School Counsellor Required: Blackpool, Lancashire


Band: Band 5

Salary: Depending on experience Band 5 non accredited, Band 6 Accredited practitoner

Contract: Fixed term

Duration: 12 months

Working pattern: Part-time, Term time hours

Reference number: 382-FICC091-23

The YoutherapY team (Part of Options4cyp), is continuing to expand. We now have opportunities for qualified counsellors (accredited and non-accredited), with experience of counselling children and young people, to become part of an innovative Young People’s team based in Blackpool.

You will be joining a well-established team of young people’s therapists, primary mental health workers, and assistant practitioners. You will be providing assessment and counselling for young people aged 11-25 who have psychological and emotional difficulties. There are also opportunities to provide counselling in community settings.

You will be primarily based at Highfield Academy but they will be opportunities to work at our main base in central Blackpool.


The successful candidate will have completed a qualification counselling to at least diploma and will be a member of the BACP (or equivalent). BACP accredited counsellors will be paid NHS Agenda for Change Band 6, non-accredited will be paid at Band 5.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Tracy Heaton 01253 955858.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high-quality counselling service to children and young people based in Highfield School. Referred with a range of generic issues and mild to moderate mental health problems. Working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the NHS; team policies and procedures; and the Thrive Framework.

To provide advice and consultation on client’s care to professionals and non-counselling colleagues including school staff and other referrers.

To utilise research skills for audit policy and service development and research within the areas served by the team.

To provide mentoring and supervision to newly qualified (Band 5) counsellors and other staff as required.


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