Group Analysts / Organisational Therapists

Employment Type: Part Time
Location: Kent, Norfolk
Greenfields House - Kent
Greenfields School - Kent
Gables House - Kent
Merrywood House - Norfolk
Earthsea House - Norfolk
Salary: FTE £44,000 - £50,800 depending on experience
Closing Date: Ongoing

(Group Analysts or Systemic Psychotherapists)


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 these 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.

Closing date: TBC

Type: Part-time posts (between one and three days a week)

Location: Based in one of our communities

Salary: FTE £44,000 – £50,800 depending on experience

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


For more details about the post and prior to applying, please speak to Barbara O’Reilly on 0207 928 7388 or To apply for the post please forward your CV with a covering letter/personal statement 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.

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