A Lust for Life: Seeking Expressions of Interest from Registered Psychologists

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A Lust for Life

Seeking Expressions of Interest from Registered Psychologists

A Lust for Life invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced clinical/educational/counselling/academic psychologists with experience working with primary school aged children, with a focus on children in 1st, 2nd and infant classes to work with an educational and video production team of experts, alongside the A Lust for Life team, on the development of their ‘The A Lust For Life Schools Programme’ a national wellbeing and resilience programme for primary school pupils in Ireland.

1. Context

The A Lust for Life Schools Programme is a Netflix style primary school programme established in 100s of schools around the country that is designed to equip children with the tools and skills to navigate the ups and downs of life by building emotional wellbeing, emotional literacy, and emotional resilience programme for 3rd – 6th class children.

The programme has been written by a team of teachers, educational specialists as well as clinical psychologists and consists of a suite of ten lessons designed to be delivered once a week over a school term. Each lesson covers different topics from wellbeing, managing friendships to navigating the tricky world of social media, all of which link directly to the SPHE curriculum and are designed to teach children the tools to manage their own wellbeing from a young age. The programme is grounded in practice based research and is subject to ongoing annual independently led academic evaluations. To find out more, visit our Schools Programme website here: https://alflschools.com/

Since launching in September 2020, to date the Schools Programme has reached 500 schools, and over 21,000 pupils across the country and ultimately aims is to reach every child in Ireland with the programme. As such we are developing additional content for the programme drawing upon the expertise of our Mental Health Advisory Panel and a dedicated Steering Committee, bringing together expertise and evidence from a wide range of disciplines and professions to inform this programme and are seeking a psychologist to provide guidance, advice and support for the development of this programme into younger primary classes – 1st, 2nd and infant classes.

To this end, A Lust for Life would like to invite submissions from suitably qualified and experienced psychologists to lead, advise and write the programme content along with educational partners.

2. Overview of role of psychologist on the programme

The psychologist will work with A Lust for Life and a team of educational specialists to:

  1. Advise around the themes to be addressed in the programme building upon the existing programme themes, creating a spiral approach to each level
  2. Assist with the development and writing of the programme content explored through these themes to promote positive mental health outcomes, alongside education partners
  3. Work with our filmmaker and facilitator to guide and ensure best practice is adhered to in working with children to create short films relating to mental health and well being
  4. Advise on the format, approach and script of the films and how best they will be utilised in the classroom
  5. Advise on teacher supports
  6. Work with an educational specialist team, provide direction, guidance and oversight on the production of a user friendly, curricular-linked guide for teachers in bringing the issues of emotional wellbeing and resilience to life in the classroom
  7. Advise on best practice and safeguarding (trained in Children’s First)
  8. Provide other advice on the development of the programme as required, potentially including being present as required for the creation of content in schools to support children, teachers and facilitators

The A Lust For Life Schools Programme:

  1. Has three strands of engagement: children, teachers and parents
  2. Is child-led and child-centred
  3. Meets the needs of children and has the potential to create long-term positive impacts on the child’s mental health and capacity/resilience
  4. Involves parents in a meaningful and supportive way through the home-school link
  5. Has educational materials that are designed by educators, for educators
  6. Is highly curricular-linked (and highlights cross-curricular and whole-school approaches to engagement)
  7. Uses creative, proactive and progressive approaches
  8. Is grounded in principles of inclusion and equality
  9. Gives both children and teachers the confidence and tools they need to address emotional wellbeing in the classroom in a safe and fun way
  10. Undergoes annual independent evaluations led by top Irish universities in schools of Psychology and Education

3. Funding and time commitment

The expected total number of days required will be 10-15*. The total funding available for the work described herein will be in the region of €10k.

*This estimate of days may increase depending on the needs arising from the project and payment will be adjusted upwards accordingly in agreement with A Lust for Life and the psychologist.

The estimated days may not be in the form of one full day per week. The psychologist will primarily work from home and attend relevant meetings where required in Dublin city centre, or via Zoom and potential travel to schools for content creation if/when required. Any changes to the estimated days and funding for this piece of work will be agreed in advance between the successful candidate and A Lust for Life.

The psychologist will be supported by A Lust for Life’s mental health advisory panel and will have access to appropriate clinical supervision and practical supervision and supports from our steering committee and A Lust for Life.

4. Requirements for Submission

Please submit your CV and a short cover letter outlining your expression of interest by 5.00pm Monday 17th January 2022. Depending on the number and quality of submissions received, candidates may be shortlisted and called for interview if necessary. Please also include a tax clearance certificate and evidence of appropriate insurances. Applications will be scored against specific criteria; namely experience, capacity to deliver and understanding of the sector.

Submissions should be emailed to headofprogrammes@alustforlife.com with the subject line: Expression of Interest for Psychologists by 5.00pm Monday 17th January 2022

Late submissions will not be accepted. Applicants may be contacted if further clarification is required on their submission. Please confirm when submitting that you have TCC and insurance in place.

5. Conflict of Interest

Any conflict of interest involving the contractor and A Lust for Life (or the projects funded under the initiative, its staff or their relatives) must be fully disclosed in the response to this Invitation to Quote, or should be communicated to A Lust for Life immediately upon such information becoming known to the contractor.

6. Terms and conditions

  • Costs such as travel, subsistence and miscellaneous outlays will not be borne by A Lust for Life
  • Shortlisting of candidates may apply and successful shortlisted applicants may be required to provide clarifications and more details as required. An interview process may be required to ensure the selection of the most appropriate candidate
  • Canvassing will lead to immediate disqualification from the process

7. Enquiries to: Leda Connaughton at headofprogrammes@alustforlife.com

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
14th Dec, 2021
Expiry Date
17th Jan, 2022