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Specialist Mentor (MH) – Chester
Locations: University of Chester
Hours: Zero Hour Contract
Applicants taken for new academic year in September 2022
Barry Bennett are one of the largest companies offering specialist support to students in receipt of DSA (Disabled Students’ Allowance) throughout the UK. We provide a range of support specialised to everyone’s individual needs whilst studying at University.
Mentors work with students on a one-to-one basis addressing the barriers to learning created by impairment from various mental health conditions. Examples of these barriers include, coping with anxiety and stress, how to deal with concentration difficulties, time management, and creating a suitable work-life balance. Mentors are not advocates or counsellors; their role is to promote independent learning as well as empowering the student to manage their workload, especially during times of transition.
- Specialist mentors provide highly specialist, specifically tailored, one to one support which helps students address the barriers to learning
- The support can include helping students with a range of issues. For example, coping with anxiety and stress situations, how to deal with concentration difficulties, time management, prioritising workload and creating a suitable work-life balance.
- The Specialist Mentor role is there to help students recognise the barriers to learning they may have and support them in developing strategies to address these barriers.
- Support may be needed more during times of transition, e.g. when starting at university or when planning to move on from it. For some students this support will need to be ongoing while for others it might be gradually phased out or only be required at certain points of their course.
The successful applicant will possess the following qualities
- Substantial knowledge and experience of working with adults with mental health conditions.
- Specialist Mentors should not act as advocates or counsellors.
The successful applicant must have the relevant qualifications and hold the current memberships.
Must have membership of (at least) one of the following organisations at the level (s) indicated.
- Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) - Full member.
- The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) - Accredited membership.
- The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Registered Member (MBACP)
Accredited Member (MBACP - Accred)
- British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) - Under a member institution - Practitioners become registrants of the BPC through their membership of one of their member institutions. They do not have a category for individual membership.
- British Psychological Society (BPS) - Chartered Member (CPsychol)/IAPT register/ Graduate Member (MBPsS) AND a PG qualification in Psychology or Mental Health.
- Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA) – Accredited (Other UK Professional body) Counsellor/Psychotherapist Member of COSCA This category of membership requires you to be currently accredited with another recognised UK professional body for counselling and psychotherapy
- Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP) - National Counsellor Accreditation Certificate (NCAC)
- General Medical Council (GMC) - Psychiatry – Full member or above.
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - Education and training programmes approved as a route to registration - Arts Therapist/ Occupational Therapist/ Practitioner Psychologist/ Social Worker in England
- Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) - Accredited member
National Counselling Society (NCS) –
Accredited Registrants (MNCS Accred).
Accredited Professional Registrant (MNCS Prof Accred).
Senior Accredited Registrant status (MNCS Snr Accred).
NCS Fellowship (FNCS).
- Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - Mental Health Nurse/ Community Mental Health Nurse / Psychiatric Nurse
- Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
- Social Care Wales (SCW)
- Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)
- UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) - Full clinical individual member
- The University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN) – UMHAN mentor member.
- Association of Christian Counsellors (UK) - Accredited Counsellor
Benefits to include:
- You must be eligible to work in the UK
- Must provide a current basic DBS check.
- Must be able to support students on campus and remotely
- Competitive pay
- Holiday Pay
- Flexible working hours
- Zero Hour Contract
As a Disability Confident Employer, Barry Bennett will undertake to interview an applicant with a disability who meets the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and will consider them on their abilities. If you wish to be regarded as disabled for this purpose, please indicate this on your application. Additionally, if you require information in accessible formats, please request this.
Please email your CV and covering letter to: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome speculative approaches. If you are interested in a career as a support worker at Barry Bennett Ltd, please submit your CV with a covering letter by post or email to the address below:
FAO: Scott Hunter
Barry Bennett Ltd
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