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Part time Counsellor

A rare and exciting opportunity for a passionate and committed Counsellor to work with other members of the Counselling Service team providing an integrated, effective Counselling Service for the students and staff of Craven College. 

Craven College
Date Posted:
January 7, 2021
Post No.
Rate of pay
£15.30 per hour
10 hours per week
Responsible to
Counselling Coordinator & Student Services Manager
Closing Date
January 24, 2021 23:59
Special Conditions

Pay claims for the actual hours worked are submitted on the last working day of the month for payment on the last working day of the following month

A full enhanced disclosure check will be required via the Disclosure & Barring Service for this post 

Key Duties

To support in the delivery of a high quality, effective and confidential Counselling Service across the College in order to assist students and staff as they study and work at the College.

• To support the provision of a professional, client-centred service so that students receive appropriate and timely counselling interventions.

• To carry a full client caseload of 10 client hours each week. The postholder will provide both short-term and longer-term therapeutic contracts and will provide counselling using a range of platforms including in-person, telephone other online counselling platforms.

• To work ethically in accordance with BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) Code of Ethics and Good Practice Guidelines.

• To undertake initial counselling assessments with clients. The postholder will use the assessment meeting to elicit detailed and sensitive information about the client’s presenting problem; their state of mind, behaviour and attitude, as well as gain information about the client’s life history including significant life events, family relationships, previous mental health functioning and/or access to counselling, psychological services or medication. The postholder will enable the client to identify aims, objectives and therapeutic goals for counselling, whilst paying attention to the internal resources of the client, and possible sources of external support.

• To develop, implement and monitor an agreed counselling contract with the client following from the assessment session. To provide accessible information to the client, about the frequency, duration, boundaries of counselling, as well as information about counselling orientation and ways of working. To regularly review the contract with the client.

• To be alert to issues of risk (to the client or others, including safeguarding vulnerable children and adults) and to raise matters of concern in line with Craven College Policy.

• To interact with clients by building supportive and empowering relationships, using a range of sophisticated interpersonal and communication skills. To plan, prepare and deliver ongoing therapeutic work with a client.

• To establish and maintain a therapeutic alliance with clients and to hold firm boundaries.

• To contain and work therapeutically with powerful negative feelings, and to challenge clients appropriately. To exercise judgement with regard to the use and range of therapeutic interventions, responding flexibly to the different needs of clients.

• To work in partnership with clients to enable them to address issues which affect health and social well-being. To enable clients to manage disability, stress, conflict and change.

• To work with a wide range of presenting issues and this may include working with extremely sensitive, difficult or emotive information. This includes regularly working with clients who have experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse or who are otherwise traumatised, anxious, bereaved, depressed, suicidal or distressed.

• To work calmly and professionally with clients who are upset, angry and emotional, to have an ability to respond appropriately to verbal abuse or aggression.

• To have specialist knowledge and experience of staff counselling, including dealing with stress at work, stress management and relaxation training.

• To carry out day to day organisational tasks: taking referrals, providing information to prospective clients, booking assessment interviews and ongoing appointments. To collect, maintain, input and retrieve data using a computer database and paper records.

• To produce statistical returns relating to personal caseload.

• To manage Counselling Service records and note keeping and manage confidentiality of information in line both with the Data Protection Act, GPDR, and the BACP Ethical Code of Good Practice. This includes writing reports for Criminal Compensation Claims and furnishing client notes for Court as well as writing referral letters to GPs and other professionals and dealing with mitigating circumstances for students.

• To research, prepare and devise appropriate and accessible information leaflets and materials for clients.

• To work autonomously and to use own initiative to achieve defined goals within the context of the Service and its objectives.

• To manage, prioritise and plan for an ongoing caseload of clients and to undertake any decisions which could reasonably be taken in the management of such a caseload.

• To maintain appropriate referral networks with other organisations and agencies and promote effective communication and good working relationships.

• To establish and maintain close links with a wide range of academic and administrative staff and College student support services. To support academic staff in their pastoral role with students.

• To function as an effective team member within the Student Support Services Department.

• To work on a flexible basis to meet the changing needs of the Counselling Service.

• To participate in the College’s appraisal scheme and undertake further professional development in line with the needs of the College.

• To perform any other duties commensurate with grade and status as may reasonably be requested.

• You will be expected to be fully conversant with the College’s range of equality and diversity and safeguarding policies and procedures, to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all learners and staff.

Person Specific


• A Practitioner Diploma in Counselling covering skills training and a core theoretical model plus a managed and supervised clinical placement. Training to include assessment, brief focused and longer-term therapeutic interventions.

• BACP Accredited or evidence of active work towards BACP Accredited.

• Commitment to on-going training and self-development. Evidence of regular, ongoing professional development in line with BACP Guidelines.

• Evidence of post-qualification experience of supervised counselling and psychotherapy work including both brief-focussed work and longer-term therapy.

• Significant experience of work within an Educational setting.

• Experience of conducting initial counselling assessments.

• Post qualification experience in working with and counselling children and young people.

• Awareness and understanding of risk assessment procedures.

• Significant experience of dealing with safeguarding issues, policies and procedures.

• To have specialist knowledge and skills in working with children and young people.

• To have specialist knowledge of staff counselling, as well as stress at work, stress management and relaxation training.

• Knowledge of counselling theory. An ability to state a core theoretical model and demonstrate understanding of it in practice.

• A knowledge of mental health and wellbeing issues that affect young people.

• Knowledge of BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

• To have specialist knowledge and experience of safeguarding policy and procedure as it relates to children and vulnerable adults.

• Ability to assess and manage cases and provide appropriate intervention and support to clients.

• Ability to cope with personal stress, manage own workload and work autonomously. The postholder must be psychologically robust.

• Ability to establish and maintain therapeutic alliances, to hold firm boundaries, to contain work.

• Ability to use Microsoft Office and Teams and work with online platforms. Competence with IT software (e-mail, Word, letter and report writing, etc.)

• Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team, and to foster good working relationships with different professionals and agencies


• Post qualification training in counselling children and young people.

• Post qualification training in the provision of counselling using telephone or other online platforms.

• Interest in anti-oppression issues in counselling practice.

• Knowledge of equal opportunities and harassment issues.

• Evidence of ongoing professional development.

• Able to develop and maintain professional boundaries with clients.

• Able to deal with sensitive information.

• Experience of providing consultancy support to non- clinical staff

• Knowledge of initiatives, priorities and agendas facing staff working in children’s services, such as CAF, Children & Young People’s Plan, Child Protection Plans etc.

• Experience of demonstrating outcomes and using monitoring, evaluation, and well-being measurement systems such as CORE, SDQ, etc.

• Experience of therapeutic work with young people with a learning difficulty / disability.

• Well organised, capable of working under pressure.

• Able to meet deadlines and targets, managing caseloads and with minimal supervision

• Level 2 Maths and English (equivalent)

• Flexible approach to working and responding to the needs of the service

• Strong team player, committed to an ethos of continuous improvement

• Commitment to equal opportunities and the ability to recognise the needs of different service users.