Mentalization Practitioner (RPCP)

Contract Type: 
Fixed term
Part time
Application deadline: 
Monday, 17 June, 2019 - 17:00
Fixed Salary
Per Hour
Mentalization Practitioner (RPCP)




North East CPA; predominantly Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, County Durham and Sunderland

Reporting to

Delivery Manager

Staff reporting



£16 per hour

Overall purpose

  1. To support families in reducing the conflict and arguments between them and help resolve conflict in a more constructive way

  2. To improve communications between parents, both separated and intact couples, regarding parenting, problem solving and arrangements for children

  3. To deliver as part of a multi-agency team on the Department of Work and Pensions Reducing Parental Conflict Programme.

Key Activities

  1. Working with individual parents and couples to meet the needs of their family.

  2. Specifically to provide assistance for individual families, via the Mentalization programme for which full training will be provided.

  3. Build effective and constructive relationships with parents, building an effective therapeutic alliance

  4. Accurate record keeping and reporting. Ensure robust case and session recording, report writing, completion of all necessary paperwork and providing all required statistics for management information.

  5. To work cooperatively with other professionals in children’s services, health agencies and other community based services and signpost families to additional support

  6. Identify and respond to safeguarding concerns.

  7. Work within the parameters of the interventions offered under the RPCP and agreed with the family.

  8. Protect, respect and promote the rights and responsibilities of individuals and families.

  9. Operate with ethical and professional boundaries

Any other duties which may be regarded as reasonable within the nature of the duties and responsibilities of the post as defined, subject to the proviso that any change of a permanent nature shall be incorporated into the job description in specific terms with the Managers agreement.

Key relationships and contacts

  • Local Authority Gateway Team

  • Other Family Support Workers and Mentalization Practitioners

  • Relate Clinical Team

  • Clinical Supervisors

  • RPCP Delivery Manager

  • RPCP Administration Team


  • Fixed term contract to July 2021

General duties

(Common to all Relate roles)

  • Health and safety

  • Equality and diversity

  • To observe the Policies and Procedures of Relate

  • Acting as a Relate ambassador

Key skills and competencies

(All considered essential unless stated otherwise)


  • Experience of working directly with children, young people and families (Desirable).

  • A desire to work collaboratively and non judgementally with parents, friendly and approachable, balanced and fair

  • An openness to explore new ways of working,

  • An ability to attend intensive training, a 5 day initial course with a 2 day top up course.

  • A willingness to deliver a manualised intervention

  • Hold high standards and integrity

  • Recognised qualification for working with families or child support (Desirable)

  • Positive communication skills including active listening

  • Effective case recording

  • Adherence to quality standards and programme procedures

  • Ability to learn new model, techniques and interventions then apply those to practice

  • Good IT skills

  • Knowledge of issues that impact on family relationships

  • Knowledge of safeguarding in relation to children, vulnerable adults and domestic abuse

  • Willing to work evenings and weekends to meet the needs of the families.

  • Own car required, ability to drive with business class insurance

  • Experience in working therapeutically with couples and in parenting work

  • Experience of delivering brief therapy models. Capacity to keep session on task.

  • Experience of working with a wide range of families, including those who are hard to engage or living in adverse circumstances.

  • Experience in drawing on various techniques/theories to support change

  • Capacity to work with couple difficulty, maintaining an open, curious and relaxed stance

  • Keeps the child in mind- shows understanding of child development and the impact of parental conflict in children

  • Reflective stance, openness to reflect on the emotional impact of the work in supervision and in practice

  • Helps clarify issues effectively, provides positive feedback and praise

  • Encourages willingness to try small changes/shifts in strategies/reactions

  • Show ability to work with couple difference/conflict providing supportive limits

Closing date of Monday 17th June or applications may close earlier if a high volume are received.

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to:

For more information contact either Kate Williams Delivery Manager  or Caroline Hughes