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University Counsellor Posts

Due to further investment in Wellbeing Support Services, the University Counselling Service is recruiting for an additional paid core counsellor post to join the team.

June 2017

We are advertising for a University Counsellor to join our counselling team at the University of Warwick Counselling Service. This is a permanent, additional post to help us manage the increased demand on our Service.

Closing date for applications: midnight on Sunday 16th July 2017

Interview dates: long listed candidates: afternoon of 20th July 2017; shortlisted candidates: Tuesday 25th July 2017

Salary: grade 7: £39,324 - £46,925 per year, pro rata (ie75%)

Hours: The post is being offered as either a 0.75 post (ie 4 days a week, approximately 28 hours ) or a 0.57 post (ie 3 days a week, ie 21 hours. Please indicate your preference clearly on your application form. NB hours to include evenings in term time Tuesdays/Thursdays). This is a year-round post.

It is a permanent post, after successful completion of a 6 month probation period.

Location: Westwood House, Westwood Campus, University of Warwick.

For the full person specification 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.

Duties/Responsibilities: 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 and be involved in our email counselling 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.

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

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 and be involved in our email counselling provision.

NB please scan and submit your accreditation certificate with your application form.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Professional level counselling or psychotherapy qualification in any modality to diploma/foundation degree or masters level, or equivalent (a)

Essential Criteria 2

BACP accreditation or equivalent (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Substantial post qualification experience of professional counselling delivery in practice (a), (b), (c), (d)

Essential Criteria 4

Experience of creatively adapting a core theoretical model to a brief, focussed approach (often therapy may be carried out in 1-3 sessions, as fitting to the context) (a), (b), (c), (d)

Essential Criteria 5

Capacity to work with confidence, competence and creative dynamism responding to client need across a diverse range (a), (b), (c), (d)

Essential Criteria 6

Excellent personal administrative management skills particularly the ability to work well under pressure, to manage workload and to be pragmatic and flexible as required (a), (b), (c), (d)

Essential Criteria 7

Good communication skills as appropriate for different levels throughout the institution (a), (b), (c), (d)

Essential Criteria 8

Confident and experienced IT user (Word, outlook, access, excel) (a), (b), (c), (d)

Essential Criteria 9

Must be an excellent team player with a pragmatic, emotionally intelligence ‘can do’ approach (a), (b), (c), (d)

Essential Criteria 10

Experience of carrying out service development initiatives (a), (b), (c), (d)

Desirable Criteria 1

Experience of working with the psychosocial stages of university students with a knowledge and understanding of the workings of a counselling service within a university (a), (b), (c), (d)

Desirable Criteria 2

Online counselling qualification and/or experience of email counselling (a), (b), (c), (d)

Desirable Criteria 3

Consultative clinical supervision qualification and/or experience of supervising (a), (b), (c), (d)

Desirable Criteria 4

Experience of delivering workshops/talks (a), (b), (c), (d)

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 7 (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 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.

See personal reflections of other core counsellors in the team.

We look forward to receiving your application form.