Child Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist

Salary: £35,000 – £42,000 pa pro rata 

Hours: Part – time permanent 3 days a week (24hrs) with scope to increase or be negotiated 

Location: Fontwell, West Sussex 

About the role / vacancy 

We are embarking on exciting times with the expansion and development of our children’s Therapeutic Community here at Amicus. This brings new and exciting career opportunities for a Child Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist looking to take the next step in their career and to experience and be part of therapeutic community working. The role will appeal to applicants committed to improving the mental and emotional health of children and assist them in beginning to recover from their trauma. 

Amicus is a children’s Therapeutic Community accredited by The Royal College of Psychiatrists. The focus of our work is based on psychoanalytic and group relations theory and practice and therapeutic community principles. We provide therapeutic care and education to vulnerable and traumatised children aged 5 – 16 years old. You will be a key member of the clinical team at Amicus providing direct, psychoanalytical psychotherapy to the children who are in placement with us residentially or are day students at our school. You will be part of providing joint working, reflective practice, clinical advice and consultation to staff, families/ carers and also other network professionals. You will also liaise with internal and external professionals and carers / family members. You will engage, develop and support our therapeutic practice model as well as conducting research in this subject matter and undertake clinical audit activities to contribute to the outcomes measurement and effectiveness of the Therapeutic Community. 

As one of our Psychotherapists, you will work collaboratively alongside our school and children’s homes, this ensures that therapeutic support and model permeates every aspect of the education, care and support we offer all of our children. There’s no doubt that you’ll face some challenges. You must therefore be flexible, calm, resilient and patient. In return, you will find this to be a highly rewarding role, where you will be working to make a real difference to children’s lives.

We can offer you…….

  • An enthusiastic and supportive management and staff team
  • A fully accredited Therapeutic Community environment where staff actively support and encourage one another
  • High levels of internal and external clinical support and supervision both in group and individual spaces to support you with this challenging work.
  • Diverse opportunities for career development
  • An excellent professional development programme including the development of psychoanalytical practice.
  • A reflective culture
  • Generous Company Pension Scheme
  • Childcare Vouchers

Own transport (or at least non-reliance on public transport) essential due to location of the organisation. Amicus is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. Applicants will therefore undergo Enhanced DBS checks and Warner interviews as part of our Safer Recruitment Process.

Please contact Nicky Young (HR & Service Manager) for further information about the post and to request an application pack by emailing nicky.young@theamicuscommunity.com or phoning 01243 544107.