A motivated and dedicated individual, you will provide practical solution focussed counselling for our students.
Educated to degree level, you will have a recognised formal counselling qualification (Diploma/Higher Degree) in a solution focussed approach such as Integrative Therapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or equivalent. You will also have substantial post qualification experience of providing one to one counselling on a time limited contract basis.
You will have knowledge of Higher Education Sector and related to this, the retention and progression of students. In addition to this, you will have an understanding of the Association for University and College Counselling (AUCC) best practice guidelines and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) guidelines as well as working knowledge of Data Protection legislation and Records Management.
The post is Part Time, working 20 hours a week over 3 days during Semester 1 and 2 (38 weeks) and 6 hours a week over 1 day during Semester 3 (14 weeks)
We are in the business of changing lives, developing students into highly employable graduates. This is your opportunity to be part of that amazing journey and join our 1600 colleagues who already enjoy the vibrant community.
Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.
A PVG check will be required for the successful applicant.
Closing Date: 30 July 2017
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Student Life
RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility
PURPOSE OF POST: As part of the Student Life Department you will provide practical solution-focussed counselling to students which will typically involve initial assessments of clients, on-going appointments, dealing with emergency referrals and responding effectively to students in crisis.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES:To promote student wellbeing through practical, timely and appropriate interventions and referrals both internally and externally. This will include providing common sense advice and support as well as providing solution-focussed counselling. To undertake individual solution-focussed counselling with students on a time-limited basis. To undertake initial assessments of clients in line with the Association for University and College Counselling (AUCC) best practice Guidelines and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Guidelines. To liaise closely with the Student Wellbeing Adviser to ensure that the most appropriate interventions are utilised. To effectively utilise CORE (Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation) which is a standard evaluation system (used at the beginning and end of the counselling contract). To adhere to best practice guidance covering areas such as records management, data protection legislation and AUCC and BACP ethical code of practice. Liaise and build effective relationships internally with colleagues within support departments and academic schools. Make timely and appropriate referrals to external partners and agencies such as to GPs and other Health Care Providers. Proactively promote a health and well-being agenda by organising and facilitating student focussed workshops and other group activities. Maintain professional standards through Supervision and CPD. Person Specification
Qualifications and Professional MembershipsFirst Degree. A recognised formal counselling qualification (Diploma/Higher Degree) in a solution-focussed approach such as Integrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Person-Centred Therapy. Accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or equivalent.
Knowledge of Higher Education Sector and related to this, the retention and progression of students.
Knowledge and understanding of the Association for University and College Counselling (AUCC) best practice guidelines and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) guidelines.
Working knowledge of Data Protection legislation and Records Management.
Substantial post qualification experience of providing one to one counselling on a time limited contract.
Knowledge and Experience
Behaviour 1: Pastoral Care and Welfare - Experience of: calming and reassuring those with work/study/student life related problems who may be experiencing distress; dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters; providing support for those in considerable distress or requiring long-term complex support.
Behaviour 2: Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers' expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards.
Behaviour 3: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey both straightforward information, and information requiring careful explanation, in a clear and accurate manner.
Behaviour 4: Liaison and Networking - Experiences of: circulating information in an accurate and timely manner; working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships; leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest; leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation.
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