• Part Time
  • Kent

Website Refugee Council

Championing the rights of refugees

The Refugee Council supports separated asylum seeking children across the regions in the UK. The Therapeutic Services team provides one-to-one therapeutic intervention and group therapy to individual asylum seekers and refugees presenting with mental wellbeing needs. The team has adapted a psychosocial perspective using our Therapeutic Services care model to address the identified needs of clients using a holistic approach. This project, funded by What Works for Children in Social Care, will include an external evaluation of the therapeutic model.
The purpose of this post is to provide therapeutic intervention to separated children who have often been through traumatic experiences including being trafficked, abused and having witnessed horrific events, as a result of upheaval in their country of origin and along their journey to survival. Many have experienced overwhelming loss and separation from family and loved ones resulting in mental distress; others display symptoms of PTSD and may become isolated and anxious. This can lead to related behavioural issues and disruption in their education when their mental health needs are not met.
Working within a multidisciplinary approach, the therapist will engage with separated children, either individually or within a group. The therapist will adapt their therapeutic approach in response to what the child may communicate through verbal disclosure or behavioural issues. The therapist will maintain a close partnership with the foster family, social worker, school and/or other key agencies in the separated child’s life, and, where appropriate, signpost them to other specialist services.
Applicants should possess a qualification in psychotherapy, creative arts therapy or counselling, and be a member of a professional ethical framework. No additional training is required, however knowledge and understanding of trauma-informed therapies, Narrative Exposure Therapy or EMDR would be an advantage, as would spoken competence in one or more priority refugee languages. Funding for clinical supervision is available on a monthly basis.

To apply for this job please visit www.refugeecouncil.org.uk.