Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner

We have a great opportunity based at our Bedford campus for a Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner to become a key member of our Student Services department.

As a Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner, you will play a pivotal role in the success of our students through:

  • Providing a high quality student intervention provision to address the mental wellbeing of students to improve social, emotional and mental health outcomes for students and for students to thrive in college life
  • Supporting students by offering a range of approaches, including delivery methods such as group and 1:1 sessions
  • Providing counselling supervision for staff who have dealt with complex disclosures and require a debrief
  • Planning and managing caseload effectively, making sure that clients are prioritised appropriately and seen in a timely manner.

Our ideal candidates will have recent experience of working successfully with young people and adults in a counselling / early help capacity for a minimum of 3 years and experience of working effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, alongside the following qualifications:

  • A relevant professional qualification in Social Work, Counselling, or Youth &
  • Community Work (at graduate level)
  • Counselling Supervision qualification
  • Further therapeutic training or qualification in working with children and young people

Successful candidates must also be able to demonstrate alignment to our organisational values:

  • Student centred - At our heart is always doing what is best for our students. We consider students in all of our decision making to create positive outcomes and memorable experiences for every student.
  • Educational excellence - We promote educational excellence by delivering programmes that challenge our students to achieve their ambitions.
  • Teamwork - We are one team who by working together can achieve great things, respecting the opinion and valuing the contribution each of us makes.
  • Continuous improvement - We challenge ourselves to always do better by trying new things, sharing knowledge, reflecting on best practice and learning from others.
  • Caring - We care about the wellbeing of our staff, our students, our community and wider society, creating an environment built on trust where we listen, engage and support each other.
  • Inclusive - We celebrate differences and diversity, recognising that we can learn from each other.

Further details of the safeguarding requirements and essential criteria for the post can found within the Job Description.

The Bedford College Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to thorough vetting process which includes, an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975, provides information about which convictions must be declared during job applications and related exceptions and further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.  The Bedford College Group's policy on Employment of Ex-Offenders is attached to this vacancy.

Candidates who are barred from working with children are reminded it is a criminal offence to apply for this post.

About Us

The Bedford College Group aims to deliver world-class skills and education to the communities we serve. The Bedford College Group is comprised of Bedford College, Shuttleworth College, The Bedford Sixth Form, Tresham College and the National College of Motorsport.

Contract Type - Bedford College Professional Services

  • 37 hours per week (0.89696 FTE) / 40 weeks per year
  • Peoples Pension
  • Free on-site parking during weekdays and weekends (subject to availability)
  • Retail and leisure discounts

Interviews will be held on a date to be confirmed.

For further information about the role please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.