Children and Young People Mental Health Practitioner

Children and Young People Mental Health Practitioner (PDF Download)
Responsible to: Children and Young People Mental Health Manager

Mind Jersey, a renowned and respected mental health charity, is seeking a dedicated and compassionate individual to join our team as a full-time Children and Young People Mental Health Practitioner. This role will offer support to children and young people (CYP) aged 7-25 who are facing a range of mental health difficulties. As a practitioner, you will deliver groupwork, 1-2-1 interventions, training, and education to empower CYP and help them develop effective coping strategies.

Responsibilities

- Coordinate and undertake all aspects of the service offered, including handling enquiries, session preparation, and delivery.
- Use proactive mental health skills based on CBT, called Decider skills, to teach children aged 7-12 and 13-17 effective coping mechanisms.
- Provide 1-2-1 support for children aged 7-25 to develop wellness recovery action plans using the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) approach.
- Conduct training sessions and presentations on youth mental health awareness, stress management, and coping strategies.
- Maintain accurate records and provide quarterly reports for Mind UK Quality Mark (MQM) purposes and potential service level agreements.
- Work within safeguarding and GDPR policies, ensuring confidentiality and data protection.
- Foster positive relationships with participants, teaching staff, CAMHS, and other services to promote the service.
- Stay updated in the field of mental health, attend relevant training courses for professional development, and represent Mind Jersey at events focused on children and young people.

Requirements

- Qualifications and relevant experience in health and social care, counselling skills, teaching experience, and a minimum of 12 months working with children and young people facing mental health difficulties.
- Excellent understanding of mental health and related policy issues affecting young people and services.
- Familiarity with recovery-focused approaches, such as the Six Ways to Wellbeing and WRAP.
- Knowledge of primary and secondary mental health services, including specialist CAMHS.
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships with young people, key individuals, and organizations.
- Commitment to the aims and activities of Mind Jersey.
- Organized, flexible, able to meet deadlines and maintain work-life balance.
- Maintains confidentiality and handles sensitive topics appropriately.
- Works effectively as part of a team, with a positive approach.
- Valid driver's license and access to own transport.

At Mind Jersey, we strive to reduce inequality and improve access to mental health support for all. If you share our passion and meet the requirements outlined above, we invite you to apply for this vital position.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and why you are interested in joining Mind Jersey.

Applications should be sent to Amy Hall a.hall@mindjersey.org by 15th December 2023.

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and you may be expected to perform additional tasks to support the organization's objectives.

Mind Jersey is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. We value diversity and inclusion in our workforce.