James' Place - Therapist

Job title: Suicide Prevention Therapist

Salary: £Competitive

Hours: 22.5 hours or Sessional

Location: Central Liverpool

The opportunity

We are looking for part-time or sessional suicide prevention therapists to work with us at James’ Place, a new, innovative, non-clinical centre for men experiencing a suicidal crisis.

The charity

James’ Place is a non-clinical centre for men experiencing suicidal crisis in Liverpool. We aim to provide a calm and peaceful environment. We believe that those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts need to be in a safe space where they feel valued, nurtured and respected.


Our values

  • Having empathy

  • Working in a non-judgemental way

  • Showing Compassion

  • Being nurturing

  • Showing respect

  • Demonstrating interest in Suicide Prevention

  • Having a sense of humour


Overall Purpose of the Role

The centre will run on a referral basis and will offer quick and free access to non-residential therapy and support. We will offer an individualised person- centred intervention to men experiencing a suicidal crisis in a comfortable and homely clinical environment. Without the support of JP, we believe these men would either be offered a psychiatric intervention which may not be appropriate or would be at risk of ending their life.


Our commitment to centre users

Our team will work with referrers to offer an intervention to men who have arrived at a crisis point in response to predominantly social and psychological stressors. JP will not offer longer term mental health/psychotherapeutic support but will support the person practically and emotionally through the crisis period and help them to access any longer-term support they may require via other services.

Commitment to supporters

We will actively engage with client identified ‘supporters’ (this could be a partner, family member or friend). We will be explicit in our engagement with these supporters and their vital role in supporting the client to stay safe whilst accessing support from JP and will encourage the men using our service to allow their supporters to be involved.

The James’ Place Intervention

You will be an experienced mental health professional with demonstrable skills in the area of suicide prevention and will use your therapeutic skills to offer a collaborative semi structured psychologically informed intervention supporting the centre user and their supporter(s) to recover from the crisis and maintain their safety.

You will guide the centre user through the 5 stages of the intervention:


Key duties and responsibilities

Therapeutic skills

  • Work as part of the James’ Place team to provide a timely response to referrals, providing information, and facilitating Welcome Assessments.

  • Use your individual skills, strengths and areas of expertise to deliver the James’ Place intervention. Working with men over 4-8 individual sessions over a 4-6-week period. You will also have additional sessions with supporters – sharing your understanding, promoting engagement and developing collaborative risk management strategies.

  • Be able to establish a strong rapport with centre users at their first appointment, to engage people quickly, including those who may not have insight in to their difficulties or associated needs.

  • To participate in supportive team discussions regarding the therapeutic journey of the men using our service.

  • Use agreed James’ Place outcome measures and ensure that information gathered from outcome measures are recorded as appropriate.

  • Co-ordinate with other providers to ensure men are referred or signposted to appropriate agencies.

  • Have an ability to provide and receive difficult, highly complex and sensitive or contentious information. Respond to and manage emotional situations with empathy, tact and diplomacy.


Audit /Evaluation

  • Participate in service evaluation, audit and research.



  • Record all data on the James’ Place IT system, maintaining appropriate records in adherence with the appropriate regulatory body and James’ Place Information Governance policy.

  • Report all incidents/ accidents to the Centre Manager.

  • Report any safeguarding concerns in accordance with local policies and procedures.

  • Report any complaints and compliments to Centre Manager and act in accordance with James’ Place policy and procedures.


Values and behaviours

  • Support colleagues in respecting the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of service users and contribute to the service in meeting their needs.

  • To attend, contribute to and participate in James’ Place team meetings, and represent James’ Place externally as required.

  • Ensure continued professional registration or accreditation as appropriate. Provide evidence of up to date competence and follow relevant code of conduct.

  • To be a visible and competent role model, adhering to the values of James’ Place, representing the service as the first point of contact, and foster good working relationships with other centre users and stakeholders.


Person specification

An experienced mental health professional with demonstrable skills in the area of suicide prevention you will use your therapeutic skills to offer a collaborative semi structured psychologically informed intervention supporting the centre user and their supporter(s) to recover from the suicidal crisis and maintain their safety.


Essential qualities



  • Mental Health Professional. Accredited or Registered with BACP. HCPC or NMC Registration

  • Evidence of continued professional development



  • Demonstrable experience working with adults experiencing a suicidal crisis

  • Demonstrable knowledge of the impact of suicide on communities and individuals

  • Demonstrable knowledge of social and other factors which could lead to suicidal thinking and actions

  • Demonstrable knowledge of the particular difficulties contributing to male suicide

  • Commitment to collaborating with centre users and their supporters in the resolution of the suicidal crisis and subsequent safety planning.

  • Effective communication skills (written & verbal)

  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to manage difficult situations

  • Able to assess, plan, implement & evaluate therapeutic interventions

  • Able to work as an effective team member

  • Able to supervise and train junior staff and volunteers

  • Able to prioritise workload (self and others) and meet deadlines

  • Self-motivated, uses own initiative and will make decisions

  • Good time management

  • Promotes people’s equality, diversity and rights

  • Knowledge and understanding of Safeguarding Procedures

  • Knowledge of Service Governance and Evaluation

  • Commitment to clinical supervision

  • Knowledge of therapeutic boundaries  



  • Ability to develop and engage with James Place Values

  • Collaborative

  • Belief in values associated with co-production

  • Lived Experience

  • Engaging leadership style

  • Transparency and honesty

  • Discretion



  • Commitment to working with men who are experiencing a suicidal crisis and their supporters

  • An ability to work in a therapeutic environment

  • An ability to maintain up to date service user records in line with James’ Place standards

  • An ability to maintain own personal safety and the safety of others within the centre.

  • An ability to manage an allocated caseload.

  • An ability to identify if the service offered is not adequate to maintain the persons safety and facilitate a rapid transfer to the most appropriate service

  • An ability to collaborate with centre user in the development of a person centred, individual intervention plan.

  • An ability to engage the service user in the intervention plan, overcoming barriers to communication



Desirable qualities



  • First aid training



  • Good presentation skills

  • Has led on initiatives to improve practice

  • Supervising others



  • To apply for this position, please click the button below, complete your details and attach your CV and a short covering letter describing your experience and why you would suit the position.

  • We would also be grateful if you could let us know if you will require any special provision as a result of any disability should you be called for interview.

  • Finally, please ensure that you have included mobile and home telephone numbers, as well as any dates when you will not be available

  • Applications can alternatively be submitted with your CV and covering letter to info@jamesplace.org.uk

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Registered office: Dor-Knap House, Middle Hill, Nr Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LA

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