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* N.B. We aim to advertise vacancies that meet BAPT’s  recommended pay scales, however unfortunately not all posts advertised here will be so. 

Counsellor / Play Therapist / Creative Arts Therapist

 We have an exciting opportunity for you to join ConnectEd, one of the largest providers of therapy services to schools in London. We are currently looking to recruit enthusiastic and motivated Counsellors, Play Therapists or Creative Arts Therapist to fill the following vacancies from September 2019:

  • One day per week at a primary school in Lambeth
  • Three days per week at three primary schools in Tower Hamlets*
  • One day per week at a special school for children aged 5-11 in Tower Hamlets**

*We will consider appointing more than one candidate to fill this post; applicants who can offer one or more days are encouraged to apply.

**This special school is for children who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Candidates applying to work in this school must either have direct experience of working in a special school/PRU/Alternative Provision, or clearly evidence how they have the skills and experience to provide effective support for children in this setting.

Successful candidates will receive an excellent package including generous pension provision, external clinical supervision, line-management and continuing professional development opportunities.

The successful applicants will:

  • Possess a qualification in Counselling, Play Therapy or a Creative Arts Therapy
  • Have at least one year’s post qualifying experience of working with primary aged children in a therapeutic capacity
  • Have a good understanding of working in an educational setting
  • Be willing to deliver both individual and group work
  • Hold membership of an appropriate professional body (BACP, BAPT, BADth, BAAT etc.)
  • Where applicable to your qualification/training, be HCPC registered or professionally accredited (or actively working towards accreditation).

Salary: £31,455 to £34,917 pro rata. The posts are term-time only.  For each one day per week post an additional two days must to be worked annually during the school holidays.

 A full job description and application form can be found here:

Completed applications can be emailed to:

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 9am

INTERVIEW DATES: Tuesday 30th April and Wednesday 1st May 2019

ConnectEd is the delivery arm for the mental health services provided by the Catholic Children’s Society, a registered charity that supports disadvantaged children and families.  Currently we deliver counselling and therapy on-site in over 70 schools (both Catholic and non-Catholic).  We are an inclusive employer and there is no requirement for applicants to be Catholic.  For more information about our mental health services please visit

CCS is committed to safe recruitment and the post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Charity No. 210920


Title: Play / Art Therapist – Child and Adolescent Mental Health

NHS Band Equivalent: Band 7

Responsible to: Clinical Team Lead

Hours: Full-time (35 hours per week)

Salary: £40,000 – £45,500 (dependent on experience and inc. London weighting)

Contract: Fixed-term for 18 months

Location: West London CCG area


This is an exciting opportunity for a Play / Art Therapist with a background in child and adolescent mental health to work within a multi-disciplinary Mental Health Support Team (MHST) to increase and improve emotional and mental health provision within educational settings for 5-18 year olds in the West London CCG area.  You will be working within a successful Trailblazer site, which has emerged out of the government’s December 2017 plans: Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper.

You will have an active caseload of children and adolescents with mild – moderate emotional and mental health difficulties and will use CBT and Systemic evidence-based models, employing the principles underpinning the national CYP-IAPT programme (Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies).  Early interventions will be delivered in a range of educational settings (primary, secondary, special, alternative provision and sixth form college) across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, as well as in parts of Westminster borough in the North West.  These will build upon the CCG’s and HF Mind’s whole school approach to mental health provision.

The MHST in which you will be working consists of the Project Manager, Clinical Team Lead, Family Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, 9 Education Mental Health Practitioners, 2 Wellbeing Facilitators and 1 Family Support Worker.  You will be responsible for managing and providing clinical supervision to other team members.  These team members include the Education Mental Health Practitioners, who will be undertaking their placements within the team, as they are being trained to deliver group and individual low intensity evidence-based interventions to children and young people.  You will receive training in supervision, provided by University College of London (UCL), to support this area of your work.

You will also work closely with families, as well as colleagues and partners in the Local Authority, CAMHS, educational settings where interventions are being delivered and other relevant mental health providers.

Attractive benefits including above average employer contributions to pension and 25 days annual leave, in addition to 8 paid public holidays and office closure between Christmas and New year.

To apply please complete the attached application form and email to

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MSc Play Therapy – Course Director

Due to a change in role, With Kids are looking to recruit a new Course Director for the MSc Play Therapy.

This successful course, now in its third year of running, will have its first cohort of students graduate in July 2019. With a further 2 cohorts already embarked on the course, a new intake of up to 16 students is expected in September 2019.

We would anticipate having a new course director in place in advance of the next academic year, September 2019-2020, with opportunity for a significant hand-over period.

At this stage we would welcome initial conversations with those who would like to indicate their interest in this post.

This is a 3 day a week post. Salary: £40,000 pro-rata.

Interested parties must be BAPT registered or eligible for BAPT registration.

Please contact Gwen Galbraith or Tricia Hughes on:

0141 550 5770 to express an interest and discuss further.



The Behaviour Clinic

Play Therapist – Contracted Work
Up to three days per week £35 to £55 per session

Two Play Therapists are required to cover: Swansea/Carmarthen area and Rhondda Cynon Taff/Newport area

Position – Play Therapist

About the Position
We are an evolving service using the principles of applied behaviour analysis and child psychology
to support typically developing children with emotional and behavioural difficulties and their
families. The Behaviour Clinic works across South Wales and South West England providing in
home and clinic-based support to children with complex challenges such as anxiety, aggression,
self-harm, skill deficits, sleep challenges, and attachment difficulties. Many of the children we
work with have experienced neglect, trauma, and have complex backgrounds.
We are able to expand our team and are looking to recruit two play therapists on a contract by
contract basis. The post will involve providing therapy sessions to children in our clinic, in their
homes, and in school. The therapists appointed will need to be skilled in designing and providing
therapy sessions for children and be able to work independently. They will be willing to learn new
therapy techniques and expand their knowledge of practice with continued professional

The Behaviour Clinic considers contract workers who are successful working on a contract by
contract basis for permanent employment.

The ideal candidate will:
Be able to develop individual therapy sessions using evidence-based practice.
Establish collaborative and constructive therapeutic relationships with complex young people and
their carers, communicating highly sensitive information, often in a highly emotive atmosphere.
Be able to demonstrate excellent listening skills, provide reassurance,
empathy, conflict resolution, and the ability to negotiate with colleagues
and young people with complex needs to reach agreement about potentially
conflicting priorities.
Have an interest in working with typically developing children who have experienced neglect and
Be able to work alone and use initiative.
Be able to manage a caseload including planning, recording and reviewing
Be flexible in their approach and have resilience.
Be committed to developing and disseminating services.
Be committed to developing a working team using child focused practice
Have excellent IT skills and experience of using Microsoft Software.

MSc Play Therapy or equivalent
Registered with the BAPT or equivalent
Own transport and willingness to travel for therapy visits
All posts are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check
Knowledge of attachment theory

Knowledge or experience of working with children in the foster care system
Knowledge of Microsoft word, excel, outlook, sharepoint, and photoshop.
Other therapy qualifications (PCAP, Theraplay, etc.)

What we offer:
Continued professional development
The opportunity to work with a dedicated team
The opportunity for advancement as our service grows

This position is a self-employed position with the potential for future employment.

Applicants will need their own insurance.
To apply for this post email your CV to





Place2Be is the leading provider of integrated therapeutic and emotional support in schools, reaching children aged 4 -14.

Place2Be champion early intervention and offers swift access to counselling and other services which tackle the complex social issues that result in educational disadvantage and unhealthy life choices. We passionately believe in helping children cope, so that they can begin to thrive and achieve at school and enter adulthood with a sense of hope.

 Making a lifetime of difference to children in Schools.

Place2Be Volunteer Counsellors

Nationwide – UK

If you are a qualified or trainee counsellor, or clinical psychologist and would like to work therapeutically with children, this is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills in a primary

or secondary school setting, with on-site supervision. Placements are generally half or one day per week, for one academic year, term time only.

To apply, visit or contact the Volunteer Recruitment Team on 020 7923 5533 or

Place2Be is committed to equal opportunities and anti-discrimination practices and we positively encourage applications from all sections of the community. All successful applicants will be asked to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS.