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Counsellors in Training

As a trainee counsellor, your course will require you to secure a professional placement so that you can accrue a number of counselling contact hours with clients (we call this our professional clinical trainee placement).

If you are interested in working in the HE sector, counselling students of all ages and stages - with Undergraduates, Masters and PhD students, from a range of backgrounds with a variety of presenting issues, this could be an excellent placement opportunity.

Key Facts

  •  (It is essential to phone and check you meet the relevant criteria before you complete and submit an
    application form for the professional clinical trainee placement).
  • All placements commence at the beginning of the academic year, ie early October.
  • You can phone any time and speak with Monique Wearden (placement co-ordinator) to discuss the criteria for placements.
  • you can request an application form from April to early June (It is essential to phone and check you meet the relevant criteria before you complete and submit an application form for the professional clinical trainee placement). NB application forms are not shortlisted until after the closing date.

 

FAQs:

Q: How many placements do you offer each academic year?

A: Usually we only take one trainee placement per academic year

Q: Is there any reimbursement for expenses for placements?

A: Unfortunately we cannot offer any out-of pocket expenses such as reimbursement of parking fees (£3 per day to park in the University car parks - NB paid staff also have to pay their own parking expenses).

 Q: Do you ever recruit at other times of the year?

A: Occasionally we may have an opening for a trainee placement during the academic year. There will be an alert on the UCS web site when this is the case. If you have contacted the UCS during the academic year and expressed an interest, we may contact you directly to see if you are eligible and still seeking a placement.

Q: If I have a connection with the University of Warwick, am I eligible to apply for a placement?

A: Any boundary issues have to be carefully considered. For example, if you are employed by the University of Warwick in a different capacity, or are a student with the university, a counselling placement with the UCS may not be appropriate. The UCS is keen to sustain its current 100% satisfaction rating from clients regarding confidenitiality (monitored through the Service Evaluation Questionnaires sent to all clients).