Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Term: Contract
Duration: 6 months
Working hours: Full-time
Team: L&D
Location: National role, base office flexible
The firm
A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 100 law firm to achieve “Gold Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance and pomposity makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.
The team
The main aim of our Learning and Development Team is to provide Shoosmiths’ employees with the skills and knowledge to ensure that Shoosmiths continues on its journey to become a UK law firm most valued by its clients, people and communities.

Our L&D Team is based at the Lakes in Northampton although members of the team frequently travel to other offices to provide hands on support and ensure a quality training programme is maintained.

The role
To work in a supportive manner, providing therapeutic support for the senior leadership team within Shoosmiths, developing awareness on issues related to mental health and cognitive behavioural therapy, evaluation and assessment of how working life at Shoosmiths might be improved.
Main responsibilities
  • Able to work effectively with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds, understanding and respecting the impact of difference and diversity within a law firm.
  • Undertake initial assessments of the mental health needs of internal clients who self-identify as welcoming support
  • Ability to conduct comprehensive CBT assessment involving interview, observation, data collection and the use of relevant clinical measures
  • Able to formulate a model of therapeutic change using theory, principles and research derived from the cognitive, cognitive – behavioural and / or behavioural approaches to therapeutic change
  • With the active participation of the client, implement a therapeutic programme utilising a range of CBT methods to support clients to acquire skills to alleviate distress and enhance personal effectiveness
  • Monitor treatments effects, reinforcing client progress and adapting treatment accordingly as suggested by feedback, and collaborative problem solving
  • Evaluate client progress within collaborative relationship, preparing them for discharge from active treatment into a planned follow up process that audits clinical effectiveness through client outcome measures
  • Work within all relevant Shoosmiths procedural guidelines and operational policies
Skills and qualifications
  • Enthusiastic and self- motivated (Taking initiative)
  • Able to work across a matrix organisation
  • Ability to develop feedback and conclusions based on observations (Talking business sense)
  • Approachable and a team player (Pulling together)
  • Being available when your clients need you and signposting to resources appropriately (Being within reach and responsive)

Applicant qualification requirements:

We are looking to appoint someone who can demonstrate a qualification gained from an accredited CBT training course (minimum of post graduate level), or completion of significant experience; meeting knowledge skills and attitude (as defined at at a level required for BABCP accreditation.

Relevant professional qualification in a health subject or counselling e.g. Dip SW, RMN OT, PGMHW

BABCP Accredited

Experience: 1+ years’ post qualifying experience

Equal opportunities
Shoosmiths is a committed Equal Opportunities employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

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