Specialist Mentor (Mental Health)
We are looking for an excellent individual to head up our support of students in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Successful applicants will have sole exclusivity to all students referred to us.
Emotional and motivational support is a key aspect of the role, which is intended to promote autonomy and independence of the student. Students will be studying on a University level programme and will be struggling with either Mental Health difficulties or Autism or both.
The purpose of mentoring is to assist the student in the development of coping strategies related to life within the Higher Educational setting. This involves the student learning to manage their time and workloads, deal with concentration difficulties as a result of their condition, helping them engage with their course and tutors, the social and emotional aspects of student life and the potential financial issues; all of which can exacerbate a mental health condition and be a source of stress.
As a mentor, a key responsibility is understanding the impact of a student’s condition on their academic performance and their ability to cope in the higher education setting, then providing practical, long-term strategies to combat this.
Mentors are expected to maintain clear and accurate records, including timesheets, Individual Learner Plans and records of work. You will be responsible for maintaining membership to a professional body (more information below), keeping an up to date Continuous Professional Development log, and maintaining a clear DBS certificate. You will also have complete autonomy when booking in your appointments, agreeing time and location with your students.
To work with students with Mental health difficulties, Mentors must have a membership with one of the following (essential):
- Association of Child Psychotherapists
- BABCP accreditation
- BACP individual or MBACP
- British Psychoanalytic Council – under a member institution
- British Psychological Society Chartered Member (CPsychol)/IAPT register/ Graduate Member (MBPsS) AND also PG qualification in Psychology or Mental Health
- COSCA accredited member
- FDAP (NCAC)
- General Medical Council (GMC) – Psychiatry
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (Arts Therapist/ Occupational Therapist/ Practitioner Psychologist/ Social worker in England)
- IACP accredited member
- Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) – Mental Health Nurse/ community Mental Health nurse / Psychiatric Nurse
- Social worker body for Scotland SSSC/ Wales CCWales/ NI (NISCC)
- UKCP full clinical individual member
- UMHAN member
Personal Skills and Qualities
Personal qualities are of utmost importance, applicants should have a strong desire and passion to work with Mental Health in education and to provide the best possible service to students. Personal resilience, excellent communication and self-management skills are vital as mentor’s should practice the skills they preach, acting as a positive role model to students. A positive attitude towards disability is essential and a strong interest in continuous professional development will ensure standards are constantly improving.
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