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Job Summary

Are you an engaging, proactive and empathetic individual with a proven record of providing one-to-one guidance and counselling to adults with multiple and/or complex needs to address mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties? Do you have experience of working with trauma and in trauma-informed services/organisations?

If so, join St Giles Trust is looking for a Mental Health Professional to provide a client-centred mental health support and advice service to peer advisors and clients, and support staff to manage and respond to increased emotional and psychological wellbeing needs among clients.

About St Giles Trust

An ambitious, well-established charity that helps people facing adversity to find jobs, homes and the right support they need. Central to our ethos is our belief that people with first-hand experience of successfully overcoming issues such as an offending background, homelessness, addictions and gang involvement, hold the key to positive change in others.

St Giles is now a kickstart employer, so we are part of the scheme which provides job opportunities for 16-24-year-olds who are currently on Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

About this key role

As a specialist Mental Health Professional, you will focus on providing initial clinical support to our clients and peers and facilitate access and referrals to mental health services. Working with teams across the Trust, you will help to identify peer advisors/clients who need extra mental health support, and advise on actions that will support the client to manage mental health challenges and progress. You will also address client mental health concerns by providing guidance to caseworkers, following a consultation process to assess each client’s needs and develop an action plan to access their local mental health services.

We will also count on you to support caseworkers, referring to specialist services where additional support is required, and to provide trauma-informed counselling and mental health support where external services are unavailable. Enabling clients, and peer advisors across the Trust, to progress with and achieve their goals on wellbeing, learning, and routes to future employment is also an essential element of this role.

What we are looking for

  • Experience providing effective support remotely and in person and delivering wider support, including training, and development, tailoring support to each individual’s needs
  • Experience of working with socially excluded adults
  • Counselling, psychotherapy, or psychology qualification at Post-Graduate level
  • Membership of a professional organisation or relevant professional body
  • A sound understanding of Mental Health services across England and Wales
  • In-depth knowledge of mental health issues, diagnosis and treatment options
  • Outstanding interpersonal, relationship-building and communication skills, both verbal and written

In return, you can expect a competitive salary, generous leave allowance, staff pension, flexible working, a mentoring programme, an advice and counselling service, childcare vouchers, season ticket loan and much more.

As an organisation that works with children and adults at risk we are committed to safeguarding, protecting and promoting the safety of our clients and successful applicants will be DBS Checked.

Closing date: 11pm, 6th December 2022.

St Giles will guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria set out in the Job Description for the vacancy.

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