This post provides an exciting opportunity to join our Schools Counselling Team, delivering counselling in one, or two, Secondary Schools within West Lothian where S.M.I.L.E Counselling has established working relationships. The post holder will work with young persons from S1-S6 year groups providing a bespoke service to meet the individual client therapeutic needs. The post holder will also be expected to maintain supporting systems for the counselling service, including confidential record keeping and data input. This information is used to produce statistical data, and assists the evaluation of the counselling within an outcome based framework.
It is anticipated the post holder will primarily concentrate on delivering counselling to young people but may also provide some awareness raising training with staff.
S.M.I.L.E. Counselling has been providing a free counselling service to the Children and Young People of West Lothian over the last 6 years. Each year has been met with an increasing demand for our services and there has been no exception during the pandemic. Concentrating on the Scottish Government guidelines approaching the major lockdown months our Board of Trustees proactively worked with our Founder/CEO to develop a strategy ensuring that access to a therapeutic counselling service could continue particularly as we anticipated other services temporarily closing.
We have also been developing and expanding our self-funding and Training framework.
Of course, Young People are continuing to encounter mental well-being challenges, and the lifting of the lockdown restrictions has only highlighted the importance of the work our Board, Management, Counsellors, Trainers and Volunteers do.
We have this year:
Our new S.M.I.L.E Counselling Team Leader will lead and support the successful delivery and evaluation of our high-quality therapeutic counselling and support services, following the S.M.I.L.E Counselling service delivery framework and in line with BACP/COSCA (or equivalent) ethical frameworks and codes of practice. If you are not a member of BACP/COSCA you must be willing to complete the BACP proficiency.
This post involves delivering a counselling service across a number of Primary and High schools in West Lothian. The service is a bespoke service for young people 11-24 and will cater to the client needs. The post holder will also be expected to maintain supporting systems for the counselling service, including confidential record keeping, recording and producing statistical information, and evaluating the counselling within an outcome based framework
It is anticipated the post holder will primarily concentrate on delivering counselling to young people but will also provide some awareness raising training with staff.