Counsellor/Cognitive Behavioural Therapist Required: University of St Andrews, Scotland
Student Services, Salary: £33,797 – £34,804 per annum, pro rata,
Start Date: As soon as possible,
Fixed Term: 4 years subject to continued funding,
The purpose of this role is to support the University in meeting the needs of students coping with adverse life experiences or experiencing mental health problems.
This will involve working within Student Services Matching Care model, delivering evidence based interventions and assisting students in a manner that promotes their autonomy, resilience and independence.
Meetings with students are primarily face to face, but also by telephone/email.
The role holder works as a member of the Student Services team in a flexible, collaborative and responsive manner.
The Cognitive Behavioural Therapist or Counsellor will be educated to degree level or equivalent, and will have relevant professional qualifications and experience of working with adults and/or young people with mental health difficulties.
The successful candidate will be accredited by a recognised CBT or counselling professional body or will be working towards accreditation.
Experience of working within a further or higher education setting is desirable and knowledge of relevant legislation relating to mental health and disability is essential.
The post-holder will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be able to deliver training, and will be able to work independently and as part of the wider Student Services team.
Additionally, they will liaise with academic schools and the wider University as required and will work with external agencies (such as General Practitioners, Community Mental Health Teams and third sector) to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach.
The successful applicant will play a key role in supporting the University’s response to critical student incidents where mental health may be a contributory factor.
They will also be responsible for working within existing policies and assisting in drafting new policies and resources, as appropriate in support of students with mental health difficulties.
A flexible approach, including working extended hours as required, is necessary for this role.