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Would you like to apply your professional skills within an organisation striving to make a positive and transformative impact on child and family mental health? 

You’ll find these values reflected across our team, from our dedicated trustees to our highly skilled clinicians and passionate support staff. We are currently recruiting for the following vacancies:

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families? Would you like to apply your writing talents, research skills and audience-led approach to play your part towards the strategic fundraising and varied communications activities of an established and impactful local mental health charity?

We are looking for a friendly individual to join our passionate and committed team. You will be working with the Fundraising and Communications Manager to research and write fundraising proposals for our Bridge in Schools outreach service, which brings positive change to disadvantaged and at-risk children, including those living in deprivation or with special educational needs and disabilities. And you will help to create high quality marketing and digital media content that helps us communicate our work to a variety of audiences.

You will have the confidence to work on your own initiative and deal with people at all levels of seniority. You will be familiar with using Word and Excel and able to pick up other systems with ease. If you have some experience of working with design software, such as Canva, that would be beneficial but is not essential. However, awareness of marketing principles and an interest in visual content creation is important.

In return, we offer flexible working arrangements and the chance to be part of a small but highly motivated and Supportive team.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to make a real difference to a local charity that has been helping people with their mental health for over 40 years.

This post is for 3 days, 21 hours per week (can be worked flexibly over 5 days and/or with some working from home).

Salary £21,000 - £23,000 pro rata, depending on experience.

For an informal discussion about the post or the work of the Bridge Foundation, contact Jessica King, Fundraising and Communications Manager jessica.king@bridgefoundation.org.uk

Please see the job description for further details. To apply, please complete the Application Form (downloads as word document) and send with a CV to Katie Robson, The Bridge Foundation, 13 Sydenham Road, Bristol BS6 5SH. katie.robson@bridgefoundation.org.uk. Office: 0117 942 4510

Please note, we cannot accept applications unless our completed application form and a CV are received.

Closing date: 9 am, Monday 17th June.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 4th July and can be online if you are not in Bristol that day.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to prepare a short task to present informally at the interview.

Start date from mid-August/September

Psychodynamic Child Therapist/Psychotherapist 

Bridge in Schools Programme 

We have a number of vacancies for September 2024 in our partnership schools.  These are potentially in primary, secondary and SEN settings.

These opportunities are for suitably qualified and experienced therapists to join a lively, experienced team, and to deliver psychodynamic psychotherapy interventions in schools in Bristol to a wide range of children and families. Posts are usually for one day per week in school (can be more) and  also include three hours of paid time for supervision, team meetings and continuing professional development on a Wednesday morning. 

The Bridge Foundation is a Bristol based charity, which has been delivering a range of clinical and training services relating to the needs of children, young people, families, and adults for over almost 40 years. Our approach is psychodynamic and psychoanalytic, although we have staff from a variety of professional backgrounds. Working for us is a unique opportunity to be a part of an organisation that prioritises this way of working, and as such we offer regular CPD to enhance psychodynamic and psychoanalytic skills, and to apply this way of thinking to our practice and work settings. Regular supervision, both individual and group, is a keystone of the offer from the Bridge.   

Supervisors are experienced Child Psychotherapists and Psychodynamic Counsellors and Psychotherapists, meaning that the psychodynamic focus of the work is at the forefront of our thinking. CPD is offered within the Bridge in Schools team to develop schools-based practice and within the whole organisation to develop psychoanalytic/psychodynamic skills and thinking. We hold regular ‘thinking space’ forums to focus on thinking about issues of race, diversity and difference through a psychodynamic lens. The amount of supervision, support and skills development on offer at the Bridge Foundation helps us maintain a high level of staff retention and provides a secure base from which to deliver the challenging work of counselling and psychotherapy. 

Applicants need to demonstrate experience of bringing psychodynamic thinking to working with children with special needs and their families. They will be qualified as a UKCP/ BCP/BACP/HCP accredited psychodynamic child counsellor, or a qualified child psychotherapist accredited with the ACP. Child psychotherapists experienced in schools work and close to completing their training may be considered. A professional education, mental health or social work background, a good understanding of child development, and an experience of personal analysis would be highly relevant. 

The work includes: 

  • Working with a diverse range of young people and age ranges 
  • Classroom observations and assessment 
  • 1:1 school-based therapy for children and young people   
  • work with parents; liaising closely with school staff 

 Salary is £29,789 to £37,605 pro rata, depending on qualification and experience.   

For an informal discussion about the work of the Bridge in Schools team, contact Matthew Jenkins Clinical Lead Bridge in Schools : matthew.jenkins@bridgefoundation.org.uk  

Please read the job description and then send your CV and completed application form (downloads as Word document) to katie.robson@bridgefoundation.org.uk  

Closing date 9am Thursday 9th June.

Interviews will be held on Friday 14th June.

We expect to be recruiting for this post in the next few months. Contact us for an informal chat in the meantime if you are interested.

Our ever-expanding Bridge Psychotherapy Service at the Bridge Foundation in Bristol is looking for a suitably qualified and experienced therapist to join our lively, supportive and experienced team based in Cotham, Bristol.  You will have extensive experience of working as a child and adolescent therapist which may have been gained during training so Newly Qualified Psychotherapists are welcome to apply.

The Bridge Foundation is a Bristol based charity, which has been delivering a range of clinical and training services relating to the needs of children, young people, families and adults for nearly 40 years.

The work is challenging, varied and interesting.  You will be offering assessments, brief interventions or longer term psychoanalytic / psychodynamic psychotherapy for children, parents and families. Clinical cases are funded by the individual / family attending or commissioned by Social Services, The Adoption Support Fund or by other commissioners.

This is a permanent post of up to 4 days per week and you will be expected to offer 20 clinical sessions per week, with at least 6 of them being offered at after school times.  Some sessions are likely to be delivered remotely.

You will join a psychoanalytic supervision group at The Bridge Foundation as well as receiving individual supervision and attending staff meetings etc. This is included in the up to 4 days.

For further information please see the Job Description.

For an informal discussion of the post contact Georgina Taylor, Clinical Lead georgina.taylor@bridgefoundation.org.uk or Heather Mora, Assistant Clinical Lead heather.mora@bridgefoundation.org.uk

Following the informal chat you will be sent an application form if appropriate.

Are you a trainee counsellor or in the process of completing your psychodynamic training and keen to work alongside expert psychotherapists? Would you like to apply your skills and further your learning within an organisation with a long-standing reputation of excellence while you qualify?

Posts commencing throughout the academic year 2024/5 

The Bridge Foundation is a Bristol based charity providing a range of clinical and training services relating to the needs of children, young people, families and adults. We wish to recruit an Honorary Child Therapist to join our Bridge in Schools service. 

This is an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced person to join a lively and skilled team, and gain experience of working with a psychodynamic approach in a school setting. Posts are based at schools in economically disadvantaged areas of the city. 

We are seeking candidates with skills and experience in building therapeutic relationships with children from a breadth of social backgrounds. The successful applicant would need to demonstrate interest and experience of bringing psychodynamic thinking to therapeutic relationships with children. A professional background in education, health, mental health, or social work would be highly relevant. 

Equally this post would suit qualified counsellors and therapists with an interest in developing a psychodynamic practice in a community setting. Applicants in the final year of their training will be considered in certain circumstances (i.e. training is psychodynamic or there is other evidence of a strong psychodynamic interest, e.g. experience of psychodynamic supervision/personal therapy). 

Posts are for 1.5 day per week, comprised of 4 sessions in school and half a day attending a supervision group and staff meetings on Wednesday mornings based at the Bridge Foundation. 

Volunteer therapists carry a caseload of up to 4 clinical sessions a week and are be required make a commitment to weekly work during term time for a minimum of one year. 

Child protection and other relevant training is provided in line with service requirements. 

Applications are invited by letter/email, explaining your interest in the post and the qualities you would bring to it, supported by an up-to-date CV and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be a current employer/clinical supervisor. 

Please read through the job description carefully and address your application to the points on the person specification. Applications should be returned to Alice Coles, Senior Therapist, Bridge in Schools, The Bridge Foundation, 13 Sydenham Road, Bristol BS6 5SH, or alice.coles@bridgefoundation.org.uk

If you would like more information before making an application, please contact Alice and she will get in touch to arrange a phone call. 

References of shortlisted candidates will be followed up before interview.

Please see this blog from one our honorary therapists about their experiences. 

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