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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. 

We are looking for Arts Therapists with relevant professional experience to join our growing team supporting families, children and young people in the community and in education settings across Hertfordshire  

Job title: Dramatherapist / Art Therapist / Music Therapist / Play Therapist

Location: Hertfordshire 

Employment type: Freelance / sessional

Supervision: Provided

Salary: Starting from £32.50 per session

NESSie aims to coordinate and quality assure access to emotional and mental health support in educational settings throughout Hertfordshire. We are looking for motivated, qualified, registered Arts Therapists to offer therapeutic support to children and young people across a range of settings.

NESSie’s bank of freelance therapists are at the heart of NESSie’s mission, which was developed in response to identified needs through working in collaboration with outside agencies in line with the Hertfordshire and national mental health strategy. 

By joining NESSie you will be the first to hear of job opportunities, CPD days and be a part of a fast growing and dynamic team.

Experience working with looked after children, trauma and SEN is desirable but not essential.

Successful applicants will be invited to a group interview/forum on Tuesday 8th December, 10am-11:30am via Microsoft Teams.

For further information or to register your interest please contact Operations Manager, Sarah Blackford:

For further information please visit:


Freelance opportunities for psychotherapists working with children/families in West Yorkshire

 ‘Impact Minds are on the lookout for freelance therapists to join our team. We work with children and families in West Yorkshire, providing psychotherapeutic consultation and assessment and short-to-long term psychotherapy with children, young people and their families. Our team includes child and adolescent psychotherapists; integrative child psychotherapists; art therapists and play therapists (ACP; BAAT; BACP; HCPC; UKCP).

This is a freelance position, paid at competitive rates (equivalent to working independently in private practice). Our freelance therapists are supported by use of established clinical pathways; secure database for client records; feedback on written reports and access to group supervision sessions.  For more information, or to request an application pack, please email

Closing date 30th November 2020

Would you like to be part of an innovative, friendly & dynamic team committed to making a difference? Yellow Door services are seeking flexible, highly motivated therapeutic practitioners who share our values & passion for delivering the very best in Domestic & Sexual Abuse prevention & response. Yellow Door are looking to recruit to 2 x
Counsellor / Psychological Therapist / Play Therapist /Art Therapist / CBT practitioner
Yellow Door provides a range of group, individual and family therapy options for Adults, Children and Young People who have experienced DSA. We are looking for skilled and experienced practitioners to work within our diverse team providing a range of evidence based therapeutic interventions remotely and face to face as required.

18.75 hrs per week (days and times to be agreed) – 12 month Fixed Term contract

£23,415 – £28,887 FTE

We are also open to applications from candidates wishing to offer work on a self-employed basis or be appointed on a zero hours contract.

Closing Date: 9am 1st December 2020
Interviews will be held: 4th December 2020 via Zoom or face to face

Yellow Door works across Southampton & Hampshire but is based near central Southampton with free staff parking and opportunities for professional development. Working hours negotiable but some early evening hours may be required. We are an equal opportunities employer and operate a TOIL system to support flexible working. Please contact us if you would like an informal discussion: Tel: 02380 636312.

To apply, please click here:


Role: Play Therapist            

We are looking for an inspiring and creative Play Therapist to be part of a newly formed therapeutic intervention team offering play therapy to children in and on the edge of care.  You will be joining our passionate and dedicated team within the Specialist Intervention Service, and work with colleagues across the wider social care service in order to provide real change in the lives of children who have experienced trauma up to the age of 18.

Specialist Intervention Service is managed as a single hub and the offer provided will be linked to a measurable change, preventing a child being taken into care and based on evidence of what works. The Service works with those children and families experiencing neglect; domestic abuse; physical chastisement; family/placement breakdown; substance misuse and adolescent exploitation. We deliver a range of group work, 1:1 practical family support work, Family Group Conferences including Lasting Links, restorative interventions, quality family contact time and therapeutic work with children, parents, extended families, and wider communities, all of which will complement social work.

Working alongside a Consultant Clinical Social Worker and our highly regarded and experienced clinical lead Play therapist you will deliver assessment and treatment sessions to children, their parents and carers as well as groups. You will have the opportunity to develop therapeutic training.

 Special Requirements

You must be a fully qualified play therapist with an accredited MA or postgraduate diploma. Candidates should have at least two years post qualification experience and registered with BAPT (British Association of Play Therapists).

This post requires a children’s and adults Enhanced DBS check.

 About you

The play therapist role requires experience and understanding of child development, excellent communication, observation and listening skills. Candidates must be comfortable working with different age groups, making valid assessments and show evidence of a diverse therapeutic practice.

The therapy environment requires emotional resilience and self awareness, the ability to deal with confidential matters appropriately and work closely with other professionals.

You will be required to travel inside and outside the borough.

About Us

We are putting the heart back into social work and supporting those in need. With our relational practice model, we ensure the child’s lived experience takes Centre stage. We need committed individuals to support us in the delivery of these aims and to become part of our team to make a difference to our children and families. In return we offer a competitive pay package, generous pension, annual leave up to 30 days, investment in your learning and development as well as a commitment to your wellbeing.  We support a model of flexible working, providing the necessary IT so staff can work from any location that meets the needs of the vulnerable people we support.

This is an exciting time to join Barking & Dagenham as we have been on a journey over the last few years, one that has seen us transform the council and the way we deliver our services.

Compensation:          PO1 (£33,324 to £35,751)

Interviews wc:  23/11/2020

Closing Date: 15/11/2020

Contact: The Social Care Team –

 Direct link to job post and application form:


Role: Play Therapist

Employer: Timeout Children’s Homes

Job Type: Permanent / Part Time

Hours: Part time (22.5 hours per week/3 days per week)

Salary: £18,000-£21,000 (£30,000-£35,000 FTE)

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

Closing Date: 20/11/2020

To find out more about the role and apply, please follow the below link:

An established clinical team is looking to recruit an experienced Play Therapist, primarily to provide direct work for Looked After Children with developmental trauma. The current clinical team work closely with our Therapeutic Carers and our schools, building positive attachments and resilience, in order to restore more positive life trajectories.

What will you be doing:

Provide direct therapy for Looked After Children with developmental trauma.

Work collaboratively and effectively with third parties to the organisation.

Work proactively and cohesively with the Clinical, Education and Care teams.

Engaging children and young people in comprehensive assessments.

Develop and deliver training on relevant topics, to the care and education teams to enable them to provide therapeutic care and positive results for children.

Undertake research and audit relevant to improving the wellbeing and lives of Looked After Children.

Ensuring your practice is aligned with organisational objectives and goals, to Change A Child’s Life.

Adhere to the organisation’s policies and procedures in order to ensure consistency and transparency.

For more information about who we are and what we do, visit our careers page:


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 an enthusiastic and motivated Counsellor / Play Therapist / Creative Arts Therapist to fill the below vacancy:

  • Two days per week at a primary school in Hillingdon (UB7)

We offer an excellent package including an 11% employer pension contribution, access to an employee assistance scheme, external clinical supervision, regular line-management and continuing professional development opportunities. 

The successful applicant will:

  • Possess a qualification in Counselling, Play Therapy or a Creative Arts Therapy (We require at least a Level 5 qualification or above)
  • Have at least one year’s post qualifying experience of working with children and young people in a therapeutic capacity
  • Have worked a minimum of 150 clinical hours
  • Have experience of working with primary aged young people
  • Have a good understanding of educational settings
  • Be willing to deliver both individual and group work
  • Hold membership of an appropriate professional body (BACP, BAPT, BADth, BAAT, BAMT etc.)
  • Where applicable to your qualification/training, be HCPC registered or professionally accredited (or actively working towards accreditation).

Salary: £26,911 to £29,873 based on working five days (35 hours) per week.  This is a term-time role (the Full Time Equivalent is £31,455 to £34,917).  The salary will be paid pro rata in line with the number of days per week you are contracted to work.

For each one day per week post an additional two days must 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: Wednesday 14th October 2020, 9am

INTERVIEW DATES: Wednesday 21st October 2020

Please be aware that due to the high volume of applications feedback will not be provided for candidates who are not shortlisted.  Any candidates who have unsuccessfully applied to work for ConnectEd within the last 12 months need not apply.

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 80 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


Post:          Play Therapist

Hours:       Full-time or part-time considered

Salary:      £30,000 to £35,000 FTE (depending upon experience)

CTC is an independent psychology practice and an Ofsted Registered Adoption Support Agency.  We have been established since 1988, and provide:

  • Specialist assessment for court and other purposes
  • Adoption support services to children and families
  • Therapy and counselling
  • Training, consultancy and research

The work is exciting and challenging.  The team approach is eclectic, with a strong focus on Psychodynamic, Developmental and Attachment/Trauma, including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, EMDR, Compassion Focussed Therapy and CBT.

We are looking for a BAPT accredited Play Therapist who has the ability to work flexibly across the age range, with a variety of clients presenting with a range of mental health difficulties.  Our practice is based in Chester but serves a wide area, including the North West, Cumbria, the Midlands, Derbyshire and Wales, and some travel is therefore required.

Our service is committed to the protection and safeguarding of children, young people and adults in need.  The successful applicant will therefore be required to provide an Enhanced DBS, the cost of which will be met by CTC.

Please visit our website to download the Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form.

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Should you wish to apply, please submit your completed application form by email to or by post to:

Dr Simon Lewis

Clinical Service Manager/Consultant Clinical Psychologist

CTC Psychological Services LLP

20 Walpole Street, Chester, CH1 4HG

 Email:   /   Website:



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.