Seeking BACP accredited therapists for the role of sessional associate caseworkers

Person specification and job description

Hours: We are seeking therapists who can offer between 5-10 sessions per week on a self-employed basis for a fixed term position between 1st September and 31st October 2020.

Location: Homeworking.

Salary: £30 per session (this will include direct client contact, write up and care co-ordination)

About Sudden

As a pandemic response, Sudden, the charity service for people bereaved in Sudden ways, is offering people who are bereaved suddenly or too soon (including by COVID-19 and other causes), and who have vulnerabilities and acute needs, up to 8 sessions of structured interventions to provide support and practical help.

Due to the urgency of this service provision, we are only seeking applicants with current BACP accreditation and an up to date DBS check.

More about who we help

We are particularly, at this time, helping people who have a range of complexities in their lives compounding their sudden bereavement such as trauma relating to loss, mental or physical illness, lack of income, social barriers such as lack of social networks including isolation, issues relating to children, youth or older people, or multiple bereavements at once.

More about how we help

Our case workers help vulnerable suddenly bereaved people, some of whom can be vulnerable or high risk, to identify their emotional, practical and specialist needs and agree outcome goals supported around a care plan.

Our case workers provide emotional support and research, and work with, community agencies to advocate for their clients and get help they need. About half case workers’ time is spent talking to their clients, and the other half getting things done for them.

Case workers are supported by a professional management team, providing training, procedures, and operational and clinical supervision.

Our impact

Case workers enable clients to feel safe, supported, connected and stable. The goal is to enable clients to have a significantly lower chance of developing conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and a lower chance of facing isolation and social disadvantage.

More about us

Sudden, at, is a clinically-directed, charitable service that is born out of the Sudden project, which provides and disseminates professional development tools and standards relating to care of people bereaved suddenly.

Sudden is hosted by Brake, the road safety charity registered 1093244, which operates the UK’s National Road Victim Service (NRVS). The NRVS is an acclaimed and government funded service for people bereaved suddenly in road crashes and is offered through all police forces to everyone bereaved on roads. It operates in the same way as the Sudden service, through case managed support helping people bereaved in road crashes with their emotions and practical and procedural challenges. The NRVS came second in the 2019 Helpline Partnership awards.

About you

This is a vital but challenging role.

Sudden is seeking BACP accredited therapists with experience in working with adults and families affected by traumatic bereavement and particularly welcome applications from those who have previously provided support in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic incident.


  • Current accreditation with the BACP
  • Up to date DBS
  • Able to provide references on request
  • Attendance at a 1-day training workshop on 2nd September (to be delivered online)
  • A willingness to adapt your practice to deliver a series of trauma informed interventions in a time-limited way using a casework approach


  • Previous experience of delivering support using a casework approach

Our commitment

You will be working for an acclaimed and professionally run charity that is clinically directed.

Job description


To provide frontline case worker support for up to ten weeks to people bereaved in sudden ways including COVID-19 with vulnerabilities and acute needs, to meet those needs and enable recovery through crisis intervention support free of financial hardship, isolation, or other poor outcomes.


  • Manage your own caseload.
  • Provide support within an outcome- based support framework including emotional support, provision of information, advocacy, risk management and safeguarding procedures.
  • Carry out needs’ assessments following agreed processes and timescales, including a support plan with identified goals.
  • Identify and manage any immediate support needs where necessary.
  • Systematic and comprehensive recording of calls and associated work, using relevant systems effectively and in line with the latest data protection regulations.
  • Attending training and supervision sessions as required
  • Complying with legal, regulatory, ethical, and social requirements.

This is a demanding role that requires resilience. We recognise that many people have challenges at this time so please do consider this when applying.

To apply

Email your CV and details of your BACP membership to Nicola Lester, Clinical Consultant at before 5pm on 21st August 2020.

Applications will be reviewed and processed as soon as they are received, in the event of receiving a large number of applications, the application date may be closed earlier so we encourage interested applicants to apply early.

Due to the nature of Brake’s work, we cannot consider applications from traffic offenders. Brake is an equal opportunity employer.