Children and Young People’s Senior Therapist
Permanent Contract
Minimum of 22.5 hours a week with days and times to be negotiated
West Sussex – Worthing, Horsham or Crawley (location to be agreed)
£37,570 per annum (pro-rata)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a senior therapist to lead the clinical development and delivery of interventions for young people within YMCA Dialogue in West Sussex.

Dialogue is a therapeutic service based in the community funded by West Sussex’s joint commissioning unit (West Sussex CCG and West Sussex county council). The service supports young people aged 11-18 who are presenting with mild to moderate mental health difficulties by providing short term models of therapy including: counselling, low intensity CBT, psychotherapy, family work and digital mental health interventions via our online platform e-wellbeing. The service has been running in West Sussex for nearly 15 years and now operates all over the county in various community-based locations.

The service is embedded in the local mental health pathway and works in close partnership with CAMHs and the Youth Emotional Support service in West Sussex. Dialogue in West Sussex has recently undergone a number of clinical developments including establishing a clear eligibility criteria, rolling out the use of a validated outcome measure and increased our range of services to include low intensity CBT and systemic family practice. We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and motivated individual who will take a clinical leadership role in the team alongside the Service Manager and continue to drive forward these exciting developments.

We are open to exploring secondment opportunities from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust or employing an individual to work directly for YMCA Downslink Group. This post provides a unique opportunity to work with a third sector organisation which has a strong reputation for co-production and service user participation.

You will be an excellent clinician, leader and team-player. You will also be an excellent facilitator as well as having good organisational skills.

The position comes with excellent benefits, including training opportunities, 5.4 weeks annual leave (plus bank holiday entitlement), a life assurance policy of 2x your annual salary, and an interest free bike loan. Please download a job pack for more information about other benefits offered.

If you are an applicant interested in this post and would like an informal discussion having read the job pack, please contact Lisa Witherden – West Sussex Therapeutic Services Manager via We will not respond to agencies.

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns.

Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


Closing date for applications: 9am on Wednesday 15th April 2020

Interviews date: Monday 27th April 2020


How To Apply…
You can download an application pack and an application form below. Please return your form to us by email at or by hand/post to:

Human Resources
Reed House,
47 Church Road,
Hove, BN3 2BE

Download an application pack here
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