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Clinical Psychologist – Sutherland House School

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Salary: Band 8a starting at £47,126 (for full time hours)
Hours: Part Time
Closing date: Monday, 18th July 2022

We are seeking to appoint a passionate and skilled psychologist at our Sutherland House School; our specialist school in Nottingham.

This is a key role and the post holder will provide highly specialist clinical psychology service to children and young people with a diagnosis of autism and complex needs including histories of complex trauma and neuro-developmental difficulties. The post holder should have significant experience working with young people with autism in a specialist school. This role would suit someone who is looking to develop their skills in clinical leadership. 

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Sutherland House School is a non-maintained specialist school for autistic children and young people aged 3-19. The school prides itself on creating personalised learning opportunities with a vision for reaching potential for each individual pupil. We offer small class groups, favourable staffing levels and excellent opportunities for training and professional development. 

The psychologist post is a key role working within a small, experienced, highly motivated and passionate school. The post holder will be expected to provide highly specialist clinical psychology service to children and young people with a diagnosis of autism and complex needs including histories of complex trauma and neurodevelopmental difficulties. This will include providing specialist psychological support to the education staff, the senior leadership team and families/caregivers of our children and young people.

Responsibilities include:

  • To undertake psychological formulation and assessment that draws on a wide range of sources, is based upon an appropriate conceptual framework, is informed by the evidence base, and can be contextualised across the school. To undertake neuropsychological assessments where appropriate to support assessment and formulation. This information will be used to inform individualised treatment, staff training and/or consultation around the care and management of children and young people with ASD and complex needs.
  • To have skills and knowledge in the Attachment, Regulation and Competence model or other evidence based systemic models for children with mental health difficulties, complex trauma and/or neuropsychological conditions. To disseminate, train and implement these therapeutic models into the education systems at school.
  • To work with school staff, carers and families to support and develop their psychological knowledge and skills to better understand and support the clinical needs of our children and young people.
  • Ability to maintain warm and empathic relationships and demonstrate high levels of resilience working with school staff and working with children and young people with highly emotive and distressing difficulties, e.g. trauma and abuse histories.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of indirect and direct psychological interventions for our young people, their families and education staff. These will be informed by their psychological formulation and will be informed by the evidence base for mental health difficulties, complex trauma and/or neuropsychological conditions.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models, and the complex factors including developmental history, attachment history family history, environmental influences, care history and trauma impact.
  • To offer a psychological opinion on referrals regarding anticipated clinical needs.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for our children and young people, and to provide guidance to other colleagues about the psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To communicate in a highly skilled and effective manner, orally and in writing highly sensitive and complex information concerning our children’s background information, formulation, assessments and treatment plans.
  • To work collaboratively with a wide range of professionals. To uphold professional boundaries and professionalism at all times. To build and develop effective relationships to ensure that the needs of the children and young people are being met.

Autism East Midlands is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Please note successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.

 


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