Art Therapist Play Therapist

Young Person’s Therapist required


Hours negotiable (f/t or p/t) Funded by Comic Relief.

Maternity Cover but possibility of permanent position

PAC is a leading Young Person’s Charity in Carlisle currently providing 1:1 therapy sessions to 11-21 year olds in Cumbria. We work with young people on a wide range of issues taking referrals from schools, GP’s, Social Services, CAMHS and self referrals direct from young people or carers. We are currently looking for an experienced and registered therapist with a background of working with young people to join our diverse team. This role is funded through Comic Relief and is to cover the role of the Dramatherapist while on maternity leave.

This is a specialist post requiring the post-holder to assess emotional difficulties using psychological models of reference and tailor the therapeutic sessions to address and explore these needs. The post holder must be qualified and hold a MA in one of the Arts Therapies recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We would also consider a BAPT Play Therapist or Child Psychotherapist with significant experience of working creatively and non-verbally with metaphor. They must have extensive experience of delivering one to one therapy with young people who have complex emotional, attachment and mental health needs. They must also be able to evaluate projects and produce written reports to a high standard.

Application process

Please make sure you have carefully read the detail about this job including the job description.

Please apply by sending a detailed curriculum vitae including your qualifications, employment history (including any gaps and why) and also a covering letter explaining why you feel this position is for you.

Either email your application to

Or by post to The business manager, PAC Ltd, 14, Lowther Street, Carlisle, CA3 8DA

Please note the short time frame: Completed applications should be returned by Monday 5th March 2018. Interviews will be held on 23rd March 2018 and due to funding requirements it is hoped that the successful post holder will be in post (subject to relevant checks) by 16th April 2018.

Job Description:

Grade: n/a

Responsible to: PAC Director and board of trustees

Job Purpose:

To provide 1:1 specialist therapy sessions to young people aged 11 to 25 years old.

Principal accountabilities

  • To engage young people into therapeutic provision and assess and address their psychological and emotional needs.
  • Establish trust and a bond with clients and communicate empathy.
  • To promote self esteem, a strong sense of self and facilitate positive change.
  • Deal with Child Protection issues in line with local authority and PAC policies and procedures.
  • Organise and manage appointments working with 11/12 young people a week (depending on case load complexity).
  • Liaise with client’s family, social worker, CAMHS, teachers etc and attend meetings where appropriate.
  • Refer clients to other health care professionals where appropriate.
  • Assess young people’s future needs and plan exit strategies where appropriate.
  • Maintain confidential records in line with the data protection act.
  • Provide verbal and written reports when appropriate.
  • Attend training days for ongoing professional development.
  • Evaluate, monitor and improve services based on client feedback.
  • Monitor and review the outcomes of the projects in line with the requirements of Comic Relief.
  • Attend monthly managerial supervision.
  • Attend monthly professional supervision with an external supervisor.
  • Adhere to current equality and diversity legislation.

Multi-agency Work:

  • To work with the appropriate agencies around the child to ensure attendance and to gather relevant background information.
  • To be part of Early Help Assessments – TAF and TAC meetings.
  • To be responsible for and work with other agencies where there are safeguarding needs – This includes sharing reports to ensure that work delivered in sessions is used appropriately in needs planning (in line with client confidentiality).
  • To work with schools, academies and training providers to facilitate better understanding of client’s behaviour and support for their emotional needs, as well as negotiating session times and travel to therapy where appropriate.
  • To work with other agencies to ensure progression routes and support after completion of work at PAC is identified.
  • To act as lead professional (when required) to co-ordinating the needs of the young person to other agencies.
  • Organising and attending meetings to meet the needs of the young person.
    Networking and promotion with referring agencies to ensure referrals are being made.

Administration, recording and evaluation

  • To develop and disseminate information/publicity, referral forms and promote the Comic Relief project.
  • To work towards the 3 monitoring outcomes for Comic Relief, collecting and collating data.
  • Keep case records for each session in line with data protection and relevant professional guidelines.
  • Use PAC evaluation tools with young people.
  • Evaluate the project in line with Comic Relief guidelines and requirements.

Supervision, training and development

  • Participate in monthly clinical supervision with an external, registered supervisor.
  • To receive supervision from the PAC manager/director.
  • To undertake essential training to meet social services, core professional development and PAC’s objectives and standards.
  • To contribute to PAC’s development in the area of creative therapeutic provision.


  • To have a high level of effective communication within the PAC team to ensure safe working practices.
  • To support team members and participate in peer supervision where appropriate.
  • To contribute to a unified PAC organisation.
  • To be responsible for and address any issues that may arise within the team.

Other duties

  • To adhere to PAC and Cumbria County Council Local Safeguarding Boards policies and procedures.
  • To meet the responsibility under health and safety at work guidance and legislation.
  • To adhere to current equality and diversity legislation

Employee Specification

Post: Arts Therapist / Play Therapist / Psychotherapist

Grade: n/a

Responsible to: PAC Manager





Training/ Competences

MA (or equivalent) in one of the four Arts Therapies or/

MA (or equivalent) in Playtherapy or/

MA (or equivalent) in Psychotherapy

Registration with associated professional governing body (BAAT, BADTH, BAMT, ADMP, BAPT or BACP)

Competent to work within codes and ethical guidelines of associated profession

Relevant CPD in own profession

Relevant CPD in attachment/trauma/mental health in young people

Training in Child Protection, Health and Safety, Risk Assessment.


Relevant experiences

Extensive experience of providing therapy to children and young people who display challenging behaviour and who may be difficult to engage.

Extensive experience of working with complex issues.

Experience of providing individual therapy

Experience of initiating and develop new projects within a multidisciplinary team.

Experience of undertaking a psychodynamic approach to clinical practice and experience of writing reports and assessments within this field.

Experience of multi-agency working.



Extensive knowledge about attachment, affects of trauma and child development.

Extensive knowledge about relevant professional application to promote positive change.

Knowledge and skills in assessing and planning of provision for service uses.

Knowledge about the barriers young people experience accessing provision.

Knowledge of Clinical Governance including Evidence Based Practice, audit, basic research tools. Adhering to relevant initiatives pertaining to own profession.

Knowledge of the Looked after and leaving Care System.

Knowledge of legislation including Child Protection, data protection, confidentiality and implications for clinical practice.

Knowledge of appropriate referral routes for young people to access.


Skills and abilities

Ability to work with complicated psychodynamic non-verbal and symbolic expression.

Ability to offer specialist input and communications to Young Persons review meetings, case conference and reports, including feedback to referring agencies.

Ability to work holistically.

Ability to positively engage young people who display challenging behaviour on a one to one basis.

Ability to plan and prioritise own workload, caseload including meetings and clinical supervision.

Ability to evaluate, audit and research service provision.

Skills to assess young people’s suitability for provision.

Skills to maintain Young Person’s records and provide relevant and comprehensive case administration.

Ability to adapt to the environment.

Presentation skills.

To provide advice and training to other staff members of the multi-disciplinary team.

Computer literate with skills in Microsoft Office Suite; Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Publisher, Internet Explorer 6, Outlook Express


Personal Skills

Ability to work with trauma and contain emotional trauma through clinical supervision and team support systems.

Excellent interpersonal skills.

Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.