21st November 2019 by Catia Neves
Diversity and Ability Ltd. (D&A) are looking for experienced Mentors to join our friendly team to support students with mental health conditions. The role involves supporting students in Higher Education on a 1-to-1 basis, working with them to mitigate the impact of their condition on their studies. This is a paid freelance position with a competitive hourly rate.
D&A is an end-user led social enterprise designed to enable disabled individuals to access, and flourish in higher education and the workplace. D&A promotes a social model of disability where neurodiversity and disability are perceived as arising from a natural human diversity, as opposed to ‘deficit’ models of understanding disability. We envisage a change that would see ‘Specific learning difficulty’ (SpLD) or Mental Health Difficulty to change and become ‘Specific Learning/ Mental Health Difference’. The celebration and acceptance of difference, and the important contributions this neurodiversity continually makes in society, remains core to our vision and goal.
See here for more information about Diversity and Ability.
- Assistance with any pastoral matters which are causing the student anxiety or stress
- Support for motivation and morale
- Emotional support with the focus on enabling the development of emotional awareness and wellbeing strategies
- Help with organisation and planning, solving problems, developing and tailoring life and study skills and strategies to individual needs
- Help student adjust to university life, including access to reasonable adjustments and examination arrangements
- Advocacy for student
- Liaising with tutors and various departments in the institution
- Liaising with other services including medical, psychological and social services teams
- Highlighting any early signs of difficulties or irregular behaviour and suggestion of strategies to manage this and also how the student could self-monitor for the future
- Create positive plans and objectives using tailored strategies
Applicants should be skilled and experienced at working with individuals with mental health conditions in a Higher Education setting. They should be committed to building enabling partnerships which empower the student to become progressively more independent. Emotional intelligence and sensitivity is key, whilst still being able to maintain professional boundaries, to support the student effectively.
1. Association of Child Psychotherapists
2. BABCP accreditation
3. BACP individual or MBACP
4. British Psychoanalytic Council – under a member institution
5. British Psychological Society Chartered Member (CPsychol)/IAPT register/ Graduate Member (MBPsS) AND also PG qualification in Psychology or Mental Health
6. COSCA accredited member
7. FDAP (NCAC)
8. General Medical Council (GMC) –
9. Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (Arts Therapist/ Occupational Therapist/ Practitioner Psychologist/ Social worker in England)
10. IACP accredited member
11. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) –Mental Health Nurse/ community Mental Health nurse / Psychiatric Nurse
12. Social worker body for Scotland SSSC/Wales CCWales/ NI (NISCC)
13. UKCP full clinical individual member
14. UMHAN member
Knowledge & understanding of UK disability legislation.
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|Empathetic and non-judgemental approach.|
Self-motivated and practical in problem solving.
A willingness to learn and develop new skills and a commitment to maintain best practice.
D&A is committed to equal opportunities, inclusion and diversity. We are a disability confident employer and encourage openness around mental health, hidden and visible disabilities. We have built a supportive team that is committed to your wellbeing, progression and development. We can offer:
- Comprehensive training on disability and equality, specific learning differences and neurodiversity, study skills/ workplace strategies, assistive technology, metacognitive training and goal setting
- Regular continual professional development (CPD) opportunities including peer-supervision
- A supportive team of talented, knowledgeable and passionate colleagues
- Opportunities to get involved in various social justice projects (eg. supporting homeless individuals)
- Flexible work
- Assistive Technology Software licences provided
If this opportunity to join a friendly and vibrant team interests you, please do get in touch! You can call us on 0800 978 8303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you need this job description or application form in an alternative format.
We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, and guarantee interviews to disabled applicants who meet the minimum job criteria.
To apply please follow this link and fill out the form, submitting the requested information. We look forward to hearing from you!