16 November 2017

Systemic Family Practice Practitioner (Training post)

YPAS SEEKING TO RECRUIT Systemic Family Practice (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)

As part of Children and Young People Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) YPAS is seeking to recruit 2 Systemic Family Practice Practitioner Trainees funded by Health Education England

The Young Persons Advisory Service (YPAS) is seeking to recruit professionally qualified practitioners who have experience of working with the mental health and emotional well-being needs of children, young people and families. This is an excellent opportunity that will allow for the undertaking of funded academic training and salaried for a one year period. As part of Liverpool’s transformation planning and workforce development objectives of CYPIAPT (Children and Young Peoples Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) Liverpool’s CAMHS partnership is striving to increase access to evidence-based parenting interventions.

YPAS is a Liverpool based Youth, Information, Advice and Counselling Service (YIACS); established in 1966, the charity provides a wide range of support and therapeutic interventions to address the mental health and emotional well-being needs of children, young people and families.

Post Systemic Family Practice Practitioner (Training post)

Salary: NJC scale 6 (point 26) £23,398

Contract: Fixed term (1 year). Secondments will be considered.

Hours: 35 hours per week

Closing Date: 20/11/17 (10am)

Short listing: 20/11/17

Interviews: 21/11/17

Post commences: 04/01/18

Training commences: 08/01/18

Qualification gained: Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies with Children and Young People: Systemic Family Practice Pathway

Location of Training: CBT Training Centre at Greater Manchester West, Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (2 days per week)
Location of Placement: Young Persons Advisory Service – Liverpool (3 days per week)
Scope: The training posts are aimed at Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Registered Mental Health Nurses with 3 years post qualified experience to work as parenting facilitators, co-delivering 14 week parenting programmes across three Liverpool based Community Hubs.

Additionally, practitioners with a differing core profession from those listed above e.g. Youth Workers, Counsellors, IAG Workers etc. with a minimum of 4 years’ experience of working with children, young people and families (including parenting work) may also apply through the KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitude) route defined by the BABCP (British Association Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapies) – see the link below.

This training post provides the opportunity to complete the CYP-IAPT Training in Systemic Family Practice (SFP) delivered in collaboration with the GMW CBT Training Centre / The University of Manchester.

In 2011 GMW CBTTC/The University of Manchester was successful in becoming one of 3 national pilot sites for CYP-IAPT. In response to Liverpool’s CAMHS Transformation strategy, YPAS is seeking practitioners to deliver community based interventions as CAMHS Practitioners, whilst undergoing the CYP-IAPT postgraduate diploma in Systemic Family Practice

The one year course will be split between training and clinical work. Subsequent to the successful completion of the fixed term training contract, applicants will be in a position to apply to vacant posts at YPAS.

Training Overview:

The SFP course provides a thorough and robust theoretical base with particular focus on the protocols with the soundest evidence. In addition to providing practical, intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skill development to a defined standard of competency, the course aims to increase trainees’ knowledge base of theory and research in Systemic Family Practice and promote a critical approach to the subject. It aims to equip trainees to become skilled, creative and independent Systemic Family Practitioners who appropriately value and adhere to treatment protocols with fidelity.

 The clinical work involves being part of a multi-disciplinary team; carry a clinical caseload of Systemic Family Practice training cases and weekly workplace supervision.

 The training involves teaching blocks and supervision days at the GMW CBTTC.

Course Entry requirements:
Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological treatments for CYP-IAPT SFP pathway)

 Relevant Honours Degree graded at 2.2 or above or;

 Successful completion of pre-entry essay, which is marked at Masters level, prior to acceptance on training programme.


 Core profession as defined by BABCP. Please see http://www.babcp.com/Accreditation/Core-Profession.aspx for a list of core professions, or;

 Completion of KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes) portfolio.  Membership of the BABCP if undertaking the KSA route.

 Access to appropriate cases during and after training.

NOTE: Applicants must have a relevant degree and/or a core profession. Students cannot be accepted onto any training programme if they are currently undertaking studies elsewhere or registered with another university.

For an application pack please email recruitment@ypas.org.uk or for further information please contact Valerie O’Donnell (Senior Operational Manager) 0151-702 6083 val@ypas.org.uk

YPAS is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and families and expects all staff to share in this commitment.

We aim for quality services and equal opportunities for all