CYP IAPT High Intensity Practitioner (in training)

Off the Record (Bristol)
OTR Band B | £23,608 (pro rata)
Closing Date: 
Sunday, 22 October, 2023 - 23:45
Contract Type: 
30 - 37.5 hours per week (4 - 5 days, 0.8 - 1 fte) depending on candidate availability
Contract Details: 
Fixed term for one year - January 2024 start
Details of Role: 

We’re excited to offer two trainee posts at University of Exeter, studying towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies Practice (CYP) - CBT Pathway. This is a British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) level two accredited course where practitioners will gain skills and knowledge in delivering evidenced-based CBT for children and young people for the treatment of depression and anxiety.

You’ll work within OTR as part of a multidisciplinary team delivering, under supervision, high-quality; outcome-informed, focused, evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing anxiety and depression.

You’ll need to attend all university based taught and self-study days required by the education provider (Exeter University) and work at OTR for the remaining days of the week using your newly developed skills.

There are some essential criteria, set by the education provider, which you must meet, and upload evidence of, when you apply. You must have 1 and 2, then either 3a or 3b:

1. You must have a level 6 qualification - a bachelor's degree BA/BSc or BA/BSc Hons or equivalent - or a pre-existing PG Diploma of equivalent intensity/time commitment to the CYP-IAPT course.  

2. You’ll need to evidence the equivalent of 2 years full time practice working with CYP, adults or families in a mental health/support capacity.

3a. A core profession - Core professions include: BACP Accredited Therapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Registered Mental Health Nurse. A full list of recognised core professions is available here: BABCP Core Professions


3b. For those with suitable evidence of working with CYP and families can take a KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes framework) route (e.g. counsellors, nurses, and experienced support workers).  Information about the KSA route can be found here: KSA Route Information

You can read more about the course content and assignments here: CYP Handbook

To find out more about the role please download the job pack. Supporting documents are available to downloiad via our careers site. Click the link below to access them.

If you would like an informal chat about the role, please email Jo Harper -

OTR & Benefits:

OTR is a mental health social movement by and for young people. The charity is at an exciting stage of its 59-year history and is proud to be reaching more young people than ever before (over 20,000) across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset with creative and diverse mental health and wellbeing info and support.

Click here to find out more about what we do

Our approach to mental health is grounded in a set of beliefs and assumptions that underpins all of our work. We believe in celebrating diversity, empowering and mobilising young people to make change, and that catering to the unique strengths, interests and circumstances surrounding young people is key. Our approach centres on collaboration and partnership, building relationships between individuals, peers and communities.

Each day is as engaging and fulfilling as the last, and with a network of supportive, community minded people, we hope you’ll feel welcome here. As a thank you, we like to compensate our employees for the important work they do with a range of benefits including a flexible leave policy (38 days), healthcare cost assistance with HealthShield, flexible and hybrid working arrangements, enhanced sick pay, parental leave, continual training and development, free yoga and reiki, and more (subject to contractual terms and conditions).

A Willingness to Work with Difference

At OTR, whatever your role or professional background, you will be expected to work in a way that is anti-oppressive and inclusive. A key focus for OTR is to develop an organisation that is inclusive for all but we do not claim to be experts in this. We are committed to continuous learning and improvement in these areas and invite you to join us on this journey.

OTR recognises the benefits to individual practice and organisational credibility of having a diverse community of staff and volunteers and to this end is continually working towards building and maintaining an environment which values and pursues diversity accordingly.

We recognise that tackling systemic inequality, prejudice, racism and oppressive practice requires each of us to actively engage, self-examine and make changes where necessary, in order to improve access and equitable experience for all in society and all of those who come through our doors at OTR.

How to Apply: 

Please click here to visit our careers site to apply

We welcome applications from all sections of the community and are committed to developing a team that reflects the diversity of the people we work with.

Contact Person: 
Jo Harper
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