Counsellor Required: Northampton, Northamptonshire
University of Northampton
Full time – Permanent: A job share will be considered
Interview Date: 12 December 2023
The post holder/s will be part of a core team of four counsellors, within the wider Counselling & Mental Health Team, providing support to all students.
In alignment with the BACP Ethical Framework, the post-holder will use high levels of initiative and judgment, possess high-level communication skills and be able to support the management of complex student presentations in a busy service.
They will establish collaborative, collegiate working relationships across the team and have a good understanding of the intersectionality between emotional difficulties, mental health, other disabilities and specific learning differences.
They will be required to provide comprehensive clinical assessments and deliver confidential counselling and drop-in sessions with students seeking help with personal and academic issues.
They will manage an often-complex client caseload in a professional manner, within the boundaries of a short-term counselling model (up to six sessions), which will involve remote and in-person service delivery.
They will be required to provide comprehensive risk assessments and risk management for students via remote and in-person service delivery.
This is a full time, permanent post of 37 hours a week. A job share between 2 candidates will be considered. Attendance at the Wednesday morning service meeting is a requirement of all post holders.
The post holder may be required to participate in Open Days, Welcome Weekend and other key University events that may be outside the working week.
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This post is subject to a background disclosure check by the Disclosure and Barring Service before any appointment can be confirmed.
The post holder is expected to have a professional counselling / psychotherapy qualification in counselling theory and practice i.e. postgraduate diploma or degree. We require a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist (or equivalent registering body), or a candidate who will be eligible for accreditation within the 6-month probationary period, which will be in alignment with SCoPEd columns A & B;
We would expect experience of delivering counselling post qualification, especially working with 18+ clients. You will need to have excellent written & verbal communication skills and a high level of digital literacy. You must possess sound analytical skills and will be experienced in dealing with sensitive situations and issues and have a good working knowledge of equality and diversity. You will need to be flexible, innovative and possess good organisational skills. Be able to work under pressure and deliver a high standard of customer care.
- Professional counselling / psychotherapy qualifications i.e. postgraduate diploma or degree in counselling theory and practice, OR equivalent experience
- Accredited with BACP (or equivalent registering body i.e. UKCP, which includes a responsibility to maintain accreditation through updating skills and knowledge, and which upholds a code of ethics and a complaints procedure), OR will be eligible for accreditation within the 6-month probationary period in alignment with SCoPEd columns A & B
- Upwards of 500 post qualifying clinical contact hours as a counsellor/psychotherapist
- Evidence of commitment to regular external supervision and continuing professional development (CPD) as required by BACP (or equivalent registering body) to maintain professional registration/accreditation
The successful candidate will be working within the Counselling Service and be part of the wider Counselling and Mental Health Team. The team are located within the Additional Needs branch of Student Services. Further information is available:
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