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Due to maternity leave, the University Counselling Service is recruiting for a paid core counsellor to join the team from mid October 2018.

Closing date for applications: midnight Sunday 16th September 2018

Interview dates: Long listed candidates will be invited in for the morning of Tuesday 25th September 2018; shortlisted candidates will be required on Thursday 4th October 2018.

Salary: grade 7: £40,792 - £48,677 per annum (pro-rata, ie75%)

Hours: The post is a 0.75 post , ie 4 days a week, to work Monday, Tuesday (core day), Wednesday and Thursday with Thursday or Tuesday until 8pm (later start time) in term time. This is a year-round post.

It is a fixed term (14 month maximum) contract to cover maternity leave.

Location: Westwood House, Westwood Campus, University of Warwick (NB the Counselling Service will be moving to a different university location in the foreseaable future)

For the full person specification and criteria, and to apply, please use the online application process, .

Overview: You will be professionally trained and accredited (through BACP or equivalent) and experienced in working with predominantly short term counselling interventions and will appreciate the benefits of this brief work in the Higher Education context.

You will be a team player with a pragmatic, positive, ‘can-do’ approach. You will demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication and administrative skills and an ability to manage your own workload to meet the needs of the service. You will also contribute to the continuing development of university support provision.

Skills/Experience required: You will be a BACP (or equivalent) accredited counsellor with substantial post qualification experience. You will have a clear and demonstrable understanding of the application of counselling in an HE institution. NB please scan and submit your accreditation certificate with your application form.

Further Details

Job Purpose:

To offer a range of psychological/counselling interventions for students and staff offering predominantly brief counselling. As well as face to face counselling, you will contribute to and deliver psycho-educational workshops and may be asked to undertake consultative supervising.

Context: The University Counselling Service is an integral part of the University's Wellbeing Support Services, a comprehensive welfare system to support students and staff at the university. The UCS secured BACP Accredited Service status in May 2009.

Team: The UCS consists of 8 (mostly 0.75 posts) core accredited counselling staff including a Deputy Head of Service, plus a full time Head of Service and two Administrators (1.65 FTE). The UCS team normally includes a trainee counsellor and clinical psychology doctorate student as part of the commitment to contribute to the field of professional training. The UCS also engages Associate Counsellors who are qualified and working towards accreditation, and on occasion may take on experienced counsellors from our UCS counselling bank, to help manage demand.

Service Delivery: As well as individual face-to-face intervention, the UCS offers email counselling, group therapy, issue-based workshops and themed groups as well as a range of self-help resources. All team members are committed to delivering brief therapy where appropriate although there is scope to engage in some medium-term therapy work. The service works to a model of service delivery where no clients are pre-assessed. The UCS counselling staff members are core-trained in various theoretical orientations including person-centred and cognitive behavioural therapy; all work predominantly generically. Core staff offer supervision to non-core staff and all core staff are supervised by an external supervisor as well as in peer supervision groups.

Service Development: All staff are encouraged to consider service development and core staff are required to contribute to continually improving and developing how the UCS delivers a comprehensive, gold standard service.

Venue: The UCS is (currently) situated on the Westwood campus in Westwood House, 20 minutes’ walk from central campus with local parking available. Westwood House comprises well-appointed counselling rooms, a group room, spacious waiting room as well as administrative and staff space. NB the UCS is scheduled to move.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Head of Counselling, Samantha Tarren on 02476 523761.

For the full person specification and criteria, and to apply, please use the online application process.

See personal reflections of other core counsellors in the team.

We look forward to receiving your application form.