Therapeutic Lead

Closing date: September 2nd, 2022

Job Title:

Therapeutic Lead

Responsible to:

Psychology Partner

Responsible for:


Hours of Work:

Minimum of 10 hours per week up to 37.5


YMCA Together – Across Merseyside

Salary and benefits:

£41,659 – £48,526 per annum (£41,659, salary payable for no Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT) qualification and £48,526 salary payable with the CAT qualification)

  • 33 days annual leave including holidays
  • Paid Medicash support
  • Birthday bonus
  • Charity day of your choice
  • Well-being Hours
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Refer a Friend Scheme
  • Christmas Voucher
  • Company Pension Scheme 4%
  • Funded Training Opportunities

YMCA Together is a registered charity and company Limited by Guarantee. We were founded in 1846 and so we build on a long history of providing a place for people experiencing challenging times in their lives.

YMCA Together is a truly value driven organisation.

Our vision is that everyone should feel safe, understood, empowered and positive for their future. We meet our vision by working within our values of Strength, Humility, Respect, Empathy and Kindness. These SHREK values run through all that we do from recruitment to how we work alongside people in our services to our partnership approach with other providers.

Our clear vision and values come together to help us in our mission to inspire and support people to change their lives by instilling hope, valuing the person and maximising potential.

Job Purpose

The successful post holder will work to:

  • In partnership with the Psychology Partner and Senior Leadership Team, fully embed relational working across the organisation
  • Support the facilitation of reflective practice
  • Delivery of evidence based psychological therapies, primarily CAT
  • Deliver training in psychologically informed working

Hours of work

The post holder will generally work Monday to Friday 9-5 with some requirement for flexibility.

Duties and responsibilities

  • You must be ACAT accredited CAT Practitioner/Therapist for Band 8a.
  • Work with CAT as a case management tool with teams
  • Offer individual & group therapies as appropriate
  • Contribute to the evidence base for Psychologically informed working & CAT
  • Facilitate reflective practice sessions


  • Excellent communication, engagement and interpersonal skills
  • Work with individuals on a one-to-one basis and with couples, families and groups of clients
  • Conduct a series of individual sessions with a client – normally lasting between 30 minutes to an hour, one or more times per week. Through these, you will assess need, build trust and explore issues
  • Encourage the client to talk about and explore their feelings and behaviour
  • Work relationally to support people we work with to explore their relationships, experiences and feelings.
  • Keep abreast of developments in theory and research
  • Evaluate therapy outcomes and write reports
  • Work to targets
  • Undergo supervision with the appointed clinical psychologist, in order to raise personal issues and professional concerns arising from work
  • Facilitate reflective practice sessions with team members
  • Support service users to achieve their goals and targets as defined/ agreed within their support plans
  • Update and communicate service user risk assessments in line with YMCA/City wide policy and procedure
  • Assist team members in the planning of workshops to individuals and groups that inform/ teach service users around their mental health, how to manage a tenancy, manage a home and live independently
  • Creatively support and engage service users that have a wide range of complex and challenging support needs
  • Offer a creative but assertive approach in order to seek to re engagement.
  • Assist Relational Recovery Practitioners in the management of personalised behavior / support agreements
  • Provide clear, comprehensive and accurate information on handovers to the team making recommendations where appropriate
  • Maintain accurate up to date electronic and written records
  • Provide psychologically informed consultation and formulations
  • Communicate trauma informed practices across all areas of work
  • model a high standard of relational working
  • Offer flexible approaches to care and be willing to support people who display behaviours experienced as challenging.

Service User Involvement and Engagement

  • Encourage involvement, participation and co-production from the people we work alongside in the running and development of the service
  • Provide a safe, welcoming environment with excellent standards and an ethos of service delivery that encourages people to engage to engage.

Reporting/ Monitoring

  • Monitor positive feedback from the team and external agencies
  • Produce reports on the outcomes of your work within the organization.

Health and Safety

  • Ensure at all times the safety of yourself and others on the premises in which you work
  • Conduct Health and Safety checks as required
  • Report, log and communicate all incidents to the appropriate people
  • Adhere to all risk management protocols.

Internal Relationships

  • Excellent communication with all YMCA staff and partner agencies
  • Flexible and positive approach with all team members
  • To be committed to learning and personal development both as an individual and as part of a team
  • Sharing information and expertise with the team, covering absence, and working together to provide a high-quality service
  • Attend team meetings as required.

Representing YMCA Together

  • Attend all meetings both internal and external
  • Attend stakeholder days, forums and other external events
  • Represent YMCA Together at regional and national level from time to time
  • Develop relationships with partner agencies, referral agencies and all other stakeholders.


  • Undertake own administrative services
  • Uphold and develop YMCA Together Equal opportunities and Diversity policy of anti-discriminatory practices across all services
  • Adhere to Protection from abuse policy
  • Report and log all safeguarding incidents
  • Observe and ensure compliance with the professional boundaries and data protection policy.

The post holder will be expected to carry out other duties consistent with the responsibilities of the post and may be requested from time to time, they will be expected to demonstrate flexibility in all areas of their work. They will be expected to carry out some out of hours duties such as emergencies and meetings called at short notice.

It is recognised that the organisation is operating in a dynamic environment and as such this job description may be varied in consultation with the post holder to reflect evolving needs of the business and changing nature of the job.


Qualifications – Essential

For Band 7: qualification in an NHS recognised core profession (e.g. nursing, clinical psychology, medicine, occupational therapy, social work), or evidence and qualification which demonstrates an equivalent level of competence.

For Band 8a: ACAT accredited CAT Practitioner/Therapist

Qualifications – Desirable

ACAT accredited CAT Practitioner/Therapist Training in EMDR and/or DBT. ACAT accredited supervisor

Experience – Essential

Experience of partnership working Experience of formulating risk assessments Working experience of maintaining up to date electronic records and calendars Experience of delivering group interventions Experience of delivering co-produced activities Experience of working in a therapeutic environment Experience of working within a psychologically informed environment (PIE) Experience of working in accommodation-based support services

Experience – Desirable

Experience of partnership working Experience of formulating risk assessments Working experience of maintaining up to date electronic records and calendars Experience of delivering group interventions Experience of delivering co-produced activities Experience of working in a therapeutic environment Experience of working within a psychologically informed environment (PIE) Experience of working in accommodation-based support services

Knowledge – Essential

  • Ability to apply sound clinical knowledge and judgement to problems
  • A working knowledge of how to support teams to maximise safety and minimise risk
  • Evidence of an appropriate knowledge base and sound clinical judgement
  • A working knowledge of Health & Safety issues
  • A clear understanding of complex needs including past trauma, substance use, homelessness and mental ill health.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding protocols
  • Knowledge and understanding of how to support teams to work collaboratively

Knowledge – Desirable 

  • Knowledge of health interventions
  • Knowledge of welfare rights

Skills – Essential

  • Skills in professional supervision; skills for offering live supervision of multi-disciplinary colleagues
  • Computer literate, competent in working with Microsoft word, outlook, windows
  • Excellent communication, engagement and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent administration skills

Skills – Desirable 

Analytical, data collation and reporting skills

Behaviour/Attributes – Essential

  • Committed to improving the lives of people with complex needs
  • Committed to own personal development and CPD planning
  • Creative and dynamic approach with the ability to “think outside of the box” when providing solutions
  • Energetic, highly motivated with a reputation of being held in high regard by their peers
  • Excellent interpersonal/ communication skills
  • Excellent negotiation/ mediation skills
  • Committed to own career development
  • Reliable
  • Ability to work within and have commitment to YMCA ethos, philosophy and SHREK values, Strength, Humility, Respect, Empathy and Kindness.
  • Energetic, dynamic and self motivated

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