Children & Young People Counsellor Required: Manchester
Location: Beechwood Cancer Care, Stockport, Greater Manchester
Salary: £29,052 pro rata (Actual £11,778 per annum)
6 Month Fixed Term Post
Beechwood Cancer Care is looking for a qualified and experienced Counsellor to work within its Client Services Department with Children and Young People and as a member of the Family Support Team.
Experience of working with children, young people, whole families and adults is essential, as there will be a requirement to work with the wider family within the role.
Beechwood is an environment where innovation is encouraged and new initiatives to engage young people and their families are actively supported.
The case work in this role can be emotionally challenging but equally rewarding, therefore a resilience to work within an environment where clients are facing illness, death, grief and bereavement should be taken into consideration.
This is a fixed term position.
Hours: 15 hrs/week
*Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata plus bank/statutory days – on a pro rata basis*
To Apply: Supporting statement (up to 2 x A4 sides) outlining suitability to the role together with CV (N.B. CVs without a supporting statement will not be considered)
Only those applicants invited for interview will receive a response.
Deadline: Wednesday 31 July 2019
1. Main Purpose of Job
Beechwood’s Family Support Team is part of a professional and experienced multi-disciplinary team whose aim is support those affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
The role requires a fully qualified Part-Time Counsellor, with experience of working with children, young people and families. The role requires the post-holder to manage a caseload of both one-to-one counselling and Family Therapy.
A knowledge of the impact of cancer and/or other life-limiting illnesses on families, together with the experience and confidence to undertake work with children and young people at a very difficult time is essential. Knowledge and experience of grief and bereavement support is essential.
An ability to assess and respond to need according to emotional, psychological and intellectual development and apply appropriate interventions and therapeutic approaches is vital.
2. Key Relationships
• Clinical Manager
• Clinical Support Manager
• Adult Therapy Team
• Engagement Team
• Fundraising Team
3. Duties and Key Responsibilities
• Undertaking specific therapeutic work with children, young people and their families in response to assessment of need
• Maintaining effective records and casework notes in accordance with Beechwood policy and professional good practice and guidelines
• Working as a member of the Beechwood multidisciplinary team
• Taking responsibility for own professional & personal development through performance and development reviews and attending relevant training
• Provide coaching, training, mentoring and supervision of junior staff and students
• Attend team meetings, clinical meetings and supervision groups as appropriate
• Facilitate group work, family events and workshops within the service
• Innovative and ability to recognise and develop new initiatives
• To engage and contribute to clinical governance and support in-house audits
• Promote evidence-based practice including audit of own practice and team
• Providing training, consultation and liaison regarding family therapy [in relation to Beechwood’s core focus] to wider team members, teachers, school nurses, GPs and other professionals
• Ensuring that all relevant codes of practice and regulations are upheld
• Carry out other duties commensurate with the position/team as requested
4. Knowledge & Experience
• Experience of working with children, young people and families
• Experience and knowledge of children and young people’s emotions and responses to serious illness and death
• Awareness of mental health issues
• Knowledge/experience of a range of relevant interventions/therapeutic approaches e.g. Systemic Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Play Therapy
• Ability to adapt therapeutic approach in response to need/progress/barriers/resistance
5. Responsibility/Accountability – working with other colleagues
• Works as part of the Therapeutic Team
• Provides cover for other members of the team when they are unavailable
• Supports awareness raising events alongside other colleagues e.g. Fundraising Team, Community & Engagement Team
• Promotes the Family Support Service and Charity at stakeholder events, fundraising events etc
6. Behaviours (Required of all Beechwood staff) Communicating with impact
• Communicates clearly and checks others have understood
• Listens to others’ views, seeks clarification where needed Delivering Outcomes
• Plans own work and prioritises to meet goals, communicates and collaborates with others
• Reliable and practical using own initiative
• Meets deadlines within agreed deadlines and standards Honesty and integrity
• Speaks positively about Beechwood and the Charity’s work – both verbally, written and on Social Media platforms
• Treats all others fairly and consistently and with respect
• Promotes and embraces equality and diversity Resilience
• Responds positively to change and encourages others to do so
• Flexible and adaptable to changing needs and responsibilities within Beechwood Empowerment, Engagement & Participation
• Supports the Charity and colleagues to achieve its objectives
• Accepts responsibility and accountability for own role and team
• Willingness and ability to nurture and coach volunteers
• Registered with an appropriate and recognised professional body
• Is a fully qualified Accredited Counsellor
• Holds a minimum of a Diploma in Counselling qualification
• Ideally 1-2 years post qualification work with children/adolescents
• Good level of general education
• Basic literacy and numeracy in line with role/duties
8. Skills/Aptitude Client Focus
• Demonstrates initiative and creativity
• Adaptable to clients’ needs and can apply a range of interventions to appropriately support
• Implements reflective practice to ensure quality and performance
• Flexible and adaptable, well organised and able to manage time and workload effectively in line with the needs of the service
• Desire to expand professional development and support organisational change Relationship Building
• Ambassador within the local community, promoting the Charity favourably
• Being a positive contributor to the Family Support Team and actively promoting collaboration – internally and externally Planning and organising to achieve results
• Prioritises work to maximise effective use of resources and effort
• Remains focused when faced with competing demands and can multi-task
• Able to use own initiative and work autonomously as well as part of a team