School Counsellor Required: Lothian, Scotland


Recruiter: MYPAS Charity

Location: Dalkeith with travel throughout Midlothian or East Lothian

  • Full time
  • £29,585 – £31,321
  • Closing 27th March 2020
  • 35 hours per week. Funded for a fixed term of 8 months.
  • 26 days annual leave + 10 public holidays pro rata, to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service.


MYPAS promotes the health and wellbeing of young people across East Lothian and Midlothian and currently focuses on working in the areas of mental health and substance use.

MYPAS is a community-based organisation with charitable status and based in Dalkeith.

MYPAS will be conducting 2 eight month pilots of School Counselling simultaneously in East Lothian and Midlothian local authority areas. Each of the 2 pilot areas will have a full-time equivalent Counsellor (a post may be shared) for the eight month period.

The Counsellor will be responsible for delivering counselling with 10-18 year olds in a High School cluster (the High School and the associated Primary Schools) over a 6 month period.

There will be a month set-up and a month evaluation period either side of the counselling delivery period.

We would like to start the project as soon as possible – ideally by the end of April.

Please note it is the intention of both local authorities to put the full service out to tender during 2020.

The postholder will be responsible for providing counselling with children and young people aged 10-18 who attend school.

The postholder will establish, develop, evaluate and report on, the piloting of the School Counselling service within the specific High School cluster.

Qualified to Diploma level (or equivalent) in a counselling therapeutic discipline, a member of a recognised professional body (e.g. BACP, COSCA) and have experience of working with children and young people, you will also be committed to delivering a service according to best practice and within community settings.

The postholder will work within a multi-disciplinary environment and work effectively with other agencies, especially schools, in partnership settings.

This post will require regular evening and occasional weekend work.

You must be able to travel across Midlothian and East Lothian.

The administrative base is in Dalkeith. Travel throughout Midlothian or East Lothian (depending on pilot area) including operating from other venues, will be required.

The post is funded for a fixed term of 8 months (continuation dependent on MYPAS securing further funding).


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