Counsellor Required (Substance Use and Misuse): London


Location: Various locations across the Hillingdon Borough
Position Type: Permanent
Contract hours: Part time
Salary (£): 23129 to 26192
Closing date for applications: 25 September 2019

We are recruiting a Programme Delivery Counsellor to work within our Substance Use and Misuse Programme.

You’ll be part of a unique, innovative, evolving service, where you’ll genuinely be able to support people in making changes.

Our Substance Use and Misuse Programmes team deliver a range of targeted substance misuse related personal development and support programmes for adolescents aged 11 – 19, young adults aged 20-25, and adult parents, guardians and carers including those who are at risk of negative substance misuse outcomes, and who require additional support to overcome challenges to their personal, educational, health and social progression.

You will:

– Provide counselling for young people aged 11-25, who are affected by someone’s use of drugs and/or alcohol
– Provide counselling for young people aged 11-25, who are experiencing issues due to their drugs and/or alcohol use
– Support for young people and families in crisis due to use of drugs and/or alcohol
– Be aware of a range of prominent theoretical models of counselling appropriate for those with substance misuse problems, including but not limited to ACT, and be able to apply these in 1:1 and group counselling sessions
– Work with service users to help them build sustainable community support networks
– Complete all appropriate documentation to monitor clients’ needs and progress

About the person

The successful candidate will be committed to taking a positive, holistic and empowering approach to service delivery.

We are looking for someone who has demonstrable experience and competence of working therapeutically in the substance misuse field or similar environment.

As importantly, you’ll need a good understanding of issues which Young People face today.

You will also have a creative and dynamic approach to engaging with hard to reach and other vulnerable groups of young people and to developing interventions in response to their needs.

For this role, you’ll need to have the appropriate counselling qualifications and have BACP membership (or be willing to work towards this).

The ideal candidate will be:

– Confident and motivated
– Have a ‘Can do ‘attitude
– Approachable and able to engage with a diverse client population
– Proactive and able to work both independently and as part of a team
– Respectful and polite
– Compassionate and understanding
– Reliable and organised
– Have excellent communication and listening skills
– Have the ability to work closely with a range of different organisations
– Able to work flexibly to meet needs of young people, partners and stakeholders


Additional information

This is a part time position, working 18 hours per week. The salary will be pro-rated.We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Applicants should be aware that the post will only be offered to successful candidates subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.

We offer a range of Company benefits. These vary according to the business area and role but may include:
  • local government average salary pension scheme
  • generous holiday entitlement
  • season ticket loan
  • access to a wide range of training and courses
  • discount on a variety of Adult Education courses run by the Council
  • discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools
  • cycle purchase scheme
  • car sharing scheme
  • 30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses


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