependant on experience) pro-rata per annum

Closing date: 05 December 2018

Job Description

We are looking to appoint a Communications Manager to help us comprehensively develop our communications function, including digital content through our website and social media.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the post holder will have responsibility for developing and leading a revised communication strategy to enable us to properly reflect the high professional standards of our Registrants in supporting people’s mental health and personal development; and ensure a greater understanding of the contribution that psychoanalytic thinking can play in supporting the development of emotional wellbeing in society. 

The BPC is highly regarded in the psychotherapy field, having a tradition of excellence and intellectual rigour. However, our website, social media presence and member e-newsletters all need a significant overhaul and we are looking for a creative and highly motivated individual to take responsibility for this. The post holder will also be responsible for producing promotional material, including for our flagship annual conference, and (working alongside the editor) will manage the production of our highly regarded professional magazine ‘New Associations’. We need an ambitious, clever and creative communications professional to help us.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual, with the capacity to work both autonomously and in partnership with others. You should have a minimum of 3 years communications experience including the development of creative digital content that has made a real impact. Experience in the not-for-profit, professional membership and/or mental health sectors would be advantageous.  

A salary of £30,000 to £34,000 (dependant on experience) pro-rata per annum is offered, with 28 days holiday pro-rata, plus statutory holidays and 6% employer pension contribution. London based.

The role is offered on a part-time basis, 0.5 full time equivalent, 17.5 hours a week (actual hours / days can be negotiated).

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New Post: Psychodynamic Child Therapist/Psychotherapist

Bridge in Schools Programme

An exciting new post has arisen in the Bridge in Schools team at the Bridge Foundation, with a start date of February 2019. This is an opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced therapist to join a lively, experienced team and to develop and deliver services in a specialist Bristol school for children with moderate and severe learning difficulties, including many children with autism. It is an excellent opportunity to bring mental health expertise to the heart of a specialist learning environment.

The Bridge Foundation is a Bristol based charity, which has been delivering a range of clinical and training services relating to the needs of children, young people, families and adults for over 30 years.

Applicants need to demonstrate experience of bringing psychodynamic thinking to working with children with special needs and their families. They will be qualified as a UKCP/ BCP/BACP/HCP accredited psychodynamic child counsellor, or a qualified child psychotherapist accredited with the ACP. Child psychotherapists experienced in schools work and close to completing their training may be considered.  A professional education, mental health or social work background, a good understanding of child development, and an experience of personal analysis would be highly relevant.

The work includes:

  • Work with the school to develop effective emotional/learning support strategies in school
  • Supervision of specialist SEN and support staff
  • Classroom observations and assessment
  • 1:1 school-based therapy for children and young people
  • Family work; work with parents; liaising closely with school staff
  • The therapist will be joining a small supervision group at The Bridge Foundation.

The post will be for 10 hours a week, including 3 hours a week to cover administration and attend supervision/meetings on a Wednesday afternoon at the Bridge Foundation. The post is for 46 weeks a year which include 7 weeks paid holiday (outside school term times). There may be some flexibility to negotiate hours.

Salary:  pro rata equivalent to £30,904 p/a FTE.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 7 December 2018. Interviews will be held on Thursday 20 December 2018.

For an informal discussion of the post, contact Dr. Emily Ryan, Service Manager. Mob: 07948 530644.

Application pack from: Guled Egal, Adminstrative Assistant,The Bridge Foundation, 13 Sydenham Road, Bristol BS6 5SH. Office: 0117 942 4510



South Bucks Counselling

Clinical Assessment Manager
7 hours per week: £15 per hour
Preferably over 2 half days – Monday & Thursday /some flexibility

Job Description

Overall Purpose of Role
To be responsible for initial client assessment and allocation, to supervise and appraise trainee and intake counsellors and to provide clinical expertise and thinking to the development and day to day management of the agency.
To support the Clinical Director in the overall running of the Agency.

Reporting to: Clinical Director

Main Responsibilities
•To set up and facilitate initial assessments and client allocation to qualified and trainee counsellors.
•To provide clinical expertise in managerial supervision and carrying out annual appraisals for trainee counsellors and intake team workers.
•To take part and be active in all activities related to service development and our CPD programme.
•To manage and oversee the strategic use of data including financial, client demographic and client intake and the preparing regular reports.  
•To support the clinical director in implementing and updating service policies and procedures.
•To utilise clinical experience and thinking to contribute to the overall smooth running of the service and to perform any other relevant and reasonable tasks as required.
•Some duties will be carried out in collaboration with the Clinical Director. Support will be provided from our service administrator and intake assessment counsellors.  

Required skills, qualities and experience

-To be psychodynamic trained or have a good understanding of the implementation and boundaries of psychodynamic work
-Will have 3 – 5 years post qualification experience
-BACP or equivalent training and accreditation
-Supervision training or experience would be desirable
-Commitment to uphold the values and principles of the agency, with accountability and transparency
-High integrity and commitment to confidentiality and data protection
-Excellent organisational skills and ability to use initiative in working independently
-Numerate as well as possessing appropriate IT skills – Excel, Word
-Strong communication skills in delivering case analysis and guidance
-Ability to work well within a team and support positive team dynamics
-Ability to apply psychodynamic understanding to organisational concerns and team working
-Emotional resilience and ability to handle and think about complex behaviour
-Experience of office administration and adequate record keeping

Interested applicants who wish to apply should send their CV and covering letter to;
Carol Phillips, Clinical Director;