Specialist Mentor (MH) – Leeds

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Specialist Mentor (MH) – Leeds

Locations: Leeds Universities
Salary: £30.20ph
Hours: Zero Hour Contract

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 empower the student to manage their workload, especially during times of transition.

Main Responsibilities
  • SM:MHs 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.
  • Supporting students in understanding what is required of them academically in higher education.
  • Identifying barriers to the student’s learning.
  • Helping students to develop effective organisation and time management skills and strategies to manage their workload and deadlines in the presence of their mental health condition.
  • Helping students with prioritisation and realistic goal setting, including producing plans of work and targets.
  • Developing a support programme to facilitate the growth of the student’s independence, reducing the need for support in the longer term.
  • The SM:MHs are there to help students recognise the barriers to learning they may have and support them in developing strategies to address these barriers.
The successful applicant will possess the following qualities
  • Substantial knowledge and experience in working with adults with mental health conditions.
  • It is expected that SM:MHs should have an understanding of different mental health conditions and the impact they may have on the student accessing their studies. This can include, for example, personality disorders, eating disorders, phobias, depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, psychosis (including schizophrenia), addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, and identity issues.
  • SM:MHs should also have an understanding and awareness of students with more complex presentations of multiple disabilities such as specific learning difficulties, long-term health conditions, or autism alongside a mental health condition.
  • SM:MHs should not act as advocates or counsellors.

Essential Qualifications:
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.

  • Addiction Professionals - Registration Body and Network - National Counsellor Accreditation Certificate (NCAC)
  • Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) - Full membership.
  • Association of Christians in Counselling and Linked Professions
    Accredited Counsellor
    Registered Counsellor
  • The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) - Full Accredited membership.
  • The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
    Registered Member (MBACP)
    Accredited Member (MBACP - Accred)
  • Individual and Student Membership of BACP does not confer eligibility to support students funded by Disabled Students’ Allowance.
  • British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) - Registrant.
  • Practitioners become registrants through membership of one of BPCs member institutions.
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) –
  • Registered with the BPS Wider Psychological Workforce Register in the following:
    Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWP)
    Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHP)
    Clinical Associates in Applied Psychology (CAAP) Scotland
    Clinical Associates in Psychology (CAP)
  • BPS Chartered Member (CPsychol);
  • BPS Graduate member (GMBPsS)
    For BPS Chartered and Graduate members, the following is required, which will be checked at DfE audit:
    A postgraduate qualification in mental health (an undergraduate degree in mental health is not acceptable. The qualification must be a postgraduate degree in mental health); and
    30 hours of mental health relevant continuous professional development (CPD) annually; and
    engagement in supervision.
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA)
    Accredited (Other UK Professional body) Counsellor/Psychotherapist Member of COSCA membership.
    This category of membership requires current accreditation with another recognised UK professional body for counselling and psychotherapy.
  • General Medical Council (GMC) - Psychiatry – Full Registration
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
    Arts Therapist
    Occupational Therapist
    Practitioner Psychologist
  • International Society of Psychotherapy and Counselling (ISPC)
    Full Accredited
  • Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) - Accredited membership
  • National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)
    Accredited Registrant (MNCPS Acc).
    Accredited Professional Registrant (PNCPS Prof Acc).
    Senior Accredited Registrant status (SNCPS Snr Acc).
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    Mental Health Nurse
    Community Mental Health Nurse
    Psychiatric Nurse
  • Social Work England (SWE) - Social Worker
  • Social Care Wales (SCW) - Social Worker
  • Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) - Social Worker
  • UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) - Full clinical membership
  • The University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN) - Accredited Practitioner membership
Other Information:
  • 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
Benefits to include:
  • Competitive pay
  • Holiday Pay
  • Flexible working hours
  • Zero Hour Contract
As a Disability Confident Leader, Barry Bennett Ltd 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: [email protected].

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: Claire Scott
Barry Bennett Ltd
Bennett House
Viking Street

Email: [email protected]

Please Note - No Agencies

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