This role supports the University in ensuring that students have access to appropriate resources and support to achieve their academic and personal goals. The post holder will provide consultation and assessment to students presenting with a wide range of personal difficulties, mental health challenges and general wellbeing issues. They will provide consultations and brief model therapy, providing guidance and advocacy as required.
The counsellor will provide early assessment/intervention to those at risk i.e. presenting with suicidal ideation, escalating where appropriate and referring students to more appropriate services as needed. The Counsellor will be a member of the Student Wellbeing & Inclusion Team, based within the Student & Academic Services Directorate, and is expected to work closely with colleagues in the Directorate and across the University to deliver a range of support. This can include referring students for disability support, academic support, financial aid etc. as required as well as making suitable recommendations for therapy or other appropriate interventions.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. To conduct assessment of student mental health issues, assess risk and make clinical recommendations within remit of the Counselling service. Where necessary, identify and proactively seek clinical consultation and review of more complex cases.
2. To provide effective brief model ongoing therapy and consultation to students, whilst working independently within the University/Service guidelines and procedures.
3. To respond effectively and speedily to students experiencing a mental health crisis, including evaluation of the level of psychological distress and risk (e.g. risk of suicide), drawing on support from other agencies as required and ensuring escalation to Clinical Lead/Head of Service in line with service protocols.
4. To ensure effective follow up and proactive case management, including liaison with GP services and other internal and external stakeholders as required.
5. To identify and liaise with the Clinical Leads/ Head of Service regarding any potential crisis or issue which may be to the detriment of student welfare and safety as required.
6. To attend clinical supervision in line with service Supervision policy, attend scheduled line management one to one meetings, and team meetings in order to ensure competence, fitness to practice, and comply with professional standards.
7. To maintain appropriate electronic and written records including session notes, records of attendance and contact with other relevant parties. Progress cases as appropriate through CORE NET electronic case file management system.
8. To pursue continuous professional development and maintain professional accreditations and memberships, in order to maintain knowledge base, self-awareness, and enhanced skills.
9. To collaborate with the wider multi-disciplinary team and associated colleagues, to provide high quality, effective wellbeing support and clear referral pathways.
11. To work in partnership with colleagues in the Wellbeing & Inclusion team to develop workshops and activities which promote positive mental wellbeing.
12. To maintain membership/accreditation with an appropriate professional body e.g. UKCP / HCPC /BPS/ BACP/BABCP or equivalent.
To find out more and to apply please visit our vacancies page and search for Vacancy Reference 091587
Closing Date: 10 August 2022