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Behaviour Therapist (band6)

Clinical Practice
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Clinical Practice

Area of Practice

  • Children's Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing


  • Community/Primary Care

Job/Role Summary

This post is part of a new service development which facilitates and supports pre-school and primary school children who have communication and/or behavioural difficulties/development co-ordination difficulties and disabilites within the mainstream schools


Specific qualifications and experience required

experience of working with children for at least 2 years
driving license


Career Milestones

I have 8 years experience of working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nursing, within this time I have completed a number of courses such as

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Communication with Children at Travistock, England
  • BSc Hons Nursing, Ba Mental Health Nursing
  • RGN qualified 1996
  • RMN qulaified 1999 1 year secondment
  • Specialist Practitioner CMHN Graduate Diploma

Also many varied roles within CAMHS

  • Inpatient and outpatient services tier 3 and 4 CAMHS CPN and charge nurse
  • Surestart CPN band 6 postnatal-depression-children and families
  • varied roles and responsiblities experience MDT and clinical cases


What attracted you to this job?

new service
have worked with children in differnt settings and would like experience of working in schools and work with children before difficlties become too severe
chance to work with teachers
early intervention work
working with age group P1-P4 age 4-8
working with a multi-disciplinary team, speech and language therapists, OTs, physiotherapists, specialist language teachers, school teachers


Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

  • Working with children and families in this age range P1-P4
  • Providing education to teachers and team members, because this will have a positive impact on classroom behaviour therefore showing postive result of my work
  • Diversity of work


Challenging aspects of the job/role

  • time commitments difficult at times to coordinate care effectively because amount of people involved
  • new service development - new role, new team, first area in my Trust to set up and provide service
  • working client group experiencing trauma and aggressive behaviour and their families


Important success factors

  • Experience of working in desired field, child and adolescent menatl health
  • Educational development and continuing professional development
  • Good quality clinical supervision in previous post in England and because of this biggest driver to develop career path and support journey, giving guidance and building on clinical experience
  • Networking, gaining further knowledge of other work, new developments in CAMHS


Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

  • Working multi agency team trans-disciplinary working
  • Need knowledge range of difficulties that will effect children in this age group and management and assessment of these
  • Knowledge of education system although not essential to inform practice
  • Opportunity to utilise and further professional development within this post


Key skills that can be gained within this job/role?

  • Communication with teachers, psychologists,social workers, parents, consultants, paediatricians and team members within my work
  • Implementing behaviour management in schools/classroom setting
  • Teaching other professionals about role and promote service multi-agency support team for schools


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