Work Discussion Group Facilitator – MSc Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice

Location: London / Remote
Closing Date: 18th Oct 2021

Employment Type: Employed

Location: London / Remote
Application Deadline: 18 October 2021 12:00
Interview Date: Week commencing 25 October 2021
Vacancy Type: Fixed Term/Part Time
Contract Duration: 12 months in the first instance
Hours per week and working pattern: 1.5 hours per week during term-time (45 hours of facilitating annually and ten hours for preparation and feedback with staff team). Total: 55 hours per annum (to include Wednesday mornings)

Job Summary

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families supports distressed children and their families through innovative therapeutic practice and research, training and promoting awareness of mental health issues. In April 2019, the Centre opened its new Centre of Excellence located in King’s Cross.

The Centre values diversity and aims to have a workforce that reflects this. We encourage applications from all sections of the community.

Overview of the Post 

The main purpose of the post is to facilitate weekly term-time discussion groups (approximately ten discussion groups per term, 30 per academic year, which will be held on a Wednesday each week.

The group are students from the MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice (DPCP). This is a two-year MSc where students learning clinical skills and theories of child and family mental health in the first and second years while also conducting a major research project in the field of child mental health. Unique to the MSc DPCP is that in the second year students also attend a clinical placement three days a week from October to June. The placements are all in the Anna Freud Centre or NHS clinical services and supervised by Clinical Psychologists, Family Therapists or Child Psychotherapists. The Work Discussion Group (WDG) is a weekly space then for students to meet and reflect on their learning and development in placements with the Group Facilitator. The cohort of approximately 18-20 students are split into three groups for the year and remain in the same WDG with the same WDG Facilitator for the duration.

The aim of the WDGs is to help participants:

  • Develop an observational stance in relation to their professional interaction with children and colleagues;
    Reflect on the professional decisions they and others have made and their responses to these;
    Help further psychological understanding of emotional development and behaviour in children;
  • Consider, where relevant, group processes in the work setting, as well as institutional dynamics;
  • Share experiences from their work setting with peers and learn about varied service contexts within the field of child and family mental health;
  • Reflect on multiple perspectives in thinking about the work;
  • Reflect on the multiple contexts, similarities and differences of people’s lives and lived experiences in the workplace for themselves and for staff and for service users.


The discussion groups do not constitute supervision and clinical responsibility remains held at all times by each participants’ supervisor in their place of work.

The post-holder is required to bring to the attention of their Centre line manager any concerns in relation to the clinical work undertaken by members of the group or concerns about their general welfare. They should be familiar with Centre guidelines, particularly those pertaining to child protection. Child protection procedures should be rigorously followed.

The post-holder will be home-based during Term 1 of the academic year (October-December 2021). Thereafter the groups may continue to be delivered remotely, however later on in the academic year there is a possibility the groups may be facilitated face-to-face at the Anna Freud Centre, 4-8 Rodney Street, London N1 9JH.

Please email if you require assistance or experience difficulties in applying. Please note all our posts require candidates to have the Right to Work in the UK at the time of applying and we do not hold a sponsorship licence.

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