Group Analyst / Organisational Therapist

Employment Type: Part Time
Location: Kent
Greenfields House - Kent
Salary: FTE £44,000 - £50,800 depending on experience
Closing Date: Monday 31st August 2020


Childhood First is a charity that enables children and adolescents to recover from severe relational trauma, to enjoy life and to achieve their potential.  We do this through the provision of specialist therapeutic residential care, treatment and education, together with family and network support.  We are well-established, with almost a century of working with the troubled young.

Due to the growth of the charity and to provide group facilitation for new developments, we are inviting applications for this clinical roles, operating within Childhood First residential therapeutic communities, special schools and associated therapeutic services for emotionally and psychologically disturbed young people aged 5 – 14 years and 12 – 19 years.

The main purpose of the role is to facilitate a range of staff experiential groups, the framework of groups provide the reflective space and containment for the adults who are working with the children.

Through the use of our unique Integrated Systemic Therapy (iST), which focuses on healing trauma and enabling healthy attachments and relationships, young people achieve exceptional outcomes in every aspect of their lives – substantially better than those achieved by the national cohort of looked after children.

Since April 2015, Childhood First have been an Organisational Member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) via the College of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapies (C-CAP). We accredit (staff/students) who successfully complete our psychotherapeutic training as Child Psychotherapeutic Counsellors and when achieving the MA, Child Psychotherapist.   The post-holders will play a full part in the training and assessment of iST trainees, and in the facilitation and supervision of iST practitioners.

This is a part-time post for two days a week in Tenterden, Kent.

Benefits: 25 days’ annual leave (pro rata), up to 6% employer pension contribution and Health benefit and life assurance scheme

For more details about this role please email Barbara O’Reilly on

To apply for the post please forward your CV with a covering letter/personal statement to describing how you meet the following points:

  1. Experience of facilitating staff groups within an organisational setting
  2. Understanding of traumatised children in care
  3. Facilitation and delivery of psychotherapeutic training for staff
  4. Understanding of Therapeutic Community work

Childhood First is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and children.  Appointments will be subject to a satisfactory DBS Disclosure and references.