Counsellor Required: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

University of Wales

Vacancy Ref: 50362
Location: Birmingham
Salary: £36,382 pro-rata per annum
Status: Part Time
Type: Permanent
Hours: 22.2
The Institute of Inner-City Learning (IICL) is one of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s four Institutes with campuses in Birmingham and London.
MAIN DUTIES-
• Provide a professional counselling service for students and staff, in accordance with the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
• Use professional judgement, be guided by BACP’s Ethical Framework, consulting with the supervisor and being able to account for decisions made
• Attend professional supervision as required by the BACP
• Provide effective counselling on a one-to-one or group basis, helping students and staff to manage a wide range of academic and personal issues, mainly on a short-term basis
• To deliver a mix of face-to-face and remote counselling using Teams or telephone appointments
• Provide effective counselling to distance learning students using e.g. telephone counselling or Skype as appropriate
• Practice appropriate standards of confidentiality and ensure that all documentation is securely and appropriately filed and stored
• Keep confidential records in accordance with BACP guidelines and data protection legislation
• Work collaboratively as a member of the University’s counselling team
• Participate in Counselling Service team meetings and provide advice, guidance and training to support best practice and team development
• Work sensitively with students or staff who may present in crisis, and initiate appropriate action by involving relevant individuals
• Consult with supervisor and/or other experienced counsellors, in confidence, regarding ethical dilemmas
• Support the marketing and promotion of the University’s Counselling Service to students and staff
• Liaise effectively with academic disciplines, professional services and the wider University community eg. Mental Health Adviser(s), Chaplaincy and Students’ Union in relation to the Counselling Service
• Plan and organise a range of events and activities on student welfare topics in collaboration with the Students’ Union, academic/support staff and external partners
• Liaise with GP practices and Community Mental Health Team as required
• Recognise when an individual should be referred on for other professional support
• Develop, maintain and enhance links with external organisations in relation to the support and welfare of students and staff
• Liaise and collaborate with other UK HEIs in relation to counselling
• Contribute to the design and development of materials which promote the University’s Counselling Service
• Contribute to the development and updating of policies and procedures relating to the University’s Counselling Service
• Provide statistical information and reports to line manager and/or Director of Student Services as required
• Support the development and implementation of effective means of monitoring and evaluating the University’s Counselling Service
• Work with and advise University staff on how to support vulnerable students
• Give advice to staff or colleagues on support or welfare issues
• Provide effective counselling support, as required, using judgement to respond to critical incidents and emergencies
• Contribute effectively as part of a wider Student Services team
• Provide a wider training and support role within the University for students and staff, contributing as required to the University’s staff development programme
• Apply a breadth or depth of experience, showing full working knowledge and proficiency of own area of expertise, acting as a point of reference for others
• Demonstrate continuous professional development, acquiring and refining skills and expertise in new or related areas through identifying and undertaking internal or external staff development activity
• Recognise that the role may involve working at other campuses and might require duties outside of normal working hours
You should have:
• Diploma in counselling
• BACP Accreditation
• Previous experience of counselling
• Excellent knowledge of a range of counselling approaches
• Experience of working in accordance with the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
• Effective organisational skills
• Appropriate IT skills for the role
• Recognise the importance of building sound working relationships
• Able to work as part of a team and in partnership with others

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