Job Description

LOCATION: Goudie Street, PA3 2LG
SALARY: £19,711 – £23,777 (Pt 32 – Pt 39)
HOURS: 23 hours per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a therapist to join our Specialist Intervention Services team on a fixed-term contract for one year (with potential for extension until 31 March 2024). We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated professional who will play a key role in the delivery of therapeutic trauma-informed services to young people (aged 12-18) who have experienced childhood adversity. The team is known for taking an integrative approach, being creative and responsive to ensure that young people and their families get the right support, at the right time, using the right therapeutic approach. You would be joining a multi-disciplinary team including; forensic psychology, child and adolescent therapies and systemic family therapy.

Your role will involve providing individual and group therapeutic intervention and consultancy to young people at Kibble. The post has been created as a result of funding received from the Scottish Government’s Survivors of Childhood Abuse Support Fund.

Job Purpose:

As a child and adolescent therapist, you’ll offer therapeutic interventions to young people with emotional or behavioural difficulties arising from trauma, including childhood abuse. Although not an exhaustive list, areas you will support cover:

• Impact of childhood abuse

• Emotional dysregulation

• Anxiety

• Aggression

• Self-harming

• Suicidal ideation

• Family relationships

• You will use a multidisciplinary approach to work within the context of the young person’s life. Your relationship with the young person is central to treatment. You may see a young person individually, in a group, or with parents or other family members.

Main Responsibilities

As a child and adolescent therapist, you’ll will:

• engage therapeutic modalities to help young people manage emotions, set positive goals, feel empathy, develop and maintain positive relationships and coping strategies

• carefully observe young people and respond to what they might be communicating through their behaviour

• provide assessment and treatment of young people as individuals or in a group

• tailor your approach to the individual young person and work in an age-appropriate way

• provide short and long-term interventions with young people and/or parents/carers, ranging from a few sessions to regular appointments over a long period of time

• work alongside other professionals in planning how best to help the young person and where appropriate their family

• offer training, consultation and supervision to other professionals who work with the young people and their families

• keep up-to-date with developments in theory and research and undertake continuing professional development (CPD)

• demonstrate highly effective verbal and written communication skills and establish a robust communication networks with other professionals, agencies and carers as appropriate

• identify key issues affecting young people and work with agencies responsible for addressing these to help ensure they are responded to

• be responsible for receiving appropriate clinical supervision with an appropriately qualified supervisor in line with professional registration as agreed with the Operations Manager

• attend regular training to keep updated

• participate in the monitoring requirements of the service by producing required statistical and written reports when required

Qualifications, Skills & Experience

• Accredited Masters degree (or equivalent) and substantial experience of working with young people and their families (e.g. child & adolescent psychotherapy, art therapy, drama therapy, systemic family work)

• Professional registration with HCPC, BAAT (or equivalent)

• Understanding of severe and enduring mental health problems

• Experience of working with young people and families with complex needs. This can be from a range of settings, including social care, health and education.

• Maturity, patience and a calm, respectful manner

• Ability to deal with difficult, perhaps painful and humiliating situations

• Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills


1. This job outline reflects the main tasks and responsibilities discharged by the postholder at the present time, however, Kibble reserves the right to alter or amend the content of this job outline to reflect changes to the job or services provided, while maintaining the overall character and level of responsibility for the post.

2. Notwithstanding any information or statement described within this job outline, all duties must be carried out in a way that promotes equality of opportunity, dignity and respect for all individuals and which is consistent with Kibble’s stated policy on equal opportunities.

3. The successful candidate will be subject to PVG Scheme Membership. Having previous convictions will not automatically disbar you from working at Kibble (with the exception of offences against children or other vulnerable groups) and every case is taken on an individual basis.

4. The successful candidate will be required to undertake Safe Crisis Management (SCM) training and will require a level of fitness to be able to carry out SCM. The successful candidate must be able to participate fully in this training and be prepared to put this training into practice.

The SCM training will consist of two days theory and two days physical training. The successful candidate must complete this training in full within four weeks of an agreed start date. Should the candidate for any reason fail any aspect of the SCM training (theory, physical or both parts), an additional two weeks will be given to pass.

5. Appointments will be subject to a probationary period.

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