Wellbeing Counsellor (Ethnicities Specialist): Brighton, East Sussex,


  • Location: Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Earnings: £32,798 per annum, pro rata


THE ROLE: Part-time (15 hours per week) / Permanent / Job description and application pack are available to download from our website.

Our mission is to help children and young people have a fair chance to be who they want to be. We do this by providing a safe home, increasing life skills and self-confidence, and improving emotional wellbeing and mental health.

YMCA DownsLink Group Dialogue Therapeutic & Family Services offers counselling services for children and young people with physical disabilities, behavioural, social, and emotional difficulties, autism and learning difficulties. The team delivers a multi-modality therapeutic service working with 2 – 24-year-olds experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. We work closely with CAMHs, the local authority and a range of voluntary and community sector organisations to deliver effective short-term therapeutic interventions.

We are looking for a Wellbeing Counsellor – Ethnicities Specialist to provide assessments and counselling for children and young people from mixed or black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups aged 13+ years. The role will include building partnerships with other BAME services and an advisory role to CYP service managers and clinical leads regarding service user participation, co-production and staff recruitment, advising on the particular needs of minority ethnic groups in therapeutic services.

Some key responsibilities of the role include assessing Children and Young People (CYP) for suitability for treatment (training will be provided), making decisions on the suitability of new referrals to the service with support from triage teams and the ability to formulate, deliver and evaluate therapy programmes for CYP clients.

This role is based on site, Monday to Wednesday. Shift pattern to be discussed at interview.

ABOUT YOU: We know there are great candidates who may not fit everything described, or who have important skills we have not mentioned. If that is you, please do not hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself and why perhaps you are looking to take the next step. 

You will have a professional, flexible attitude with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to manage your time well. You will be confident in identifying and responding to safeguarding concerns and have experience of working with children and young people. You will have a Graduate or Post Graduate level Counselling Diploma of 2 years minimum duration including personal counselling or psychotherapy, and BACP Accreditation/eligibility for accreditation or BACP Registration or be accredited with other relevant professional bodies (UKCP/HCP). You will also have a sound understanding of child protection and vulnerable adult safeguarding issues, policies and procedures.

If you would like any further information or an informal discussion about this post, please contact Conrad.Foote@ymcadlg.org

Should you require any assistance with our application process, please email us at Recruitment@ymcadlg.org

CLOSING DATE: 31 March 2024 at midnight, with a proposed interview dates of 22 – 23 April 2024

Successful candidates will already have the right to live and work in the UK


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