Play Therapist

Lusaka, Zambia, Full Time Applications have closed

Renaisense facilitates life transformation and optimisation of individuals and groups through counselling, psychotherapy, psychiatry, coaching and training. Renaisense is looking to expand its child-psychotherapy services and is looking at recruiting a very experienced Play Therapist to join and strengthen the team.
Minimum qualifications and experience
Master-level degree specializing in play-based interventions (Social Work/Psychology or related field).
Minimum of 5 years of progressive, demonstrable and related experience rendering child play-based interventions (individual or in groups) at NGO’s, Schools, private practice or other institutions.
In depth knowledge of the Gestalt play therapeutic process, child protection and Safeguarding policies.
Demonstrable knowledge and experience in the use of the Gestalt play therapeutic techniques (including sensory and bodily contact-making, sense of self, emotional awareness, self-nurturing, projective emotional expression including the Rosebush, sand tray and empty chair techniques).
Must have experience in using different forms of play in the therapeutic process ( such as socio-dramatic play, biblioplay, creative play, role play, mastery play).
Experience in rendering parental guidance and support sessions.
Must have expert knowledge on child development and behaviour.
Demonstrable experience in child assessment and treatment planning.
Experience in working with children with a range of social and emotional challenges (including children with ADHD, symptoms of depression, anxiety, impairment, children who have gone through traumatic experiences).
Proven ability to serve a multicultural community and have worked in multidisciplinary teams.
Experience in capacity building, training of the trainers, group facilitation and presenting workshops and seminars.
Knowledge of research study design and data collection specifically in the child mental health and psychosocial support sector.
Expert communication skills in English (written and verbal) with a demonstrated ability to synthesize materials and assessments into key learnings and insights for non-experts, in a cross-cultural environment.
Practical experience in providing thought leadership, analytical thinking, and translating ideas into long and short term organizational strategy.
Pro-active self-starter that is able to develop and complete work plans independently in a complex, dynamic environment.
Must be able to provide at least two professional references and one character reference.
Performance responsibilities:
The Play therapist will conduct play therapy sessions with children and young adolescents, suffering from a range of psychological difficulties and complex life experiences – including for example depression, anxiety, ADHD, experiences of abuse, grief, family breakdown, domestic violence and trauma. Furthermore the play therapist will facilitate parent-child sessions and provide parental support.
The successful candidate will be responsible for setting up a comprehensive, child focused play therapy programme at Renaisense and will also train and mentor staff in the use of play techniques and play-based interventions.