Structured Support Group Administrator
Posting Date: 19th January 2018
Job Title: Project Lead: Structured Support Group Administrator
Responsible to: BDD Foundation Management & BDD Foundation Trustees
Based at: Administration can be done anywhere, plus possible initial travel for training (Bath).
Hours: 9 hours per week. There is flexibility in the administration work hours as they can be done on one day or broken up to best suit your schedule.
Compensation: £12 per hour (£108 per week) for 1 year (48 weeks to exclude holidays) and will be paid as self-employed /contractor with expenses (travel for training & phone) paid.
Job Description:The Structured Support Group Project is for one year to test a pilot program funded by the Big Lottery Fund Awards For All grant to create a central London-based weekly self-help support group for sufferers of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). BDD is a mental health disorder that consists of a disabling preoccupation with perceived defects or flaws in appearance, which makes sufferers excessively self-conscious. They commonly avoid public or social situations. Onlookers are often perplexed because they can see nothing out of the ordinary. Nevertheless, BDD causes devastating distress and interferes substantially with the ability to function in life. It affects about 1-2% of the population (men and women equally) and causes many unnecessary cosmetic treatments as well as a high rate of suicide and 1 in 50 attempting suicide.
The group will be completely inclusive, open to anyone 18 years or older whose life has been impacted by this illness. Sufferers won’t need to have seen a doctor or have a formal diagnosis to attend one of our groups.
The weekly structured support group will be guided by a trained individual (training & guidance provided by Triumph Over Phobia (TOP) UK with additional support from Dr Rob Willson) and use a type of behavioural therapy specific to BDD based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) principles, exposure therapy, the work and on-going involvement of Professor David Veale and Dr Rob Willson, and the work of Professor IM Marks, which has proven effectiveness in helping sufferers overcome the disorder and is widely practiced in both the NHS and in private clinics. The group will fill the gap between the long waiting times (often six months or more) in the NHS for specialised treatment.
The BDD Foundation is dedicated to the relief of suffering of BDD and education of the public and we achieved a major objective of holding the second ever conference on BDD in London November 2016. We have also set up monthly support groups where demand for this type of weekly-targeted self-help support groups was felt.
 Suicidality in Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Prospective Study by Katharine A Phillips MD et al.
Advertise, recruit, interview, train, manage and maintain a rota for volunteer facilitators. In the event that a volunteer is unable to facilitate the meeting and cover is not available you may be required to facilitate the meeting
Duties & Responsibilities:
Respond to any enquiries about the group and on the telephone preform prescreening interviews with potential candidates according to TOPUK/BDD Foundation procedures
Actively promote and advertise the group to recruit new members
Follow procedures for monitoring and evaluating TOPUK/BDD Foundation groups
Maintain standards by keeping proper up to date records
To ensure that all money and fees for group attendance are collected and forwarded on to BDD Foundation
Ensure that all members of the group are following the TOPUK/BDD Foundation guidelines
To ensure that meetings take place in a warm and supportive environment
When required to attend regular supervision (via conference call) and training
To provide personal development through feedback and reflection with volunteer group facilitators
To report to the BDD Foundation on a regular basis providing information about weekly meetings
To notify the BDD Foundation of any problems or concerns that might arise in the group
To perform any additional administrative duties as requested by the BDD Foundation
This position would ideally suit a psychology/counseling student or graduate looking to expand their practical experience. If you have an understanding and supportive nature, and possibly personal experience (direct or indirect) of mental health BDD/phobias/OCD or a background in this area, we would like to hear from you.
Please send a covering letter and CV to Amoreena Campbell at email@example.com .