CAMFA 14+ Counsellor Required: Clwyd, Wales


Adferiad Recovery

Salary: £25,027.20 a year

Contract: Permanent

Working pattern: Full-time

Reference number: B0489-AC188

The closing date is 17 May 2024

Job summary

To provide a specialist substance misuse Counselling Service to CAMFA 14+ clients. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service.

About us

Adferiad Recovery delivers a flexible and coordinated response to the exceptional circumstances faced by people with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions and related issues. Vulnerable people facing complex life challenges need consistent and seamless support to ensure they remain engaged with vital health and wellbeing services and to prevent them becoming disenfranchised and isolated.

Adferiad Recovery harnesses the talents and experience of long-established and leading Welsh charities CAIS, Hafal and WCADA. Our combined expertise in the fields of substance use, mental health, housing, criminal justice, and employment support enables Adferiad Recovery to meet the needs of our most vulnerable with a single, unified, and comprehensive approach.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Client Work

  • To explain boundaries of confidentiality, exchange of information and informed consent (including Three Cornered Agreements) to clients.
  • To undertake counselling assessments. To be able to recognize common mental health issues, substance misuse issues and draw out relevant information needed for an assessment using skilful and sensitive questioning.
  • To provide expertise in a specialist clinical area, undertaking specialist psychological interventions, formulating mutually agreed contracts for counselling with clients, establishing, maintaining, and disengaging from relationships with the client group. To select and deliver evidence-based client centred psychological treatments to meet the needs of the client group. With experience dealing with issues relating to young people such as ACES, county lines, bullying, school stress etc.
  • Monitoring outcome and modifying and adapting interventions, drawing on a range of theoretical approaches.
  • Counselling to be delivered in accordance with relevant NICE Guidelines.
  • To undertake and manage own client caseload.
  • To be accountable for own clinical decisions and professional actions in consultation with clinical supervisor.
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans.
  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively highly complex and sensitive information, considering sensory and cultural barriers to communication.
  • To adhere to BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • To work in accordance with Adferiad Recoverys Policies and Procedures, All Wales Child Protection Procedures and North Wales Vulnerable Adults Protocol.
  • To refer clients to other services as appropriate. When making referrals to other services and agencies, to do this in a manner consistent with the specific referral processes used by those agencies.
  • To undertake clinical administrative tasks and reports relating to clients when necessary.

Policy and service development

  • To adhere to agreed Adferiad Health and Safety and Security procedures/policies.
  • To identify and contribute to any aspects of the counselling service where improvement can be made and to advise Counselling Manager accordingly.



  • To keep in regular contact with CAST Appointments Team, Therapeutic Services Manager and Clinical Supervisor.
  • Keep up- to- date records of current counselling work, case notes and other such pro forma as directed.
  • To comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (2016).
  • To make referrals to other services and agencies in accordance with guidelines.
  • To attend Counsellor meetings as required.
  • To attend other relevant meetings as required.


  • To participate in the Adferiad continuous learning, development, and appraisal process including maintaining CPD requirements.
  • To operate within and observe Adferiad policies and procedures as amended and updated.
  • To maintain membership of BACP.
  • To make regular use of clinical supervision.
  • To make regular use of management supervision.
  • o maintain an up-to-date knowledge of current developments in professional and clinical practice and of relevant legislation and policies, with a particular emphasis around Mental Health and unemployment issues.
  • To be responsible for working within your level of competence. If you have concerns around this issue, to speak with your manager and supervisor.
  • To undertake internal and external training as appropriate and as required as part of Continuous Professional Development.
  • To develop and maintain professional working relationships with external agencies.

This Job Description provides a framework in which duties may be carried out; however it may be necessary to make alterations and adjustments from time to time to meet the needs of the service.

Person Specification



  • Experience undertaking assessments.
  • Experience of working with clients with common mental health problems.
  • Experience working with substance use issues.
  • Experience working with young people.
  • Experience of risk assessment and risk management procedures.


  • Post graduate qualifying hours that have been clinically supervised.



  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (as a minimum).


  • BACP Accreditation or working towards Accreditation.



  • Effective communication skills with a particular emphasis on listening skills.
  • Decision making skills (specifically within the assessment process).
  • Ability to manage workload, meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as being a member of the team.
  • Ability to reflect on own practice.


  • IT literate to a high standard.
  • Ability to speak Welsh.



  • Knowledge and understanding of the impact of substance use on young persons lives and the stigma and difficulties associated with this.
  • Knowledge of other service provision within the sector.
  • Knowledge of early warning signs, monitoring and relapse prevention for mental health and substance misuse problems.

Other Relevant Requirements


  • Full UK Driving License and use of a car or ability to attend work and move between clinics efficiently using public transport. (If you are registered disabled, reasonable adjustments will be considered).

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.


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