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Counsellor Bank

March 2014: We are currently recruiting for Counsellors to join our Counselling Bank

Closing date for applications: 17th March 2014 12noon

Interview date: 26th March 2014

Once you have read the details below, if you are interested in taking your application further, please complete the Registration of Interest form with your details if you have not already done so and email your request for an application form to

Details of Bank Counsellors

If you are a qualified and accredited* counsellor/psychotherapist with experience of working in the Higher Education sector who enjoys working with predominantly brief interventions in a busy service and have some flexible availability, you may like to consider this opportunity.

*We may consider applications from counsellors who are eligible for accreditation, but who have not yet finalised the paperwork, but these candidates must have considerable experience of working in the HE sector.

 What the University Counselling Service offers to Bank Counsellors

  • remuneration at £32 per hour for clients contact hours
  • the opportunity to work in a dynamic, well respected, established and BACP accredited counselling service
  • a structured day of working with counselling colleagues
  • in-house supervision approximately fortnightly - at no charge
  • the experience of counselling using often short term therapeutic interventions
  • an opportunity to work with a wide range of clients and a variety of issues as presented by students and staff in Higher Education
  • invitations to in-house training events

What does the University Counselling Service require from Bank Counsellors?

  • professional counselling/psychotherapy qualifications to a high level plus BACP (or equivalent ) accreditation status. We may consider 'eligible for accreditation' status if you can demonstrate considerable HE experience
  • high level counselling skills commensurate with a minimum of two years post qualification experience, preferably in a similar Higher Education setting
  • experience in working with predominantly focussed, brief intervention counselling
  • aptitude for counselling within single sessions or one-plus-one session structures
  • keenness to engage in dynamic, effective working alliances using flexible therapeutic contracts
  • a robust and demonstrable capacity to work intensely with 5 or 6 clients in one day
  • experience of working with clients in an educational context, preferably Higher Education
  • ability to work with the diverse range of clients, presenting issues and severity levels from the Warwick University student and staff cohort
  • willingness to comply with the systems and procedures of the UCS

NB It is important that any ongoing affiliation with the University of Warwick is carefully managed to ensure any boundary conflict is minimised.

For more details or to discuss your suitability, telephone the University Counselling Service and ask to speak to Samantha Tarren, Head of Counselling on 024 765 23761 or email .


Q: How does the Counsellor Bank work?

We go through the recruitment process for Bank Counsellors periodically (application form, shortlisting, interview, references) then hold your details on file. When and if the need arises, we will contact you to check your availability. You may be invited in to carry out a 5 or 6 week block of bank counselling. If it has been more than a year since you went through the recruitment process, we will invite you in for an informal discussion to talk through any changes in the service and to ensure the working fit is still mutual.

Q When will the Counsellor Bank work be required?

It is difficult to predict when the UCS will need a boost from our counsellor bank. For example, we may need extra counselling hours available when the registration numbers increase (traditionally this is at the beginning of the Easter term and beginning of the summer term); or it may be when there is a staff shortage, for whatever reason.

Q: What if I am recruited on to the bank but when I'm asked to work, I am unavailable?

By the nature of bank counselling work, sometimes we can't predict far in advance when we will need bank counsellors. We don't expect you to hold time available to work 'just in case'; we do try to give notice where we can, but we may still ask you again in the future, even if you are not available when we first ask.

Q: What does a typical day's schedule look like for a Bank Counsellor?

9.00am Arrive and prepare
9.15am Client 1
10.15am Client 2
11.15am Coffee break
11.30am Client 3
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Client 4
2.30pm Coffee break
2.45pm Client 5
3.45pm Supervision/client 6*

5.00pm finish for the day**

*supervision will alternate each week with a client session. It is anticipated that any extra administrative tasks can be carried out within the day, for example if a client is late to arrive or does not attend. In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to charge for an extra hour for administration tasks.

**There may be some capacity to offer evening work to Bank Counsellors - the Service offers appointments at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in term time.

Q: How does payment work for Bank Counsellors?

You will be paid for 6 hours per day @£32 per hour (ie £192 for the day as above); you will be responsible for your own tax, NI etc. You will complete a time sheet which is submitted each month and payment is made by BACs. You will need to set up these payment details and other paperwork with HR payroll once you have the agreement to work. NB The UCS does not pay expenses such as travel or parking costs.

Q: What about supervision?

We offer an hour's supervision approximately each fortnight (diary dependent) with one of our core counselling team (in-house), but we do not charge you for this supervision. Your supervisor will clinically supervise all the clients you see in the UCS (this ensures we can appropriately oversee the clinical accountability of your work) and as the work is context-specific, your supervisor can also help to guide you through the procedures of the UCS as required - you will, however, have access to a line-manager equivalent for general matters, as appropriate.

Q: what about DBS clearance?

You (and none of the University Counselling team) are not currently required to go through DBS clearance (this used to be called a CRB check).