Academy Psychologist

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Short description Job Title: Academy Psychologist Department: Academy Medical Department Based at: Blackburn Rovers Academy, Brockhall Village, Old Langho, Blackburn, BB6 8BA. Flexibility regarding location is required. Reports to: Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine Responsible for: Academy interns and students when required Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week plus any additional hours necessary for the performance of duties. This may include evening and weekend work. Contractual Status: Permanent Job Purpose: To lead the psychological support for all academy players, parents and coaches across the academy. Full description Duties and Responsibilities: • To be committed to ensuring the safeguarding and welfare of all elite players, promoting their well-being needs whilst maintaining professional boundaries; • To oversee all psychological support to academy players, parents and coaches; • To liaise and work in conjunction with all relevant internal and external partners; • To ensure all players are screened twice per year; • To monitor all players regarding psychological support and welfare; • To ensure all written evidence is up to date and in line with EPPP requirements; • To liaise with all staff on a daily basis; • To create external links as required; • To maintain an up-to-date Continuous Professional Development (CPD) portfolio; • To ensure best practice is followed at all times and players receive optimal advice and support at all times; • To maintain a professional attitude and appearance at all times; • To assist and lead departmental in-service training as and when required; and • To assist in other departmental duties as required. Skills required: •Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external parties (i.e., coaches, players, parents, external contacts etc.); •Ability to work well as part of a multidisciplinary team; •IT literate; •Display a high level of professionalism at all times; •Highly motivated, with a passion for working within an elite football setting; and •Maintain confidentiality at all times. Knowledge required: • Knowledge of current sport science and medicine practice with particular specialism in sports psychology; • An understanding of paediatric physiological development; • Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding policies and procedures; and • An understanding of the demands of an elite sporting environment. Qualifications required: • BSc (hons) in Sports Psychology or other related discipline (essential); • Post graduate qualification (MSc or equivalent) in Sports Psychology or other related discipline (desirable); • Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Psychology) with Chartered Scientist (CSci) status through the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) / BASES Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route (BASES SEPAR), or ability to attain this within an agreed timeframe; and • Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (CPsychol) status through the British Psychological Society (BPS), or ability to attain this within an agreed timeframe

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